You’ll find me there at some stage during the week, scouring the shelves for vintage cookbooks

Anton Manganaro, Head Chef of BAFTA 195, reveals his favourite gourmet hangouts in the capital city

Celebrity chef Anton Manganaro takes us a on a whirlwind tour of his home town. The man who provides London’s glitterati with a showstopping meal each year at the BAFTAs says where you can find the best ingredients, the finest restaurants and foodie inspiration in the bustling metropolis.

CREATE YOUR OWN MINI FOOD TOUR…
Go for a bike ride along the Thames and stop off at Brentford Market to pick up lunch. Or head to Borough Market where you can sample bread by Justin Gellatly at Bread Ahead before checking out the artisanal stalls at the Maltby Street Market. Then take a trip to Harrods’ food hall. When I was a private chef working in South Kensington this was my go-to place for emergencies as they sell everything – it’s a treat for all your senses.

SHOP FOR INGREDIENTS AT…
Turnham Green Terrace. Get great meat and poultry from Macken Brothers, fish from Covent Garden Fishmongers and vegetables from Natoora. You should also visit Paxton and Whitfield on Jermyn Street. To be surrounded by their cheese and produce is a little slice of heaven on earth.

GET INSPIRATION AT…
Fosters’ Bookshop second-hand book shop on Chiswick High Street. You’ll find me there at some stage during the week, scouring the shelves for vintage cookbooks.

RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN LONDON BEFORE YOU LEAVE…
The City Barge in Chiswick for a lovely Sunday roast with a view of the Thames; Counter Culture in Clapham, which is a great snack-bar that showcases what amazing things can be done is the smallest of spaces and Jason Atherton’s restaurant Berners Tavern in the West End. It is an amazing room with fabulous art, delicious food and cocktails.

counter culture
Counter Culture

ENJOY A COCKTAIL AT…
Evans and Peel in Earls Court. It’s a 1930’s-style prohibition speakeasy that’s hidden from the street behind a detective agency and has really good cocktails and an amazing atmosphere. My wife had no idea where she was going for our wedding anniversary and I had to make up a story to be allowed in. Really fun to dress up too to really add to the spirit of the evening!

THE FOODIE SOUVENIR TO TAKE HOME…
The classic would always for me a selection of tea from Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly.

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