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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Last updated on 17th November 2017
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
McQueen is one of the coolest bars in Shoreditch and the food served makes it that much better. Inspired by Steve McQueen, the whole place has a sleek, masculine interior and an American food menu to match. With tender grilled steaks and a complete American menu it will keep your stomach full and your mouth smiling. After your meal relax by the bar and make full use of the drinks offers. Book a table online now for this popular restaurant bar!
Aviary Bar is a great Central London spot near Oxford Circus where you can grab a gorgeous meal, and enjoy some crafted cocktails at the same time! Their dinner menu is a delicious range of British favourites with exciting flavours and the relaxed, yet buzzing atmosphere of the restaurant makes it the perfect environment for a laid back meal. So if you're looking for a cool restaurant bar with style and charm, then look no further than The Aviary Bar.
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 its 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.
Shaka Zulu is a great restaurant bar in Camden with fabulous cocktails, a generous happy hour and unique and fascinating decor. Shaka Zulu is an impressive themed venue that couples fantastic international food with delicious cocktails - allowing you to head down and enjoy drinks or nibbles before the clubbing starts. Book your place at Shaka Zulu online.
Smith of Smithfields is a characterful venue that caters for whatever mood you might find yourself in. Spread across four 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.
Small, sexy and intimate, Resident of Paradise Row is bringing the best of all worlds to its restaurant and bar. The venue is located in East London, in a former railway arch and serves a delicious selection of British dishes, all of which can be washed down with a pint of craft ale or bottle of wine.
If you love Iranian food, there’s a little paradise tucked away in Battersea for you. Bababoom serve up delicious Persian flatbreads topped with charcoal grilled meats and punchy vegetables, all soured form high-welfare British produce. They’re open from brunch till dinner as well, if you want a delicious meal and drink in a fun, relaxed environment.
Le Bar is a new restaurant bar based in Farringdon that couples wonderful cocktails and wine with a delicious selection of frapas (French tapas). The restaurant was opened by the same masterminds at the Michelin-starred restaurant Club Gascon and will recreate recipes and flavours from South West France.
Run by a multi-award winning chef, Restaurant Ours is the perfect restaurant bar destination in London. With both a relaxed approach to the interiors – boasting exposed brickwork and cute wooden furnishings in a spacious room, and a serious approach to great European food, you’re guaranteed a great time
Based in Victoria, Greenwood is undoubtedly one of our favourite restaurant-bars in London. Serving amazing food that's certain to leave you grinning from ear to ear, the venue's carefree approach, relaxed vibes and many seating areas makes it perfect for a group dinner. From hearty steaks to flavoursome pizzas and Thai broths, you definitely won't regret eating here.
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.
The toastie specialists at Morty & Bob's have teamed up with Night Tales, creating a cafe-cum-bar called NT's in Hackney. 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.
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.
View 94 is perfect for anything any sort of special occasion. The upstairs, candlelit restaurant offers a delicious menu of fine dining treats, with panoramic views of the river, or if you’d rather a more relaxed night, head downstairs and enjoy their relaxed lounge bar.
Been to Balham and found yourself getting familiar with The Exhibit? Then you're going to love what's in store in Streatham. Sister bar to this beloved name, head on down to Exhibit B for the same cool atmosphere amongst top dishes and cocktails aplenty.
Head to Brigade Bar and Bistro for everything from a homely British meal through to a spritz on their outdoor terrace come summer. The spot is moments from The Shard and is open throughout the day, whether you're after a bit of breakfast or formal dinner.
Quaglino’s is the restaurant bar everyone’s been talking about: luxurious, with a kitchen delivering some of the finest European food with a Middle Eastern twist, as well as an enviable live music schedule.
Whether you're after a crafted cocktail or a Mexican soft taco, May Fair Kitchen has got all you need for a casual night in Mayfair. The spot meshes Moroccan Medina style bar with fancy British restaurant, along with serving plates inspired by Italy, Spain, Mexico and Peru.
Not only does the Leicester Square Kitchen offer up Mexican and Peruvian small plates designed for sharing, they also deliver delicious South American cocktails too.