The top ten Greek places to visit in London
By Danai Dana
Danai Dana grew up in Thessaloniki before moving to the UK in 2007. Here she rounds up the best Greek places in London to eat, shop and play.
Briki is a cosy cafe with delicacies, good coffee and a general Greek buzz, as it attracts the entire Clerkenwell and Angel Greek population. It has a lovely atmosphere to go with your laptop and do work, and it also has tables outside so you can sip your freddo espresso (iced espresso) with a cigarette in the sunshine. You can find it on the edge of Exmouth Market, you’ll spot it by the Greek people sitting outside doing all of the above.
67 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4QL
If you’re Greek you may be familiar with Ergon as there are a few around Greece. If you’re not, then you’re in for a treat. This is a deli, cafe and restaurant with organic products such as olives, olive oil, dips, spreads, sauces, jams, honey, and a modern take on the cuisine. I suggest trying their brunch, it’s Greek-inspired and delicious. They do dishes like baklava pancakes, peinirlis (cheese stuffed dough), and a Greek salad omelette.
15 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2QQ
3. Bakaliko GReat
Down the road from Exmouth Market, you will find a little deli. They do Greek products for fair prices, they have ION and Lacta (Greek chocolate brands) for around a pound, and they also do coffee and bread. They also have Greek pastries bougatsa, tiropita and spanakopita in the freezer. One more thing, they also have a matching souvlaki shop across the road. It’s called GReat Souvlaki. The pun is strong.
167-169 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 3AL
A bit more high up in price, Meraki offers a modern-take on the Greek experience. They do lovely Greek-inspired cocktails with ingredients like ouzo or tsipouro. Go check them out.
80-82 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7QT
5. Hungry Donkey
With a modern approach to the taverna, the Hungry Donkey does food to share, serving cult dishes along with more modern plates. They also do great Greek brunch, including bougatsa, orange pie, omelettes and spanakopita, plus lovely desserts with coffee.
56 Wentworth Street, Whitechapel, E1 7AL
6. The Athenian
Ever craved a gyros or souvlaki wrap in London? Well, The Athenian is the place for you, cooking up fast food with a Mediterranean oregano essence. They have pork, chicken, lamb and vegan options, and they do great halloumi fries and dips. One more thing, apparently they are now “zero plastic”, so you can eat without harming the environment. The Athenian is available on Deliveroo and UberEats.
There are a few locations around London including Boxpark in Shoreditch.
7. The Life Goddess
Good restaurant on weekdays, good parties on weekends. The Life Goddess has wonderful Greek cuisine and drinks, and is infamous for its day parties on Sundays. You can go enjoy the food, but check out the Sunday turn up. It’s lit.
There are two locations, but the party events only happen at Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho W1B 5PW
If you want to experience the meaning of the word taverna, Lemonia in Primrose Hill is the place to go. There is a lengthy menu of traditional dishes, and as there should be, good wine and a summery atmosphere. Try getting a lot of mezze, dips and dishes to share. Greek food is for sharing.
89 Regent's Park Road, Primrose Hill, London NW1 8UY
The Athenian nuts and coffee shop, Carpo, is available in Knightsbridge. It offers nuts, sweets and good coffee. Go and have a wander, it’s very pretty inside.
5 Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, SW7 1EX
10. Hellenic Parties
These guys organise Greek night events all over London, including DJs and lives. They host their events in different spaces, at the moment most of them are at Mimi’s in Soho.