Must-see restaurants in London

  • Five Fields

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    The inventive British prix fixe cuisine, consummate service and enticingly light and inviting decor are hard to resist at this triumphant Chelsea…

  • Pimlico Fresh

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    This chirpy two-room cafe will see you right, whether you need breakfast (French toast, bowls of porridge laced with honey, banana, maple syrup or yoghurt…

  • Flat Three

    Notting Hill & West London

    With pronounced Japanese, Korean and Scandinavian inflections, this lovely downstairs Holland Park restaurant is full of surprises and creative…

  • Market Hall Victoria

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    Garrulous, buzzing, young and fun, this market hall ranges over three floors with a total of 11 top-name open kitchens and three bars (including a rooftop…

  • Mazi

    Notting Hill & West London

    Tucked away on pretty Hillgate St, Mazi offers a modern take on Greek cuisine, with a lively, seasonally updated menu that encourages sharing (mazi means …

  • A Wong

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    With its relaxed, appealing vibe and busy open kitchen, Michelin-starred A Wong excels at lunchtime dim sum but also casts its net wide to haul in some…

  • Orange Pekoe

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    This delightful Barnes tea shop is a consummate haven for lovers of the tea leaf. Surround yourself with all types of tea and present all your tricky leaf…

  • Chez Lindsay

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    This appetising slice of Brittany at the bottom of Richmond Hill serves wholesome Breton cuisine with a side serving of comfortable ambience and river…

  • Gymkhana

    The West End

    The rather sombre setting at this serious Indian fine-dining establishment is intended to invoke the 'good old days' of the British Raj – lazily whirling…

  • Gelateria Danieli

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    Stuffed away down delightful narrow, pinched and flagstone-paved Brewer's Lane off Richmond Green, this tiny gelateria is a joy, and often busy. The…

  • Snaps + Rye

    Notting Hill & West London

    This neat Danish restaurant along Golborne Rd has made Nordic waves across London. Trendily frugal and achingly cool, the clean sparseness is complemented…

  • Rivington Grill

    Greenwich

    This stylish restaurant has seating on two levels overlooking a lovely long bar. The seasonally adjusted menu is totally British, with chicken pie, lamb…

  • Seven Dials Market

    The West End

    In a former banana warehouse (thus the banana motif) and reminiscent of New York's famous Chelsea Market, this two-storey indoor street-food collective…

  • V&A Cafe

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    There is plenty of hot and cold food to choose from at the V&A Cafe, and the setting is quite astonishingly beautiful: the extraordinarily decorated…

  • Roti King

    North London

    The neon sign pointing you in the direction of this pocket-sized basement restaurant doesn't look too promising but the queues do. It's all about roti…

  • Duke of Cambridge

    North London

    The UK’s first certified organic pub is a great place to avoid the crowds, as it’s tucked some way down a side street in Islington where casual passersby…

  • Bar Pepito

    North London

    This tiny, intimate Andalusian bodega specialises in sherry and tapas. Novices fear not: the staff are on hand to advise. They're also experts at food…

  • The exterior of the Gate in Clerkenwell, one of the best vegetarian restaurants in London

    The Gate

    Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    The Gate can probably take a lot of credit for elevating vegetarian cuisine from uninspiring side dishes to starring in its own culinary right. Blending…

  • Dans Le Noir

    Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    The dining room is set up as normal at Dans Le Noir, but there’s one huge difference: you can’t see it. Pick your menu in the still-lit lobby (red for…

  • Texture

    The West End

    Located in a fine Georgian townhouse, this Michelin-starred restaurant can be found by following the birch trees that lead (literally) inside. The menu…

  • Yauatcha

    The West End

    London's glamorous Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant has a ground-floor dining room that's a blue-bathed oasis of calm from the chaos of Berwick Street…

  • J Sheekey

    The West End

    A jewel of the Covent Garden dining scene, this incredibly smart restaurant was opened by 1890s fishmonger Josef Sheekey on the permission of Lord…

  • Bar Boulud

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    Combining French gastronomy with American influences must have raised a few chef's eyebrows in Daniel Boulud's native France, but diners vote with their…

  • Hakkasan Hanway Place

    The West End

    Inaugurating glamorous Cantonese dining in London in 2001, Hakkasan now has offspring throughout Asia, the Middle East and the US, yet it still puts…

  • Ember Yard

    The West End

    The parillas of Spain, asadors of the Basque country and BBQs of Italy inspire the food at this stylish restaurant, decked out in polished timber, and…

  • Hoppers

    The West End

    All bare brick and spice-box tones, this snug Sri Lankan is the real deal: serving bowl-shaped hoppers (fermented-rice pancakes) alongside karis (curries)…

  • Brasserie Zédel

    The West End

    This restaurant in the renovated art-deco ballroom of a former hotel may be the most French brasserie north of Calais. Favourites include choucroute…

  • Momo

    The West End

    Overflowing with cushions and lamps, and staffed by tambourine-playing waiters, this atmospheric Moroccan restaurant has warm service and dishes as…

  • Gauthier Soho

    The West End

    Alexis Gauthier's temple of gastronomy is housed over two floors of a handsome Regency townhouse where you have to buzz for entrance. Evening meals are a…

  • Mildreds

    The West End

    One of the West End's most enduringly popular vegetarian restaurants, Mildreds is crammed at lunchtime: you can't be shy about sharing a table in the sky…

  • Nutshell

    The West End

    The subtle spicing, fresh herbs, expert grilling and unique way with bread and rice that distinguish Persian food are well represented in this inviting…

  • 10 Greek St

    The West End

    This confidently undemonstrative bistro is making quite a splash with food that marries top-quality British and Mediterranean produce and techniques…

  • Andrew Edmunds

    The West End

    This charismatic little restaurant, operating from the same Georgian townhouse since 1985, is exactly the sort you might wish still abounded in Soho…

  • Delaunay Counter

    The West End

    The informal sibling of the grand Mitteleuropean Delaunay next door, the Counter goes full Vienna with Sachertorte (dark-chocolate iced cake filled with…

  • Quilon

    The West End

    Specialising in the cuisines of Goa and Kerala, this Michelin-starred restaurant might serve the best and most inventive Indian food in London. While the…

  • Yipin China

    North London

    As authentic a Chinese restaurant as you'll find in London (it's usually full of Chinese diners – a good sign), Yipin specialises in the spicy and…

  • Casa do Frango

    South Bank

    Forget your notions of Nando's: Casa do Frango kicks peri-peri up a notch in its cool plant-filled upstairs space steps away from Borough Market. Frango,…

  • Delaunay

    The West End

    This immaculate spot channels the majesty of the grand cafes of Central Europe. Schnitzels, sausages and fish take pride of place on the menu, which is…

  • Kitty Fisher's

    The West End

    Taking pride of place in Mayfair’s 18th-century Shepherd Market (historically one of London's red-light districts), this cosy dining room is named after…

  • Lina Stores

    The West End

    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…

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