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 26th September 2016
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 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.
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.
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.
Holborn's most acclaimed Pub & Dining Room can be found at the very heart of the City. The venue doubles up as a traditional London pub on the ground floor, and a stylish first floor restaurant and mezzanine on the first floor. The White Swan cooks up delicious traditional, seasonal British fare and makes the most out of British ingredients. Renowed as one of the best lunches in Holborn among barristers and commodity-checkers, hungry City workers can grab two courses from the Express Lunch Menu for only £14.50!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Ever been for dinner and drinks at the acclaimed Dabbous? You’ll know all about the skills of Oskar Kinberg and Ollie Dabbous if so; the partnership behind this rustic haven on Charlotte Street. A quaint and peaceful hangout, come for a banquet featuring grilled scallops, bavette grilled over hot coals and roast beef on toast.
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.
In its charming and traditional style complemented by its cosy and intimate feel, Davy's Wine Vaults exudes a smart, smooth, yet relaxing ambience; and besides being one of London's best wine bars, Davy's Wine Vaults also prides itself on its quality restaurant calibre, starting from 12 o'clock lunch-time to late dinners. Head chef David Kirby cooks up a storm in the kitchen with fresh, locally sourced British favourites, creating a menu of delicious dishes from sumptuous steaks to cheeky cheese boards.
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.
Sitting pretty in the leafy suburb of Hackney, Rootdown is a haven for Mediterranean cuisine and casual dining. Dig into European flavours and rustic interiors at this East London restaurant where seasonal dishes like Lamb Chump, Home Smoked Salmon and Onglet Steak are all up for grabs.
One of London's finest Indian restaurants, Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar combines a chic, contemporary design with bespoke dishes to create a modern, trendy eating experience. Indian dining like you've never had it before! It's a must-go in London, especially if you're looking for a bit of elegance to your night.
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.
Deep in the heart of Soho the DSTRKT 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, DSTRKT is as atmospheric as they come with an in-house DJ setting up your dinner entertainment.
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.
Serving the best of USDA prime beef, corn-fed for extra flavour, get your meat at its most succulent in this glamorous, 1930's inspired restaurant bar in the Hippodrome Casino. A stylish interior with a centre stage for live performances and a balcony over the casino tables, be entertained as you munch and guzzle in this quality venue.
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.
Twisting and tweaking traditional Southern dishes in a way that wonderfully brings out new flavours, the chefs at Absurd Bird have worked hard to curate a menu that packs a punch. Alongside the usual hearty dishes of succulent burgers and fiery ribs, all their chicken dishes are composed of only the finest free range meat, sourced from Fosse Meadows Farm and marinated in a secret sauce that explodes off the tongue with spice and flavour. Absurd Bird gets two thumbs up from us.
Serving up the best in Gastro grub, enjoy a varied menu with some of those favourite traditional dishes, mixed in with some delicious twists in the design for a night full of flavour. Add some tasty tipples, fine wines and boozy beers into the mix and you have the ideal night on the town in the middle of the thriving Kings Cross area.
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.
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.
To quote Ron Burgundy, POPdown are “kind of a big deal”. Voted as the 6th best pop-up in the world just four months after their launch last year, they’ve returned to take the London foodie scene by storm, this time taking over two stunning floors overlooking the bustle of Borough Market. Tuck into a seasonal, Asian-styled 5-course tasting menu complemented by craft beers, wines and bespoke cocktails galore.
Trader Vic’s offers a taste of tiki from its base in the London Hilton on Park Lane. Flavours from the Med, Middle East and Asia are all present on the menu, with those dishes cooked via the Chinese wood-fired ovens offering that smoky finish. Once you’re done at dinner it makes sense to stay for cocktails; there’s a whole host to choose between including the original Mai Tai recipe from way back in 1944.
Combining quirky New York cool into a restaurant bar in Covent Garden, Mishkins goes beyond your usual burger joint and combines eclectic deli foods with extraordinary cocktails. Perfect place to relax in after a hard day's shopping. Make a booking
E & O is a celebrity hideaway in Notting Hill and definitely worth a visit if you want something a bit more than your local chinese. The cocktails are beautiful and the asian cuisine is tops! It is splash the cash though.
Overlooking the beautiful Regent's Park, York & Albany is an elegant restaurant bar which also includes a delicatessen. Serving deliciously cooked yet uncomplicated British dishes, the restaurant is the perfect place for a weekend lunch or dinner. The bar is also ideal for a relaxed drink with a classic and contemporary menu. Make a booking
Join the elite crowds in sumptuous settings at the heart of Mayfair. Internationally renowned. Nobu brings you the finest japanese cuisine accompanied by professionally mixed cocktails. Whether you pop in for a drink or dinner make sure you grab your wallet as this place is splash the cash.
Offering informal British cuisine throughout the day, Ten Room at Café Royal is a fine culinary establishment providing the finest service and quality possible. Serving from breakfast to dinner throughout the week, they offer a contemporary take on British classics whilst serving a range of modern European dishes.
Hawksmoor is a dining institution for top notch British steaks and red wine. Locally sourced produce, perfectly cooked in a buzzing Central London restaurant. Great selection of drinks including delicious cocktails to wash it all down with.
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
Hate having to make a decision when you're spoilt for choice? Well then head down to Hackney's most innovative and exciting restaurant, Pidgin. This modern British eatery serves up a weekly-changing, no-choice, four-course menu of ever-delectable dishes. It's like being hosted for dinner, you don't have to worry about what's being rustled up, simply enjoy yourself with shots and friends!