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 4th December 2019




The Sterling

136 user reviews 4

If you're looking for somewhere to have dinner in London, The Sterling is the perfect city hangout not far from Aldgate tube or Liverpool street. Its prime location comes in tow with one of London's most iconic landmarks, the Gherkin. Sitting in the base of this building you should head here for classic British cuisine and drinks to match. 

Forge

269 user reviews 4

Extended Happy Hour and 4 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.

The Long Acre

69 user reviews 4

A laid back joint with fun time and frivolities in mind, The Longacre is the perfect place to have dinner in London if you want somewhere with atmosphere and a buzzing attitude alike. Churning out burgers and bites a-plenty with British flavours and style, head on down for dinner, cocktails and more. 

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

802 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. 

Inamo Covent Garden

305 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.

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Drake and Morgan have a reputation for a reason, so make sure you head down to their restaurant to try it out for yourself. The venue holds a deli, two bars, a lounge, a dining room, a restaurant and bookable kitchen 'pods', all where you can feast on a delicious menu of grilled meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

If you're looking for affordable and delicious cuisine across London then look no further than Rosa's Thai Cafe. Having started life as a stall on Brick Lane, the restaurant is now taking over the city with their scrumptious dishes and fruity cocktails.

Balthazar

1 user review 4

In the heart of theatreland and tucked away just off the Covent Garden plaza, Balthazar is a slice of fine dining where you can experience some classic French inspired cuisines. This place to have dinner in London promises the full works: charming interiors, a hefty wine collection, cocktails and beautiful food. 

Mews Pizza Co

2 user reviews 5

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. 

Davy's at Canary Wharf

181 user reviews 4

Mix and Mash

If you like your gastronomical delights on the side of a top quality glass of wine, Davy's is the one for you. Sitting pretty on the fringes of the Thames, this renowned wine bar serves British fare with plenty of offers running throughout the week. Weather looking good? Get yourself in their spacious riverside area for some al fresco drinking and 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.

Serving up seasonal dishes, cooked from scratch in the open kitchen, Balls Brothers Austin Friars brings a tasty dining out experience to the heart of the city. The ideal selection whether you're hosting an informal party or just enjoying a meal out with friends, menus change on a daily basis and there's a stunning choice of cocktails, wine and beer to match.

Sway

412 user reviews 4

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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.

Sink into the trendy digs at Crowne Plaza Hotel Blackfriars' new fine Italian restaurant and cocktail bar, Diciannove. Complete with some seriously fresh dishes served by executive chef, Allesandro Bay and a killer cocktail list, consider Diciannove a go-to for an exquisitely tasty night out on the town.

Fancy an authentic bite of Lebanese in a fashionable Mayfair spot? Levant is the one for you; setting a sensuous tone with its blend of deep colours, soft cushions, candlelit vibes and authentic fabrics. Pick a handful of dishes from the mezze menu which are perfectly complimented by the refreshing cocktails, and sit back to enjoy the belly dancing performers afterwards.

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With an array of different dishes, Highbury's Brewhouse & Kitchen offers visitors a traditional pub experience with a twist. To accompany their selection of small-batch craft beers, their flavourful menu includes a number of British classics and international favourites. Why not tuck into a cheese-topped Aberdeen Angus Beef burger or maybe pay an impromptu visit to out cousins across the Atlantic with a succulent hot dog?   

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. 

The Drift

578 user reviews 4

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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.

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Peckish? Why not hit up Old Broad Street's Corney and Barrow for a bite to eat? Here you'll find a mouthwatering contemporary menu made up from fresh, seasonal, locally-source ingredients - mix and match mains with small dishes for a contemporary blend of flavours. Sriracha & honey marinated chicken wings with a 100% Caterbridge beef burger? Don't mind if we do!

 

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. 

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Signature flatbreads combine with seasonal salads and 10oz t-bone steaks to create a convincing menu of fresh and seasonal fare at The Refinery. Enjoy a tasty plate at this striking Fitzrovia location, and don't forget to sample a good range of the many innovative cocktails or 40 wines available by the glass.

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A modern British restaurant and cocktail bar, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms offers elegance across the board. This is a lovely, contemporary space offering the opportunity to relax and reflect on your day in the heart of the city. Serving anything from seasonal salad to pumpkin gnocchi, right through to grilled lemon sole and Cumbrian rare breed steaks, there's something to suit all tastes at this charming plot.

Valentines 3 Course menu £49.50 and 3 other offers

It's all about steak at this impressive restaurant Marco Pierre White and James Ogilvie Robertson are serving up the very best. From the City to Chelsea, you can expect signature cocktails and classy interiors alongside juicy cuts of meat.

Camino Bankside

2 user reviews 5

Serving exquisite food in an idyllic setting, Camino extends its empire to the humble streets of Southwark. Beautifully decorate with authentic knick-knacks, a collection of rustic furniture and a lovely Jamón bar, it offers guest a taste of the famous vibrant way of life that's come to define Spanish culture. From their succulent steak served with a portobello mushroom to their perfectly made creme brûlée, their wonderful menu will leave you well-fed and ready to burst.

Sea Containers

4 user reviews 4

8 dish sharing menu for two with a glass of bubbles - £25pp

Promising a menu inspired by the best in American and British fare, Sea Containers at the Mondrian celebrates the Golden Age of transatlantic travel in a beautiful space designed under the tutelage of Tom Dixon. Expect a variety of small plates, sharing dishes and classic comfort foods with stunning views overlooking the Thames.