Best Restaurants in London
London is known for its gastronomy with certain areas like Notting Hill, Clapham and Soho being particularly food focused. From sublime Michelin starred restaurants to marvellous pub grub, you should never go hungry when strolling the London streets. We have selected our favourite restaurants in London, that also have a great bar or sumptuous drinks. So if you are peckish, choose from our delectable selection of London restaurants across all budgets.
Last updated on 31st January 2017
Based in a former industrial launderette, Wringer & Mangle is a quirky restaurant with bags of east London charm. Relaxed and inviting, the restaurant specialises in healthy British plates that don’t compromise on taste. Consider an exquisite spread of pan fried hake, braised pork cheek and chicken stew dishes, washed down with plenty of takes on the classic Collins cocktail. Sunday roast is a big deal here too; as head chef Oisin Coyle serves up roasted meats and veggie dishes with a wide choice of sides.
This Shoreditch eatery is constructing a formidable reputation when it comes to serving up exquisite food and drink. Everything you'll encounter on the menu is freshly prepared on site using the finest produce and each & every dish comes to the table having been carefully constructed. The focus here is on grilled meats and seafood - be sure to try their renowned steak!
While some would heckle at the idea of a burger joint being one of the best restaurants in London, they've clearly never been to Dirty Bones before. Not only undoubtedly cool, they boast some of the most impressive Americana bites, and more than deserve their spot on this very list.
One of the best restaurants in the City of London, the Botanist serves a tasty and modern British-cum-European menu, alongside a varied selection of drinks. Come here for quirky interiors, gorgeous food and one the best atmospheres in London, any time of day.
Mixing surrealist jungle interiors and Victorian gentleman’s club vibes, dine in a vintage train carriage at Islington’s Hoxley & Porter. Get to grips with a menu featuring pies, pig’s cheeks and roasted guinea fowl and keep on the sweet side of the bar staff; they’ll show you The Crypt - the bar’s flavour laboratory where the mixologists do their thing - if you treat them nice.
Found on the 17th floor of the striking M by Montcalm Hotel, Urban Coterie promises dinner and drinks with a spectacular view if you’re heading out in Shoreditch. A top class collaboration between Searcy’s and the Michelin-starred chef Anthony Demetre, enjoy simple yet stylish British fare matched with cocktails and biodynamic wines while you look out over Old Street and towards the city.
Following on from the critical success of their sister venue in Soho, Cinnamon Kitchen is simply one of the best places for Asian food in London. Head chef Vivek Singh and the team in the kitchen serve innovative, flamboyant modern fare that won’t fail to impress. Tuck into a feast of grilles, locally-sourced meats and a hearty choice of vegetarian options at this prized Liverpool Street restaurant.
Victoria's dining scene sings loud and proud with a name like Kouzu under its wing. One of the best sushi restaurants in London and hailed for their sophisticated interiors, head on down to Kouzu for a night of delicious cocktails, Asian dishes, Waygu beef and creative plates.
Vietnamese in offering, stunning in physique, House of Ho turns your average Asian gaff on its head with its super stylish dining room and penchant for livening palates with flavoursome foods. Sitting pretty in Fitzrovia House of Ho is a contemporary expression of traditional Vietnamese cuisine with clean cut lines and a bit of classic edge to its interiors.
Northbank Restaurant with its cosmopolitan ambience is definitely a place you have to try. With amazing location right next to the Millennium Bridge you'll have magnificent views of the Thames and South Bank wile enjoying some New York style drinks. Being right next to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe, its perfect to go to wind down for a delisious meal after a cultural day out.
Boasting something a little different when it comes to dining out in London, not only can you enjoy a plethora of international plates and fine cocktails at the Jazz Cafe, you'll enjoy front row seats to come of the finest live entertainment in the city from bands to Jazz singers.
The Powder Keg Diplomacy has become a bit of a Clapham institution for great food and drinks in glorious victorian and truely british colonial setting. Have a night to remember and join the buzzing dinners of this South London gem. Make a booking now
When it comes to some of the best restaurants in London, it's always good to see innovation pushing forward. Promising just that, Inamo Camden boast one of the most interesting dining experiences in the city as you order from interactive tables and dine on some of the best Asian plates in the city.
Join the London suits for a spot of breakfast, lunch or dinner in the heart of the city. Chiswell Street Dining Rooms provides the best honest British food on comfortable settings; perfect for a business meeting.
A stunning powerhouse of cool Asian cuisine and fare, Asia De Cuba is a must-try for high end dining in the city. With the clinking of champagne glasses and the roster of dishes, you'll be impressed by the flush interiors, the stunning service as the Eastern dishes with a twist.
Shoreditch sure knows how to harbour them when it comes to some of the finest restaurants in London, so how about something sophisticated to top off your East London venture? A swank joint for indulgent plates and stunning cocktails, Tonic and Remedy are unique, they're bold and they're brilliantly delicious no matter the occasion.
Tucked away down Bermondsey Street - just a little way along from London Bridge - is Village East, a relaxed brasserie and cocktail bar that brings the slick feel of its Manhattan namesake to town. Based in a listed warehouse filled with large oak tables and inviting lounge chairs, discover one of south London’s hidden gems over a sit-down meal or a few cocktails at the bar.
The City may be home to some of London's best restaurants, but there's a name that stands (literally), head and shoulders above the rest. Part of the beloved ETM group, join Aviary not only for luxury dining but themed cocktails and rooftop drinks overlooking the city.
There’s more than a touch of Imperial Britain to Mews of Mayfair’s dining room. A space featuring antique maps, original beams and views of the kitchen, it’s a lavish and unique spot in which to retire and enjoy some relaxed dinner and drinks. Mews offers the feel of a member’s club without a joining fee; serving fine food and exceptional wines in stylish surroundings.
Housed in an old Georgian townhouse and stretching across five inviting floors, Bird of Smithfield is a great option for private dining in London. Make the second floor function room your own; it’s a space equipped with glass tables, tweed chairs and chic interiors, with market fish and steak of the day served on a menu alongside shepherd’s pie and spiced vegetable & lentil fritters.
Deep in the heart of Soho the Yoshiaki restaurant has been feeding city folk their menu of palatable European inspired dishes drawing on the fragrance of Asian dishes to create a strong steak and seafood offering. Set over a split level with a mezzanine, Yoshiaki is as atmospheric as they come with an in-house DJ setting up your dinner entertainment.
Brought to Covent Garden by the ever infamous Cinnamon group, Cinnamon Bazaar is one of the most noted restaurants in the heart of the city. From some of the best Indian plates in the business and colourful interiors down to Mr Lyan cocktails, no nights here are ever wished away.
When it comes to pairing wine with your meal, there's no restaurant quite like Humble Grape. Found in the heart of Fleet Street, not only do the interiors flit between contemporary, classic and industrial, the plates are seasonal, high-end and paired with the finest bottles.
Desperate to try some of the finest French dining in London? You may have just stumbled right across it. A stone's throw away from St Paul's, Cigalon isn't just bound by stunning interiors and fine wine, their Provencal inspired dishes are more than just to die for.
Housed in a Grade-II listed Georgian townhouse, The Harcourt offers an opulent, comfortable dining experience in the heart of Marylebone. With five rooms featuring a mish-mash of stunning artworks and contemporary design, ease into this slick space and survey a modern European menu with a nod to their Scandinavian heritage; there’s intriguing cocktails and a vast wine list for drinks.
Towering over Soho just so happens to be one of the most dashing and opulent restaurants in the city. From brooding curtains to rich colours, Six Storeys is not only the place to indulge, it's the place for after-work cocktails, seasonal British dining and fine wine.