On this trip, unexpectedly, the mood in London became darker. Uncertain about the future.

Few in London went to sleep thinking that England would leave the European Union.

  • 51.9
    Percent of voters who voted to leave the E.U.
  • 46.6
    Percent of voters who voted to remain
  • 10
    Estimated percentage loss in overall economic output post-Brexit, according to MIT

The mood in London is like a collective nervous breakdown. Drinking seems appropriate.

Rochelle Canteen

Rochelle School, Arnold Circus
London E2 7ES
+44.20.7729.5677
What Bourdain ate: Wine, peas in their pods, radishes, vitello tonnato, Welsh lamb chops with lentils and green sauce.

Peppers & Spice

40 Balls Pond Road
London N1 4AU
+44.20.7275.9818
What Bourdain ate: Jamaican takeout.

St. John

26 St. John Street
London EC1M 4AY
+44.20.7251.0848
What Bourdain ate: Roast bone marrow with parsley and caper salad, sourdough (made in-house); pickled calves tripe with radish, shaved carrot. and watercress salad; kidney; pig’s head and potato pie.

Marlboro Restaurant

46 St. Thomas Street
Weymouth DT4 8AW
+44.13.0578.5700
What Bourdain ate: Traditional fish and chips.

The Chequers Inn

Old Loose Hill, Loose
Ken ME15 0BL
+44.16.2274.3125
What Bourdain ate: Lunch and a pint of Guinness.

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Princess Victoria

217 Uxbridge Road
Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 9DH
+44-20-8749-5886
What Bourdain ate: Scotch egg, whitebait, fries, and Guinness.

The Hunter S.

194 Southgate Road
London N1 3HT
+44.20.7294.7191
What Bourdain ate: A few pints of Guinness.

Sidekicks

Nigella Lawson: Celebrity chef and kitchen goddess with a library of bestselling cookbooks to her name.

Jamie Hince: Musician; guitarist from hit indie rock duo The Kills.

Fergus Henderson: Chef of St John’s, London’s famous shrine to nose-to-tail eating. One of Bourdain’s long-standing kitchen heroes.

Jay Rayner: One of the UK’s most respected—and feared—food critics.

Marco Pierre White: One of the food world’s first “celebrity” chefs, a brilliant but short-tempered culinary savant who set the tone for the wave for celebrity chef culture of the 21st century.

Ralph Steadman: Prolific British illustrator best known for his collaboration with American gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.