London has long been a delicious cultural melting pot and the story of Mediterranean restaurants in London dates way back to the 19th century, when Italian chefs started to settle in Islington. In the 1950s, Greek eateries started to pop up in London, spreading the word about (and love for) souvlaki and Greek salad in the process. Then the 1970s Turkish restaurants started to appear in areas like Dalston, Haringey and Camden while, more recently, Spanish restaurants have multiplied, as tapas has exploded in popularity. Nowadays London is a city where any kind of Mediterranean food is available, making it paradise for foodies.
In London these days, it's hard not to find restaurants filled with the aromatic smells of Mediterranean herbs and peppery olive oil, gourmet pasta chefs working their magic and fine red wines to help you unwind. In areas like Soho, every street hosts French or Italian eateries. There are acclaimed Spanish restaurants in Borough Market, Exmouth Market and Marylebone, Portuguese places south of the river, high-class Turkish eateries on Green Lanes, and north African couscous restaurants on Edgware Road. From the suburbs to the centre, there's certainly no shortage of Mediterranean restaurants in London near you.
Mediterranean restaurants in London offer a huge spectrum of dishes and ingredients, from the straits of Gibraltar in the west to Turkey and Lebanon in the east. There's Portuguese and Spanish cuisine: heavy on pork dishes, shellfish and rice all with wonderful depths of flavour. There's Provencal cooking from southern France with dishes like seafood stews, or if you fancy of bit of Italian Amore there are plenty of authentic Neapolitan pizzas and the fiery pasta whipped up by Sicilians for you to sample. Turkey and Greece have different kebab-making traditions (equally delicious), while north Africa's couscous and tajines have become a beloved around the world. Then there's the Middle East - the home of household names like hummus and falafel. Mediterranean restaurants in London serve them all, you really are spoiled for choice.
If you are on a health food kick or are cutting out meat, you can gorge yourself on Greek salad, or try polenta with walnuts and gorgonzola. But if you want succulent grilled and roasted meats, the Mediterranean restaurants in London won't disappoint either. Nobody roasts lamb like the Greeks, and the roast pork loin to be found at the capital's finest tapas restaurants is out of this world. Seafood fans can rest easy as well, with eateries serving up Mediterranean specialities like calamari, seafood paella and Turkish grilled sea bass. The choice is immense, the restaurants are fabulous, so set sail on the Mediterranean to the cuisine of your choice.