Best For Lunch in London

Whether it's taking a break from your desk or idling hours of the afternoon in a cosy pub, lunch should always be an occasion. And fortunately, London has some of the world's best places to eat, meaning that no matter what you want from your midday, this city most probably has it. Check out our list of places to grab lunch in London to make sure you have one heck of a day.

Last updated on 29th November 2022




Balfour St Bart's

273 user reviews 5

St Barts puts on a choice of homemade burgers, classic British mains and renowned flatbread spreads from its Smithfield base. The focus falls on the best British ingredients they can lay their hands on, with meat coming from the nearby market and a whole host of artisan wines and Meantime Brewery beers to wash it all down with.

Humble Grape has a variety of tasty dishes to enjoy for lunch in London, from small plates to cheese and charcuterie, to whole meals – all to be feasted on with their 30 different glasses and 400+ bottles of wine.

The Hide Bar

159 user reviews 4

Hide Bar isn't only a well known place to try artisan cocktails, this hidden gem also has a kitchen that uses fresh local Borough market produce to create some crafted plates. Head to this cool haven for an intimate lunch of casual dishes, including the likes of their signature burger, avo on toast, and pan-fried cod with crushed potatoes. 

Looking for a midday bite to eat in Marylebone? Head to The Cavendish where you'll find a whole array of small plates and feasting menu to suit whatever mood. Prepare for a classy meal of smoked cod roe, spiced sweetcorn fritters, pork and apricot rillettes and whole bunch more.

Parcel Yard

305 user reviews 4

Brimming with lunch goodies in the form of beefy burgers, sandwiches, salads and a hefty selection of mains, The Parcel Yard is a lunchers delight. Great accessible setting, perfect pit stop in between trains and a grand old range of Fuller's cask ales - this pub brings some delish pub grub to King's Cross at some more than reasonable prices. 

Heist Bank

444 user reviews 5

With a cool, laid-back and easy going vibe, Heist Bank is the perfect place for a casual and quick lunch. Located near Paddington, the venue is a stylish mix of industrial design and quirky touches, along with having a pool table, delicious pizza and plenty of craft beer.

The Four Thieves

230 user reviews 4

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Ultimate belly builders in Battersea, The Four Thieves is a brimming destination for any lunch-style dining that you fancy diving into. Whether you're getting bold over burgers, guzzling in their dedicated gin garden or going at their selection of in-house brewed drinks, The Four Thieves is a pub like no other in the city, and it's simply made for lunch. 

Cafe Route

23 user reviews 5

With large plates, small plates, antipasti and sharing boards, this Hackney restaurant is one of London's top lunch spots. Stop in for a quick bite from the deli, or settle in for a long one, this friendly local restaurant is a delightful hangout.

Whether you're looking for a quick lunch spot or an afternoon tea, Karma Sanctum Soho is a prime restaurant for a Japanese-style meal or mini slides paired with chips. Their express lunch includes two mains and a soft drink for just £15.50.

Shaws Booksellers

1 user review 3

Shaws Booksellers might not be the first place that springs to mind when it comes to lunch, but it's time to reassess. While you won't find many hardback books here, this charming St Paul's Pub still has plenty of eccentricities, from Star Wars figurines through to a sturdy British menu.

Looking for a fresh and stylish place to drop in to for lunch time in the city? Balls Brothers Austin Friars offers all that and more, serving up seasonal dishes cooked from scratch just along from Liverpool Street. Menus change daily and food comes prepared in a theatrical open plan kitchen, and there's a superb array of cocktails, wines and beers if you were looking to make it a boozy one.

London Shuffle Club

791 user reviews 5

If you're looking for a top-notch lunch spot in the city...then be sure to head to London Shuffle Club. Choose from their awesome range of tasty grub or opt for their bottomless brunch with heaps of sourdough pizza, unlimited beer and bubbles.

Balham Bowls Club

460 user reviews 4

This former bowls club is still sporting plenty of interesting features in its new life as a pub, with blue patterned walls and a gorgeous ballroom space. If you're stopping in for lunch, make sure you try one of their burgers, with the signature topped with crispy pork belly.

Pasta Remoli bringing a DIY feel to Italian dining in London as the charming spot lets you style your pasta exactly the way you want. Choose your dish, sauce and toppings and enjoy the stripped back interior and more than welcoming atmosphere.

Whether you've found yourself in Victoria, Farringdon or other locations across London, Iberica restaurants have your back when it comes to lunchtime hunger pangs. Think tasty tapas washed down with wine or sangria, all in the most beautiful surrounds.

Marsha Soho

108 user reviews 3

Searching for a quick lunch stop? Or want to settle in for the weekend? Marsha's is a great place for a little mid-afternoon eating. Chow down on small plates of chicken, or try their amazing selection of burgers if you're feeling hungry.

Night Tales Loft

268 user reviews 4

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. Head down at lunchtime and eat your way through the venue's incredible selection of cheese-heavy toasties. 

Vicinity

1251 user reviews 4

The great thing about the riverfront eatery, Vicinity? The City of London spot serves up all types of cuisine from British to American and Mexican eats. You can guarantee you'll find something perfect for a delicious lunch.

This quintessentially British restaurant is great for a midday pit stop as they serve a seasonal mix of easy plates. There's something for everyone, with lighter plates including a delicious salmon salad, or if you're feeling famished, try one of their steaks.

The Sipping Room

1469 user reviews 4

Based in West India Quay, The Sipping Room is a welcoming bar and restaurant that serves both seasonal dishes and inventive cocktails. Open early in the morning and shutting up shop close to midnight each day, the venue caters for your every need. Head down at lunch and enjoy a delicious menu of seasonal classics and comfort food treats.

Isibani

74 user reviews 4

Inspired by cuisine from the streets of Nigeria, Isibani is an awesome restaurant to check out in Knightsbridge. You can get stuck into a 3-course set menu for £40. Enjoy munching on torched mackeral, yam dumplings and a sweet treat for dessert.