And, at the forefront of this cultural phenomenon are the food bloggers — the men and women who live for the London culinary scene and help to make it so successful (not to mention tasty). These experts are showing us how to cook well and eat even better. We handpicked the eight blogs that inspire us in and out of the kitchen. Ahead, the budget-friendly recipes, clever baking tips, and secret dining haunts guaranteed to up your foodie game. This may be the most delicious story, ever.
Lizzie Mabbot’s blog is an invaluable resource to the ever-changing South East London dining scene. Thanks to Mabbot, we discovered Panda Panda, which serves the best bánh mì we’ve ever tasted. The section devoted to Chinese recipes is well worth a read, too.
The London Foodie
Since 2009, chef Luiz Hara has been reviewing and profiling the best London eateries so you don’t have to. The blog reads like an encyclopedia to the most amazing culinary experiences London has to offer. If you like something a little more intimate, Hara also hosts a Japanese supper club in his Islington home.
Ms. Marmite Lover
Ms. Marmite Lover, a.k.a Kerstin Rodgers, was a pioneer of the city’s supper-club movement, and her Underground Restaurant still regularly wows diners who visit from all corners of the world. Her blog offers a snapshot of a life devoted to food, from delicious recipes to in-the-know suggestions on where to eat anywhere in the world. You must bookmark this site — it's totally indispensable.
When sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley aren’t running the family organic food business, they somehow manage to find time to blog about the recipes they’re developing. The healthy dishes are beautifully shot (no wonder they’re blogging for British Vogue) and fairly easy to make. We look forward to the duo’s first cookbook, The Art Of Eating Well, due out this summer.
Eat Like A Girl
Niamh Shield’s blog, Eat Like A Girl, is devoted to food and travel in equal measure. The South London-based writer's extensive travels around the globe inspire her easy-to-follow recipes. We’ve haven’t stopped making her poached eggs in a homemade curry dish since she posted about it last week. Just. So. Good.
A Girl Called Jack
In these austere times, every penny counts. And, Jack Monroe is making sure we get the most bang for our buck in the kitchen. Monroe’s budget-friendly recipes (peanut butter and honey granola for 10p anyone?) have attracted followers from around the world, and she regularly writes for The Guardian. Oh, and she's also a campaigner for Oxfam and Child Action For Poverty group. Good food and good deeds? It's a win-win for everyone.
Ruby Tandoh didn’t win the 2013 Great British Bake Off, but we think she should have. The self-taught baker’s delectable recipes make us want to throw caution to the wind and eat cake for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just look at her recipe for coffee and blackcurrant roulade (pictured) and see for yourself!
The Skint Foodie
If you want to understand the therapeutic power of cooking look no further than The Skint Foodie. The blog chronicles the life of an anonymous writer who battled depression, alcoholism, and homelessness. Against all odds, the writer’s love of “good food” prevailed and his recipes are a joy to read and to eat. It's no big surprise this blog won The Observer Food Monthly’s Best Food Blog award.