Cool London Restaurants For 2024

This city is home to some of the best and most lavish restaurants in the world, let alone the country. From Michelin-starred chefs to infamous celeb-clad eateries, this here city is a palatable playground of exquisite foods. So, where to start? We've curated a list of our favourite cool restaurants in London so you can experience fun dining at its very best. Bon appetit.

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Last updated on 22nd April 2024




BiBo Shoreditch

From the interiors to the Spanish menu, BiBo Shoreditch is just oozing cool and flair in all its aspects. Expect to chow down on everything from tapas to paella, brunches and £25 six-course express lunch menus which include glazed aubergine, patatas bravas and more. The cocktails here are pretty impressive too, including a fruity Sweet William or the mezcal-based Jimador.

Greyhound Cafe

From after-work drinks to mid-week dinner and boozy brunch at the weekend, Greyhound Cafe has it all. Expect modern twists on authentic Thai food, with a menu coming all the way from East Asia following successful venues in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and more. Their venue has a laidback feel thanks to simple wooden furnishings and an open kitchen, while dishes range from prawn tempura to rib eye satay or spicy green curry.

Barge East

Though any Hackney Wick restaurant is instantly cool - Barge East is quite the unique visit. Bobbing away on the River Lee, this old school Dutch barge-turned-floating restaurant is led by head chef Stefano Camplone, who ensures sustainability is at the core of the menu. Everything is made with produce either picked from their own on-site garden or sourced from local suppliers, which you can enjoy in the rustic but undoubtedly trendy dining area. Feast on everything from delica pumpkin with miso dukka to smoked haddock rillette, swilled down by signature cocktails like the Fool's Bloom (made with pomegranate, white rum, amaro, lemon and ginger ale).

Lan Kwai Fong

As well as offering an extensive and varied selection of eats from across East Asia, Lan Kwai Fong is also fronting some unique activities to enjoy. Get stuck into digital beer pong before taking to a karaoke room to end the evening in style. As for the menu though, expect an extensive selection which includes deep-fried chicken wings, steamed Beijing dumplings, spicy beef noodle soup and so much more.

The Palm House

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An eye-catching bar and restaurant, featuring vintage bar stools, tasseled lamp shades and huge windows paired with tropical plants, The Palm House is quite the beaut. Head to the Victoria dining destination to enjoy gorgeous bottomless brunches, with French toast and Benedict muffins, or hit them up for fun dinners while listening to live DJs. On the menu? Picanha steak slathered in chimichurri, as well as burgers and roasted cauliflower.

Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden

After cheap and quirky restaurants in London but can't quite put your finger on what cuisine you're craving? Head to Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden and you can sample it all, from spicy burritos to juicy burgers or a Chinese feast. Lined with tasty street food stalls and two huge bars serving everything from draught beer to cocktails, this stunning outdoor venue is the perfect lunchtime spot, with gorgeous twinkling lights when night falls.

Voodoo Rays Peckham

Whether you're in Peckham or Dalston, Voodoo Ray's is one of the best casual restaurants in London. This pizza joint boasts nine original flavours to choose from, as well as monthly specials, served as New York-style slices and 12 or 22-inch full pies. Their toppings range from vegan chorizo to Cumberland sausage or goat's cheese, and you can even get £3 slices every Monday, alongside £7 frozen margaritas from the slushie machine. 

The Libertine

The Libertine is a historic venue - not only is it set in The Royal Exchange but it was also the place where the very first Royal License for alcohol was granted. Enjoy everything from fresh oysters and blackened chicken to plant-based burgers and miso aubergine here, paired with a cocktail or glass of wine. They've even got a dedicated bloody Mary station, and you don't want to miss out on their famous Sunday roasts either.

Mare Street Market

Whether you're on a date or just after a comforting brunch, Mare Street Market will hit the spot with dreamy decor, delicious dishes and a serious selection of craft beer. Their menu really has got everything too, from shakshuka and tofu poke bowls to peri peri chargrilled chicken or a whole lot of pizzas. The warehouse-style interiors and abundance of greenery make for a relaxing meal, and they're also home to a vintage vinyl shop that's well worth a visit.

Lost Property Hotel

Looking for fancy restaurants in London? Situated in the City, opposite St Paul's Cathedral, Lost Property Hotel and its Found Restaurant and Bar are absolute stunners. Get ready for Murano glass chandeliers, plush leather seating and unique artwork, not to mention an upmarket menu of French and British classics. You'll find everything from beef bourguignon to lobster here, with a mouthwatering cherry Bakewell cheesecake for dessert.

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Looking for cool places to eat Spanish food? Head over to one of Iberica's swish venues in Victoria, Farringdon and beyond, where you'll be tucking into mouthwatering tapas plates in beautifully sleek surrounds. The decor is slightly different at every location, creating a unique dining experience at each, but you can expect stylish white walls and rustic wooden tables wherever you go. As for the menu, think croquetas, seafood, tortillas and other delish classics.

Shrub and Shutter

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Shrub and Shutter aren't just mixing up superb sips, they're also offering up a selection of delectable and eco-friendly bites. The uber-cool Brixton cocktail bar regularly hosts residencies from a changing roster of sustainable kitchens and chefs, teaming up to create an incredible menu of unusual dishes. And if you can't decide what to order? You can try out their entire menu for just £100 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Sea Containers

Inspired by the golden age of transatlantic travel, expect to find influences from both sides of the pond on the menu at Sea Containers. This is a beautiful place to dine in central London, with lots of space to enjoy the variety of small plates, sharing platters and comfort food classics, as well as a striking stainless steel bar for afters. From brunch right through to dinner, expect to munch on plates like seabass ceviche tacos, butternut squash flatbreads or wild mushroom pot pie.

Inamo Covent Garden

Unlimited Asian tapas & sushi with free-flowing wine or beer £49.95 per person and 2 other offers

Inamo in Covent Garden is a must try for those that want a little something extra out of their meal. Coming at you with some of the finest Asian fare, the restaurant's tables are also wholly interactive, meaning you can order, play and even watch the kitchen on them. As for the food at this futuristic spot, think tapas-style plates like yuzu pork belly or wagyu beef parcels as well as larger dishes such as Singapore noodles and sushi platters.

Wild by Tart

Drink, dine and relax at this imposing former power station eatery, found in the beautiful Belgravia. Founded by the team behind Tart London, the restaurant's stunning pared-back interiors are matched with innovative and sustainably-sourced dishes - think braised lamb ragu flatbreads, mussels cooked in miso butter or Jerusalem artichokes topped with burrata. You can also enjoy their feasting menu for £45 per person, which includes four courses and finishes with an indulgent chocolate and caramel cookie.

The Courtesan

An imperial wonderland of charming Chinese eccentricities and ancient interior design describes Brixton's The Courtesan. Palate-teasing dishes of plump dim sum and other traditional East Asian delicacies like bao buns and sticky ribs will entice you in, while authentic flavours will keep you coming back for more. This place doubles as a late-night cocktail bar too, perfect if you want somewhere to relax all evening.

Coin Laundry

One of the best restaurants in East London, Coin Laundry's coming at you with a hardy roster of 70s-inspired eats and damn cool interiors. Hunker down for some of their delicious grub like chicken and leek pie or a hearty cheeseburger, before venturing down to the basement to check out their pinball machines, scrabble boards and other retro games. The Sunday roasts here are pretty special too.

The Piano Works Farringdon

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The self-professed 'House of Song'  has an incredible, electric atmosphere owed to by its live music request policy. Taking over an old Victorian basement space in Farringdon, The Piano Works will take you back to the days of old jazz lounges with sumptuous social dining and tunes all night. As for the menu? You'll find everything from dry-aged ribeye steaks to pan-roasted hake fillet or vegan lasagne here.

Arepa & Co Bethnal Green

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A cool, relaxed restaurant on the buzzing Paradise Row, Arepa & Co has an equally stylish menu of vibrant Venezuelan eats to match. Explore the flavours of South American as you graze on small pates of cachapas, rice bowls and of course arepas, surrounded by trendy decor. They offer a brilliant brunch menu too, available on weekends with options like avocado sunrise or smoked salmon and eggs.

Sea Garden & Grill Tooting

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After cool restaurants in London for lunch? With freshly sourced ingredients that are delivered daily from Cornwall, Sea Garden & Grill Tooting is up on our list of trendy eateries. This joint is home to innovative plates like smoked salmon arancini or pork belly with octopus, alongside classic dishes from oysters to cod, with plenty of lip-smackin' ocean-inspired concoctions to boot - garnished with the likes of edible bubbles and dry ice.

True Romance

For Italian-American dining with a difference, check out True Romance in Camden. This Tarantino-themed restaurant serves 20-inch pizzas whole or by the slice, topped in buffalo mozzarella, spicy pepperoni, artichokes and more. Whether you're heading there for a drag brunch, film screening or just a meal with friends, be sure to try out their two for £15 cocktails - such as a slushy daquiri or the watermelon margarita.

Ollie’s House Chelsea

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Be transported to Bali without leaving Chelsea over at Ollie's House. The relaxed restaurant showcases holiday vibes with natural tones, wicker chairs, verdant plants and warm lighting. Whether you fancy brunch, lunch or dinner, this joint has you covered with a range of fusion fare. Delve into bites like slow-cooked Korean short rib and Shanghai soy noodles, both of which come in at under £20, with indulgent delights such as an apple crumble bao for dessert. You can also nab all kinds of bargains here, like 50p gyozas on weekdays from 3pm to 6pm, as well as two-for-one cocktails every evening.

temper Soho

If you're looking for a cool place to eat in London, this hidden gem's the one for you. Tucked away from street level, temper Soho is an intimate restaurant that specialises in excellent steak and flame-grilled meats cooked over an in-house open fire pit. They also offer a cracking bottomless brunch here for £45 per person, featuring barbecue bites like dry-aged beef and chimichurri, as well as their popular roast dinners every Sunday.

The Seashell of Lisson Grove

One of the coolest restaurants in London for dinner, The Seashell of Lisson Grove is an excellent choice for seafood lovers, having been whipping up these dishes for over 60 years. Choose between having your organic fish freshly grilled or fried - we're talking eats such as popcorn cod, haddock and much more. As for the interiors, their eye-catching central bar is adorned with a golden octopus, while the back wall contains a spacious aquarium.

Hand Of Glory

Of all the quirky places to eat in London, Hand of Glory not only makes one hell of a Sunday roast and whopping 18-inch pizzas, but it also has giant maypoles making up its interior. Rife with traditional folk style, this Hackney pub is a favourite for informal dining and relaxed pubbing ventures where you can fill up on lovely nosh, beer and cider from some of the UK's leading independent brewers.

Mercato Metropolitano Elephant and Castle

Located in Elephant and Castle, Mercato Metropolitano is one of the original food halls in London. Enjoy a craft brew outside on their terrace, tuck into a freshly-made pizza on one of the communal tables in the main hall or sneak into the more secluded den and nibble on cured meat and melted raclette whilst sipping on wine. There are a number of private dining options here too, perfect for big celebrations with friends.

Miro

Get on down to Miro, one of the coolest restaurants in London for 2024, just a few moments away from Saville Row. Created by Cream Group's Executive Head Chef Toby Burrowes, The Mayfair hotspot is not just drawing hungry folk in with its stunning interiors and neon signs, but also its mega menu of international fare. Chow down on everything from upmarket fish and chips to chicken karaage, with all sorts of creative cocktails to match.

Sketch

You'll have no doubt heard of Sketch, one of London's trendiest, most Instagram-famous restaurants. Situated in Soho, the grand venue, opened by Pierre Gagnair (who gained three Michelin stars for his eponymous restaurant in Paris) and Momo Mazouz in 2002, is a real treat for the eyes. Not only will you find a two Michelin star restaurant here at The Lecture Room, but also a space themed after a magical forest at The Glade and the ever-quirky Parlour, to name just a few of this place's unique areas. Oh - and you of course have to visit the futuristic egg-shaped loos.

Dishoom Shoreditch

After the roaring success of its Covent Garden counterpart, Dishoom Shoreditch came to life in 2012, transporting diners to the eccentric old Iranian cafes from 1970s Bombay. Head along to the iconic Indian restaurant and settle among the antique furniture, brocade fabrics and luscious plants to delve into the droolworthy lineup of dishes. Kickstart your day with one of this joint's famed bacon naan rolls, or delve into the all-day menu of curries, biryanis, grilled meats and more. Our favourite is the chicken ruby: succulent chicken swimming in an indulgent makhani sauce.

Acme Fire Cult

Experience some of London's best BBQ food and trendy Dalston haunt Acme Fire Cult. Whether you're feasting on the heated terrace or inside among the slick interiors, prepare to forget where you are completely as soon as you take your first bite. The mesmerising menu features amped-up flame grilled grub like herd fed chicken with miso cream, roast beer with bone marrow butter and a selection of plant-based bangers from padron peppers to squash hummus and roast potatoes. Roof-raising tunes and fresh pints from 40FT Brewery will also be contributing to the unmatched vibes.  

Ikoyi

Proudly boasting not one, but two Michelin stars under its belt, Ikoyi serves fare inspired by sub-Saharan West Africa, but with a unique, experimental twist. Jeremy Chan, the co-founder and chef of this St James' Market hotspot is creative as can be, whipping up tasting and lunch menus, where ingredients are showcased in their 'optimum state'. Ideal for special occasions, the laid-back, minimalist space, filled with natural wood and copper-coloured walls, is up there as a seriously trendy place to eat.

Circolo Popolare

It's not hard to see why Circolo Popolare gained such a name for itself. Following in the footsteps of its stylish sister Carlotta, the restaurant oozes cool with gorgeous interiors, picture-worthy dishes and an entire ceiling dedicated to a breathtaking floral installation. Their menu changes on a monthly basis, but expect the likes of San Marzano tomato pizzas, homemade cheesy tortelloni and sirloin steaks. Basically, if you're looking to impress, you've found the place.

Bob Bob Ricard City

One of the most famous restaurants in London, Bob Bob Ricard's City outpost in the Cheesegrater building is perhaps best known for its 'press for Champagne' buttons. Decked out in bespoke chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and stylish blue and white furnishings, this is certainly one gorgeous place for dinner. The menu here features Jersey rock oysters, lobster macaroni thermidor and chateaubriand, with an equally impressive cocktail list to match.

Gloria

From Big Mamma, the group behind some of the city's hottest restaurants (like Circolo Popolare, Ave Mario and more), Gloria is an authentic Italian trattoria with a trendy Shoreditch edge. Make your way into the Great Eastern Street hotspot and uncover a 70s Capri-style dining destination complete with vintage carpets, draped curtains, relaxed seating and that famous mirrored ceiling. You'll be able to see the chefs at work in the open kitchen, whipping up huge lasagnes and gigantic meringue pies, not to mention their iconic cheese wheels filled with carbonara.