Summer went well on into September last year, so we're gonna keep talking about it. You know what else we're going to keep talking about? Food. And more importantly, some of the amazing hidden gems where you can find it. When it comes to some of the 6 best restaurants in London to try this summer, these guys are our absolute favourites, and have more than what your rumbling tum is looking for:
The best hidden gem in London: Rootdown
You've never been to Lower Clapton Road and you'd never think about going: No, this is wrong. Sure, it can be something of a miff to get to on occasion, but what if one of the best hidden restaurants in London lie in wait? Raw, industrial and toting a geometric edge, it's not just the scooping interiors that Rootdown will have you craving, their blend of North African, European and Mediterranean plates are notorious on the underground dining scene. I've seen people do crazy, wild and fearsome things for their bavette steak.
The cute one by the canal: Barge House
Penny countin' wont claim us one of those amazing flats on those canal, but they will afford you an amazing meal at Barge House. A perfect escape this summer from the fumes of the inner city. Plotted right by the water and keeping things strictly casual, Barge House is not only laid-back and lush dining, their meandering of dishes could have you chowing down on mushroom risotto with truffle oil in no time at all. Trust us, science says that being by water makes you 57.9% more happy, or something.
The one with plates more colourful than a Halfords paint aisle: Casita Andina
A step ahead of the rest when it comes to boasting some of the most eccentric, eclectic and colourful dishes in the city, Casita Andina may be a brand new restaurant in London, but they're already full force on the ceviche scene. Brought to Soho by Martin Morales and echoing pure Peruvian dining with a contemporary twist, hunker down for stunning plates that'll set your senses on fire once the sunshine comes out.
The one to leave your inhibitions at the door: Rum Kitchen Brixton
If you're always in the kitchen at parties, leave the house and go to this brand new London restaurant instead. Sure, you might be saying to yourself that you already know the Rum Kitchen name, but with brand new interiors, a Brixton plot and a menu that severely shines, let's go forth. It's summer and you're up for something new after all. Whether you fancy 18 hour slow cooked ribs, hunkering down in a booked booth with a few rounds of their rum or dowsing your stomach in jerk, this glistening addition to South London dining comes with open arms.
The one where fish are friends, and food: Mussel Men
I mean, would ya just look at the below, who wouldn't want to eat there this summer? But aesthetics aside for just a dash. One of the best hidden restaurants in Dalston, Mussel Men might not yet be clad with weight lifting competitions and tight vests, but it is laced with some of the best seafood in the city. Filling plates with mussels and lobster aplenty, not only is the casual cool here hard to miss, diners can snatch up a serious seafood deal on Tuesdays with their 'Lobster Tuesday' offer.
The best new place for BBQ and boozing: Texas Joe's
Getting out of London's cattle run sure ain't easy, partner, but there's a restaurant in Bermondsey that's making this summer all the more worthwhile. While he made his name on Dragon's Den with his infamous jerky, it's dining that's up now for Joe Walters as this seriously fun smokehouse is crooning diners not only with heaving plates of meat and prime British Silverside, the heart and soul of inner Texas dining is evidently hard to resist.
Leave no man or meat behind this summer in London at the newly opened Texas Joe's.