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 23rd November 2020




The Harcourt

29 user reviews 5

Located inside a Grade-II listed Georgian townhouse, The Harcourt is a beautiful spot for lunchtime in Marylebone. Blessed with five rooms featuring stunning artworks and contemporary design, this is one opulent space to settle in to sample some modern European delights, with a nod to their Scandinavian heritage obvious throughout.

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.

Heist Bank

317 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.

Cafe Route

16 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.

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.

St. Barts Brewery

261 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.

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.

Balham Bowls Club

171 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.

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.

Bird of Smithfield

13 user reviews 4

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Stretching across 5 impressive floors, this vintage Georgian town house is an excellent choice for chilled out get togethers with your mates and a classy lunch with clients. Head to the gorgeous first floor restaurant and pick something from the a la carte menu, with drinks on the suntrap roof terrace to look forward to in the warmer months.

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.

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

53 user reviews 4

Bottomless Brunch!

Do it Deep South, and do it right. A must-try destination in the heart of Shoreditch, there's a naughty dash of New Orleans at Blues Kitchen that East London is finding hard to resist. Whether you're being bold with a bowl of brisket, gunning down a crab burger or ploughing through piled high-patties, lunch at Blues Kitchen is a lie down and undo your buttons kind of affair.

The Botanist Broadgate

5 user reviews 4

Bottomless Christmas Drinks

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.