Book in advance for plates of world-famous Scottish smoked salmon ($16) at Forman’s, the closest eatery to Olympic Park. The high-ceilinged space features large windows that look out at the River Lea and Olympic Stadium, and a seasonal menu of contemporary British cooking such as wild sea bass served with truffle mash and vanilla froth ($27). During the Games, screens showing the events will be installed for viewing, and if you listen closely you’ll hear the roar of the stadium.
Choose from an extensive selection of locally sourced British dishes at the newest outpost of popular West End restaurant Bumpkin, which opened in late 2011 in a rapidly regenerating section of East London. The casual, two-floor dining room holds 180 seats and a gleaming open kitchen that turns out signature dishes like charter pie with free-range chicken ($20) and slow roasted outdoor-reared pork belly with caramelized apples and mashed potatoes ($25), in addition to a rotating selection of meat pies, puddings, and cheeses.
Taste one of the newest additions to the diverse eating scene at Ceviche, a Peruvian restaurant that opened earlier this year on the heels of London’s growing fascination with South American cuisine. With pastel walls decked out with retro prints, it offers a more relaxed vibe than you’ll find at other Soho establishments, plus a list of pisco-based cocktails and seven ceviches. Don’t skip the anticuchos, grilled skewers of tender beef heart ($9) and octopus ($15).