Kingdom of Cheese
When I went to London last month, I did not realize I was entering
into such a cheese lover’s paradise.
The British are just as passionate about their local cheese scene as the French:
it’s a huge part of their lives.
With so much focus on local cheeses, London is a great place
to pleasure yourself with wedges you can’t find back home.
I especially recommend tasting the soft raw-milk cheeses that are illegal in the US.
That’s the kinky stuff.
Here are all the shops, markets, and restaurants you have to visit
next time you’re in London.
Neal’s Yard Dairy
Covent Garden, Borough Market, and Bermondsey
the UK until they’re perfectly ripe.
The shop is one of the only places I’ve ever been where the cheeses
are just sitting out, completely exposed.
to ensure the cheese is perfectly comfortable.
They have a small but expertly curated selection,
so I recommend getting a bit of Stichelton, a raw-milk Stilton,
and letting the mongers help with the rest.
of stalls selling everything imaginable.
The cheese scene here is especially hype.
You can’t go a couple feet without running into a cheese vendor.
I tasted booze-soaked Italian wheels, raw local feta,
“Blue Brain,” and fromage from famed affineur Hervé Mons.
chocolate, and even craft British beer.
The Fine Cheese Company
This adorable shop looks like a dollhouse, but packs a mighty
little selection of local and continental cheeses.
The mongers are super knowledgeable and engaging,
which is my favorite kind of counter experience.
Just tell them what you’re craving, and they’ll guide you
to the perfect cheese.
I recommend getting some of their house crackers—the charcoal squares are my favorite.
Grab some meats and olives, too, and
treat yourself to a picnic in nearby Hyde Park.
Their selection was the largest that I came across,
which felt a little overwhelming, even for me.
that really suits your fancy.
I recommend taking your cheese for a date at the next door pub, The Marylebone,
and pairing it with a beer or cocktail.
Cheese at Leaden Hall
City of London
It was actually the only place where I was able to find Cornish Kern, a butterscotchy hunk
recognized as the best cheese in the world last year at the World Cheese Awards.
It’s the perfect spot for a little snack before wandering around
this breathtaking historic district.
The Cheese Bar
Nestled in amongst Camden Market’s vintage shops and artisans lies a true paradise:
a restaurant devoted to cheese.
The Cheese Bar highlights UK cheeses in everything from fondue,
cheese fries, pasta, and, of course, grilled cheese.
I wasn’t expecting to get the mozzarella sticks, but, man,
they were so stretchy and crispy and delicious.
The best thing I ate was a truffled raw-milk brie named Baron Bigod,
paired with pickled walnuts and charcoal crisps.
The Cheesecake at Honey & Co
So, this isn’t a cheese shop, but it was one of the most exquisite
cheese experiences that I had in London.
My entire meal at Honey & Co was incredible,
but this crazy cheesecake was the best thing I ate all week:
A bed of Kataifi pastry topped with a cloud of cheese
covered in raw honey, blueberries, mint, and almonds.
Other Cheese Shops
Just two more reasons to book a return flight!