Cool London Restaurants
London 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 top cool places to eat in London so you can experience fun dining at its very best. Bon appetit.
The self-professed 'House of Song' has an incredible, electric atmosphere owed to by its live music request policy. Taking over an old warehouse space, the restaurant will take you back to the days of old jazz lounges with sumptuous social dining and tunes all night.
Looking for cool places to eat Spanish food in London? Head over to one of Iberica's swish venues, where you'll be tucking into mouthwatering tapas plates in beautifully sleek surrounds. As for the menu, think croquetas, seafood, tortillas and other delish classics.
While Soho is home to many a trendy restaurant, Korean Dinner Party in Kingly Court is set to be a very sought-after plot for East Asian feasting. Not only can you dig into delicious fusion tacos and bacon mochi, but you can also wash it down with wildly inventive cocktails.
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 arepas, surrounded by trendy decor.
Inject a little cool into your life with Hoppers Marylebone. Enjoy dining in their gorgeous upstairs space which is adorned with colours and contemporary furnishings inspired by the Tropical Modernist movement. Special occasion? Book one of their semi-private dining vaults.
With freshly sourced ingredients that are delivered daily from Cornwall, Sea Garden & Grill Tooting is up on our list of cool restaurants in the city. This joint is home to innovative plates, alongside classic dishes from oysters to cod, alongside plenty of lip-smackin' ocean-inspired concoctions.
Switch things up with a trip to the world's first vampire-themed pizzeria. Perfectly perched in Camden, Lost Boys Pizza & Croque Monsieur are dishing out tasty slices on signature charcoal bases, all with off-the-wall toppings and a nostalgic 80s backdrop.
With punchy margaritas, short rib mole and tuna tacos on the menu, Santo Remedio is one of the slickest spots in London. Inspired by the cantinas and mezcalerias of Mexico City, this authentic restaurant will keep you fed and watered all night long.
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 before venturing down to the basement to check out their pinball machines, scrabble boards and other retro games.
One of the coolest restaurants in Marylebone, The Seashell of Lisson Grove is an excellent choice for seafood lovers. Choose between having your organic fish freshly grilled or fried - we're talking eats such as popcorn cod, haddock and much more.
One of Bethnal Green's favourite bars, this eatery offers some of the finest sourdough pizzas in London. With everything from classic margs and meaty mouthfuls to veggie delights and vegan upgrades, Fugitive Motel's got something for everyone.
Of all the quirky places to eat in London, Hand of Glory not only makes one hell of a Sunday roast, 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, cider and beer.
Putting all associations of darts being an 'old man's game' to absolute shame; welcome to Flight Club. Truly revolutionising the pastime as we know it, it's all electronic gaming and scoring here (so you don't even have to be that good). With authentic thin-crust pizzas on the go too, this is one trendy London spot.
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.
A bog-standard restaurant Chelsea Funhouse is not. Split over three floors, this wonderland of big kid fun includes a cocktail lounge and immersive code-cracking experience. And for when you get peckish? The ground-floor eatery boasts mouthwatering a la carte options alongside sumptuous menus inspired by the French salon.
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 oriental delicacies will entice you in whilst authentic flavours will keep you coming back for more.
Heading out to Acton may seem like a bit of a mish, but it's worth every step of the journey with some of the city's best entertainment as the light at the end of the tunnel. Gravity-defying acts, epic hula hoop work and some top-notch pub nosh is what goes down at this fun London restaurant.
Whether you're on a date or just after a comforting brunch, Mare Street Market will hit the spot with dreamy interiors, delicious pizza and a serious selection of craft beer. They're also home to a vintage vinyl shop that's well worth a visit.
Covered head to toe in lush foliage and vibrant furnishings, this Square Mile eatery fronts a gorgeous selection of plates for you to get stuck into. From decadent brunch offerings to seasonal mains of British cuisine, 14 Hills is easily one of the coolest restaurants in London.
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.
If you're on the hunt for cool restaurants near Bank Station, The Libertine is a great place to eat. Enjoy everything from fresh oysters and blackened chicken to plant-based burgers and miso aubergine. Pair with a cocktail or glass of wine.
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.
One of the coolest places to eat south of the river, Backyard Cinema is inviting you to get tuck into the Studio Bra's artisan pizzas and loaded nachos, and smashed patty burgers from Honest Burgers' Test Kitchen. As for drinks? There's everything from frozen cocktails to fresh pints.
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 (digital beer pong!) before taking to a karaoke room to end the evening in style.
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.
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.
Decked out with rustic wooden floors, striking hanging lights and gorgeous tiles at the bar, Iberica Marylebone is one gorgeous spot. Modernising the look of the classic Spanish restaurant, this place does similar in the food department, serving up the likes of sharing paellas and hake fillet with green pepper cream.
Can't quite put your finger on what cuisine you're craving? Head to Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden and you can sample it all. Lined with tasty street food stalls, this stunning outdoor venue is the perfect lunchtime spot, with gorgeous twinkling lights when night falls.
It's not hard to see why Circolo Popolare gained such a name for itself. Following in the footsteps of its stylish sister Gloria, the restaurant oozes cool with gorgeous interiors, picture-worthy dishes and an entire ceiling dedicated to a breathtaking floral installation. Basically, if you're looking to impress, you've found the place.
One of London's coolest restaurants, Chotto Matte fuses Japanese and Peruvian cuisine through its innovative Nikkei menu. Pop over to the Soho spot for the chance to tuck into beef tataki and passion fruit salsa, sea bass ceviche and aubergine miso sushi, washed down with some of their sumptuous signature cocktails.