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 21st September 2021




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.

The Sipping Room

1096 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.

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.

Balham Bowls Club

305 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.

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.

Fire and Stone

6 user reviews 4

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.

Heist Bank

367 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.

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.

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. 

The Four Thieves

109 user reviews 4

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. 

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.

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 Owl and Pussycat

378 user reviews 4

A lively afterwork boozer also brings the goods come lunchtime. Head to Shoreditch's The Owl and Pussycat for hearty pub lunch options, with fish finger sarnies, burgers, and fish and chips all stodgy enough to soak up the inevitable lunchtime pint.

Balfour St Bart's

270 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.

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.

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.