VIDEO: London Olympics Restaurant Picks
From cafés located 100 meters from the Olympic stadium to a Michelin-starred restaurant further afield, The Daily Meal offers its recommendations for where to eat during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Located among workshops and warehouses, the closest café to the Olympic Stadium is the Counter Café, which offers up hearty vegetarian British breakfasts and handmade pies. Diners sit in retro blue flip-up theater seats and are treated to a commanding view of the river. Free Wi-Fi means you can brag about your Olympic adventures mere feet from the Olympic action.
Also on the water and also 100 meters from the Olympic stadium is Forman’s Fish Island. During the Olympics, Forman’s Fish Island is seating parties of 10 or less cruise-ship style at communal tables. The restaurant hosts nightly jazz and during the Olympics, it is hosting an art exhibit, "In the Rings with Ali."
The Hackney Pearl is a cozy spot near the Olympic stadium that serves paninis, soups, and salads plus two or three courses at dinner. The menu is seasonal and emphasizes locally sourced produce.
Founded in 1892 and a 25-minute walk from the Olympic stadium, The Morgan Arms features a menu of seasonal pub dishes and a range of ales and wines plus televisions to watch all the Olympics action from just south of the Olympic stadium.
Dine with a purpose at Pie in the Sky on Bruce Road, which works with a community center and serves breakfast and lunch, all for less than £10.
A final option and a 30-minute tube ride from the Olympic stadium is the Michelin-starred Viajante in East London. Headed by Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes, Viajante serves seasonal set menus of three, six, and nine courses at lunch and three, six, nine, and 12 courses at dinner.
Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.