With an interior reminiscent of an age old Chinese Opium den, The Courtesan is a charming South London restaurant at which to grab a plate of traditional Dim Sum, to enjoy a pot of tea or even to indulge in a few cocktails infused with the taste and spirit of Imperial China.
Restaurants in South London
Looking for the best places to eat in south London? Stop right there and scan your eyes over our hand-picked guide, it’s an eclectic gathering of some of our favourites. Whether you’re in need of an authentic tapas experience, hoping to delve into some dim sum or just looking to wile away the hours at a charming gastropub, our collection of the best restaurants in south London comes out top trumps.
Inspired as much by Japanese cuisine as by the melting pot of global flavours found in nearby Brixton market, Nanban offers some of the best Asian-fusion dishes in London. Located on Coldharbour Lane in the very heart of Brixton, it's one of the best restaurants in South London.
Look out for the meat sweats, they'll get you when you're dining at the Blues Kitchen. Rich and tender Texan BBQ goods come slow-smoked on site, with the biggest selection of bourbon and rye in London on cue to help wash it all down. Pig out at one of the best BBQ restaurants in South London but don't go too crazy; there's dancing to be done afterwards with live bands and DJs playing funk & soul until 2am at weekends.
While a gastropub by honest nature, The Lighthouse is also primed for those that want a top dose of British dining in South London. A humble restaurant made up of cosy interiors and classic charm, tuck into everything from gastro burgers to a rich pork belly main.
Inspired by the rustic, traditional bistros of Madrid, Camino is Southwark's newest Tapas and wine bar. From delectable exe cheeses, mouth-watering prawns in a garlic sauce and succulent steak served with a potent portobello mushroom, this South London hotspot will definitely leave you well-fed and wanting more. Bursting full of life and the vibrant flair that's come to define Spanish life, Camino is certainly well-worth a visit.
This dining concept is stripped back creating an industrial vibe for diners enjoying the extensive menu of creative seasonal plates. The Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen leaves guests with ta fun feel and gives them more reason to come back to South London for a meal and cocktail.
Making a name for itself as one of South London's best casual dining spots, Meat & Shake in Tooting plates up hearty meat-based dishes with flavoursome, freshly-made shakes. Enjoy a belly-warming brisket, sink your chops into a seasoned steak or enjoy a cheese and sauce topped burger that's full of attitude.
A premier Italian restaurant and wine bar in Croyden, Basil & Grape serves a selection of authentic eats perfectly paired with a varied selection of delicious wines. Should you be searching for a midweek pick-me-up, they offer a Wednesday deals that'll make your mouth water.
It's all about locally sourced ingredients and freshly made dishes at Boma. With brunch. dinner and Sunday specials all to be washed down with refreshing wines, you really can't go wrong.
Balans Soho Society has come south of the river to deliver their 'too much of a good thing is a very good thing' ethos, with a mix high and low life décor, eccentric touches and a Bohemian attitude.
Drink, Dance and be merry as this Caribbean restaurant brings you a taste of the good life. Head over to Cottons in Vauxhall for plates of jerk wings and mutton curry, views over the river and a sexy little rum shack.
Head to Clapham for some of the capital's most sought-after slices, with bases made from wild yeast and stone ground flour. Then top them off with gorgeous seasonal produce and feast on small plates to accompany.
Promising "industrial sophistication" just a stone's throw from the Tate Modern, The Refinery is another of our favourite restaurants south of the river. Bright, airy and undeniably sophisticated, the food here is fantastic, but it's the range of innovative cocktails and global wines that really stand out here. Ideal for business brunches, after-work lounging or dinner and drinks with friends.
Dose up on the best of the British when it comes to eating out in South London as The Castle provides the marker for some of the best gastro grub South of the river. Notable for their British bites, head on down for flavour and real ales combined.
This unique Clapham venue is all about the good times as it brings you a great selection of signature cocktails and an extensive beer list, alongside a delicious selection of Persian small plates to feast on.
If you're looking to fill those bellies, head on down to Brixton as this South London restaurant isn't just renowned for its cocktails, their small plates and British flavours simply aren't to be missed.
You're in Streatham and you're hungry, that's why you're due to be headed to Exhibit B. Whether it's trying out their epic brunches, curling up with a few cocktails or trying their interesting and international menu, all hunger pangs are cured here.
The famous Rosa's Thai Cafe brand has spread its wings and now boasts sites south of the river, in Brixton and Tooting. Having been created by a husband and wife that were inspired by their travels across Asia, the restaurant uses a selection of fresh ingredients and traditional recipes to create authentic Thai dishes that have all been infused with modern influences. Guests can tuck into the likes of Rosa's green curry, chilli and basil stir fry and salmon red curry.
South London has received another Iranian paradise in the form of Bababoom. Delivering on big flavours such as Persian flatbreads topped with charcoal grilled meats and punchy vegetables, they combine quality British produce with big Middle Eastern flavours.
Named after open air Arabic markets, SOUK is a bar and restaurant in Clapham that offers a taster of Middle Eastern opulence; with the smell of incense thickening the air, dimmed lights and sensual dark tones. As one of the most popular restaurants south of the river, SOUK pairs its exotic menu with an extensive selection of wines and opens up the dancefloor to get the party going after dinner.
When it comes to restaurants in south London, this Bermondsey local should definitely be on your list. Serving up gorgeous plates from brunch to dinner, you'll find impressive food, private dining rooms and delicious wines to boot.
SAMA Bankside in Southwark should probably be on your list of restaurant bars in London. While the contemporary space offers a variety of drinks to enjoy in the 6000 square foot space, they also deliver a variety of tasty Caribbean dishes too.
Expect to experience flavours from the far flung corners of the world at Mommi where the cultures of Japan and South America collide for cocktails and culinary specials. The bar is well versed in punchy piscos and the kitchen will exhilarate your palate with plates that have been crafted with Asian and Latin leanings.
Offering a delicious menu of varied dishes and sharing plates, this cocktails and eatery in Herne Hill is one of best restaurants in South East London, serving only the freshest food.
This cool and comfortable South London restaurant is a top spot for those oh the search for a classic British meal. With gorgeous, hearty dishes up for grabs and an impressive wine list, it's a great place to chill out with some classic food and drink.
When it comes to Italian food, there's nothing quite like freshly cooked pasta and specially sourced wines. Head to Brixton Water Lane where you'll find just that, in the stunning laid-back setting of Maremma. Grab a seat at the communal table and tuck in.
Regularly topping up Balham's rumblin' tums, The Exhibit serves carefully curated drinks and a hearty menu of fresh British produce. Bag yourself a table and get ready for a festival of eating; there's everything from roasted pheasant to Grilled royal beam and Galloway beef burgers with all the trimmings. There's an eclectic entertainment programme for dessert, too.
Nestled only minutes from East Croydon station, this branch of the infamous Breakfast Club is home to a charming interior with the usual dishes and drinks plus boozy bingo come the weekend.
Bunga Bunga is one of a kind. Paying a tongue-in-cheek homage to the culinary delights of Italy, with an entire floor dedicated to the wonders of the Eurovision Song Contest, Bunga Bunga is one of the best restaurants in South London for a taste of Italy. The place to go for fun times, good food and expertly mixed drinks, you'll struggle to find anything in the same league of Bunga Bunga. Book a space at one of the top restaurants in London to avoid disappointment.
Open as a bar and restaurant during the day, this south London restaurant doubles up as a late-night party den to cater for all of Clapham's needs. The Jam Tree is a versatile space offering "a unique collection of tastes and flavours", and keep an eye-out for the bookshelf which leads to a private bar, with its own ping pong table and access to the patio garden.
Offering a great variety of unique wines, cocktails and local beers, the cosy Camberwell restaurant serves up a delicious selection of small plates, mini pizzas and even boasts a cheese and charcuterie counter.
Head down to the gorgeous setting of Battersea Rise and enjoy some authentic Vietnamese cuisine, with picturesque views. Whether you're in the mood for a healthy salad, noodles that pack a punch or an aromatic curry, Pho has got you covered.
One of the most beautiful restaurants in Vauxhall, this unique Indian eatery boasts a stunning list of dishes, from street food bites to decadent grills and deeply flavoured curries.
If it's an extensive menu of tasty favourites with modern tweaks that you're looking for, then look no further than this Bermondsey haunt, just round the corner from London Bridge station. Tuck into a delicious dish as you nestle into cosy sofa seats and soak up the homely vibes.
Found within a stone's throw of the Oval cricket ground, the Fentiman Arms is rightly considered one of the best gastropubs in south London. Homely and snug, the venue has made a name for itself with its glorious range of British cooking; take your pick between sausage & mash, chicken pie and beer-battered fish & chips, available to enjoy in the garden in the summer months.
Sister venue to Notting Hill's The Shed and Chelsea's Rabbit, this unique south west London restaurant offers a delicious selection of plates, from hearty breakfast offerings to sumptuous salads.
Looking for a beautiful new brunch spot? Megan's boast a number of spots south of the river with floral decor and fairy lights aplenty. A favourite with bloggers and the MIC crowd, Megan's will have you smacking your lips and posting plenty of great content to the 'gram.
Think you've seen it all before? Head to Brixton where this quirky restaurant is manned by inmates and located in Her Majesty's Prison. With a menu including Sunday roasts, set menus and decadent afternoon teas, this is one to experience.