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

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.

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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.

The Jugged Hare

35 user reviews 4

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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.

28 West Bar

309 user reviews 4

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28 West serves up classic Americana treats with a modern twist on the banks of the Canary riverfront. The menu's depth makes it suitable for a quick bite, but we'd tip coming in to sample their small plates selection. Chicken wings and squid steal the show, and there's a delightful choice of continental craft beers and experimental cocktails for good measure.

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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.

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.

The Four Thieves

45 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. 

Fancy chomping on the colourful Mexican street food of Wahaca whilst swinging in their cool hanging chairs? Of course you do. The Wahaca in Soho is a top shout for lunch in London where you can tuck into a small but mighty feast of sharing plates, going as big or as casual as you like.

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.

The Botanist Broadgate

5 user reviews 4

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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.

The Anthologist

833 user reviews 4

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A stylish all-day bar, The Anthologist is a great bar in Bank for social after work drinks and dinner in chic surroundings. For a private lunch with friends or dinner parties, groups can book an area or table and enjoy some seriously tasty lunchtime grub.

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

256 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.

Jamies Tudor Street

116 user reviews 4

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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. 

Devonshire Terrace

340 user reviews 4

JanUary 2 for £20 and 1 other offer

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.


39 user reviews 4

Express Lunch 2 Course Menu for £20/Person and 6 other offers

Located on the corner of the main fine dining restaurant, Ooty Station is the perfect lunch spot in Marylebone. Offering a bespoke menu from Head Chef Manmeet Singh Bali, and hand-crafted cocktails, it's a brilliant quick fix with fine dining quality. 

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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.

The White Swan

131 user reviews 5

Christmas in January

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.

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.

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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.

The Jones Family Project

29 user reviews 4

If you've got steak, seafood and a strong vegan choice on your mind when in Shoreditch, then head over to The Jones Family Project come lunchtime. The smart basement restaurant has made its name with top quality cuts, but also caters to all dietary requirements, with a selection of different menus.

The Harcourt

22 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.

Sunday Roast at Scoff & Banter: From £19 per person and 2 other offers

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 Hide Bar

6 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. 

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...