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.
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.
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.
temper Soho is one of the city's coolest secret spots, tactfully ticked away from street level in one of London's busiest areas. Head to the unique haunt and you can tuck into flame-grilled delicacies in an intimate setting unlike any other.
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.
Located in an old Victorian bank just off Exmouth Market, Firebrand Pizza Clerkenwell is one slick spot for chowing down sourdough pizza. It's not just the interiors that are impressive though, the menu of enticing Italian eats is well worth diving into.
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.
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.
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 and regularly changing tasting menu that takes inspiration from different corners of the world. And for when you're all dined out? Head upstairs to the espresso martini bar for a late-night caffeine buzz.
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.
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.
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.
There's six floors of fun at Six Storeys in Soho. As one of London's coolest restaurants, the spot has a members bar vibe, without the price tag. Book an appointment and explore the many faces of the venue, from breakfast in the restaurant to cocktails overlooking Soho Square.
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.
These quirky pizza joints offer high-quality slices of deliciousness without any fuss. The mouthwatering sourdough bases are made from wild yeast and stone ground flour to create a wholesome tastiness that'll satisfy even the fussiest eaters.
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.
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.
Think you know piri piri chicken? Think again. Casa do Frango is serving up mouth-watering spicy chicken like you've never tasted before. Located just minutes away from Borough Market, this gorgeous vintage-style restaurant boasts a menu made up of simple and authentic Portuguese dishes, perfectly pairing with their selection of natural wines.
Head to Clapham where this unique little restaurant is bringing you tasty Persian small plates, signature cocktails and a mixed schedule of events within the stripped back interiors of its Lavender Hill perch.
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.
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.
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.
Find the fashionable GOAT over in Chelsea; a former Victorian pub, the restaurant has been completely reworked to invoke an industrial style. Once you're done working through their hit-list of Italian classics, head upstairs to the teeny tiny Chelsea Prayer Room for a cocktail or three.
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.