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.
Home to a slap-up selection of Mediterranean dishes, this unique Soho restaurant fronts a state-of-the-art charcoal grill, alongside a range of refreshing cocktails and some very slick interiors in which to enjoy them.
For an authentic taste of Thailand head to Rosa's Thai Cafe. The sleek little venue brings you plates such as Pad Thai and Mussaman curry as well as cocktails inspired by South East Asia; find them across London.
Postpone the trials and tribulations of city life and relax in this intimate spot instead; The Botanist is a sophisticated restaurant featuring funky tables, marbled pillars and cosy booth seating. Settle in for a lunch break featuring the finest British and European cuisine, with signature cocktail serves to be enjoyed in the Soda Room lounge downstairs.
Looking for the perfect lunch in Marylebone? Make your way to XR for a set menu featuring cured salmon with trout roe, burrata with red pepper and chilli and roasted cheesy aubergine alongside cocktails, orange wine and plenty more.
A gorgeous spot in Farringdon, Coin Laundry is flooded with natural light and sports 70s vibes with wooden seating, a tiled wall feature and yellow lampshades. The decade has also inspired the food menu, which is packed with dishes such as rabbit balti pie and chicken kiev.
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.
Treat yourself during your work break and head to Marcus in Knightsbridge for fine dining and delicious three course lunch. With eats like lamb rump and roasted salmon, the Michelin starred restaurant brings contemporary European cuisine to the next level.
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.
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.
Head down to fire and stone, whether you are in a large or regular group, and you can have some delicious pizzas. Just a stone's throw from Covent Garden's theatres, they have an impressive menu, including pizzas from cities all over the world: from Casablanca to Mumbai.
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.
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.
One of the prettiest spots in London, Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings in Islington is a completely unique space. The venue is divided into sections with a plant-filled Garden Room, The Greenhouse and a Cafe, all perfect for a plate of their seasonal British food.
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.
Get out of the office and head to The White Swan for a delicious pub lunch, made from seasonal British ingredients. The Chancery Lane boozer is perfect for an intimate bite to eat with goodies such as roast duck breast, day boat fishcakes and toad in the hole filling you up til tea time.
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.
From sashimi salads through to 28-day aged rump steaks, Timmy Green is bringing the best of Aussie dining to London. The NOVA Victoria restaurant is a master of fast and casual dining, with a delicious menu served in a gorgeous and light setting.
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.
Found just moments away from Primrose Hill, The Queen's is a characterful pub that's great for lunchtime if you're in the Camden area. The menu is comprised of fresh and seasonal mains made from scratch, or there's a choice of sandwiches and more healthy options if you'd prefer to keep it light.
If steak is your thing, you're going to love this restaurant. From Chelsea to the City, Marco Pierre White and James Ogilvie Robertson are serving up some of the best cuts in the business, with swanky surroundings to match.
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.
Located in the heart of Chelsea, The Phene is a charming gastropub that has got a slick choice come lunchtime. From light lunches that let you combine proteins and salads through to open sandwiches, lunch here is a healthy and tasty affair.
From the bright and airy space to the casual set up, Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill is perfect for a mid-shopping treat. The restaurant is part of Gordon Ramsay's empire and serves some of the best steaks in the area, along with a nifty selection of sushi - and we've not even started on the classic cocktail menu...
Sure, it's in the heart of The City, but prepared to be surprised by the level of countryside cuteness going on at The Jugged Hare. Tuck into this taxidermy-filled, cosy spot for an afternoon of classic British dining - with their namesake signature always worth a try.
From dining on all-day dishes on the outdoor terrace to grabbing a quick bite to eat before heading to Liverpool Street Station, Devonshire Terrace is a pretty spot for lunch in the City. Make it your go-to for client meetings, taking a break from hectic work day, or just chilling on a day off.
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.
A chilled out space of contemporary elegance, this is a great place in the city to unwind and reflect on your day. The venue serves up tasty and immaculately presented British fare, with friendly service and an array of cocktails, wines and quality microbeers to match.
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.
Tuck into authentic wood fired pizzas as well as the traditional gastro-grub spread of burgers, sandwiches and steaks at the Nags Head where hearty nosh comes as standard. This Angel resident satisfies those punters looking for a laid-back boozer with some country side appeal.
Jamies Tudor Street is conveniently located right near Temple tube station, making it the perfect place to stop for some lunch. With hot main courses and a selection of delicious sandwiches, there's something to suit you whatever mood you're in. The extensive wine list is also perfect for complementing any meal, lunchtime or otherwise.
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.
Have lunch at Drake and Morgan and you'll be treated to a delicious and fresh menu of meat, fish and vegetable dishes, washed down with a fabulous selection of cocktails and wines. In a rush? Their deli can give you a quick bite to eat on your way back to the office.