Lebanese people have been emigrating to Britain on and off since the 17th-century, but emigration began in earnest after the Lebanese civil war in 1975, intensifying with the 1982 Israeli invasion. That said, the British Lebanese community is still small, with just under 10,500 Lebanon-born people living in the UK as of 2001. However, the number of UK born people of Lebanese descent is unknown. Statistics and unknowns aside, it’s certain that Lebanese culture is alive and well in the UK, and it isn’t hard to find the Lebanese restaurants London has on offer – they are more numerous than such an ostensibly small population would suggest.
There are many Lebanese restaurants in London, though there are less that fully declare themselves to be cooking up exclusively Lebanese cuisine. This goes some way to indicate how entrenched Lebanese cuisine has become in the UK culinary scene. Looking for a Lebanese restaurant in London that is a little more exclusive, a little more pricey? Then head to Earls Court of Knightsbridge. There’s a cluster of Lebanese restaurants in London’s Mile End that represent the cheaper Lebanese restaurants London can enjoy on the go. Quite a number of Lebanese restaurants function more as bar and bistros, offering smaller meals and share plates to accompany drinks.
Familiar with Lebanese mezze, perfect for sharing? Lebanese or Levantine cuisine is remarkably diverse. The best Lebanese restaurants London has are adept at serving up an authentic Lebanese spread. Food in the best Lebanese restaurants in London is traditional – rich in whole grains and seafood but low on red meats. Levatine cuisine is often skewed to British tastes in London’s Lebanese restaurants, serving more red meat dishes. Baklava is known worldwide, but there are pastries like kaak, souf, and maamoul and Lebanese ice cream for something different. Enjoy your Lebanese restaurant London experience with a glass of arak, a traditional beverage.
Finding a Lebanese restaurant in London is as simple as typing Lebanese restaurant London into Quandoo’s search bar or by navigating to Quandoo’s London dining guide and selecting ‘Lebanese’ from the cuisine filter selection. Quite a number of London Lebanese restaurants are categorised as ‘Eat & Drink’, reflecting the perfect match between a few glasses and the traditional sharing concept that is characteristic of Lebanese culinary tradition. It’s now as common for wine bars in London to serve mezze platters as Spanish tapas. So be sure to navigate to a likely looking London Lebanese restaurant’s menu and check it out. You can of course search by district too.