10/06/2008 AT 02:30 PM EDT
isn't greedy when it comes to London's good eats.
In fact, the actress, 36, who spends the school year in the city with her family – husband/rocker Chris Martin, daughter Apple, 4, and Moses, 2 – is more than hungry - err, happy, to share her input on some of the London's best restaurants, pubs, and hotels.
"Moving to a foreign city for part of the year has been incredible and continues to be a great experience,” Paltrow writes in the latest edition of her GOOP newsletter
. "When nothing is familiar, you are constantly observing, asking questions and discovering."
Her favorite finds?
"I'm going to pull the trigger and declare [La Petite Maison] restaurant as my absolute favorite in London at the moment,” she writes.
"It is based on the restaurant of the same name in Nice, so the food has a very southern French soul. Plates come small and to share, so you get a taste of many beautiful dishes … The black leg roasted chicken is so good I started eating chicken again."
And what better to wash down the fowl than a pint at one of London's many pubs. Her favorite: The Grenadier on Wilton Row.
"I used to live in the crescent that this pub sits behind," she writes. "It is tucked away in a cobblestone mews, and it has great beer and a fireplace."