Where To Have Lunch In London

It can be tricky business deciding where to eat in London - we've all spent afternoons trawling through the city streets looking for the best lunch in London, unable to reach a decision on where to have lunch simply because there is so much on offer. DesignMyNight are here with a helping hand - this list of where to have lunch in London gives you some of the best restaurants in London, all with something unique to offer, be it a family lunch, a client meeting, or a catch up with friends, colleagues or family. Take a look, and enquire now to secure your spot at some of the best restaurants in London for lunch. 

Last updated on 15th January 2020

The Hide Bar

6 user reviews 4

A beautifully crafted city haven, Hide Bar is tucked behind London Bridge and deals in top class mixology as well as finely made dishes. Using produce from Borough market, Hide Bar cook up a menu of tapas style sharing plates as well as bigger options so you can tuck into something that looks and tastes beautiful for your lunch in London.

St. Barts Brewery

256 user reviews 5

St Bart's lays on a choice of homemade burgers, classic British mains and renowned flatbread spreads from its Smithfield base. The focus falls on the best British ingredients they can lay their hands on, with meat coming from the nearby market and a whole host of artisan wines and Meantime Brewery beers to wash it all down with.

The Drift

576 user reviews 4

JanUary 2 for £20

To be found at the base of Bishopsgate's Heron Tower, this is one of the best restaurants in London for a client meeting, a business lunch or just to catch up with friends or colleagues. The Drift is another great choice when deciding where to have lunch in London as guests are guaranteed only the freshest organic and seasonal vegetables. Book now. 

Looking for your new midday spot? Head to Comptoir Libanais where you'll find a mouthwatering menu of Lebanese dishes withing stunning surroundings. Located in various sites across London, this quirky restaurant is all about vibrant interiors and tasty dishes.

Smiths of Smithfield

1090 user reviews 4

Burns Night Supper - £50.00 per person *(includes a three course meal, arrival cocktail and a wee dram of Glenfiddich 12yr old single malt)

Smith of Smitchfields is a characterful venue that caters for whatever mood you might find yourself in. Spread across 4 floors, the restaurant's talented team of chefs work with the best cuts of meat that Britain's farmers have to offer, butchering, seasoning and grilling each cut on site before serving it to the many guests that walk through the door. With full English breakfasts, succulent steaks, hearty burgers and stacked pancakes served at all times of the day, few restaurants offer as diverse a lunch menu as this spot.

Cutesy, British and doused with laid-back charm, those of you looking for somewhere to have lunch in London should settle down in the arms of The Fine Line. Not only boasting pumps that ring of London's brilliant brewery scene, guests can tuck into a top selection of gastro goodies at affordable prices. 

Fritti dishes, sharing platters, and Campari or Aperol cocktails aplenty, Diciannove is one of the ultimate contemporary Italian dining experiences in the city. Boasting a killer location right near St. Paul's Cathedral and Millennium Bridge, diners even have the option to walk off all of their culinary indiscretions after a delicious night spent at the restaurant.

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The Refinery utilises fresh and seasonal ingredients to great effect from its rustic base in Fitzrovia. Variety is a huge strength too; there's always something to tuck into whether you're after a seasonal salad, 10oz t-bone steak, whole Scottish lobster or one of their signature flatbreads. The liquid menu features interesting cocktails and 40 wines available by the glass.

The Anthologist

829 user reviews 4

JanUary 2 for £20

Centrally located in the City of London, The Anthologist is one of the best restaurants in London for a business lunch, a client meeting or a quick catch up with friends or colleagues over lunch. With its own deli, an all day seasonal menu as well as cool quirks like the option to take a cocktail masterclass, be sure to consider The Anthologist when deciding where to have lunch in London. Book now. 

No restaurant does all-day dining quite like Bill's. Offering a diverse menu of fresh ingredients and daily specials, alongside lip-smacking cocktails and juices, it's a perfect place to sit back in plush seating and take a moment for lunch. 

People's Park Tavern

253 user reviews 4

People's Park Tavern does a damn tasty lunch. Choose from their large range of burgers and dogs, but bear in mind that these guys are all whoppers sized - perfect for when you've been running around all morning with the kids in the park. This pub has also got the most picture-perfect location for a meal in the whole of London; with its views of the leafy Victoria Park, and a beer garden bigger big enough for every man and his dog to come pull up a chair. 

The Sterling

136 user reviews 4

The prime location of The Sterling makes it a favourite among city workers looking for somewhere to have lunch in London. Sitting at the base of the iconic Gherkin building, The Sterling serves up a menu of classic British cuisine where you can tuck into light bites, sandwiches and burgers as an ideal break from work. 

Looking for a fresh and stylish place to drop in to for lunch time in the city? Balls Brothers Austin Friars offers all that and more, serving up seasonal dishes cooked from scratch just along from Liverpool Street. Menus change daily and food comes prepared in a theatrical open plan kitchen, and there's a superb array of cocktails, wines and beers if you were looking to make it a boozy lunch.


71 user reviews 4

Friday Free Cocktail Deal and 3 other offers

The Gun is a pub in Canary Wharf that serves a strictly British seasonal menu; with daily specials, The Gun is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and is not to be missed when deciding where to have lunch in London. Occupying a Grade II Listed early 19th century building and steeped in history, dining here really is quite an experience. With a menu for fine dining, as well as a less formal menu of British pub classics, this is a great choice when deciding where to have lunch in London. Book now. 

Sea Containers

4 user reviews 4

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

Influenced by the Golden Age of transatlantic travel, Sea Containers is a striking restaurant and bar designed under the creative direction of the visionary Tom Dixon. Lunchtime sees a wealth of delicious sharing dishes, smaller plates and classic comfort food from both the US and UK served up with stunning views of the Thames in support. Get yourself out to the riverside terrace for some al fresco dining if the sun is out!

From rare breed selection steaks through to a smart choice of sushi, Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill is a stylish all-day restaurant that brings British produce and dishes to the forefront. Bright and airy, the space can easily be hired for business meetings, or nab a table for two and have a good natter over the excellent wine selection.

Cinnamon Kitchen

11 user reviews 5

For the most glorious of all gastronomy affairs, Cinnamon Kitchen plates up palatable pleasures in abundance that'll get your taste-buds tingling all day long. Lunch never looked so decadent with the fragrant cuisine coming out of this Indian kitchen. You'll find innovative recipes, flavour combinations and cooking at its very best here, so dig in. 


138 user reviews 4

Extended Happy Hour

Tuck into Core's menu of appetisers and sandwiches and satiate your hankerings of where to have lunch in London whilst enjoying their social hangout of a bar in Bank. Different to most of the other places to drink you'll find around City, Core is one of the cooler, more laid back joints with a basement layer of neon lights, newspapered walls and furniture that nods to the 50s. 

Balls Brothers Shoe Lane

97 user reviews 4

As those lunchtime hunger pangs strike, you're fighting the good fight in order to find food, so how does Holborn measure up? If you're after simple and class British plates at affordable prices, Balls Brothers Shoe Lane could be the perfect place for a London lunch. Laid back and chilled with drinks deals to boot, head on down for a midday bite. 

Located across London, Ping Pong is serving dim sum and some seriously gorgeous interiors. Dinner is always a great choice, but if you're in the mood to mix up your mornings, try their unlimited brunch menu.

Devonshire Terrace

338 user reviews 4

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Another venture from Corney & Barrow, the Devonshire Terrace is a delightful restaurant just steps away from Liverpool Street Station. Offering slick service in a smart and chic setting, this is one of the best restaurants in London for lunch. Serving up a modern European menu, this bar and restaurant in London cooks up a wide range of classic and more contemporary meals that can cater for all needs. Book now. 

From Salmon salads through to whopping steaks, Scoff & Banter has something for every level of hunger. The British restaurant is a casual and easy affair that also serves traditional afternoon teas. There's also restaurants in Kensington, Canary Wharf, Bloomsbury, and Oxford Street.

With a menu full of Vietnamese favourites from Gỏi to Cơm Tấm and the eponymous Pho, this is the perfect spot for a little midday munching. From Wimbledon to Battersea and the West End, you can chill out, get cosy and tuck into a mouthwatering meal.

28 West Bar

307 user reviews 4

Happy Hour and 1 other offer

28 West serves up classic Americana treats with a modern twist on the banks of the Canary riverfront. The menu's depth makes it suitable for a quick bite, but we'd tip coming in to sample their 'bun and bones' selection. Chicken burgers, steaks, lobsters and ribs steal the show, and there's a delightful choice of continental craft beers and experimental cocktails for good measure.