Best Restaurants in London
Where once the UK was scoffed at for its food, the capital has now become one of the shining stars of European gastronomy. From sublime Michelin starred restaurants to marvellous pub grub, you should never go hungry when strolling the London streets. But with so much to choose from, how do you know where to eat? Well, check out our list of the best restaurants in London and give your belly a real good time.
Last updated on 25th May 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!
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.
Northbank Restaurant is a must-try for fans of spectacular views and cosmopolitan ambiance on the riverbank. With an amazing location right next to the Millennium Bridge, you'll have magnificent views of the Thames and South Bank while enjoying some New York style drinks. Being right next to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe, it's the perfect place to wind down with a delicious meal after a cultural day out.
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.
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. Accompanying this is an intriguing cocktail list and a vast wine menu 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.
Head over to Islington to find the gorgeous Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings. Spread over several floors, the venue is a leafy, airy and light affair with a garden room and conservatory. Food is seasonal and British while the cocktail menu is filled with juicy concoctions.
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.
It might not be much bigger than a postage stamp but that doesn't stop Encant from serving some of the city's best dishes. The tiny and intimate Covent Garden spot dishes up a range of Spanish plates, from fried oysters through to cured salmon, as well as delicious cocktails.
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.
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.
Vietnamese in the kitchen, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Restaurant Ours combines a luxury dining experience with a relaxed setting to create one of the best restaurants in London. You’ll be able to dine surrounded by stripped-back interiors, with exposed brickwork wooden furnishings in a spacious room, all while dining on a menu packed with delicious European food.
Brought to Covent Garden by the ever famous Cinnamon group, Cinnamon Bazaar is one of the most noted restaurants in the heart of the city. Boasting some of the best Indian plates in the business, colourful interiors and Mr Lyan cocktails, no nights here are ever wished away.
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.
The famous Pizza Pilgrims team shift their focus to West India Quay. Armed with the freshest ingredients and old recipes, the team have created a reputation for themselves when it comes to delivering amazing Neapolitan pizza dishes. If that wasn't enough, there's also a 16-player foosball table and huge plasma screens to keep you entertained. Grab your mates, grab a huge slice and relax on one of their cosy chesterfield sofas.
Little Quiet is bringing a different side of dining to East London as the team behind Disappearing Dining Club open their first restaurant near the Barbican. Discover the underground winebar and restaurant as they serve European dishes with a Scandinavian twist in an intimate setting.
A stunning powerhouse of cool Asian cuisine and fare, Asia De Cuba is a must-try for high end dining in the city. Boasting a wonderful selection of champagne and an eclectic roster of dishes, you'll be impressed by the plush interiors, the stunning service and the Eastern dishes with a twist.
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.
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.