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12 London Food Instagram Accounts to Follow

by Kristina Gill

When I first started visiting London almost 20 years ago, it wasn’t known as a “food destination.” There were solid quality chains, there were neighborhood dives, and there were a handful of small places doing great things. Since then the food scene has exploded, and every six months, it seems, there is an incredible food place opening in any and all types of venues spread across the city. One of the tastiest places to eat is only available on Saturdays — Dumpling Shack is a stall located at Broadway market in Hackney. Northeastern Thai cuisine restaurant som saa started as a pop-up in Peckham. Its chefs crowdfunded the necessary investment to move into a permanent space in Spitalfields. Also opening are restaurants with traditional origins, such as Gunpowder, the 28-seat Indian restaurant (also near Spitalfields). This ongoing exciting, high-quality, authentic food scene has put London on the map among the best cities in which to eat.

I use Instagram to keep up with the changing food scene in cities I visit frequently. I prefer resident Instagrammers’ feeds to apps and blogs because it is quick and easy to get a feel for the food and the spaces. I am able to not only learn about options for dining out, but I also learn about cooking schools, pop-ups, local food writers, neighborhoods, shops, cookbooks, courses and all things food from multiple sources — which can all be cross-checked so that I can plan my trip before I go. In the case of London, I really love the collegial spirit among the many food Instagrammers who seem to periodically try out the new and the trusted-and-true eateries together.

Here are 12 of my favorite London-based Instagrammers through whom I eat vicariously, but also on whom I rely to map out my must-visit places each time I go. This is by no means an exhaustive list — there are many more I wanted to include, but I hope that you will provide your favorite accounts so that I can add them to my list! —Kristina

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ks_ate_here (known as KS to many) is a Kiwi who loves to dine out. His burger shots are the best around! If it’s fried, gooey, cheesy, or a gorgeous sandwich that looks too tall to bite into, KS has a grip on it (literally and figuratively)! KS also features many London cheap eats.
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"Loveleluu" is a cookbook author, food stylist, photographer, and new mom. In real life her name is Uyen Luu and she specializes in Vietnamese cuisine and teaches classes on it. Her feed is rich with crisp, fresh and often vegetable-driven dishes.
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This trio of friends turned the recipes from their popular bimonthly pop-up supper club, The Groundnut -- which showcases food from African countries -- into a fabulous cookbook. Their account chronicles their food and their journeys.
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Edd Kimber, best known as The Boy Who Bakes, has one of the most appetizing and all around feel-good food feeds on Instagram, from dining at home, to market, to dining out. He has just added short how-to videos which make him even more endearing! A daily visit to Edd's feed is a must to boost morale or keep the smile on your face.
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The Shanghai Supper Club is a pop-up which takes place during the school year. This feed shows the pop-up food and its prep dumplings, as well as what the host eats around town.
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Sami Tamimi is co-author of best-selling cookbooks Ottolenghi and Jerusalem. He cooks something fantastic at home every day, and now is showing the prep of those sizzling meals through his Instagram Stories! He manages to get in a fair bit of travel all the while keeping an eye on the Ottolenghi shops.
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Co-author of best-selling cookbooks including Ottolenghi, Jerusalem, and Nopi and author of Plenty and Plenty More, Yotam Ottolenghi's feed is the official feed of Ottolenghi food shops -- but it's also a behind-the-scenes look at recipe development for Nopi, Ottolenghi, and most recently the forthcoming Ottolenghi Baking Book! Yotam's other food passions and travel are also documented.
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Fuchsia Dunlop is a chef and cookbook author and expert on Chinese cuisine. In addition to posting her homemade meals, she posts food from her trips through China and dining out around London.
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Nigel Slater needs no introduction. His feed is gorgeous, from his garden, to the meals he prepares in his London home and frequent travels to Japan and everything in between. His images communicate the beauty, simplicity and serenity that make his cookbooks and recipes so wonderful.
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Simply known as "Clerkenwell Boy," the author of this IG account is an Aussie and truly knows all the best places to eat in his adopted city. His expertise is London, but he does a pretty good job in other hot spots around the world.
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Food journalist, runner, cyclist, and mom to Wilf (her lovely little dog), Felicity Cloake's feed is an eclectic mix of food Felicity cooks at home, what she eats out, and what she eats on travel -- of course with many shots of Wilf thrown in. Her posts are always witty, which adds to the feed's charm.
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Chriss "Prowler," AKA ProwlerGram, is a professional "food scout" whose mission is to find those great places which aren't getting all the glitzy PR. Although he does hit up the well-known places from time to time, his feed is great to check on to find something new. Because he also travels the world doing the same in other cities, Chriss has a great basis for comparison in finding those authentic places in London.

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