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.

Last updated on 18th March 2020

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.

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. 

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. 


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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.


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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.

Chotto Matte

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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.