Best Restaurants in London

London’s culinary scene is rich and enticing, to say the least. The city is brimming with food points in its every nook, catering all palates and pockets. Whether you love meat or veggies, Italian or Chinese, al fresco or in a cosy pub, there’s a restaurant in London ready to welcome you. There are over 15000 restaurants in London and many of them are Michelin starred, making choosing the right one a hard roe to how. Keeping that in mind, here is a painstaking guide of the best ones in London’s restaurant scene and their speciality.


For Cheap Eats
Most Londoners share the plight of William Shenstone when he stated, “Nothing is certain in London but expense”. And in such cash-strapped times, some budget restaurant chains have popped up in London for our rescue. Eating out in London doesn’t have to cost you earth, with restaurants like Beatroot. Tucked next to the Berwick Street Market, this little bistro has everything from organic rice salad with seaweed and tomato soy sauce to shepherd’s pie and coconuty dahl. Most people take away, however, there are some seats you can grab beneath the globular lamps in the colourful interior. More seats are on the pavement outside. Coffee, tea, vegan cakes, and soft drinks are also available.

Address: 92 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0QD
Phone: 020 7437 8591
Main courses: £4.30-£6.50

For Alfresco Dining
Nothing is better than enjoying a meal beneath the sunshine on a rooftop in London. If dining outdoors is high on your wish list, Coq d’Argent is the right place to pop in. From its large rooftop terrace, you can enjoy startling panorama of London elongating to the St Paul’s Cathedral, Shard, and Gherkin. On a clear day, you can also see Crystal Palace. To get a spot in exposed seating area, call ahead to check availability, as the restaurant remains buzzing throughout the year, especially in summer. Head chef Mickael Weiss creates exquisite menus showcasing French cuisine at its best. In addition, you can also sample cigars, from Cuban to Habanos, exclusively on the terrace.

Address: No.1 Poultry, London, EC2R 8EJ
Phone: 020 7395 5000
Main courses: £19-£37.50
Set lunch (Sun): £25 2 courses, £28 3 courses

For Business Lunch
Business lunches call for fine dining restaurants complete with sophisticated setting. Arbutus is one such place in London. An intimate dining area that does not compromise on style and elegance! The unique feature of this restaurant is that you can buy the whole wine list by 250ml carafe which means that you can couple diverse wines with your meal. With the expertise of the chefs, the inexpensive food items turn into interesting dishes. It’s not without reason that this eating spot earned a Michelin star in January 2007. Scottish salmon is of top quality, nicely accompanied by hazelnut jus. Set lunches and pre-theatre menus are delightful, ensuring to impress your clients or employees.

Address: 63-64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW
Phone: 020 7734 4545
Main courses:  £16-£21
Set lunch: £17.95 - 2 courses, £19.95 - 3 courses

For Celebrity Spotting
The Ivy in Theatreland has long been revealed as a haunt where the popular partiers hangout. David Beckham and Tom Cruise have all frequented this amazing foodies’ point. Not only does The Ivy serve exquisite British food, but also it does it with excellent style that’s sure to impress even those from Hollywood. London’s most in-demand restaurant, Ivy really takes things up a notch when it comes to décor. In true fashion, it’s “grand” complete with stained glass and oak panelling. It’s a favourite haunt amongst pre and post theatre crowd along with devoted clientele from art, media, sports, and fashion world.

Address: 1 West Street, London, WC2H 9NQ
Phone: 020 7836 4751
Main courses: £9.75-£34.50

For River Views
What better than watching London go by whilst relishing your favourite delight? Oxo Tower Brasserie is truly a treat to the senses. The enticing aromas, panoramic sights, intense flavours, and of course, live music with fabulous line-up of musicians, Oxo is truly a vital addition to London’s restaurant scene. With their own distinctive styles, the musicians have jazz roots. Sunday nights are particularly smooth with a piano and a female vocalist performing her best. The grey-blue tables in the airy setting makes you feel you’re dining in the sky. A vegan menu is also served along with a list of 800 wines to choose from.

Address: 8th floor, Oxo Tower, Barge House Street, SE1 9PH
Phone: 020 7803 3888
Main courses: £22-£35

For Christmas
Gymkhana is the latest Indian restaurant in London that has gained attention this autumn. Critics from Londonist were bowled over by its overall vibe and flavours. The restaurant is offering a special Christmas tasting menu at £65 for seven courses, perfect for your Xmas dinner with friends and family. Come hungry and feast in the Indian style here in this restaurant ready to greet you with scrumptious flavours like goat methi keema and turkey tikka. It’s available from 1st December to 31st December excluding the Xmas day.

Address: 42 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JH
Phone: 020 3011 5900

For Birthday
ViewLondon recommends “Don’t Tell Fred” if you’re keen to celebrate your birthday like a true gourmet. But that doesn’t mean that your birthday party will be short of entertainment as live music and comedy nights are held regularly. Just call ahead of time and get ready to laugh aloud whilst cutting your birthday cake. Located in East Sheen not far from Richmond, the restaurant serves a varied British menu complemented with comprehensive drinks. Steaks, fish, lamb, chicken, and great desserts are served in style. Food per person may cost you around £10 - £20.

Address: 40 Sheen Lane, London, SW14 8LW
Phone: 020 8878 8266
Beer: £3.60 per bottle
Wine: £14.75 per bottle, two bottles of Tiger for £5

For a Date
Long been recognized as a specialist in northern Chinese cuisine, Princess Garden is just that place to impress your loved one. Minimalist décor with Chinese antiques, window-lined walls, discreetly distanced tables, and seamless service make this the best place for a romantic dinner. The dim sum menu here is worthy of competing for the best one in London. The menu comprises inventive fusion dishes including lobster, Enoki and beef cheung, Chicken and mushroom steamed buns, shark’s fin and abalone. If you’re planning to take your ‘someone special’ on a date, this is the place to win their love.

Address: 8-10 North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZD
Phone: 020 7493 3223
Main Courses: £9.50-£42
Dim Sum: £2.80-£3.50

For Pizza
Franco Manca, the original Brixton branch still remains one of the best pizza joints in London, without a doubt. Savour a true Neapolitan style pizza here complete with slow-rise sourdough crust and a variety of classic and innovative toppings as per your taste and budget. The restaurant has won the hearts of London’s epicureans for its top-notch ingredients and speedy and friendly service. Satiate your craving here for the classic pizza with tomato, garlic, and oregano or mozzarella, basil, and tomato. The tasty chorizo pizza comes with mouth-watering oily Spanish sausage that reminds of the New York’s pepperoni pizza. The unusual lemonade is a thoughtful addition to the menu boasting heavy pizzas. Other four outlets in London are also fine but couldn’t match the level of perfection of the original one.

Address: 4 Market Row, London, SW9 8LD
Phone: 020 7738 3021
Main Courses:  £5-£7.50

For Coffee
Nothing refreshes you to the core better than a cup of cappuccino. And London has plenty of coffee houses to give a fresh start to your day. The Attendant is quite an unusual place, turned into an espresso corner from a public convenience. The aromas that you can experience as you enter are now of scented candles and roast Arabica. The new makeover from a piss-stop to a pit spot is quite impressive. Might seem a little quirky at first but the overall experience will be wonderful. There may be many luxurious coffee houses in London but it’s a little different not just because of its ambience but also for its friendly baristas obsessively committed to creating the best flavours and with beans supplied by Caravan Roastery. Made-to-order sandwiches, hot snacks, and cakes are all there to complement your refreshing cup. Worth spending money in, this café is quite easy on the budget too.

Address: 27A Foley Street, London, W1W 6DY
Phone: 020 7637 3794
Espresso: £2.40

For Afternoon Tea
It’s criminal to be in London and not indulge in the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea, being re-enacted in London since 16th century. Staying in London at Goring is definitely an experience to remember as Kate Middleton herself has stayed here before her big day but the hotel is equally popular for its afternoon tea experience that got nearly perfect scored this year from Tea Guild. Vintage bon china, sheer linen, delicious afternoon tea combined with buttery scones with clotted cream, jam, and finger sandwiches, what else does a connoisseur needs after 3pm. The Goring tops the list when it comes to listing best afternoon teas in London. Exquisite teas are served in style by the roaring fire in the hotel’s lounge.

Address: 15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW, London
Traditional Afternoon Tea - £37.50
The Bollinger Tea - £47.50

For Dim Sum
Thanks to the Chinese, for giving this gastronomic wonder to the culinary world. If you’re just in love with Dim Sums, you don’t have to visit China to taste the best ones. Simply head to Dumpling’s Legend in London! Ever heard about the xiao long bau? These are the Shanghainese dumplings containing both broth and filling. Pop them in your mouth in one go and savour the enticing soupy flavours. Skip the spicy pork version and this time around, try the classic version with likes of plain pork, or vegetarian with a garlicky twist.

Address: 15-16 Gerrard St, W1D 6JE (020 7494 1200)
Phone: 020 7494 1200
Spicy Pork Siu Loung Bao (8 pcs.): £6.00

For Burgers
Do you love burgers? Then you have to love London too. Pop in Advisory, a favourite among Hackney locals for brioche buns. The three choices including the beef, veggie, and bacon are much better than what you’d expect from £5 rate. Whether for Sunday brunch or for your evening cravings, this is the perfect place to visit. Offering a choice of burgers popular among Londoners, Advisory is just that perfect advice a burger lover can ever get. The price is equally enticing as the burgers are with range starting from just £5 (Bacon Burger). Go visit and seal the deal!

Address: 161 Mare Street, E8 3RH Hackney
Phone: 020 8533 2747
Bacon burger - £5

For Steaks
Hawksmoor Spitalfields has been wooing London foodies’ since 2006 and continues to do so. It’s scrumptious steaks created a buzz in London’s food scene. The food creations focussed on optimum quality and the ambience is great ensuring a perfect dining experience. Top quality beef by popular London butcher Ginger Pig is served to delight the guests. An impressive list of breeds is offered, with Longhorn always available and guest breeds range from Lincoln Red to Herefords. Seared on grills to reach the level of perfect, crusty outside and tender inside, the staff does a great job in explaining the difference. Tamworth pork ribs, sapphire salad, and lobsters, all make the menu even more enticing. Strawberry trifle and chocolate fudge sundaes are lovely options for desserts, giving a perfect and fulfilling end to your lush meal. Other branches in Seven Dials and Guildhall and Air Street are equally dependable.

Address: 157a Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ
Phone: 020 7426 4850        

For Unusual Dining
You enter in an Italian phone box and suddenly find yourself in a large gondola-shaped eatery. What can be more unusual than dining at such a restaurant? Without much ado, we’re here talking about Bunga Bunga, the rarest eatery with a wall dedicated to Silvio Berlusconi himself. This Italian tongue-in-cheek bar cum karaoke joint is the perfect place to debauch yourself in the indulgent surrounding. It will transport you to Venice with canals depicted on the walls, salamis hanging from the wall and lamps suspended upside down Vespa helmets. Gear up to eat pizzas named after Berlusconi’s bung bunga girls and relish wine from terracotta carafes.

P.S. - You can also ruin other peoples’ meal on a karaoke stage in the shape of a Colosseum. For a more private karaoke experience, two private rooms are available upstairs.

Address: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3BA
Phone: 020 7095 0360
Micaela Margherita Pizze: £9.5

For Late Night Eat Out
You’re just a bit of a night-owl, out on the town and find yourself peckish halfway, don’t worry. London has many late night restaurants to satisfy your appetite in the wee hours. There is no better place in London for a late night meal that Duck & Waffle. Open 24 hours, this eatery is located on 40th floor of Heron Tower and over 100 seats for diners. Enjoy your late night meal whilst relishing the stunning night view of the city. Duck & Waffle is really the place to go if you don’t want to end up raiding your pantry for chips.

Address: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
Phone: 020 3640 7310
Late night snacks from: £5.00

Cuisine Wise List of Best London Restaurants

Italian Restaurants in London

  • Sartoria – 20 Savile Row, W1S 3PR
  • Assaggetti – 71 Haymarket, SW1Y 4RW
  • Citrus Restaurant – 112 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BX
  • Essenza – 210 Kensington Park Road, W11 1NR
  • Getti Jermyn Street  – 16/17 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6LT

Spanish Restaurants in London

  • Ametsa with Arzak Instruction – Halkin Street, Westminster, SW1X 7DJ
  • B@Juan’s – 240 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 6TG
  • 17 Air Street – 7 Air Street, Soho, W1B 5AF
  • Angels & Gypsies –29-33 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, SE5 8TR
  • Black Pig With White Pearls – 61 Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington, N16 8EL

Chinese Restaurants in London

  • Min Jiang – Min Jiang, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT
  • Bo London – 4 Mill Street, W1S 2AX
  • China Tang – Park Lane, Mayfair, W1A 2HJ
  • Hakkasan – 8 Hanway Place, London, W1T 1HD
  • Inamo – 134-136 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 8ZP

Indian Restaurants in London

  • Imli Street – 167-169 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 8WR
  • Masala Zone Bayswater – 75 Bishops Bridge Road, Bayswater, W2 6BG
  • Mint Leaf Restaurant – Suffolk Place, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HX
  • Tamarind of Mayfair – 20 Queen Street, Mayfair, W1J 5PR
  • Zaika of Kensington – 1 Kensington High Street, W8 5NP

Thai Restaurants in London

  • Naamyaa Cafe – Angel Building, 407 St John Street, Islington, EC1V 4AB
  • Baan Thai – 18 Fortess Road, Kentish Town, NW5 2HB
  • Bangkok Boulevard – 87 Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11 5QL
  • Chaopraya Eat - Thai – 22 St. Christophers Place, Mayfair, W1U 1NP
  • Mango Tree – 48 Grosvonor Place, SW1X 7EQ

African Restaurants in London

  • The Meat & Wine Co – Westfield, Shepherds Bush,
  • Adulis Oval – 44-46 Brixton Road, Camberwell, SW9 6BT
  • El Cantara – 45 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SD
  • High Timber – 8 High Timber Street, London, EC4V 3PA
  • MaisonTouareg – 23-24 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DZ

Mexican Restaurants in London

  • Mestizo Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar – 103 Hampstead Road, Euston / Camden, NW1 3EL
  • Desperados – 33-35 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, SE10 9BL
  • BohoMexica – 151-153 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6BJ
  • Chico Bandito – 74 Luke Street, The City, EC2A 4PY
  • High Chapparral – 35 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, SE10 9BJ

Vegetarian Restaurants in London

  • Carnevale Restaurant –135 Whitecross Street, The City, EC1Y 8JL
  • Vanilla Black –17 -18 Tooks Court, EC4A 1LB
  • The Gate Vegetarian Restaurant – 51 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9QL
  • Woodlands – 77 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1U 2PS’
  • Mildreds – 45 Lexington Street, St James, W1F 9AN

Seafood Restaurants in London

  • Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar – 10 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5BY
  • Chamberlains Restaurant – 23-25 Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LR
  • Fishworks – 7-9- Swallow Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DG
  • Olympus Fish Restaurant – 140-142 Ballards Lane, Finchley, N3 2PA
  • Redhook – 89-90 Turnmill Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5QU
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