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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Last updated on 8th September 2020




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.

Masala Wala

191 user reviews 5

Masala Wala is a charming and friendly Pakistani restaurant that is great for everything from a catch-up through to a relaxed date night. Head to Brockley to find the spot that's run by a mother-daughter team, along with finding plenty of delicious dishes.

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.

The Bolthole

85 user reviews 4

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. 

Arcade Food Theatre

5 user reviews 5

Whether you're looking for a quick bite to eat, an evening of drinking and dancing or a full-blown feast with friends, Arcade Food Theatre's the spot for you. The luxury new all-day food hall, located in Tottenham Court Road, hosts some of London's best restaurants - think Lina Stores and Flat Iron Workshop - and three conceptualised bars, as well as regular live DJ sets.

Gotto Trattoria

0 user reviews 5

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.

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.

With its stripped back interiors and easy-going pasta menu, Pasta Remoli is a great casual restaurant in London. Head to Ealing Boradway or Finsbury Park to find their fresh homemade pasta, which can be topped however you like, or following the chef's recommendations.

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 Loose Box

1 user review 4

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. 

The Birds

29 user reviews 4

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.

Chop Shop Stratford

2 user reviews 5

This Stratford-based Asian restaurant gives off a fun and laid-back atmosphere with a mix of individual and communal long tables and benches, colourful ceiling-hanging lanterns and graffiti wall art. Their menu also has a tonne of dishes to choose from, including a number of tapas-style sharing plates. 

Meat & Shake Tooting

28 user reviews 4

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.

Coin Laundry

95 user reviews 4

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.

The Four Thieves

46 user reviews 4

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.

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. 

Heist Bank

308 user reviews 5

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.

Burdock

146 user reviews 4

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.

Shrub and Shutter

181 user reviews 5

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. 

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.

Clerkenwell & Social

297 user reviews 4

Clerkenwell & Social are pretty casual about their bookings policies. So relaxed, in fact, that you can reserve an area or a table for drinks here with no minimum spend involved. A literary themed venue renowned for its homemade bitters and syrups, while away the hours with great cocktails and delight at an Italian-inspired menu where everything is made from scratch at this laid back London restaurant.