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 2nd January 2020




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.

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Looking to book out a special occasion restaurant for lunch in the West End area? Meet The Restaurant at Sanderson, where globally-inspired seasonal cuisine and artisanal cocktails are served up in a striking, contemporary setting. The menu is always changing and there's a heritage courtyard garden to retire to in the event of decent weather.

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.

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.

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.

The Owl and Pussycat

256 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.

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.

The Sipping Room

701 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.

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.

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.

The Four Thieves

46 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. 

Heist Bank

303 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.

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

52 user reviews 4

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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.