A hive of activity for theatre-goers just around the corner from Covent Garden, Ping Pong is a welcoming and chic restaurant specialising in dim sum and cocktails (although there's no table-tennis). Make yourself at home in the mezzanine dining room or retreat to the basement floor, the restaurant serves a seasonal menu of bite-size dim sum paired with delicious cocktails and theatrical Chinese teas.
Restaurants in Central London
From 'Forest Gump' themed diners to fine dining banquets (and everything else in between), Central London has it all when it comes to places to fill your chops. So, if you're feeling peckish, we can throw a cracking list of suggestions your way. In fact, let's do that right now... here's our hand-picked list of places to eat out in Central London.
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One of the best BBQ restaurants in Central London, temper is renowned for more than just a few well-cooked steaks. Get stuck into wings, flatbreads and their famed cheeseburger tacos, washed down with some slick cocktails, including one of the best negronis in Covent Garden.
Known for their mouth-watering menu of Vietnamese tapas-style dishes, Banh Bao Brothers is the perfect central London spot for causal group dining. Bring a group of four pals and enjoy a beer each as well as a delicious sharing platter for only £20.
Quaglino's is a luxurious restaurant in Central London that offers up a menu of European classics with a Middle Eastern twist. Executive Head Chef Mickael Weiss and his team here are known for rustling up some truly delectable dishes here - we'd recommend the Sea Bass, Fennel Purée, Lemon Confit & Back Sesame Dressing! Having mastered the art of combining flavours, Quaglino's is a extraordinary place to dine in London.
Rosa's Thai Café Soho is the perfect hide-away from the mania that is Central London. Inside, you'll find authentic Thai cuisine, a delicious selection of Eastern plates, Asian inspired cocktails, and, most importantly, a friendly, welcoming attitude.
There's something lovely and homely about Honest Burger. The popular restaurant is bringing their delicious burgers to Soho as they open an intimate space near Dean Street; try their British beef patties topped with pulled pork and cheese and thank us later.
This contemporary restaurant is found inside one of the city's most notorious clubbing destinations, Tiger Tiger. But don't let that fool you, Haymarket Kitchen is a modern place to dine in Central London where you can tuck into international p[lates with everything from Mexican cuisine to European dishes.
Head to Holborn for mouthwatering burgers in the heart of London. With vegan and meaty burgers alongside small plates and indulgent desserts, there's something for everyone. Plus, the bar can rustle up everything from G&Ts to your favourite cocktail.
This central London restaurant is a piece of Parisian paradise. Balthazar comes nestled just off Covent Garden plaza in the heart of theatreland bringing you a darling dinner and drinks set up for your pre or post theatre bash. Enjoy some classic French dishes and drink from their collection of fine wines and cocktails.
Located just minutes from Oxford Street, this striking spot is home to mouthwatering Thai dishes, friendly service and impressive drinks. The first London outpost from the popular Asian eatery, Greyhound Cafe is the perfect place for everything from after-work drinks to weekend brunch.
With two Michelin Stars and an international reputation, Aquavit has already earnt its stripes in the States. Now, the super swish restaurant is bringing its Nordic cuisine to the St James Development in London.
Ruby Blue offers up a luxurious dining and drinking experience without the hefty price tag. Located on the world-famous Leicester Square, the team here put the focus on hearty comfort food, with burgers and moreish finger food to satisfy every craving. It's ideal for an early-evening meal or sitting down for a feast before the theatre, and happy hour offers up to 50% off drinks (5pm-8pm, Sunday to Friday) to boot.
This gorgeous restaurant in Central London lets you drink and dine on their delicious food and wine right in the heart of the iconic Covent Garden Market.
Located on Great Titchfield Street this great pho restaurant brings sleek interiors and delicious food to the Oxford Street masses. Head in for a range of pho soups, salads, curries and tasty sides, with plenty of vegan and gluten free offerings to boot.
Found in the heart of the West End, the Leicester Square Kitchen offers up a menu of delicious Mexican and Peruvian small plates designed for sharing, alongside a wonderful South American cocktail menu.
Sit back and relax with a hearty plate full of American-inspired goodies with a soundtrack or rock n roll hits and famous instruments covering the walls. Hard Rock are famed for providing a truly unique and authentic experience, so indulge before you hit the shops.
Located in the heart of Soho, this stylish and relaxed restaurant serves up a simple, seasonal selection of Spanish-Italian tapas, cheese and charcuterie, as well as a slap-up selection of wines and a few unique cocktails.
Flight Club is here to add fun to all your Central London restaurant needs. The quirky venue is all about the darts, with state-of-the-art ochres, an electronic scoring system and piles of pizza. Head to Holborn for a dinner like no other.
All Bar One is the perfect restaurant bar in Central London to catch up with friends, or feast after a hard day's work. The kitchen serves up a variety of British pub classics, as well as cocktails, wine and beer to wash it all down.
Light, airy and breezy, Stephen St Kitchen is a modern and swish dining space in Central London. The restaurant has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere serving an all-day menu and bottomless brunch come the weekends. Take a date, meet a group of friends or hire out one of their private spaces for a special occasion.
A trip to Inamo is akin to being warped into the future - here, you'll order your dishes via a sleek digital menu and you'll be kept entertained as you wait by the table-top-projected playful fishes. But this isn't just a techno-drenched gimmick, Inamo serve up some of the best Asian cuisine in London. Gorge on a menu of authentic dishes, from sushi & sashimi to Black Cod in Spicy Miso.
Covent Garden boasts a stunning lineup of restaurants; none finer than the long-standing Tuttons. Situated on the eastside of the piazza, and looking out across the bustle of the famous markets, this is a place for classic English fare featuring seasonal dishes and traditional fare. It's open from breakfast right through until the evening and makes for a great spot to relax away from the markets themselves.
Perfectly placed on Baker Street, in the heart of Marylebone, Ooty serves refined South Indian cuisine from acclaimed Head Chef Manmeet Singh Bali. Going beyond the norms, Ooty combines fine dining, causal daytime eating and bespoke cocktail sipping to take its diners from dawn till dusk.
Looking for somewhere to eat in central London? Keep it laid back with this Marylebone spot, offering up the best in authentic Italian pizzas, mouthwatering antipasti and delicious eats like linguine, chicken Milanese and Mediterranean seabass.
Just shy of both Covent Garden and Leicester Square alike, The Long Aacre is a Central London restaurant known for their fun-time atmosphere and affordable menus. Churning out classic British plates alongside curated and crafted cocktails The Long Acre promises lush dinner and drinks in their quirky confines.
Only a short stroll away from Piccadilly Circus, Dirty Bones Carnaby has been turning heads with its Southern-inspired offering and fun-loving vibe. The team behind this venue combine mouth-watering comfort food with playful cocktails and serve diners a meal that'll leave them waddling on their way home. Enjoy fiery buttermilk fried chicken, sink a few ice-cold whisky cocktails and see where the night takes you at this fun venue.
From courgette flowers stuffed with goats cheese and topped with honey through to confit of pork belly and smoked Sardinian tuna, Opera Tavern really is showcasing the best of Mediterranean cooking. Head to the Covent Garden favourite for food that'll really tickle your tastebuds.
Located just off Regent Street, Heddon Street Kitchen is a top spot for a fancy meal with that someone special. Located over two floors, the Gordon Ramsay restaurant also has a basement bar for some pre, or post, dinner drinks.
This Central London restaurant offers some of the best dim sum south of the river. Situated just moments from the London Eye it's a perfect option after a day out shopping or sightseeing.
Feeling a hungry ache and happen to be in the Oxford Circus area? Head on over to Benito's Hat as this beloved Mexican brand is churning out delicious morsels the likes of taco, burritos, margaritas and more.
This Iberian eatery brings a slice of Spain to Leicester square. Head down and tuck into a menu full of tasty tapas dishes that deliver authentic flavours thanks to the super-fresh ingredients and original recipes. Naturally, make sure you wash down all of this continental cuisine with plenty of Sangria. And to end your night the right way, get to hip-swinging on the dance floor!
Located in Tottenham Court Road, Arcade Food Theatre is bringing a refreshing new twist to current food hall craze. With stunning interiors and a selection of some of the city's best restaurants on offer - we're talking Lina Stores and Chotto - alongside three conceptualised bars, this spot is making waves on the city's dining scene.
28West Bar & Grill is the place to be if you're after a big meal out in Central London. This lavish spot in the Canary Riverside development boasts a menu filled with all of your American BBQ staples - we're talking sumptuous steaks, big beefy burgers, mouth-watering pulled pork. Even better, there's plenty of craft beers and cocktails to wash down all of that sticky BBQ sauce down too!
Serving up some of the freshest tortillas in the business, this charming Mexican restaurant in Central London packs oodles of flavour into its menu. From sweet and spicy margaritas, to meaty tacos and sugary sundaes, it's one of the best Mexican spots in town.
Located in the heart of Holborn, All Star Lanes is a fun-time restaurant for people looking for bold American flavours in a feel good atmosphere. Obviously you'll want to warm up for dinner with a game of bowling, before feasting on a menu of all-American classic grub and a choice of cocktails, craft beers and hard shakes are served up in the bar.
From Middle Eastern mezze platters to masala-roasted fresh fish, The Palm Beach Restaurant brings cuisines from across the globe all together in one truly gorgeous setting.
Head over to Mayfair where this gorgeous Asian restaurant sits on the corner of Grosvenor Square and serves up a stunning selection of sushi, sashimi, moreish meat skewers and an extensive collection of authentic sakes.
One the best tapas restaurants in central London, Salt Yard is all about simple, delicious and authentic Spanish cuisine done expertly. Head down to Goodge Street where you can nab some delicious plates of haddock croquetas, macaroni cheese and pork belly, washed down with fine wines and cold sherry.
Moments from Covent Garden and Soho, Steak & Lobster Bloomsbury is a top choice for top-notch meal without the huge price tags. From plates of steak and lobster, through to unlimited fries, this venue is all about the best things in life.
With specially commissioned artwork, marble floors and a grand dining room, Scoff and Banter cuts an impressive figure in central London restaurants.
Visitors to Walkers of Whitehall will certainly be impressed by both the restaurants ambience and decor. As soon as you step through the door, the sleek, simple furnishings and tranquil painted walls gives the entire venue a refreshing feel. Adding to that, the diverse food menu is made up of both exqusite brunch dishes and brilliant dinner treats. Why not sample the Cumin Leg of Lamb or the bavette Steak served with chimichurri at this cosy resturant in the heart of Westminster.
Located in the heart of Marylebone, Fucina's oversized front door is an imposing gateway, but step inside and be treated hearty Italian cuisine made from the finest ingredients. The menu boasts dishes such as Bucatini al ragú with 12 hours slow-cooked beef, and wild sea bass served with sea salt, Tuscan olive oil and lemon, washed down with a huge selection of wines by the glass.
Located just minutes from Holborn station, Bill's is a top spot for all occasions; whether that's pre-theatre dining, weekend brunching or after-work drinks. With seasonal cooking at the forefront, you'll find extensive menus catering to vegans, gluten-free guests and meat-eaters.
Looking for a restaurant in London with a breathtaking view? This Central London spot is the place to be. With a stunning terrace overlooking the Millenium Bridge, Northbank Restaurant is an undeniably lavish place to dine in the capital. But more than just a restaurant with a great view, the menu here is equally impressive; serving up a list of seasonal dishes to the very highest standards.
Get your fix of Roka in Mayfair for a delicious selection of authentic Japanese robatayaki dishes, from tasty sushi and sashimi to wonderful charcoal grilled dishes washed down by some fine cocktails.
Enjoy a taste of South America in Soho with Ceviche. The bright little restaurant brings the sunshine to the city with bright interiors and a menu that is bursting with flavours, from fresh seafood through to grill dishes.