Our Guide To Women-Owned Bars And Restaurants In London

Published . By Kay Field.

In a city home to all kinds of food and drink offerings, we thought it's time to show a little love to the fabulous females that are running things behind the scenes. From dynamic duos cooking up authentic flavours to owners who are single-handedly changing the capital's dining scene, we're taking a look at the women-owned bars and restaurants around London that are well worth a visit. 

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Darcie & May Green Women-Led Restaurant | DesignMyNight

Get your fix of Australian cuisine from Darcie & May Green's restaurants.

North 

Luminary Bakery: A social enterprise helping to support and create jobs for disadvantaged women, this all-female Stoke Newington bakery is dishing up sweet treats and doing good while they're at it. Enough bread.

Hicce: Located in the oh-so-pretty Coal Drops Yard, Pip Lacey's Hicce has got you covered for everything from after-work drinks to Saturday brunches with classic British wood-fired focussed food.

Chuku’s: Founded by brother-sister duo, Ifeyinwa Frederick and Henry Southan Emeka, Chuku’s is not only critically-acclaimed, but it's the world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant – we mean cassava fries, honey suya prawns, oh, and their scotch bonnet jam is sublime.

Sambal Shiok: Get your fix of Malaysian food from this Holloway Road gem. Order yourself a signature laksa, noodle salad or rice bowl and see why the food critics are such fans of Mandy Yin's cooking.

Keystone Crescent: A gorgeous members club in King's Cross, Coralie Sleap's hidden cocktail lounge is providing you with late-night drinks in a luxury setting. The best part? The yearly fee is just £35. 

Caravan: Crispy chilli tofu, confit duck leg, rose harissa pizzas... Co-founded by Laura Harper-Hinton, Caravan has gained a name for itself around London for its delicious menus and expert coffees.

WanderInspired by owner and head chef Alexis Noble's upbringing and travels around Australia, Wander is serving up fragrant and refreshing dishes.

DoñaSpecialising in mezcal drinks and live music, Thea Cumming and Lucia Massey's all-pink basement bar is a must for fun nights out in Stoke Newington.

Prawn on the Lawn: Sustainable and freshly caught fish straight from the shores of Cornwall? The Islington restaurant has an incredible menu of seafood, as well as an on-site fishmongers where you can get your catch of the day to go.

Chishuri Women-Led Restaurants | DesignMyNight

Run by Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare, Chishuri is featuring decadent West-African delights.

South 

The Begging Bowl: Head over to Jane Alty's spot in Peckham for a Thai feast of charcoal-grilled celeriac, minced duck salad and stir-fried Brussels tops. To drink? Themed cocktails, craft beers and wine.

Peckham Cellars: Pairing fine wines with small plates, Helen Hall's female-owned London bar and kitchen is serving up some serious date night vibes. 

Chishuru: Situated in the heart of Brixton, Chishuru is bringing a taste of West African cooking to London. And with award-winning Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare at the helm, you know it's going to be good.

Caribe: You'll want to make a beeline for this one. A Pop Brixton stalwart, this Caribbean beauty is your go-to for curried goat, fried plantain and saltfish accra, all courtesy of Keshia Sakarah.

The Laundry: A stylish neighbourhood bistro, cafe and wine shop, South London's The Laundry has got you covered morning, noon and night, seven days a week.

Kudu: Nestled along Peckham's Queens Road, Kudu is providing you with mouthwatering South African eats, sleek interiors and tasty drinks, making for one of the most fun restaurants in London to visit.

Nandine: Kurdish cuisine in Camberwell? Nandine, run by Pary Baban and husband Pola, has gained a lot of love for its unique menu - think baharat spiced fries, smoked aubergine platters and gourmet kebabs.

Naughty Piglets: Founded by Margaux Aubry and Joe Sharratt, Naughty Piglets is a quaint bistro, perfect for a little date night. Enjoy delicious sharing plates, alongside a wide range of vino. Our recommendation? The steamed Cornish mussels.

Wahaca: We bet you've heard of this Mexican powerhouse, but did you know it was founded by a woman? Thomasina Miers, to be more exact. Thanks to her you can now get your fix of sustainable grub and wacky interiors.

Wahaca Women-Led Restaurants In London | DesignMyNight

Founded by Thomasina Miers, Wahaca features top-notch tacos and margs.

Central

Lady of the GrapesThe fittingly named Covent Garden wine bar embraces the term 'women supporting women'; owned by Carole Bryon, the place showcases female vintners.

Darcie & May Green: Part of the Daisy Green family - founded by Prue Freeman and her husband - this floating barge restaurant in Paddington Basin is bringing a taste of Australia to London. But it's not doing it on its own. Sister sites include Scarlett GreenZiggy Green and Timmy Green

The Chocolate Cocktail Club: Founded by Holly Brooks and Rachel Wisson, this oh-so-chocolatey good cocktail spot knocks up sweet tipples, fabulous afternoon teas, and fun events right in Farringdon. We highly recommend its iconic chocotini.

SwiftOne of our favourite London bars run by a husband and wife duo, Swift is shaking up signature cocktails in a gorgeous setting. Better yet, saunter over to its Shoreditch or Soho haunts before 7pm and you can enjoy spritzes for just £6.  

Mere: Craving something different for dinner? One of the best female chefs in London, Monica Galetti whips up dishes that uniquely combine both classical French cuisine with South Pacific flavours.

Wild by TartStarting as a catering company between two culinary queens, Wild by Tart quickly grew a following for its seasonal dishes made with sustainably sourced produce. Now, you can experience the tasty food yourself at its Belgravia restaurant, bar, cafe and events space.

Darjeeling Express: Garrick Street's Darjeeling Express is serving up traditional Calcutta street food and plates inspired by Southern Indian flavours. Inspired by owner Asma Khan's childhood, meals here are sure to please. 

Club Mexicana: With sites in Covent Garden and Seven Dials, Club Mexicana is all about meatless eats packed with flavour. Head here for short 'rib' tacos, loaded nachos and buffalo chick'n burritos.

Native: Having gained quite a name for itself at its former London Bridge site, the foraging-focussed kitchen is now providing you with wonderfully wacky and innovative dishes from its Marylebone digs.

Stem and GloryWhen it comes to women-owned restaurants, Central London is where it's at. Case in point: Louise Palmer-Masterton's Stem and Glory is always abuzz with City workers getting their hands on wallet-friendly vegan eats.

JikoniTreat yourself to a mouthwatering meal in a gorgeous location at Marylebone's Jikoni. On the menu? Plates inspired by cultures across South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa and Britain.

On The BabTuck into flavoursome bibimbaps, kimchi pancakes and other Korean street food with a trip to On The Bab's boltholes in Old Street, St Paul's, Covent Garden or Soho. 

Wild By Tart Women-Led Restaurants In London | DesignMyNight

Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison bring lavish interiors and botanical decor to their London restaurant.

East

The Vurger Co: One of London's best vegan restaurants, The Vurger Co is cooking up fast-food favourites in Shoreditch and Canary Wharf. Tuck into Beyond Meat patties, crispy 'chicken' bites and creamy shakes.  

Little Duck The Picklery: The wife and husband duo running this intimate Dalston spot (and its Soho wine bar Ducksoup) are bringing you biodynamic wines, affordable set menus and a regularly changing array of small and large plates. 

MildredsBeloved among vegans, Mildreds is dishing up incredible veggie and plant-based bites to hungry diners across London. Hit it up for pad Thai, gyoza and incredible burgers - their Korean fried chicken patty is a must.

Ballie Ballerson: Fancy heading to one of London's most iconic attractions? Founded by Wenny Armstrong, Ballie Ballerson is everyone's favourite ball pit venue, complete with Instagrammable interiors, bottomless brunches and fab cocktails. 

Rochelle Canteen: Something of a national treasure, this renowned Shoreditch restaurant is housed within a former school bike shed and founded by two of London's most influential women in food. 

Oklava: Oklava founders Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie serve Turkish delights, tasting menus and glasses of vino. We personally would go with their mezze plates - they are to die for.

Spicebox: Colourful decor, fun vibes and delicious meat-free Indian fare are on the menu at Walthamstow's Spicebox. Expect offerings such as jackfruit jalfrezi and cashew and coconut korma, as well as quirky brunches. 

Burro E Salvia: Just a hop, skip and a jump from Shoreditch station, Gaia Enria's pasta palace has got all your tortellini needs sorted.

Lucky & Joy: Trade in bog-standard chow meins and sweet and sour chicken for something a little different at Ellen Parr and Pete Kelly's mostly veggie Chinese haunt in Clapton.

Tayer + Elementary: With draught cocktails and yummy snacks being served, Tayer + Elementary serves amazing drinks in just seconds. Founded by Monica Berg and Alex Kratena, the venue really up the ante when it comes to unique dining experiences.

The George TavernLive music and classic grub come together at Pauline Forster's Whitechapel pub. Head here for Sunday roasts, beers on tap and a jam-packed roster of entertainment. 

Swift Women-Led Restaurants In London | DesignMyNight

Swift co-owner Mia Johansson is shaking up drinks and fun times. 

West

Albertine Wine Bar: A charming woman-led wine bar in Shepherd's Bush, Albertine boasts an extensive list of bottles from around the globe, as well as a few light bites.

Haya: Victoria Paltina's swoon-worthy Mediterranean restaurant scores 10s across the board for its stunning dinner offerings and weekend brunches.

KOJO: Craving plant-based dining? Founded by husband-wife duo Ryan and Alina Gromova-Jones, this health food restaurant is serving up vegan gyozas and jackfruit tikka masalas right in Hampstead and Liverpool Street.

MyrtleVenture over to Chelsea where modern European food with an Irish flare is on the menu at Anna Haugh's eatery. The icing on the cake? An extensive selection of international wines.

The River Cafe: Loved by food critics and acclaimed chefs - a good sign, if ever there was one - this famous Hammersmith restaurant is the handiwork of Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray.

Core by Clare Smyth: Hit up the UK's first and only female-run restaurant with three Michelin stars and experience Smyth's incredible food. If that wasn't enough, she's also won the World's Best Female Chef award.

Tayer + Elementary Women-Led Bars | DesignMyNight

Monica Berg and Alex Kratena, await your arrival with draught cocktails ready to go.

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