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 restaurants and bars in London to these chosen few.
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Last updated on 29th November 2016
Voted as the 6th best pop-up in the world just last year, POPdown is an interactive restaurant experience taking over two stunning floors overlooking Borough Market. Feast on an Asian-styled, seasonal 5-course tasting menu inspired by the market traders and their produce, and don’t forget to check out the craft beers, wines and bespoke cocktails available from their custom-built bar on the ground floor.
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.
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 Drawing Room, the Library 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.
This cosy French bistro would suit everything from catching up with mates to a romantic date night and private functions. Specialising in French cuisine with a twist, Miz En Bouche showcases an eye-catching brunch menu as well as produce carefully sourced from Billingsgate Market. There’s a handy pre-theatre menu and a good selection of cocktails and French wines.
The Courtesan is reminiscent of a Chinese opium den, with it's 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 compliments the unique cocktails and teas on offer as well.
A stunning restaurant, bar and private dining space housed inside a Grade-II listed Georgian townhouse, The Harcourt is causing quite a stir in the heart of Marylebone. Featuring a regency layout with five rooms renowned for their stunning artworks and contemporary design, it’s a beauty of a spot to sample a modern European menu washed down with intriguing cocktails and an extensive wine list.
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.
Sitting pretty just away from the London Bridge droves, Village East brings a chic and contemporary take on a brasserie to Bermondsey Street. Styled on the slick establishments that you’d find in its Manhattan namesake, this is a laidback, listed warehouse venue great for sit-down meals and a few drinks at the weekend alike.
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.
Whether its for a deliciously-meaty dinner, a private party or a luxurious drink or two, this offering from the renowned Marco Pierre White is a sophisticated and safe bet. Located within the DoubleTree by Hilton Islington, you'll find a sleek and classic interior, plus a hearty food and drinks menu at this classic North London restaurant.
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 stunning restaurant scape of House of Ho gives off a luxuriant air to your dining experience in central London. Decked out in contemporary style and serving a classic menu of Vietnamese cuisine, House of Ho is a superb London restaurant bar for an intimate meal out with some creative Asian food and drink in tow.
Glorious steak, riverside views of the London Eye and a mixture of both classic and contemporary cocktails - Gillray’s have a pretty sweet set-up going for them. Come by and enjoy Aberdeen Angus steaks while you gaze out at some of the most prized views in central London. Gin fans can look forward to a selection of over 100 different bottles lining the shelves, 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 the league of the above.
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.
Northbank is a beautiful restaurant and bar located next to Millennium Bridge, right on the riverside. The delicious a la carte menu offers a range of modern British dishes and bar snacks, with the cocktail list comprising unique mead creations. With views like this, there's every reason to get yourself on to the terrace and take in the vantage point with a casual drink or two.
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 5 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.
Delight in Dim Sum and cocktails at this Clapham joint. Fu Manchu is the ultimate Oriental express where you'll find fragrant Pan-Asian cuisine like freshly steamed dumplings and spice infused mixology using traditional spirits from China and afar. Dine and drink in this mystical restaurant bar and you might even find the perfect night out whilst you're at it.
The Happenstance is a London restaurant bar that serves up great food and drinks. The Happenstance has a mouth-watering food menu, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients, that is available for breakfast lunch and dinner. Also expect some classy cocktails alongside a polished bar selection.
Ametsa With Arzak Instruction showcases the finest Basque cuisine that London has to offer its large foodie population. Head Chef Elena Arzak has used her years of experience and talented cooking skills to produce a dynamic menu of traditional Basque dishes, all of which have been tweaked using seasonal ingredients to add contemporary flavours to the mix. Completing the fine dining experience, each dish is paired with an exquisite international wine by their well-trained team of sommeliers.
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.
A firm favourite in the West-End for atmospheric drinking and dining, DSTRKT is one of London's top restaurant bars where you can tuck into a menu of exquisitely crafted European plates. There's seafood, steak and truffled gnocchi to be had here as well as having a dedicated bar primed for some cocktails and evening entertainments from the in-house DJ.
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.
Urban Coterie offers dinner and drinks with a view, 17 floors above the streets of Shoreditch. It’s a collaboration between Searcy’s - the champagne specialists - and the Michelin-stared chef Anthony Demetre, so top quality food and drink at surprisingly affordable rates are to be expected. The kitchen team focus on simple yet stylish British ingredients, and the bar concentrates on killer cocktails as well as biodynamic and organic wines.
This is an utterly charming restaurant bar in Battersea, with an exceptional choice of organic wines paired with nibbles, sourdough toasties and ‘something more substantial’ menus. An industrial-inspired, split-level hangout with a wine shop and regular wine-tasting events, this is the perfect spot to chill out with good friends for evenings of top-class vino and sharing plates.
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 grazing 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.
Mint Leaf is a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of the West End. Serving up some of the finest Indian cuisine, it is made for intimate dinners, large parties and private events. The modern dishes are served for lunch and dinner in a variety of styles to suit any group. Special deals for pre and post theatre diners makes it a top destination in the area.
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.
Inspired by 1930s glam, this restaurant bar is stunning, with a stage for live performances, previously used by the likes of Judie Garland and a balcony overlooking the gambling tables. Be entertained as you eat fine food based on contemporary American and English cuisine and guzzle your classy cocktails, created by the legendary mixologist Conigliaro.
This venue is not just a casino, it's a thriving hub of activity with all kinds of entertainment and eateries. With six bars and the Heliot Steak House to keep you watered, fed and very merry, don't limit yourself to the poker tables. Head to some of the finest dining in Central and tuck in to a juicy bit of meat.
With innovations such as the Lavender Love cocktail, containing lavender syrup, peach puree and Absolut citron, this little nook in the centre of Covent Garden is the perfect place to grab some down time with a date, a mate or a group. Get a dainty brunch or go all out on risotto, steak, fish and chips - whatever you're in the mood for, this homely haven's got your back.
Buddha Bar is back in all of it's makeover glory. This Kensington eatery is a swanky underground of Pan-Asian cuisines and Oriental mystique with a giant Buddha statue overlooking the dining quarters. Expect exquisite plates of traditional and modern flavour explorations as well as artisan cocktails that will take you through for when the DJs come out and the lights go down.
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.
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 expect nothing but contemporary vibes and chic drinking escapades at the Eaton Square Cocktail Bar. Champions of lush libations and fine foods inspired by Mediterranean cuisines, this Belgravia beau fuses stylish design with killer mixology to bring you a plush party atmosphere of feasting, supping with DJs bringing the entertainment on the weekend.
Cocktails crafted out of edible flowers and a menu of Italian inspired eats? The Clapham haunt, Lotus brings a unique philosophy of incorporating the nutrients and taste of flowers into each of their libations infusing this bar with a distinct modern edge in the night life industry. Tuck into exquisite eats and elegant drinks at this place.
You can't miss this Holborn eatery - its 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.
Delve deep into a sensuous world of Lebanese culture with a spot of dinner at Levant. Smartly placed next to the fashionable Marylebone High Street, Levant is a melting pot of deep colours, soft cushions and a candlelit ambience; making it a seductive place to enjoy some mezze. Enjoy a spread of authentic Lebanese cuisine, playful cocktails and nightly belly dancing entertainment.
This stylish Sloane Square restaurant bar is popular for it's delicious seasonal British menu and unique drinks. A relaxing space for enjoying a meal any time of the day, it is comfortable and sophisticated. Classic weekend brunches and Sunday roasts are served, perfect for nursing a hangover! Whether you go for drinks or a meal The Botanist will not disappoint.
American fusion foods served in a 50s style diner space of bright colours, plush seating and wacky wall art characterise this Clapham Junction eatery cum party bar. Fill your boots on their nosh and then shimmy on over to the boozin' area where you'll fine over 50 lusting libations to wrap your lips around and a funfair of funky design. Adventure bar - what it says on the tin.
While great food is still at the heart of the ethos, an impressive refurbishment has seen the addition of a stylish cocktail bar, sumptuous private dining area and 700 square foot roof garden. This, along with live jazz and Greek music, plate smashing and a late license until 3.30am, six days a week allows guests to indulge in a fantastic night out all under one roof.
Sitting in Wandsworth, L'Affaire is a quaint pub that marries delicious, wholesome food with flavoursome, thirst-quenching drinks. Brewing their own Bohemia lager, the crisp fine wines and delectable cocktails keep the mood light, while the homely food menu features the best seasonal ingredients and cuts of meat. If that wasn't enough, the idyllic beer garden allows revellers to soak up as much nature as they can, all year round.
Wheeler's opulent restaurant in the heart of London's ever-bustling financial district takes cover under Marco Pierre White's prestigious name, offering Londoners his delicious selection of hearty, traditional British flavours and recipes. Decorated in true lavish fashion, the restaurant sits in the Threadneedles hotel and intoxicates guests, both with its vast drinks menu of cocktails and fine wines, and its suave ambiance.
Smith of Smitchfields is a characterful venue that caters for whatever mood you might find yourself in. Spread across 4 floors, it offers a vast selection of ice-cold drinks and an intriguing range of hearty British dishes to the hard-working crowds around Smithfield market. With over 60 different types of craft beer, a carefully curated menu of cocktails and serving full English breakfasts, condiment filled burgers and seasoned cuts of grilled meat all day long, it offers a stellar casual dining experience at all times of the day.
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.
Brooksby's Walk in Homerton is the perfect spot for either a sit-down meal or a quick drink. The quirky venue has an intimate bar downstairs which serves their incredible cocktail list with tipples such as Negronis and Bloody Caesars, while upstairs their tented restaurant is a wonderful place for a date.
With an outfit that fuses the timeless style of a gentleman's smoking lounge with classic design, Oxbo Bankside serves up foods fresh from Borough Market in a suave atmosphere. Expect to lap up artisan drinks in the dedicated Distillery Bar and then hit the restaurant for a slap-up dinner of grilled prime cuts.