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 16th October 2018




Powder Keg Diplomacy

120 user reviews 4

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.

The Jugged Hare

8 user reviews 4

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.

Wringer & Mangle

67 user reviews 4

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.

Bird of Smithfield

12 user reviews 4

Hours of Happines

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.

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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.

Gun

67 user reviews 4

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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.

Roma

87 user reviews 4

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.

The Last Tuesday Society

57 user reviews 5

Okay, you caught us. We've strayed from the top London restaurants blueprint ever so slightly to make room for The Last Tuesday Society; a bizarre museum celebrating the wonderful quirks of humanity that really has to be seen to be believed. Take in an exhibition of the weird and the wonderful, and round off your stay with some cocktails and a mixture of hot and cold snacks to finish.

Lokhandwala

4 user reviews 5

2 bottles of Prosecco on large bookings and 1 other offer

Bringing the Prohibition vibes and stripped-back chic to Fitzrovia comes Lokhandwala, a modern and stylish Indian restaurant. Head to the spot for a dinner of Indian tapas that are perfect for sharing, along with swanky cocktails that pack a fruity punch.

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.

Cigalon

3 user reviews 5

Wine Dinner - 4 Courses 4 Wines £49.50 per person and 1 other offer

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. 

Restaurant Ours

5 user reviews 3

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Restaurant Ours is one of the best London restaurants by combining a relaxed aesthetic with a fantastic food menu to create a truly unique space. Exposed brickwork and gentle wooden furnishings combine with an open space to create a truly relaxing atmosphere, while the menu of delicious European food will keep your belly more than satisfied.

Opera Tavern

2 user reviews 5

If you're looking for an impressive restaurant in the West End, then this Covent Garden eatery should be on your list. With a strong selection of tapas, carefully sourced meats from around the country and an impressive wine list, Opera Tavern has everything you need for a dreamy dinner in London.

Cinnamon Kitchen

9 user reviews 5

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.

Absurd Bird Spitalfields

461 user reviews 4

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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. 

Opium

860 user reviews 4

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.

Coin Laundry

83 user reviews 4

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.  

Christmas Day: 3-Courses £110 and 8 other offers

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.

Aviary

91 user reviews 4

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.

Ping Pong Covent Garden

466 user reviews 4

Lazy Sumdays ! Unlimited Dim Sum ! and 1 other offer

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.

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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).

Aperol Spritz Bottomless Brunch and 2 other offers

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.

The Jones Family Project

25 user reviews 5

Sunday Roast

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.

Craft London

17 user reviews 5

£5 HOUSE COCKTAILS and 1 other offer

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.

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Steaks are king here, offering up a selection of mouth-watering cuts supplied from master butcher and Royal warrant holder Aubrey Allen. Even if they aren't your thing, there's a wonderful array of British dishes, as well as amazing cocktails served from their stylish bar.

Gillray's Bar

2 user reviews 5

Christmas Day Carvery Lunch £90 per person and 3 other offers

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.

M Restaurant is a multifaceted venue serving up a delicious array of treats that any restaurant connoisseur should try. Alongside many private rooms and a cocktail bar, they've got a 120-cover grill restaurant, where they serve up their signature dish: steak. Here you can choose from cuts carefully selected from six different countries.