British Restaurants in London
For years we put up with every country on Earth turning their nose up at our food until, one day, all the chefs in Britain just said no. Not only is London now a culinary powerhouse to rival Paris, actual British cuisine has evolved from simple pies to full on gourmet deliciousness. These pubs, restaurants and bars have got British ingredients, British recipes and created some of the best British food in London. So take a look at our recommended list of the best British restaurants in London and get a tinge of patriotism as you eat.
Last updated on 22nd September 2017
Bourne & Hollingsworth is a cute all-day brasserie perfect for eating great food in comfortable environment. Spread across four rooms, the insides are soaked in greenery, clean white colours and tonnes of character, coupled with sofas soft enough to sink into. The menu is all about tasty British gastro food washed down by delicious cocktails.
Throw yourself back to your school days with a naughty alcoholic twist at the Schoolhouse. Their menu is packed with traditional school meals (but, you know, actually good), with a ‘tuck shop’ for lighter bites. The retro memorabilia is pretty cool, but it really shines in the drinks department. The teachers have confiscated over 60 craft beers and the science professor has concocted some interesting cocktail mixes for you to experiment with.
Sitting in the suave Broadgate Circle is the Botanist, one of the trendiest bars around. While it is often used as a hub for after-work drinks, they also have a menu packed with great British cuisine. Make yourself comfortable amongst the shapeless tables or cosy booth seats and enjoy some fine dining British food, washed down by a cocktail or two.
Located in Chelsea, The Pig's Ear changes their menu on a daily basis to account for the best in British seasonal produce. A mix of quirky and homely decor, the pub is a traditional boozer that gives a warm welcome with fire places and vintage-style furniture.
The Jugged hare may serve up delicious British gastropub food in London, but the venue itself has a quirky edge. Filled with taxidermy animals in a Grade II-listed building, your surroundings will scream eccentric as you tuck into delicious plates of gastro food. With an eight-spit rotisserie and a walk-in wine room where guests can hand-select their wine, there aren’t many places to get as pure a British experience as here.
Along with creating apprenticeships designed to help people out of homelessness, Bridge Bar and Bistro is also a delicious all-day eatery close to Tower Bridge and The Shard. From comforting classics to seasonal dishes, the menu showcases the very best of Britain.
While Powder Keg Diplomacy might have the colonial vibes in recipes and decorations, they certainly have modern sensibilities when it comes to taste. Their elegant Victorian bar is complimented by an equally elegant menu, offering a range of traditional British food, all while drinking great cocktails.
Does anything say British food in London more than a big cut of meat? Gillray’s Steakhouse sits in the shadow of Big Ben and the London Eye and is filled with majestic oak table tops and chesterfield sofas. But the menu is all about delicious cuts of British meat, cooked to perfection, all washed down by some amazing sloe gin. Perfect!
St Barts Brewery is a monument to delicious British food in London. Melding the contemporary with classical London architecture, they serve up a massive range of beers and wines from the country all in a comfortable space. Their food, though, is ‘BBQ British soul food’: think comfort bites with a bit of a kick!
Plush, elegant and filled with wine, One Canada Square is one of the best choices for a London British restaurant. The food touches around Europe, with a focus on British dishes, and there's an excellent amount of choice on the menu. The focus on choice extends to the wine list too, where guests can peruse a tablet filled with a wide selection of different bottles on offer to wash everything down.
If you want to eat at the best British restaurants in London, you should probably have some pretty good views to boot. Cue Aviary, sitting on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel in Finsbury Square, their 6000 sq ft rooftop is a great place to tuck into British seafood, or even cuts of meat found on the island cooked in their coal oven.
On the outside, The Black Dog looks like a cool British boozer. On the inside, though, it’s a contemporary British gastropub that you need to go to. The main string to their bow is their massive stocks of beer and wine, including ales and continental beers, but their kitchen isn’t something to avoid. Boasting a wide range of gastropub dishes, it’s impossible to leave there hungry.
Open all-day serving up breakfast through to dinner, if you’re looking for a place to eat British food in London, you can’t go wrong with Kitty Hawk. Whether you feast downstairs on their Ashdale award-winning steak, or in their all-day dining space for light bites and craft beer, they have the space for you. And with it being just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station, it couldn’t be more convenient.
It doesn’t really get more British than Gun. The pub is a Grade II-listed 19th Century building, painstakingly restored to its former glory, and steeped in history. Modern comfort combines with historical presence in the design and sitting prettily by the River Thames makes it an ideal place in London to eat British food. Expect a gastro menu packed with pheasant, Cumbrian beef and Peterhead cod alike.
No.11 Pimlico Road is a relaxed, all-day eatery serving up delicious wine and fresh food. The venue itself is all mellow tones and wooden furnishings, making it a comfortable escape from the busy Chelsea streets. Their menu boasts fresh British food – with a few European dishes thrown in for good measure – and this can all be washed down by one of their wines from their on-site wine shop.
Beer lovers, you’re in for a treat this month as some of the best breweries are opening their doors for you. The tour gives you the opportunity to taste your way through the finest craft beer, while learning all about them along the way.
The London Cabaret Club lets you feast on delectable British dishes while watching shows celebrating the country’s culture. Serving up wonderful plates of British tapas dishes, both your tongue and eyes can be dazzled as you watch everything from a James Bond-style celebration of the city, to even a cabaret in appreciation of British pop.
The Guinea is the best place to visit for delicious British food. A top English pub in the heart of Mayfair, they serve a variety of delicious dishes, boasting superior Scotch beef and award-winning pies, delivered with silver service. And you can wash it all down with a variety of food, wines and beers.
The Yacht London is an elegant restaurant and bar based on the banks of the River Thames that deals only in elegant nights out. Head chefs Marcus Fontaine & Antonio De Castilla have wracked their brains, coming up with a menu of traditional British dishes that all have subtle European twists added to them.
A great atmosphere and quality food makes Tanner and Co one of the best British restaurants in London. Head down for brunch, lunch or dinner, and they’ve got a variety of dishes to feast on, from sharing platters to individual large plates packed with tasty British meat and veg. And with it just a stone’s throw from London Bridge, it couldn’t be easier to get to.
Chiswell Street Dining Rooms offers elegant interiors and delicious British bites in one fancy restaurant. Whether you come for an afternoon tea (can you get more British that?), or a plate of new or traditional British dishes, while relaxing in their elegant leather clad restaurant, you are guaranteed a truly British experience.