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.
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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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.
With it's street art, cool games and easy menu, Beer & Buns is a bolthole in the City. Stop by afterwork for a quick bite of Asian inspired goodies, a pint of craft beer and games such as pinball and foosball.
Meat People is a laid back diner in North London that has been built with the people in mind. Head down to this charming, communal restaurant and tuck into a menu of delightful dishes - all made from the highest quality cuts of meat and freshest ingredients... and all locally sourced too! Whatever dish you opt for, why not accompany with a glass of vino from their impressive selection, or wash it down with a classic cocktail?
Casual and cool, and more that ready to deal with your unrelenting burger habit, The Fire Stables is a laid-back restaurant in South London that provides humble diners with piled-high patties, cool craft beers and plenty more.
With its light, airy interiors and afternoon charm, there's nowhere more casual to enjoy a meal close to Victoria than Royal Quarter. Hunker down for a selection of international and epicurean dishes filled with poise and flavour.
Offering varied and diverse menus for all occasions and all times of the day, it's no surprise that Bill's is one of London's favourite casual dining restaurants. Offering boozy brunches, sumptuous lunches and daily dinner specials, it's a perfect all-rounder.
Hankering for a meal in Holborn? Sick of stuffy, stuck up restaurants? Then we think you deserve something fresh and new to try. Found in the heart of Holborn, Balls Brothers Shoe Lane is a classic dining space known for its affordable British plates, top notch drinks menu and laid-back charm. Tuck in, and enjoy.
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.
Giving the capital mouthwatering pizzas made from wild yeast and stone ground flour, Radio Alice serve sought-after sourdough bases, airy bites and fine Italian wines.
Set in a formerly disused car park, the Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen has casual dining in London down to a tee. Come and make yourself comfortable inside this truly unique oasis, foods are honest and beautifully created and they've paired up with a classy selection of drinks. Make for the snug garden area to chill out with great views of the Shard.
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.
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.
A popular destination for people looking to wind down after work, WE ARE BAR sits right next to Liverpool Street station and boasts an expansive outdoor terrace area, perfect for alfresco dinner and drinks. Head here to peruse their extensive wine collection and enjoy their British cuisine with an international twist for an informal dining experience in London.
Granted, Blues can create a raucous atmosphere as the evening wears on and those bourbon cocktails take over. It's a more laidback affair a little earlier in the day, though, as guests cosy up in booths and bond over platefuls of glorious Texan BBQ. One of our favourite chilled out restaurants in London and a popular choice if you're heading out in Shoreditch, finish off with a sing and a dance to those soothing blues tunes.
Looking for some low-key, lip-smacking, mouthwatering pizza? Swing by Voodoo Rays and get a slice of the action. Offering everything from breakfast pizzas to veggie, vegan and meaty treat, these guys have mastered the art of the finest NYC-style slices.
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.
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.
Once your nose leads you into Bababoom, you'll feel more than welcomed by the attentive staff. Sit down for a relaxed meal of charcoal grilled meats, Persian flatbreads, and punchy vegetables, all filled with delicious Middle Eastern flavours and sourced from quality British produce at one of their great restaurants in Battersea and Islington.
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.
Based in Wandsworth, Stillwater is a fun-loving cocktail bar and kitchen that serve some of the best flavours in South London. Chef Brett Milligan has worked tirelessly to produce an enticing menu of Cajun food, while cocktail masters Dan Priseman (previously of NOLA Bar in Shoreditch) and Simon Webster have produced a line-up of classic concoctions that can compete with any in London.
Head down to Covent Garden for some deliciously fun pizzas and Fire and Stone. Around the corner from the renowned London theatres, they serve up a fun menu of delicious global pizzas, coming from cities like Mumbai and Casablanca, as well as loads of refreshing cocktails.
Based on the simple philosophy of using fresh ingredients to make stunning dishes, Walkers of Whitehall has established a reputation for serving exquisite dinners and brunch in a casual environment. From a traditional full English breakfast to a cumin leg of lamb and bavette steak, served with chimichirra, their talented line-up of chefs have worked hard to create a menu of flavoursome, traditional gastro dishes that explode straight off the palete.
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.
Cottons in Vauxhall is bringing you a taste of the Caribbean with its delicious plates and cocktails. Located in Vauxhall, the venue is full of sunny decor, steel drum music and even has a rum shack to serve up all sorts of tropical concoctions.
One of Camberwell's cosiest spots, this charming wine bar and restaurant brings you tasty nibbles and small plates, alongside a great selection of local craft beers and cocktails.
Just a few minutes walk from Shoreditch High Street, this unique pub offers some of the finest vegan eats in town alongside some of the most ethical beers, which donate to over 40 different charities worldwide. If its good karma you're looking for, look no further than The Green Vic.
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.
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.
Looking for somewhere a little laid back? Head to Firebrand, where you'll not only find an enviable location but also a casual menu boasting everything from wood-fired pizza to authentic pasta, all washed down with wine, beers and classic negronis.
This spot in Fulham has a certain offbeat charm, to it, with its Edwardian Underground-themed decor and furnishings, multiple eateries and delicious cocktails. It really is perfect for just chilling with mates for lunch, or grabbing a quick bite.
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.
Dining in London can sometimes feel like a bit of a fuss, so take away the strain of choosing somewhere to go and let The Cow be your guide instead. A hearty gastro inspired eatery in the heart of Westfield Stratford, head on down for cosy dining, charming plates and a laid-back enviroment.
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.
Forget the fuss and ditch the frills because this Clapham favourite is serving up top-notch dishes and drinks in laid back settings. Venture south of the river for JAmaican-led small plates, tasty desserts and bottomless brunch alongside rum-laced cocktails and Caribbean beers.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Nothing says a casual meal out in London quite like a leafy, suburban boozer. Enjoy just that as Duke on the Green in Parsons Green is a charming getaway from the bustle of the capital; primed with gastro dishes, cold pints and casual spaces aplenty.
Hankering after a casual place to eat in London? A destination that not only boasts views of The Shard and riverside views of the Thames, but a top roster of gastro plates to boot? Then you've come to the right place. Chilled, charming and perfect for the hungry, tuck into top plates and wile the night away.
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.
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.
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.
If you're looking for something rather laid back, head to The Breakfast Club. You'll find friendly service, paired back interiors and a simple menu compromising of breakfast and brunch dishes, plus classic cocktails and twists on old favourites.
A firm favourite for pubbing out west, Ealing Park Tavern is a cosy place to enjoy some beer, seasonal foods and a laid back atmosphere. A pretty casual place to dine in London, you can enjoy your dinner in its rustic countryside setting where stags heads and antlers adorn the walls. Settle down over a weekend or head here for some comforting after work drinks too.
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.
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.
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.
Showcasing the finest flavours that Mexico has to offer, Cantina Laredo infuses traditional recipes with contemporary twists. Based in Covent Garden, the team of chefs have curated a truly intriguing menu, where each dish has been produced by mixing authentic ingredients with modern-day cooking techniques. Working with a range of meats, spices and vegetables, the kitchen reproduces the same dishes that can be found in some of Mexico's regional cities. Full of flavour and with a few spirit-heavy cocktails to boot, you'll definitely leave with a grin etched on your face.