Best London Restaurant Bars

Wanna grab some delicious drinks and great food all in one spot? Consider this little guide our gift to you. Positively brimming with restaurants and bars that serve tasty tipples while delighting your taste buds at the same time, London's not in short demand of a brilliant hangout or two. We’ve narrowed down our favourite restaurant bars around the capital to these chosen few, meaning you never have to trudge around town to get a post-dinner cocktail again.      

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Last updated on 18th June 2021




Greenwood

42 user reviews 4

Based in Victoria, Greenwood's amazing food is certain to leave you grinning from ear to ear, with everything from hearty steaks to flavoursome pizzas and Thai broths. The venue's carefree approach, relaxed vibes and many seating areas also makes it perfect for a group dinner.

Beast of Brixton

385 user reviews 5

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.

Devonshire Terrace

519 user reviews 4

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.

Absurd Bird Soho

986 user reviews 4

The second Absurd Bird has opened in Soho, serving up the same delicious dishes and cocktails as it's popular Spitalfields sister site. The upstairs restaurant focuses on the homely cuisine of America's deep south - think burgers, waffles and wings - while the basement bar offers up a range of cocktails, beers and whiskey within the intimate hiding spot.

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.

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.

Inamo Covent Garden

336 user reviews 4

Unlimited Asian tapas & sushi with free-flowing wine or beer £42.95 per person and 3 other offers

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 a 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.

Boasting a menu of creative cocktails and NYC-inspired comfort food, a chilled playlist of old school hip hop tunes and stunning decor, this spot oozes cool. Whether you're just looking to hit up their happy hour or fancy tucking into some pork belly ribs and cheeseburger dumplings, the effortlessly edgy Dirty Bones has got you covered.

Kitty Hawk

1122 user reviews 4

This central London all-day bar, restaurant and multipurpose space has got everything you could possibly need, all under one roof. Not only are they the place to go to for all your midweek breakfast needs, 5 o'clock cocktail fixes and after-dinner puddings and cheeses but they're also available to hire out for any parties or events you're looking for.   

Mommi

20 user reviews 4

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.

NT's

198 user reviews 4

The toastie specialists at Morty & Bob's have teamed up with Night Tales to create this cracking Hackney spot. The venue serves as a laid back cafe by day, but completely transforms itself after dark, when the DJs, live music and master mixologists behind the bar dial things up a bit. Enjoy a few delicious toasties before washing them all down with a hand-crafted cocktail.

Heist Bank

356 user reviews 5

Combining industrial with quirky and colourful touches, Heist Bank in Paddington is a cool urban hangout. Spread across several rooms, the venue is all about stone baked pizza and craft beer as well as having a few sociable touches such as a pool table.

Circus

1354 user reviews 4

Expect the unexpected as Circus opens its doors in Covent Garden. The swish restaurant and bar takes you deep into the fun of the fair as they serve Pan-Asian cuisine alongside dazzling acts including fire-breathers, acrobats and burlesque. The lounge bar is also open for a cocktail after work or transforms into a party haven as the night continues.

The Exhibit

783 user reviews 4

Bottomless Brunch and 1 other offer

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 Courtesan

258 user reviews 4

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.

Blacklock

4 user reviews 5

Former Hawksmoor chef Gordon Ker is behind Blacklock; the elusive chops restaurant quickly becoming one of the hottest properties in London. A secluded basement spot made for communal dining, Blacklock serves only the finest chops cooked over charcoal and vintage irons. Pick between racks of Cornwall beef, pork, lamb and veal, handily washed down by £5 classic cocktails.

Bird of Smithfield

13 user reviews 4

Beefeater Gin Masterclass - 24th September 2019

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.