Casual Restaurants in London
In need of a breather from the 100 miles per hour nature of the capital? Find the best restaurants for casual dining in London with our hand-picked guide! Featuring laidback eateries with a touch of urban NYC, easygoing restaurants playing sweet soul music and stripped back cafes with spectacular views of the Shard, recharge those batteries at our recommended picks for casual restaurants in London.
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Renowned Aussie spot Timmy Green has opened in the breathy and beautiful NOVA complex in Victoria. The restaurant is known for their hearty and healthy dining - think vegan plates, steaks cooked on a Josper grill, and a bottomless brunch that was made for Instagram.
Located in the heart of the City, HộP Vietnamese is an excellent casual dining restaurant that's perfect for lunch dates and after-work socialising. Replicating the vibrant eateries of Hanoi with its bright interiors, the restaurant is made even better with cracking happy hour deals.
Proving that not all restaurants in London are super pricey is Rosa's, a cute little Thai spot. With a laid-back and simple setting as well as an affordable menu, this spot serves up delicious South East Asian food, from Beef Mussaman Curry through to Pad Thai.
Casual British dining in a hearty, traditional pub? Sold. A firm favourite amongst the boozing, Liverpool Street crowd, head on down to Dirty Dicks and their plush, English dining room for an honest dose of gastro meals and British classics.
With locations including the picturesque setting of Battersea Rise and a charming hideaway in Oxford Circus, Pho is a firm favourite on London's casual dining scene. Expect tasty Vietnamese food with authenticity and relaxed service at the core.
While Drake and Morgan is a laid back venue perfect for a catch up with friends, they don't skimp on quality. Head there for some delicious grilled meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, or stop by one of their two bars for fabulous cocktails and tasty wines.
Delivering delicious comfort food at all time of the day and accompanying each dish with an ice-cold drink, Smith of Smithfield is a vibrant, four storey restaurant in Central London. Decorated with distinctly rustic decor, the restaurant's talented team of chefs work with the best cuts of meat that Britain's farmers have to offer, butchering, seasoning and grilling each cut on site before serving it to the many guests that walk through the door. To help wash the copious amounts of comfort food down, the bar offers 60 different types of craft beer and an array of handcrafted cocktails.
Whether you are settling in for a meal or quick bite while seeing London's sights, Aubaine is here for you. In the convenient location just outside Hyde Park, they serve up some amazing French and European food, making it the best spot for a relaxed bite whatever time of day.
Looking for a chilled out restaurant in London with something a little extra for afterwards? It's time you met The Exhibit, a hub for eating, drinking and socialising in Balham. Check out their Dinner and a movie nights, where you can get a large plate from the main menu and a ticket to their snug independent cinema for less than £20. A great choice for a casual date night in London.
A name to be proud of when it comes to chicken in London, Absurd Bird is one of the biggest names in casual dining in the city. Not only perfect when it comes to their poultry, their cocktails are a list to be messed with in a laid-back and cool, East London inspired setting.
Just shy of London Fields, this unique eatery offers a fun atmosphere to chow down on a delicious selection of Mexican eats. From soft tortilla tacos and cheesy quesadillas, to fajitas, hefty burgers and brunches, it's an affordable and friendly neighbourhood spot to check out.
Whether it's a post-shopping pit stop or an evening before the theatre, Comptoir Libanais is serving up scrumptious plates of Middle Eastern fare in vibrant settings. Stop by and indulge in delicacies such as mezze, falafel wraps and fresh salads.
Well Street Pizza is an ideal place to chill out, thanks to their delicious cocktails and craft beer, coupled with their wood-fire cooked, Neapolitan pizzas. And if you fancy a late night drinking spot, their basement speakeasy is great for that.
Bringing offbeat charm and some of the capital's finest eats, to it, these great market hall venues are truly offering something for every appetite. With a plethora of eateries and delicious cocktails, it really is perfect for just chilling with mates for lunch, or grabbing a quick bite.
It might have a slick City venue on Finsbury Square, but Burdock is a bundle of fun. The venue whips up a seasonal storm, with sharing plates including goodies such as lobster and pork belly, as well as a selection of gorge-worthy milkshakes. Head to the bar for a selection of craft beers and shuffleboard.
Relaxed and welcoming - yet seriously stylish - Ping Pong specialises in seasonal, bite-size dim sum, refreshing cocktails and theatrical Chinese teas. It's a stunning place for some food and drinks across London, with an excellent brunch offering which includes bottomless plates.
A little bit of Australia in the heart of London Bridge, Lantana is a cafe-bar with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Head down in the evening for wine and sharing plates, or make it into your bottomless brunching spot come the weekend.
Pop into SAMA for a casual meal and you won't be disappointed. The venue operates like a member's club without the membership, meaning you can get that high quality without having to spruce yourselves up. Perfect for munching on their selection of tasty Caribbean treats.
The Pizza Pilgrims team are opening yet another site in London, this time setting up shop in Canary Wharf. Known for creating authentic, Neapolitan pizzas that are topped with the most flavoursome ingredients, this new East London venue also offers 16-player foosball tables, plasma screen TVs and vintage video games.
Having previously won the 'Best burger in London' award, Haché has got all your burger needs sorted with an eclectic range of chicken, steak, lamb and plant-based goodies. Dishes include chicken katsu sando, steak Mexican, rosemary sea salt lamb and chicken shwarma as well as tasty sharing plates, salads and brunch goodies
The restaurant found in the heart of one of London's most notorious clubbing destinations is one of your more unlikely places to eat but ahead of the wave when it comes to casual dining in London. Haymarket Kitchen in Tiger Tiger boasts vibrant interiors and a relaxed aesthetic where you can enjoy a curated international menu with influence from Mexico to Europe.
We need to talk about The Four Thieves' Gin Yard. A charming alfresco space with ample comfy seating and artworks lining the walls, the space is covered all winter so it's really cosy all year round. Head out here with a drink or two before dinner and enjoy those relaxing vibes, they grow the lavender used in their gin out here, so it smells great too. Head chef Richard Allen prepares a menu of seasonal and fresh British pub classics when it's time to eat.
Located in the heart of King's Cross, this charming Italian bar and restaurant serves fresh food and creative cocktails against a backdrop of bold interiors and leafy walls. The Megaro Eatery is a perfect place to chill and sip on Dolce Vita-inspired creations and nourishing small plates.
In need of a casual dining spot in London? Carb lovers will go absolutely nuts for Pasta Remoli. They're serving up some of the best Italian eats, from creamy spaghetti to decadent ravioli and plenty of parmesan cheese to top it off.
Beautifully crafted with sleek furniture, exposed brick walls and simple decor, the bar offers over 30 different varieties of wine for the venue's guests. If that wasn't enough, guests can accompany their drinks with a selection of delicious, casual dishes.
If you're looking for a casual, but beautiful, place to grab a bite to eat, these London Iberica restaurants have your back. Think tasty tapas of croquetas, jamon Iberico and tortillas washed down with vino or sangria.
Echoing some rustic Spanish style and offering a menu of small plates and platters, you can nibble on tapas inspired plates at The Bolthole. The epitome of casual dining in London, this wine bar turn spot for dinner is a favourite among city folk thanks to its underground spec of brickwork arches and character.
Struggling to find a decent casual dining spot in South London. Fear not, the team at Meat & Shake are here to help. The venue has made a name for itself by serving fine cuts of seasoned halal meat. Enjoy a belly-warming brisket, sink your chops into a seasoned steak or enjoy a cheese and sauce topped burger that's full of attitude.
A cool and vibrant hangout in the heart of New Cross, Radio Delicious is your new favourite pizza joint. They dish out all manner of tasty slices, with many vegan options available, plus serve up refreshing pints, tasty cocktails and showcase DJs and live music.
The Rum Kitchen goes above and beyond expectations of a casual restaurant, in fact it's a non-stop party. Swing by the Soho haunt and you'll find a vibrant atmosphere paired with flowing rum-based cocktails that are bursting with flavour and equally bodacious food offerings.
Rudie's is your place to get delicious Jamaican food in Boxpark, offering up tapas-style, traditional dishes like their signature real jerk chicken and boss burger, as well as a grab and go lunch counter. Wash it all down with their tasty rum drinks too.
Head to Euston, Bloomsbury, Notting Hill or Aldgate where the stylish and relaxed VQ has got you covered for quick bites and long lunches from breakfast through dinner. Boasting everything from soup and sandwiches to steak and spaghetti, it's one of London's best casual restaurants.
A fun and casual restaurant in Battersea, KIBOU is the place to head if you're looking for some of the best Japanese food in South London. The menu here fronts everything from hot ramen and soft bao buns to fresh-cut sushi and healthy poke bowls, and it all comes in at a pcokdet-friendly price.
Based in the heart of Britain's political world, The Loose Box was created with the busy working populace in mind. Open early in the morning to cater for Westminster's many early risers, the restaurant-cum-cafe serves a number of delicious dishes throughout the day. Using only the freshest ingredients available and working had to ensure they cast the smallest possible carbon footprint, each meal and sharing platter is stunningly refreshing and will leave guests smiling from ear to ear.
Sophistication and relaxation meet at Balans Society Soho, with a quirky interior, amazing cocktails and a mean British menu, this all-day den is the perfect way to hide away from the bustling streets outside.
The Birds in Leytonstone has been given a make over, keeping its traditional boozer charm and adding a heap of kitsch interiors inspired by Alfred Hitchcock. As well as a delicious pub menu, great craft beer selection and quaint beer garden, the venue also hosts regular events from brunch through to bingo.
With a selection of affordable and delicious European small plates and a cracking drinks list, Effra Social is a great spot in South London to pick up a bite to eat. Join the casual venue as they bring a Georgian townhouse to life with live music, games nights and plenty of fun.
Tucked away in Paddington Basin, not only are Lockhouse known for a supreme selection of craft beers, they're here to help all your casual dining needs with some of the very best in award-winning burgers and bites.
For some informal dining in London that promises hearty British plates of classic food, Jamies St Mary at Hill. Tuck into sharing platters, small plates, burgers and big plates like their cracking pie of the day or ribeye steak. Boasting quite the collection of fine wines as well, Jamies is a casual restaurant with style.
Looking for a casual place to eat in Central London where the atmosphere is fun, frivolous and dare we say it, flirty? Then we've just the joint. Leave stuffy attitudes at the door as The Long Acre welcomes in diners for classic British plates, affordable cocktails and more.
Having already pulled off several sell-out residencies across London, pop-up restaurant Fodder is now teaming up with cos cocktail bar Shrub and Shutter to create a menu full of innovative small plates that pair perfectly with their crowd-pleasing concoctions. Available between Wednesdays and Saturdays, the menu is divided into small plates and 'sticks' all made with seasonal ingredients and minimal waste products.
With dark grey walls, deep velvet sofas, and an airy roof terrace, No 32 The Old Town has got everything you need for every occasion. Start early with a healthy and filling breakfast, before moving on to hearty dinners and stylish cocktails.
When it comes to casual dining in London, there's nothing better than the scoffing of pizza between friends, and Venn St Records is offering out just that. Join them in their cool music themed bar for cocktails, of course, but also a fun smattering of pizza bites to boot.
Ain't nothing a more casual dining restaurant in London than a brew pub in Angel where gleaming copper stills can be marvelled at behind the bar. Chug on some of their in house brewed stuff or try out the craft beers matched to each of the plates on their hearty menu of British classics. Satisfying all pub folk and craft connoisseurs, you'll find heaven here.
With its stripped back interiors and neat selection of Persian small plates, this quirky and cool Battersea spot is the perfect place to pitch up after a long week and enjoy some delicious food with a side order of live music and comedy.
Looking for a more chilled spot for brunch or dinner? You can head to Tupi Castle Sqaure for some delicious eats and pressed juices. Choose from tonnes of options such as their salted caramel pancakes, avocado toast or their steak and eggs.
A family-run restaurant on the Brompton Road, The Gojk offers a delicious mix dishes from across Europe and further abroad. Head down for the chance to tuck into grilled tiger prawns, lamb croquettes and some of the best steaks in West London.
How to get good food in London without any of the fuss? Head down to Gotta Trattoria, who serve up a daily changing menu of delicious Italian food that blends in flourishes of British into the mix. Their alfresco dining area is perfect for the summer months, and their drinks range from home-made vermouth to a signature bottled negroni.
Tank and Paddle is the City's newest spot for a quick lunch or stellar after-work pints as the venue brings you some seriously delicious pizza and beer. Located minutes from Monument, there's a huge range of delicious stone-baked pizza and craft beer comes from their Meantime brewery - ensuring it's wonderfully fresh.
This cool restaurant in Bethnal Green is located on the buzzing Paradise Row and boasts a menu of vibrant Venezuelan eats. Explore a plethora of authentic dishes that are jam-packed with flavour, such as cachapas, rice bowls and their namesake, arepas.
Looking for a laid-back neighbourhood restaurant and bar in Exmouth Market? Coin Laundry has your name all over it; serving up proper comfort food, rejuvenated 70s cocktails and a big fat slice of nostalgia in a cosy and comfortable setting. Come for a couple of drinks or play some kerplunk in the basement; there's an 'anything goes' spirit that makes Coin Laundry an excellent option for a casual London meal.
Looking to keep things casual when it comes to dinner in London? Sounds about right, and it sounds like Heist Bank might be up you alley. Found in Paddington with industrial interiors and art-sy nods, head on down for craft beer alongside a delicious roster of wood-fired pizzas.
Don't be phased by its menu of over 110 wines and 60 cocktails, Bbar is a casual spot that's perfect for after work drinks and client meetings. Housed in the heart of Victoria, the unique South African inspired bar and restaurant has quickly become a favourite for city folk.
Boasting a lively atmosphere and a Modern American menu Smollenky's is an East London restaurant perfect for casual dining in London. With a dedicated bar downstairs as well as an expansive outdoor terrace where you can lap up views over Reuters Plaza, Smollensky's is a Canary Wharf favourite for all things food, drink and socialising.
If you're looking to enjoy some casual dining in London, head over to Miscusi in Covent Garden. You'll be treated to healthy pasta dishes and the freshest Italian classics, all of which have been given the seal of approval by expert nutritionists.
If you're looking for a casual Chinese restaurant, without compromising on flavour, then The Red Duck in Balham is the place for you. Think crispy spring rolls, sichuan veggie dumplings and Singapore fried noodles, all washed down with signature cocktails.
A chilled-out spot in the heart of Canary Wharf, Scarpetta Restaurant is a top spot if you're looking for a relaxed meal out. From the stylish interiors to the delicious menu of fresh Italian cuisine and fabulous cocktails, this place is coming up trumps.