The West End restaurants

Top Choice Modern European in The West End

Portrait

This stunningly located restaurant above the excellent National Portrait Gallery comes with dramatic views over Trafalgar Sq and down to the Houses of Parliament and London Eye. Prices are a bit steep, but it's a fi…
Top Choice International in The West End

Spring

White walls, ball chandeliers and columns are offset only by the odd blossom in this favourite eatery in Somerset House, overlooking aterloo Bridge. Award-winning chef Skye Gyngell is at the helm and leads a team de…
Top Choice Ramen in The West End

Kanada-Ya

In the eternal debate over London's best ramen, we're still voting for this one. With no reservations taken, queues can get impressive outside this tiny and enormously popular canteen, where ramen cooked in tonkotsu…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in The West End

Palomar

With a stack of 'restaurant of the year' awards, Palomar is a firm favourite, and the wait for one of the 16 bar stools or 40 seats is testament to that. It celebrates modern Jerusalem cuisine, with flavours stretch…
Top Choice British in The West End

Foyer & Reading Room at Claridge's

Extend that pinkie finger to partake in afternoon tea within the classic art deco foyer and Reading Room of the landmark hotel Claridge’s, where the gentle clink of fine porcelain and champagne glasses could be a de…
Top Choice Chinese in The West End

Beijing Dumpling

You can see the stars of the show before you even walk in, as tiny dough pockets ready to be made into xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) are kneaded at speed behind the steamy front window: do not leave without ordering …
Top Choice Indian in The West End

Gymkhana

The rather sombre setting is all British Raj – ceiling fans, oak ceiling, period cricket photos and hunting trophies – but the menu is lively, bright and inspiring. For lovers of variety, there is a six-course tasti…
European in The West End

The Delaunay

This smart spot channels the majesty of the grand cafes of Mitteleuropa (Central Europe). Schnitzels and wieners take pride of place on the menu, which is rounded out with Alsatian tarte flambée (thin crust pizzas u…
Sri Lankan in The West End

Hoppers

This pint-sized, enormously popular place specialises in the Sri Lankan national dish of hoppers: thin pancakes of rice flour and coconut milk with spices. Eat them (or dosas) with various types of kari (curry) or k…
Italian in The West End

Lina Stores

Lina Stores has been operating a deli on Soho's Brewer St since 1944, and they've finally started dishing up their perfect handmade pasta to drooling diners. Plates are small but satisfying. The creamy pici alla nor…