Passing the 'cool London restaurant' test with flying colours, Dirty Bones Shoreditch ticks boxes with a trendy location, American-style food menu, bzy brunches, and one of London's prettiest bars.
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.
If you've spent more than five minutes on Instagram recently, chances are you've seen Restaurant Ours. The popular London restaurant is a floral paradise with snap-worthy interiors and a dreamy choice of dishes.
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.
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.
Set in the uber swish Ftizrovia, Riding House Cafe is the place to be seen come Saturday morning. Head to the trendy London restaurant for healthy breakfasts, lazy Sunday lunches and evening cocktails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Set in a former bank, Rotorino is a Dalston den of Italian eats, punchy cocktails and sexy interiors. The restaurant is created by Stevie Parle and is great for an intimate date night or catch-up at the separate bar.
Featuring an open-plan kitchen, energetic soundtrack and delicious Middle-Eastern-inspired food, this cool London restaurant delivers up tasty kebabs and veggie alternatives alongside some banging margaritas and a relaxed and lively atmosphere.
From the gorgeous bar filled with retro posters and neon signs through to the bright and tree-filled restaurant, Yosma is a stunning Turkish-inspired space.
From the minds behind Wahaca, this stylish and sleek restaurant in Old Truman Brewery features cool industrial features that give it an urban edge. With a delicious and affordable menu on offer, it really is a great place to eat.
Taking up residence in a former linoleum and carpet warehouse, this slick and trendy little restaurant in The City boasts low-waste plates made with stunning British produce and some striking interiors.
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.