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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you're looking for a casual bite to eat in Central London, then you've come to the right place. Book your table at Laboratorio Pizza Fitzrovia, where locally-sourced ingredients and authentic cooking come together for traditional Italian eats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in Chiswick, Charlotte's Bistro is a casual and easy restaurant in East London. Food is sourced from local suppliers and follows the seasons, while cocktails are inventive and unusual - nettle tonic, anyone?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An informal restaurant in London turn wine bar, The Crosswall knows how to do casual dining with a bit of style. Tuck into their small plates, platters or dedicated lunch and evening menus for some British inspired plates with an international twist. Sipping one some glorious vino and tucking into delicious foods sounds pretty alright doesn't it.
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.
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.