The London Restaurants Now Taking Bookings
Lockdown has taken its toll on the hospitality industry, as London restaurants remained empty of the joy, bustle and plates that have made it one of the finest cities in the world for food... until now. With plans of a 17th May opening date available to those with social distancing measures in place, we want to share the London restaurants soon to be open and taking bookings.
*please note, opening scenarios will be dictated by both government and venue, so please stay safe, stay in contact with the restaurant you've been requested a table for and be conscious of the impact you have on people around you when leaving home for these bookings.
Taking pride of place opposite the Thames on London's Bankside, The Swan Restaurant & Bar is part of Shakespeare's Globe theatre with a menu of classic British food and drink. Book yourself into this Central London eatery and make the most of all it has to offer this summer.
Located in the heart of Covent Garden, Monmouth Kitchen will be reopening its doors just in time for September. Head here to tuck into a fusion of Italian and Peruvian cuisine, with plates such as Pan-fried Salmon with Calabrian Chilli Salsa and Sea Bass Ceviche.
If you're searching for places to drink outdoors in South London, Peckham Riviera is your spot. Settle into the heated outdoor space to enjoy a wide range of drinks from the cocktail and craft beer bars, whirl resident foodies are ready to satisfy any cravings.
Offering an expansive outdoor seating area for alfresco dining, The Refinery can be found just a stone's throw from the Thames. Against a backdrop of industrial chic interiors, the restaurant bar serves classic cocktails, global wines and a seasonal menu of international dishes.
Rotunda is a stylish Kings Cross restaurant with an outdoor dining space that's literally on the canal. Soak up the first few rays of summer as you delve into a meat-filled menu of succulent steaks, Sunday roasts and plenty more, all washed down with signature cocktails.
Overlooking the Grand Union canal, Smith's Bar & Grill is a buzzing restaurant now taking bookings in West London. Hunker down beside the water in the sprawling outdoor space and check out their signature European dishes in a quirky, flower-filled setting.
Looking to book into a restaurant near London Bridge? Tanner and Co are rolling up drinks, dinner and events into one vibrant space. Head to the Bermondsey spot for the chance to tuck into classic burgers, Sunday roasts and bottomless brunches in a unique setting.
Located in Shepherd's Bush Market, The Hawk's Nest is a gorgeous outdoor bar and restaurant now taking booking from April onwards. Not only is it serving up swoon-worthy decor, but it's also keeping you watered and fed on cocktails, craft beer and gourmet pizzas.
Your first date night back? Make it special with an evening at Vagabond. An enchanting wine bar, and one of the most romantic places to eat and drink outside in London, this stunner is serving up 100 different bottles and a number of delicious small plates.
Specialists in all things chicken, this Kingly Court gem is a great shout for your first meal back. Sourcing all its ingredients from ethical suppliers, Whyte & Brown is dishing up everything from burgers and goujons to wings and brunch bites, making for some seriously delicious comfort food.
Funky ping pong bar Bounce has now reopened, bringing bags of big kid-fun to the streets of Shoreditch. Head to this trendy spot for a bat and ball session followed b a feast of stone-baked pizzas, juicy burgers and mega sharing platters.
Whether you're after a leisurely weekend brunch, a delicious dinner or a couple of after-work cocktails, The Exhibit has got you covered. The neighbourhood bar and restaurant is opening its terrace to guests from April onwards.
Boasting some of the best views in London, Aviary is bound to be in high demand when things open up again. Book a table on this rooftop restaurant and prepare for a memorable evening of botanical cocktails and delicious food.
Searching for outdoor restaurants to book around Waterloo? Situated just behind the National Theatre, The Green Room is your go-to for pizza and small plates in a stunning setting. There's also a great cocktail menu if you fancy an afternoon aperitif in the sustainable garden.
Looking to splash out post-lockdown? Searcys is opening up the patio of its gorgeous St Pancras location to bring you one of the best places to eat outside in London this summer. Book now for fine fizz, oysters and plush afternoon teas.
One of the best restaurants in London to book now, The Southbank BBQ Club is back for another season of DIY cooking and riverside views. Head over to the outdoor eatery for the chance to grill up your very own dinner with tips and tricks from the pros.
Looking for some of London's best brunch plates? The Daisy Green Collection are now taking bookings, serving up delicious Aussie plates and cocktails across the city. Head to this Heddon Street staple (or its Soho sister) to see what all the fuss is about.
Skylark Roof Garden is a stunning rooftop bar and restaurant in Paddington, offering handcrafted cocktails and delcious dishes with a jaw-dropping view of the city. Settle in among the lush foliage and seaside-style furniture for a unique alfresco experience this summer.
A fun quirky pub now taking bookings in London, The Somers Town Coffee House is a stylish gastropub housing a secret garden, speakeasy cocktail bar, cosy boozer and a dining room across a number of floors. Head here and enjoy a fun evening of eating and drinking.
Nestled in Tooting Bec, The Gorringe Park Pub is now taking bookings. Get yourself a table here and enjoy a top-notch meal of classic dishes made using local British and artisan suppliers. What's more, there's also a number of gluten-free offerings.
Get back to business is the most stylish manner and book yourself a spot at Regent Street's oh so swish Aqua Kyoto. The rooftop sushi restaurant is now taking bookings for both their outdoor terrace in April and their gorgeous indoor dining room for May.
One of the best restaurants in Dalston, Jones & Sons is now taking bookings for both April and May. Whether you're sunning yourself in their pretty courtyard or chowing down in their industrial dining space, you're in for an excellent return to eating out here.
Located in the heart of Angel, The Chapel Bar is a characterful bar and restaurant, boasting bags of charm and one of North London's best value bottomless brunches. Enjoy two gourmet courses of Italian cuisine accompanied by two hours of booze, all for less than £40.
100 Wardour Street has a reputation for its buzzing bottomless brunches, epic live music and mouth-watering menu of modern European cuisine. Located in the heart of Soho it's the perfect place to kick off a night in the West End or dance 'til the early hours.
Back with more of their mouthwatering pan-Asian eats this season, Inamo is whipping up a world of good stuff again, served in style and washed down with refreshing cocktails. Head over to their Covent Garden location for all your dining out needs, from family dinners to fun date nights.
The Piano Works Farringdon will be back in business this spring with yet more incredible live music, gourmet cuisine and free-flowing drinks. Call in for a boozy brunch or head here in the evening, with the soundtrack being dedicated by guests throughout.
From a menu of tacos, tostadas and aguachile to its bright interior and charming service, Santo Remedio is looking like a great post-lockdown treat. Book your table for all this, plus an agave-fuelled drinks menu with margaritas and mezcal sips.
Dim sum cravings at an all time high? Ping Pong's Soho and Southbank sites are back to fill that doughy hole. Opening their restaurants again in April, they're offering happy hour cocktails from as little as £4 alongside their droolworthy selection of dumplings and classic dishes.