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.
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.
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.
Echoing some rustic Spanish style and offering a menu of small plates and platters, you can nibble on tapas inspired plates at Jamie's Suffolk Lane. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you're keeping it low-key, Seven Dials Market has you covered. Perfect for cheap group dining and laid-back date nights, this buzzing central London spot is serving up food from the likes of Pick & Cheese, Club Mexicana and Monty's Deli.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Tuck into a casual meal in East London as Shane's provides a front for some of the best New Zealand inspired food in the city. Moreish with their meats, head on down for steaks, venison and wood pigeon in a relaxed and charming dining enviroment.
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.
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.
Whether you're bound by the burger, or hankering for a plate of Thai ciurry, Jamies London Wall has a little something for everyone at their contemporary, charming and humble Moorgate eatery. Head on down for a plate and stay for their international selection of wine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.