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 high time to show a little love to the fabulous females that are running things behind the scenes. From mother-daughter dream teams cooking up authentic flavours to solo queens that 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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Tredwells

Get your fix of delicious food and fine wine at Tredwells.

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.  

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.

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.

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. 

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 Green, Ziggy Green and Timmy Green

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.

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.

CORE by Clare Smyth

Core's Clare Smyth is behind some of the best meals in London.

South 

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

Hello Darling: A gorgeous floral-filled cocktail bar, Tetiana Darling's Waterloo drinking den is whipping up beautiful tipples and European-inspired plates.

Masala WalaRun by a mother and daughter team, Masala Wala is championing traditional Pakistani cooking in its women-led Brockley abode. Come here for a knockout meal that's sure to please.

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 salt fish 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. 

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.

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.

Kudu owners

Try something a little different with a feast at Brockley's Masala Wala.

Central

Ella Canta: Martha Ortiz has been causing quite a stir since she opened her authentic Mexican restaurant in 2017, with plush interiors and gourmet classics making this a bonafide hotspot.

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.

Redemption BarVegan food has come to the West End thanks to this chic restaurant and bar. Sweetcorn fritters, BBQ cauliflower wings and beetroot pancakes can all be yours, alongside an entirely plant-based drinks menu.

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.

CorazonA DesignMyNight favourite for its knockout brunches and quirky margarita flights - we're talking coffee, guava and achiote flavoured - this Mexican hangout is tucked away in Soho.

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. 

Tredwells: If you're looking to impress, this Covent Garden bistro is the place to do it. Created with a strong sustainability ethos, Chantelle Nicholson's restaurant has gained a Green Star from the Michelin Awards.

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.

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 bibimbabs, 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. 

Corazon team

The Corazon team are ready and waiting to ply you with margs and tacos.

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. 

SwiftOne of our favourite London bars run by women, 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.  

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.

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. 

Doña: Specialising 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.

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.

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

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.

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. 

Done Stoke Newington

Doña is a pretty in pink women-run bar in London, shaking up Mezcal drinks and fun times. 

West

Albertine Wine Bar: A charming 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.

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.

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.

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

Myrtle

Head chef Anna Haugh is whipping up stunning dishes using Irish produce.

Like what you see? For more inspiration, take a look at our guide to black-owned restaurants and bars in London here.