Where To Have Dinner In London

Deciding where to have dinner in London can be a nightmare. With so much on offer, it can be difficult to wean out the good from the not so good, and we can all remember evenings spent traipsing up and down the city streets, hunting out the best restaurants in London. This recommended list is designed to help take the struggle out of deciding where to eat in London so you can sit back, relax and dine in style.

Last updated on 12th February 2020

The Drift

630 user reviews 4

If you've had to stay late in the office and are eager to decide where to have dinner in London, look no further than The Drift, located at the base of Bishopsgate's Heron Tower. Serving up an array of sharing plates, burgers, finely cooked steaks and punchy salads, The Drift is one of the best restaurants in London if you're looking for a contemporary take on classic dishes. Often jam packed in the evening, it is a good idea to book your dinner spot now.

If you're looking for where to have dinner in London one of these beautiful restaurants is just the ticket. Choose some delicious dishes from their menu of steak, lobster, salads and small plates, and sip on a couple of their tasty cocktails.

Haymarket Kitchen

3 user reviews 4

Looking for somewhere unpretentious and unashamedly fun to have dinner in London? Look no more. Haymarket Kitchen is the answer to all of your dining prayers. Set inside London's very own favourite mega club Tiger Tiger, Haymarket Kitchen plates up international cuisine and an unrivalled atmosphere. 

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

845 user reviews 5

If you're after a sophisticated meal out in the city, you can't go wrong with The Bloomsbury Club Bar. This charming restaurant bar has it all. More than just a venue with an enviable location, step inside and have your breath taken by the lavish interior here. And to seal the deal, this venue offers up a mouth-watering menu of classic British plates alongside an exceptional selection of wines from all around the globe. 


447 user reviews 4

Free Entry Guestlist and 1 other offer

A chic yet relaxed hangout for dinner and drinks in Covent Garden, the new and improved Sway is a fun space ideal for groups of all sizes. Sharing and companionship are a big deal here, which creates a communal atmosphere perfect for colleagues, partners and groups of mates alike. The venue serves pizzas, main plates and smaller sharing plates alike, with a whole host of boozy options on offer at the bar.


14 user reviews 5

If you're searching for a dinner destination that's fuss-free yet full of flavour, Apuila is a firm choice. Tucked away in Farringdon, this quirky gem serves authentic Italian cuisine from home-cooking recipes, with an ample drinks selection and charmingly rustic interiors. 

Blues Kitchen Brixton

21 user reviews 4

£5 Cocktails Every Wednesday and 2 other offers

Blues Kitchen is a must for any meat lovers south of the river. Cooking up a Texan BBQ storm with pulled pork, brisket and banging burgers galore, bring a bib - cos this could get messy. These slow-cooked meats come washed down with cocktails laced with bourbon or whiskey, and there's live bands playing sweet soul music until 2am every Friday and Saturday.

The Harcourt

29 user reviews 5

Looking for a smashing place for food and drinks in Marylebone? Look no further than The Harcourt, a relaxed and welcoming restaurant based inside a Grade-II listed Georgian townhouse. You'll find five stunning rooms featuring artwork and a contemporary design inside, with an all-day modern European menu featuring Scandinavian influences and a drinks list featuring intriguing cocktails and an extensive wine list.

Mint Leaf Lounge

81 user reviews 4

City Lunch Menu/ 2 courses £23 - 3 Courses £26 and 2 other offers

Mint Leaf Lounge and Restaurant in Bank serves only the finest food, all of which perfectly combines the ancient traditions and authentic flavours of India. Using locally sourced and seasonal products wherever possible, Mint Leaf combines ethics with traditional methods of cooking, using a traditional tandoor oven, char grill and tawa plate to create authentic Indian flavours - this is definitely a top choice when deciding where to have dinner in London so be sure to book your table.

Hoxley and Porter

184 user reviews 4

Happy hour

An utterly unique venue of obscure yet subtle decadence. Hoxley and Porter's lush interior provides the perfect backdrop to the modern British cuisine with a twist. Mirroring the interior, the food is traditional with continental and oriental flourishes: Rich yet earthy dishes such as pork belly and rabbit. Go here for a sensuous and enjoyable dining experience that's just enough out of the ordinary. 


297 user reviews 4

Extended Happy Hour and 3 other offers

Need a tasty dining out experience close to Bank station? Forge has all the answers, bringing a handy selection of choice meats and seasonal specialties to the table alongside a good range of beers, wines, champagnes, spirits and cocktails. Forge is a carnivores delight, with everything from glazed pork ribs to steaks and spit-roasted chicken on offer.

Mews Pizza Co

4 user reviews 4

With exquisite pizzas, mouth-watering deserts and an impressive selection of fine wine, the Mayfair Pizza Co. has everything you need to make a great evening. Hidden away in an alleyway behind a huge Hugo Boss store, the restaurant oozes class and offers its guests a relaxing evening in Mayfair without the terrifying prices. An array of delicious pizzas are all available; their team of talent chefs have worked hard over a wood-fire oven to produce a range of thin, crispy pizzas topped with succulent cuts of meat and delectable ingredients. 

Meat People

148 user reviews 4

Tuck into a hearty, honest meal at Meat People - a charming restaurant in North London. Whatever you order here, you can be sure that it's been made using only the finest cuts of meat and the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients - naturally, each dish has received nothing but glowing reviews. Whatever you opt for - steak, pork, swordfish or anything else - accompany it with a glass of premium vino or a classic cocktail. 


20 user reviews 4

Bottomless Bubbly Brunch and 1 other offer

Saturate your palate with the likes of Mommi's inherently exotic and fragrant cuisines. Drink and dine your way through their hybrid of Asian and Japanese cultures as their menus reflect the authentic flavours and tastes from both of the far fetched countries. An eatery with a bespoke and colourful flare, Mommi will stimulate your senses over dinner. 

Inamo Covent Garden

320 user reviews 4

When it comes to innovation, few can match Inamo. In fact, few can get close. This is the place your mates have told you about; the one where you order via sleek tablets, upload your own images as your custom-tabletop and even check in on the kitchen via chef cam. Pioneering approach aside, Inamo actually serves delightful food and Oriental cocktails too. Come for pan-Asian tapas then head for intimate post-dinner cocktails in the basement bar.


7 user reviews 4

A decadent wonderland of classic European cuisines fused with Middle Eastern flavours describes Quaglino's. Fine foods come paired with opulent dining interiors where you'll find sweeping staircases, bars dedicated to masterful mixology and even a stage graced by top DJ and live musical talent. 


152 user reviews 4

Core is a refreshing change to the swanky Bank restaurant scene with a basement bar where chill vibes are strong and neon lights make up the ambience. With a gentle nod to 'That 70s Show' with their underground social hangout, Core is an undoubtedly cool place to have dinner in London with a menu of classic pub style dishes serving you just dandy. 

A perfect all-rounder, Bill's are a firm favourite for all-day dining. However it's their daily dinner specials that make them perfect for when you're craving classic British dishes. Through making use of fresh and seasonal ingredients, these guys have nailed casual dining. 

There's nothing better after a long day in London than a dim sum dinner. This Asian restaurant is found across London and brings the traditional dish to the city, accompanied by beautiful interiors and pretty cocktails.

Three Cranes

6 user reviews 5

If you're after stellar British produce served in elegant and sleek surroundings, look no further than City restaurant - Three Cranes. The menu here takes influence from French cuisine, serving a range of steaks and chops from the grill, with sides of pommes frites and a choice of bone marrow or Roquefort butter.