An old hand when it comes to hot places to eat in London, Balans Soho Society has taught younger kids how to play. The restaurant and bar is open 22 1/2 hours a day, kick your night off with seafood and cocktails, and end it with a comforting brunch.
Coolest Restaurants in London
From Carnaby Street over to trendy Shoreditch, London is one cool cat when it comes to eating out. From walls of flowers (that look great on Instagram) to live music and DJ sets while you munch, these cool London restaurants are so much more than their menu. We've gone through London's trendiest eating places, ditched those that don't make the cut and rounded up a list that covers gorgeous settings, buzzing atmosphere and photogenic food items.
The ultimate West London spot, Chelsea Funhouse is your one-stop-shop for all things drinking, dancing and debauchery. The ground-floor restaurant boasts a unique brunch offering inspired by French salon culture - think Bretagne crepes and bottomless fizz.
Another of London's prettiest restaurants, Bourne and Hollingsworth is topping our charts with a formidable brunch offering. Set in a townhouse-like building, the restaurant has a green-house meets mad aunty vibe; think comfy armchairs, vintage fittings and plenty of greenery.
Why settle for one of the city's coolest restaurants when you can spend an evening at a bunch of them? Enter Arcade Food Theatre, the new Tottenham Court Road food hall that features stalls from dining heavyweights Lina Stores, Flat Iron Workshop and Chotto, as well as live DJ sets and three conceptualised bars.
Quaglino's has been a cool place to eat in London for more than 60 years, with everyone from supermodels to Princess Diana frequenting. Located in a basement, the seafood restaurant has an iconic art deco theme, along with mixology that turns cocktails into an art form.
London's cool restaurant list wouldn't be complete without Blues Kitchen, a party haven and grill spot. The Camden venue cooks up sticky and juicy meat dishes in the early evening, before kicking the party off with rum-filled cocktails and roaring live music.
One of Victoria's latest additions, Wild at Tart is an independent eatery set within a former power station which also holds a deli, event space, coffee kiosk and photography studio. The menu here focuses on locally-sourced ingredients and pared-back flavours.
The uber-chic all-day eatery Provisioners is the perfect spot for a light lunch with friends or a fancy dinner if you're looking to entertain colleagues. Head to this former magistrates court for a sublime three-course meal before moving on to Courtroom Bar for after-dinner cocktails.
With giant lip-smacking pizza served by the slice, frozen margaritas, cocktails, craft brews and regular DJ sessions, it's no surprise that Voodoo Rays are a firm favourite in London's drinking and dining scene. Get a slice of the action any time of the day, their brekkie 'zas are really something special.
From a former Ottolenghi chef, Rapsa is an industrial and stripped back Filipino restaurant on Hoxton High Street. Along with an incredible bottomless brunch (hello, aperol spritz slushies), this spot has a nifty food menu, with plenty of fresh seafood options such as ceviche and soft shell crab.
Passing the 'cool London restaurant' test with flying colours, Dirty Bones' London venues are ticking all the boxes with a slew of trendy locations, American-style food menu, boozy brunches, and some of London's best restaurant playlists.
The Flatmates have made a triumphant return to the heart of the action in Notting Hill. Expect delicious boozy brunches, Sunday Roasts and house parties aplenty with a family-style vibe and cosy decor that'll make you feel right at home.
Undoubtedly one of the coolest restaurants in East London, Burger & Beyond is the Shoreditch that's renowned for its unmissable buns. From the bacon butter burger and truffle tots to classic cocktails and the Insta-worthy interior, this is one for your hit list.
Not only do Megan's whip up one heck of a meal, but they have some of the most beautiful restaurants in London. With this in mind, it's not hard to see why they've earned a reputation among bloggers and celebrities as a cool place to hang out.
An evolutionary sister site to the Michelin-starred Lima, FLORAL is bringing authentic Peruvian plates to the heart of Covent Garden within sleek, stylish interiors. Craving an after-dinner tipple? The downstairs Pisco bar is serving some of London's finest cocktails.
All-day dining destination, Mama Fuego, is the place to be if you like your food and drink served in Insta-worthy surroundings. Head to Greenwich for Australian vibes with a few South American twists; from the coffee to the bar, restaurant and bakery.
With eye-catching interiors and mouthwatering plates, this Frith Street beauty is putting itself on the map in no uncertain terms. Head down for the chance to tuck in to some innovative Nikkei plates, and stick around afterwards to sink some cocktails and dance along to the DJs.