Top London Restaurants
So, you’re scouting out the best places to eat in London. A city where some of the world’s finest chefs hang their hats, London comes bursting at the seams with exciting places to wine and dine in style. We’ve put our thinking caps on and compiled this list of the best restaurants in London; so whether you’re looking for the finest seafood goods in the City, the most intricate Dim Sum in Chinatown or the juiciest cuts of steak in Soho, we’ll likely have something for you.
Last updated on 18th April 2017
If you’re a game fan wondering where to have dinner in London, then The Jugged Hare is absolutely for you. Fitted with a ‘theatre’ kitchen fronting an eight-spit rotisserie and a charcoal grill, this excellent city gastropub serves seasonal British game and wild fish plates. There’s mouth-watering steaks, cheeseburgers and fried duck eggs too, with a liquid menu that focuses on expertly selected wines and British cask ales.
Powder Keg Diplomacy in Clapham harks back to the Britain of yore, with old fashioned maps, a conservatory room and plants everywhere. The menu is just as British with delicious dishes such as rib, ox cheek and guinea fowl and a heavenly cocktail list owing to its status as one of the best restaurants in London.
Dedicated entirely to Crab, Crab Tavern in Broadgate Circle is one of the best places for seafood in the City. The classy restaurant serves a range of delicious dishes from King Crab Legs through to Soft Shell Crab Burger, as well boasting a impressive wine menu.
Heralded in the design world thanks to its waved interiors, it's not just art that makes The Magazine stand out. Head on over to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery as this stunning restaurant comes prepped for group dining, private events, seasonal dishes and plenty more.
With dishes such as chargrilled quail and pot-roast pheasant, The Holy Birds near Liverpool Street is far more than a '60s inspired restaurant. Legendary barman Salvatore Calabrese has designed the menu in keeping with the '60s theme, all food is cooked on a wood-fired BBQ and there's an eclectic retro decorating scheme.
Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, Opium makes a name for itself with deliciously light Dim Sum parcels, washed down with creative signature cocktails. Start with a quiet drink in the Apothecary Bar - with its spirits dispensed into authentic Chinese medicine bottles - then enjoy a dinner spread featuring barbecue pork buns and lobster dumplings aplenty. De-licious.
Seeking the best places to eat in London with a view? You’ll find Gillray’s at the top of the charts for picturesque dining; it’s found on the banks of the Thames and offers front row views of the London Eye and Houses of Parliament. There’s tender, juicy cuts of Aberdeen Angus steak to match the iconic setting too, as well as contemporary cocktails and a list of over 100 gins to play with.
The stunning dining room of House of Ho makes for one luxurious evening out in central London. Cooking up a menu of classic yet contemporary focussed dishes, House of Ho brings authentic Vietnamese cuisine to London's palate in a ultimately stylish and stunning manor. Adorned with crisp, fresh finishes, experience some understated lavish dining at this top London restaurant.
Drake & Morgan offers a relaxing antidote to the hustle and bustle of London life. Handsomely set over two floors with luxurious leathers and vibrant splashes of emerald green, come for a meal featuring grilled octopus, halloumi burgers and butternut squash ravioli. Craft cocktails are a specialty and there’s a bottomless brunch to be taken advantage of come Sunday afternoon.
Catering for whatever mood you might be in, Over Easy has quickly become one of Marylebone's most popular restaurants. Guests can enjoy brunch composed of dishes like crab benedict with passion fruit hollandaise, or can enjoy a selection of classic British treats come nightfall. As the day progresses, the venue's craft beer and cocktail menu comes into life, helping to complete the casual, laid-back dinning experience on offer.
Hvaing been voted the Veuve Clicquot World's Best Female Chef, Elena Arzak invites guests into her Michelin Starred Mayfair restaurant to sample a range of delicious Basque dishes. The dishes on offer are made using the freshest, seasonal ingredients around and each are contemporary takes on a selection of traditional Basque meals. Completing the fine dining experience, the team of sommeliers will be busy, pairing each dish with an international wine that complements and enhances the flavours on the palate.
Any foodie worth their salt will have heard of ETM and as such should be pretty excited by their rooftop Aviary, located in Finsbury Square. Not only does the quirky spot have a gorgeous roof terrace, perfect for sipping cocktails and watching the sunset, but they also serve a delicious, seasonal, British fare.
Styled around the slick and contemporary establishments that you’ll find in its Manhattan namesake, Village East is a listed warehouse venue rightly considered one of the best restaurants in the London Bridge area. Come for an interesting array of comfort foods or just drop by for a few drinks at the weekend at this cool Bermondsey hangout.
A stone's throw from Monument in the City, Ember is a Pan-Asian-themed restaurant and cocktail bar. The intimate venue is a stylish and sleek getaway, with the menu including items such as Tiger prawns and chorizo siu mai and Vietnamese goat curry. Treat yourself to one of their unusual and delicious cocktails to top off your evening.
Found in the heart of Marylebone is a delicious homage to all things European food in London. Charming, humble and just the dabble for any date night in London, head on down to Vinoteca for not only the unique selection of wine, but the stunning food to boot.
Sat only a few paces away from the bustling Trafalgar Square, Walkers of Whitehall is a quaint restaurant that specialises in serving traditionally cooked British gastro grub. Their team of chefs have worked tirelessly to produce a diverse menu composed of brilliantly balanced plates and succulent meat that's been cooked over an oak wood fire. From cumin leg of lamb to bavette steak with chimichirra, you'll definitely find something to your liking at this Central London restaurant.
Craft London earns its stripes through a combination of three factors. Firstly, their delectable British dishes are created using ingredients sourced in-house from their innovative kitchen garden; secondly, the interiors create the perfect environment to eat in, with floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining hall create the perfect look out spot; thirdly, the views of the Greenwich Peninsula are unparalleled.
Housed in a grandiose Georgian town house, Bird of Smithfield is an impressive spot well suited to laidback lunches and private dinner parties alike. Dig into an a la carte spread featuring market fish of the day, homely shepherd’s pies and braised ox tongue pie, with plenty of innovative cocktails on the side. Love a roof terrace? This one is a stunner, perfect for a couple of alfresco drinks after dinner in the warmer months.
Perhaps it’s a quirky London restaurant you’re after, which is where the Dolls House comes into its own. Housed in a stunning 3-story Victorian townhouse on Islington’s Upper Street, come for dinner and drinks at this debaucherous location, where much of the interiors are hand-drawn using nothing more than a marker pen and a little ‘can-do’ spirit. Come for smoked pork ribs or a halloumi burger in the Ballroom, and head to the downstairs Parlour room if you want to finish with a dance (DJs play until 4am at weekends).
Having won international acclaim at their New York venue, Aquavit is coming to St James in London and bringing the same Michelin-Starred dining experience with them. Expect top quality, Nordic-inspired food along with a gorgeous setting.
Relax into the comfortable and elegant surrounds of The Harcourt, a restaurant, bar and private dining space in a Grade-II listed Georgian townhouse. This is one of the best places to eat in Marylebone, with five stunning dining spaces to ease into and an all-day menu of modern European fare - with a nod to their Scandinavian heritage - on the cards. Brunch and a unique Fika menu are served at the weekends and special mention must also go to the intriguing cocktails and extensive wine list.
With the same comfort as your best mate's home, Coin Laundry welcomes diners with open arms and empty stomachs. The Clerkenwell restaurant has an interior of exposed wood and warm hues throughout the decor. The menu houses gourmet twists on otherwise known classics. Plenty of savory pies, cauliflower cheese steak, and other hearty dishes surface the menu to win over your heart and your stomach.
Reviving the traditions and passions of Ancient Rome, this cutting edge restaurant brings something completely new to London’s eating out scene. Found close to Fenchurch Street in the heart of the city, indulge in a rich menu of meat dishes - some cooked using ancient cooking methods - washed down by bespoke cocktails and wines traced back to the same vineyards the Romans themselves drunk from.
This top London restaurant comes to Chancery Lane with a feel for French cuisine. Plating up only authentic Provencal dishes and using suppliers in Southern France, Cigalon keeps to the fine, classic lines of French cuisine and to much acclaim. Head here and experience their exceptional menu for yourself.
When it comes to listing some of the best London restaurants, no collection would be complete with a name that boasts some of the best chicken in the business. At the forefront of the casual dining scene, get set for poultry bites and cocktails aplenty in this cool, East London spot.
London’s best riverside pub? The Gun has certainly got to be right up there. Housed in a Grade II listed, 19th century building, this gastropub serves seasonal British grub and quality wines with views stretching out across the water to the O2 Arena and Canary Wharf. Come during the summertime for dinner and drinks in their waterside alfresco area.
Wringer & Mangle is a top London restaurant eatery brought to London Fields by Gerry Calabrese. Based in a former industrial launderette, the venue has plenty of artistic flair and one of the best open-air terraces for the warmer months. Head chef Oison Coyle has struck a perfect balance between healthy and downright delicious options; choose between lighter bites, burgers, steaks, chicken and grilled fish dishes, or come on Sunday where roasted meats and veggie dishes are on the cards.
Not to be confused with a table-tennis focused hangout, Ping Pong is in fact one of the most stylish and chic restaurants in Covent Garden. Set over three floors with a chic design and laidback vibe, share around seasonal, bite-size dim sum delights complemented perfectly by a range of fresh cocktails and theatrical flowering Chinese teas. One of our favourite restaurants for dim sum in London.
A top place to eat in London, Joe's Southern Kitchen is a Camden hottie for BBQ feeds and big ol' joints of meat. Themed on America's sauce lathered deep south, you'll find low and slow cooking as well as a dedicated Jailbird bar where you can sling back drinks full of character until the night closes in.
Coupling great cocktails, delicious dishes and an idyllic interior into one venue, Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings is a top restaurant in North London that draws in crowds from across the capital. Perfect for anyone looking for a restaurant for a birthday dinner, the menu of delicious food and stunning interiors will make this a birthday you won't forget in a hurry.
Cinnamon Kitchen is, quite simply, one of the best Asian restaurants in London. Following on from the stellar example set from their Soho sister venue, head chef Vivek Singh creates a menu brimming with innovation and creativity that won’t fail to excite. Packing in grills, tasting plates, locally-sourced meat and a range of interesting veggie options, this is the place for modern Indian cuisine near Liverpool Street.
A 27,000 sq ft restaurant characterised by its carved wooden murals and 20ft high warrior statues, Shaka Zulu brings an essence of South Africa to Camden Town. Chefs cook trademark plates from South Africa and beyond, with the bold and the adventurous diner able to try kudu, ostrich, springbok and zebra meats.
The Restaurant at Sanderson provides delicious food in a modern, beautiful environment to create a truly great dining experience. The sleek interior is the perfect backdrop for their delicious menu packed with seasonal British dishes with a twist, complimented by their artisanal cocktails created by their team of mixologists. The beautiful courtyard creates an alternative place to eat to the interior.
For excellent cuts of meat, an extensive wine list and incredible cocktails, look no further than Sophie's Steakhouse in Chelsea. The restaurant and bar is a diverse and beautiful venue that caters to its customers' every need; from steak frites for lunch through to hearty brunches.
When it comes to stunning dining in London, there's a name in Shoreditch that's sure to impress. Brimming with tactile charm, sophisticated spaces and a menu that truly makes the most of flavour and colour, Tonic and Remedy is the ultimate special occasion restaurant.
Looking for the ideal place to grab dinner and drinks before the theatre? Hi, Mint Leaf. Plating up modern Indian cuisine cooked with flair and know-how, there’s a delicious banquet of Oriental flavours to enjoy at Mint Leaf’s elegant Piccadilly restaurant. Head for an aperitif in the opulent cocktail bar afterwards if you have time.
Featuring a menu devised by TV-famous chef Jeremy Pang, Cha Chaan Teng is home of retro Hong Kong inspired dining in Holborn. Head to this basement restaurant, cocktail and ‘bao bar’ for an authentic taste of the casual cafe diners of the Far East, with menus inspired by a retro twist from the 50s and 60s washed down by a list of specially curated Chinese tea-themed cocktails.
“Many places in London are hard to get into, Elysee is hard to leave” quips the Elysee website, and we’re having a hard time arguing. Fusing a 1930s-inspired dining room, contemporary cocktail bar and a stunning 700sq ft roof garden, Elysee serves exquisite Greek plates with live jazz and delicious late-night vibes for those looking to make an evening of it.
Located on Finsbury Square, Burdock serves a delicious roster of seasonal sharing plates. The venue is split in two, from the lively bar with craft beer, through to the restaurant which has a cool industrial vibe. They also serve a mouth-watering selection of innovative cocktails.
Serving up culinary delights in the league of the above is no mean feat, but the Jones Family Project’s quality is plain for all to see. If you’re hoping to find a restaurant in London around the Shoreditch area, put your faith in the Jones Family. Meat and fish is responsibly sourced, interiors are stylish and the josper-grilled steaks are show-stopping.