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Best London Restaurant Bars
On the lookout for some of the best London restaurant bars? Consider this little guide our gift to you. Positively brimming with hangouts that serve great drinks while delighting your taste buds all the same, we’ve narrowed down our favourite restaurant bars in London to these chosen few.
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Plating up meats from trusted local farmers and fresh fish from sustainable sources, the quality produced by the Jones Family Project is plain for all to see. Get snug in one of their intimate pockets of space and enjoy something from the josper charcoal oven, with a few gin cocktails awaiting at the NYC-styled long bar for afterwards.
The second Absurd Bird has opened in Soho and serves the same delicious dishes and cocktails as the Spitalfields outlet. The upstairs restaurant focuses on the homely cuisine of America's deep south, while the hidden basement bar is an intimate hiding spot serving cocktails by Soulshakers.
Fronting delicious foods and incredible dining and drinking atmospheres, Dead Dolls House is an ultimately styled three floor venue in Islington where partying comes 'til late and the decor spells contemporary cool. Take to the Parlour, the Aviary, the Sanctuary or Ballroom for some ambient drinking and dining affairs.
Home of BBQ and blues, this spirited restaurant and bar continues to offer one of the best nights out in Shoreditch. Serving a medley of Texan BBQ, Cajun treats and colossal burgers, stop by to fill up on these smoked meats before the real fun gets underway after dinner. There's plenty going on in the drinks department - with cocktails, beers and wines all a speciality - and finish with a trip to the dancefloor, where live blues bands play a rock 'n' roll setlist 'til late.
Sitting pretty in Soho lies the Wahaca and Azulito London restaurant bar bringing a power combo of Mexican tipples and tasters to your palate. Head down to this cool and funky market style kitchen of colourful street food, buzzing socialising and a lounge type atmosphere perfect for casual dining in central London.
Promising a mix of modern European and British cuisine, this trendy restaurant in the City of London makes our list of the best London restaurant bars down to its unique style and forward-thinking menus. Come here for brunch, lunch or dinner - you won't be disappointed whatever time of day you rock up.
Cigalon is a Chancery Lane favourite for seasonal cuisine prepared and presented beautifully. With a carefully crafted menu of authentic Provençal dishes, Cigalon is a taste of only the best French cuisine out there. Their interiors are styled in a classic colonial style, escape into this white and cream canvas of lovely food and drink.
The Courtesan is reminiscent of a Chinese opium den, with its vintage furniture and dark lighting, but this hideaway in Brixton is one of the coolest and most unique restaurant bars in the area. Stop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy their selection of dim sum in steamer baskets or small plates, tapas style. The food perfectly complements the unique cocktails and teas on offer as well.
Another of our favourite places to eat in London, Clerkenwell & Social dishes up hand-crafted pizzas washed down with their famous signature cocktails. Using the finest of suppliers and making all toppings, breads, pastas and oils by hand, enjoy a meal of Italian excess in a restaurant furnished with Clerkenwell's literary traditions in mind. Hang about for a few cocktails after dinner; each comes muddled with house-infused spirits, syrups and bitters.
For a restaurant bar in London with more than a few strings to its bow, head to Cinnamon Kitchen. The award winning restaurant combines modern Indian cuisine with British touches to create an exciting and innovative menu. Feast from their main dining room, interactive Tandoor grill area or outdoor terrace. Decadent bar Anise adjoins the venue so head there for spice-infused cocktails if you still haven't fulfilled your quota of heat for the day.
Tucked away just off the Covent Garden plaza, Balthazar is a theatre-land favourite for those looking after a dinner and drinks set up pre or post show. A London restaurant bar, Balthazar is a classy place to indulge in fine French cuisine and drink from their extensive collection of wine and cocktails.
Looking for a new fun fact to dazzle your mates at parties? Mommi is the UK's one and only venue showcasing the wonderful photos and artworks from the celebrated creative, Ben Watts. You're welcome. Aside from the kooky decor, this popular Clapham retreat serves a delicious spread of sharing plates from the Robata Grill and cocktails to die for; including a particularly potent Pisco Sour.
Gerry Calabrese - of Hoxton Pony and Hoxton Gin fame - is behind this London Fields gem. Housed in a former laundrette, Wringer & Mangle features an exciting gin cocktail menu, Sunday roasts and a serene terrace, perfect for year-round mingling. Plates offer a delectable balance between healthy and hearty, with plenty of varieties on the classic Collins cocktail to drink.
Regularly topping up Balham's rumblin' tums, The Exhibit serves carefully curated drinks and a hearty menu of fresh British produce. Bag yourself a table and get ready for a festival of eating; there's everything from roasted pheasant to grilled royal beam and Galloway beef burgers with all the trimmings. There's an eclectic entertainment programme for dessert, too.
The Jam Tree plates up a menu that exhibits the finest tastes and flavours of Britain and her former colonies. Expect influences from as far afield as Malaysia, South Africa, Canada and India, which slot in nicely alongside one of the best Sunday Roasts in south London. There's quality wine and innovative cocktails to match - don't leave without trying their signature Jam Mojito.
Don't be fooled by the name, The Beast of Brixton is actually an unassuming, secretive joint that's hidden away on Acre Lane. Track it down and you're in for a real treat; the restaurant welcomes a regularly rotating lineup of street food favourites into the kitchen, while there's homemade frozen Margaritas for cooling off on a hot day and local brews on hand if you're just in for a quick pint.
Roof East is Stratford's multi-purpose hangout made for drinks, events and outdoor cinema with views looking out over the Olympic Park. Featuring its own play zone with games and activities and signature cars filled with plant pots of fresh lavender, soak in the unique ambience of this rooftop bar with a menu devised by a Hawksmoor chef.
28 West offers excellent fare in an excellent location. Offering spectacular views from their heated outdoor terrace of London's iconic skyline, the venue serves Modern British cuisine comprising of the best ingredients around. The burgers are particularly indulgent, and there is a vast choice of draught beers, wines and cocktails to wash everything down with.
Goat is a stylish bar and restaurant on the Fulham Road, making a name for itself with a delicous range of Italian-styled dishes. Stocked full with wood-fired pizzas, grilled meats and fish and imaginative salad mains, Goat offers a vast selection of wines and a cool atmosphere to match, not to mention cocktails in a league of their own.
Inamo is the tech-savvy Londoners favourite hangout. Where else can you place your order via a sleek tablet, set your own digital tabletop or even track your dinner's progress via chef cam? Head along to their Covent Garden base for a pioneering experience likely to feature delightful pan-Asian tapas dishes, then take it downstairs to the cocktail bar for Oriental themed drinks and sleek, intimate vibes.
Dine in splendour and sophistication at the city's Diciannove restaurant. This swanky Italian restaurant goes to great lengths to prepare a dining experience sure to wow, with classic methods applied to their homemade pastas and baked breads. After your food be sure to stick around for a few crafted cocktails, conjured at the glass-fronted bar and served to guests in luxurious seating arrangements.
Brewhouse & Kitchen in Angel is an industrial style washed pub where craft beer connoisseurs can revel in the impressive selection of taps and bottled labels as well as getting a good feast on the go. With gleaming in house brewery tanks to marvel at, this cool London restaurant bar is the place to go for laid-back booze and hearty plates.
Housed in an old Georgian town house which stretches over five impressive floors, Bird of Smithfield suits everything from casual get togethers to high-stakes meetings with clients. Head to their gorgeous first floor restaurant and ponder a cracking a la carte selection, with drinks afterwards and a trip to the rooftop terrace definitely in order if the weather permits.
A stylish all-day bar and restaurant in the heart of the city, The Anthologist offers after work refreshment or dinner with drinks in chic surroundings. You'll find a seasonal menu with all-day dining options matched by a neat range of specialists skinny cocktails, all enjoyed in a comfortable space with bags of charisma. Expect serene vibes to make way for something livelier come Thursday and Friday when there's music 'til late.
Devonshire Terrace is a stunning restaurant bar on Liverpool Street. With a beautiful interior made for smart dining or comfortable drinking and two great outdoor areas, is it the perfect relaxed setting to impress anyone. The kitchen serves up a delicious modern European menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This classy spot is perfect for impressing a client, date or just enjoying a nice meal out.
Game fan wondering where to have dinner in London? Enter The Jugged Hare; a beauty of a gastropub and restaurant where the finest in seasonal game is the specialty. The theatre kitchen fronts an eight-spit rotisserie and a charcoal grill, which cooks up rare meats and wild fish plates alongside an eye-catching selection of steak, cheeseburgers and fried duck eggs. The drinks concentrate on expertly selected wines and British cask ales.
One of the best places to catch a casual drink and bite to eat in the heart of the City, head on down to Tank and Paddle where you'll not only be able to enjoy a roster of cold craft pints, there's a might selection of pizzas for you to enjoy.
From plant-filled light and bright spaces through to laid-back Battersea hangouts, Humble Grape has got the London's restaurant bar scene nailed. Head to one of their bars across the city for an excellent choice of vino and top notch British bites, including a boozy brunch come the weekend.
KuPP boasts a bar and kitchen that just gets everything right. This elegant eatery delivers a mouth-watering menu inspired 'Scandinavian travels' and 'the best of Britain.' Head down at any time of the day and tuck into a wide range of delectable dishes, from Swedish pancakes in the morn to British rib eye steak at night. On top of that, KuPP boasts breathtaking views overlooking Paddington basin too!
Balls Brothers Austin Friars is an impressive showcase of style and service right in the heart of the city. A lovely escape from the 100mph nature of the streets outside, kick back and enjoy something from the seasonal menu, which changes on a daily basis. Industrial furnishings and an open kitchen add to the atmosphere, and there's a fine choice of bold cocktails, wine and beer on offer if you're just looking to drop in for a drink or two.
What is better than a one-stop-shop for a hearty meal and a boozy drink to match? Nothing. Look no further than Coin Laundry in Clerkenwell's Exmouth Market. Alongside plenty of other London restaurant staples is this retro-inspired interior with modern twists on traditional meals. The upstairs bar has plenty of original cocktails gracing their menu, so many you may have to get comfortable to try them all.
The Folly is a wonderful restaurant, bar and deli on Gracechurch Street away from the main hype and buzz of the city. With a massive menu that showcases fresh and hearty meals that whet the appetite plus a great drinks selection, this botanical themed bar and restaurant have a very unique style to offer Londoners. You can enjoy a full meal, share a platter with friends or just have a few of their many many special cocktails.
Mews of Mayfair is a stunning, multi-floored space for drinking and dining tucked away in a historic courtyard. Start with dinner on the second floor - with its antique maps and original beams - before taking a pew on a Mad Hatter Queen Anne chair and enjoying fresh fruit cocktails in the bar downstairs. Wrap things up with a further drink in the basement lounge, which buzzes with the chatter of an in-the-know crowd until 1am (Wednesday to Saturday).
Serving up an impressive roster of cocktails alongside hearty meals and lighter bites, Core is one of our favourite restaurant bars in London. Enjoy a salt beef sandwich at lunch, and dig into a rib-eye steak or a burger as the evening sets in - all washed down with one of their expertly crafted cocktails. Delightful.
Hidden away behind a big Hugo Boss store in Mayfair, the Mayfair Pizza Co. delivers opulent evenings at reasonable prices. Beautifully decorated with elegant furnishings and an impressive stack of wine-filled shelves, the entire venue oozes sophistication and class. Their talented chefs have worked tirelessly over a wood-fired oven to offer a delectable menu of thin, crispy pizzas topped with mouth-watering ingredients.
A melting pot of Brazilian culture in the heart of Shoreditch, Floripa has it covered when it comes to tropical inspired eats, cocktails and dancing. The food menu comprises Brazilian classics and a selection of grilled goods, with plenty of flowing Cairipinhas and other exotic spirits to swish it down with. Stick around after dinner if you're into vibrant DJ party shindigs.
Pegged as "an island of calm in the heart of the city", The Drift offers food and drink in a relaxed setting - perfect for those seeking some peace and quiet. The food menu comprises of platter, nibbles and some excellent main meal fare, it's well-suited to after-work dining or catching up with a few friends at the weekend. The Drift offers a strong cocktail and wine list for company; a true gem of a drinking and dining experience in town.
You can't miss this Holborn eatery - it's the one with the enchanting decor that takes its inspiration from the wit and wisdom of Aesop and the fantasy world of fairy tales. But the quirky interior is merely a support act to the main attraction; the seriously tasty food and drink. There's a wide variety of tasty treats to be sampled, and the strong cocktail and wine lists means there's always something perfect to team with your dinner.