A multicultural city with an enormous array of culinary offerings, finding the best restaurants in London can be a tricky task.
I’ve lived in London for the past couple of years, during which time I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to explore many different London restaurants. After stepping foot in this historic city, I can guarantee that you will not be hurting for choice in the London restaurant scene.
In this article, I’ll take you through my top picks in London when it comes to food, ranging from very affordable to more fancy. Before diving in, bookmark my guide to what to do in London.
Table of Contents
- 59 Best London Restaurants
- The Pig’s Head
- La Famiglia
- City Spice
- Casa do Frango
- Chiltern Firehouse
- Emilia’s Crafted Pasta
- Brother Marcus
- Sichuan PoPo
- Elliot’s Borough Market
- Terra @ EATALY
- Naughty Piglets
- Fatt Pundit
- L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
- Bala Baya
- Morito Exmouth Market
- The Ivy Asia, St Paul’s
- Flour & Grape
- Bar Douro
- The Ivy Chelsea Garden
- Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond
- Ping Pong
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Delamina Marylebone
- Gordon Ramsay’s Street Pizza
- Inko Nito
- Milk Cafe
- Arros QD
- Martello Hall
- Leong’s Legend
- The Riding House Café
- Lobos Meat and Tapas
- Drury 188-189
- Lina Stores
- Delizie D’Italia
- The Dorchester
- The Phoenix
- Bull in a China Shop
- FAQs About Places to Eat in London
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59 Best London Restaurants
Bubala specializes in meatless Middle-Eastern dishes with a twist, within two locations across London (Spitalfields and Soho). The absence of meat is made up for in mind-blowing flavor combinations that will leave you satisfied and wanting more.
In addition to the flavorful produce, Bubala offers a great selection of wine, cocktails, and even a vegan menu. We had the set vegetarian tasting menu for dinner at the Spitalfields location, comprised of 10 dishes (and if you’re lucky, they may even add a couple of bonuses).
Some of my favorites were the burnt butter hummus, crispy laffa bread, fried aubergine, charred oyster mushroom skewers, and confit potato latkes.
The Pig’s Head
As I continue to eat my way through the pubs of London in search of the best Sunday roast, I couldn’t help but share this gem in the heart of Clapham that I stumbled upon. The Pig’s Head, an adorable gastropub, boasts a menu that changes daily, leaving you wanting to come back and try all of the things.
We went for Sunday roast and I was very pleased with the offerings that day. Many places offer either pork belly or pork crackling roasts, so I was delighted when I saw pulled pork was on the menu, which is not something I’ve found at other pubs. The meat was super tender and succulent, and the sides were also delicious. You are guaranteed to not leave this London restaurant hungry!
The Pig’s Head is up there in the top roasts I’ve tried so far.
Amongst a sea of fantastic Italian cuisine offerings in London, this family restaurant located in the darling neighborhood of Chelsea has made its mark since 1966 and is still going strong. My favorite thing about the restaurant, besides the food, is the friendly staff and authenticity that makes you feel as though you’ve been transported to Tuscany.
Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, this is a great restaurant to visit any time of year, but if you happen to go in the summer, they have a lovely outdoor terrace that adds to the dining experience. Some dishes I tried when I was there, all of which were fabulous, included the Piccante Al Limone (pictured), Bruschetta Alla Romana, Rucola Con Parmigiano, and Girasoli Pomodori Secchi E Burrata, which was a special filled pasta from their seasonal menu.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Berenjak, a Persian food oasis nestled in Borough Market, and it instantly became one of my top 3 favorite restaurants in London.
As you enter the restaurant you’ll notice a couple of things: it is always full of people, it often has a queue (this is usually a great indicator of amazing food), and it has a spectacular Middle Eastern atmosphere. In particular, the atmosphere will take you on a marvelous food journey while being surrounded by beautiful decor and traditional music.
I would highly recommend trying the tasting menu with a group so you can try more items. The portion sizes are generous, so make sure you arrive hungry.
Tucked away in London’s South Bank, and with two other locations across London, OKAN is an authentic Japanese restaurant inspired by the region of Osaka, Japan. One of the best things about this restaurant is that you can watch your food being cooked right in front of you!
I would highly recommend opting for the counter seats to enjoy the atmosphere to the fullest. With few tables, this restaurant has an intimate and cozy feel. They serve up several delicious Japanese curries, noodle dishes, and appetizers, including an incredible prawn gyoza.
Japan is a dream travel destination for many, and I feel that Okan provides an insight into the world of dining there.
City Spice is on the corner of Brick Lane in Shoreditch, which is London’s most famous street when it comes to Indian cuisine. City Spice brings something special to the table with unique flavor blends, homemade dishes, and attentive service.
The food at City Spice has won several awards, and you’ll understand why when you taste it yourself. In addition to its traditional curry menu, Executive Chef Niaz has curated a vegan curry menu, further diversifying the dishes for non-meat eaters.
One of my favourite things about City Spice is the kind and friendly staff, including the executive chef who gave us a personalized experience. All of the food is fresh, homemade, and delicious. Our favourite dishes include the chicken tikka biryani, lamb shatkora, and fluffy garlic naan.
Casa do Frango
Casa do Frango is one of the most reasonably priced restaurants I’ve visited in London, but the great prices don’t mean a compromise on quality. This authentic Portuguese spot has two locations in London, with a central London Bridge restaurant, an East London Shoreditch location, and a third one currently in the works for Victoria in Westminster.
Amongst the bright and airy atmosphere where you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous vegetation, you can enjoy a selection of Portuguese sharing plates, with their half chicken being the star of the show. A few of my favorite dishes include chorizo, fried green beans, iberico pork croquettes, and charred cauliflower. Make sure you save room for dessert so you can try the delicious Portuguese custard tart, Pastel de nata.
Chiltern Firehouse is the ultimate London restaurant for date night. Between the intimate and cozy atmosphere, thoughtful selection of dishes, attentive service, and central London location, this restaurant is the whole package.
Set in a luxury 5-star hotel, this restaurant is award-winning and also has a reputation for being one of the restaurants most frequented by celebrities in London. The dishes are based on seasonal ingredients and healthy eating, with a spin on American classics. The menu boasts everything from high-end seafood to rustic pizzas.
Located in Marylebone, you can choose between sitting in the lovely dining room or the magical patio. You’ll want to book this place well in advance of your trip for the best hopes of securing a reservation!
Emilia’s Crafted Pasta
The delicious homemade pasta at this cute and cozy Italian joint does not disappoint. With three locations in London that are often full of bookings, I highly recommend visiting Emilia’s for a quality plate of pasta, paired with an Aperol spritz and followed by a decadent dessert.
We opted for the carbonara and the 4-hour slow-cooked bechamel bolognese, both of which left us satisfied, but also wanting more. You can taste the quality of the fresh egg noodles with every bite, and the luscious list of pasta options on the menu will make your choice of dish challenging.
Another awesome thing about this place is that the menu is very reasonably priced, particularly for an expensive city like London. You’ll walk away knowing you got great value for money.
The second you step foot into this gorgeous restaurant, you’ll be assured that your dining experience is about to keep getting better. With tables surrounded by greenery and magnificent light installations, the atmosphere is pleasant and adds to the culinary experience.
In addition to the great atmosphere, the dishes at Brother Marcus do not disappoint. This Eastern Mediterranean spot was founded by three best friends and has four unique locations scattered across London.
Famous for some of the best brunch in London, they also offer excellent lunch and dinner sharing plates, boasting a friendly atmosphere where the intent is to make you feel part of the family while you’re there.
Some dishes my friends and I tried, all of which were fantastic, included: za’atar baked cauliflower, rip and dip platter with houmous, fennel tzatziki, smoked aubergine baba ghanoush, feta and ricotta börek, crispy aubergine skewer, feta chips, and my personal favorite, the pan-fried halloumi with honey and sesame seeds.
London is known for having some fantastic bottomless brunches, but I can say with confidence that ROKA has taken the cake for the best one I’ve been to since living here. Straying away from the typical brunch foods of avocado toast, eggs benny, or a full English, ROKA offers an exquisite selection of Japanese sharing plates, mains, and free-flowing red, white, and rosé wines and prosecco.
This is a great spot to go with a group, and also a great excuse to dress up. There is a lot of sharing involved and the appetizers are unlimited, so the bigger the group, the better to make the most out of your experience.
Their bottomless includes appetizers such as tempura sweet potato, mouth-watering dumplings, salad, fresh sushi and sashimi, Japanese fried chicken, and more. They also serve regular lunch and dinner.
With two locations in West London, this mouth-watering Chinese restaurant will leave you feeling full and content. Sichuan PoPo is my favorite Chinese restaurant I’ve tried in London, and with a large menu, you will not have trouble finding something that tickles your fancy.
This restaurant offers Sichuan-style street food, with options ranging from dumplings to hand-made fresh noodles. Each dish is packed with flavor and the prices won’t break the bank.
My favorite dishes I’ve tried include the hand-made wontons in chili oil, stir-fried beef Ho-fun, Shanghai-style juicy pork dumplings, and the freshly made flat BiangBiang noodles.
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If you’re looking for one of the best restaurants in London that will truly blow you away, look no further than Manteca. This gorgeous Italian restaurant is known for its hand-rolled pasta and in-house salumeria. Despite London having many of the world’s best restaurants, this spot stood out to me when I tried it.
Beyond the incredible a la carte menu including fresh pasta and a fabulous wine list, even including one of my favorites (orange wine), the atmosphere and service are what make Manteca a lovely meal. Situated on Curtain Rd., this restaurant’s dining room has stunning interiors that make it the perfect cozy spot for date night.
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Elliot’s Borough Market
Elliot’s is a lovely restaurant, bar, and natural wine store with locations in Borough Market and Hackney. As you can probably guess, they have an impeccable selection of wines, and I had the opportunity to try a special small batch of orange wine from Australia, which was phenomenal.
Something I love about this restaurant is that the produce is sourced from traders in Borough Market, along with other farmers and fishermen in the UK and Europe, emphasizing the importance of sourcing local, which also made the dishes taste even better.
One thing they’re known for is their pizzas, which have the dough made without using additives in their wood-fired oven. I would recommend booking at least a week in advance if you want to check this place out.
Terra @ EATALY
EATALY is an iconic Italian marketplace equipped with takeaway eats, an impeccable wine selection, and mouth-watering restaurants and bars. It opened its doors in London a couple of years ago, following the success of other venues in Italy and the US.
Artisanal Italian Grill Terra is one of the restaurants located inside and is an all-around incredible dining experience. The atmosphere gives secret garden vibes, with hanging foliage and twinkling lights. The service is also very attentive.
From their grill menu, I tried the ‘Polpo’ dish of grilled octopus over a bed of mash, topped with savory salami crisps, and my friend had the bolognese. We both sincerely enjoyed our dishes, and what meal would be complete without a bit of gelato to cleanse the palette?
Naughty Piglets is truly one of the most unique restaurants I’ve been to since living in London. It has a small and cozy feel which is very inviting, making you feel like a local the second you walk in the door.
This restaurant is located in Brixton, Southwest London, and is known for its sharing plates using local seasonal ingredients and its wide selection of natural wines. Innovation truly meets art at Naughty Piglets, and each dish looks like a masterpiece. The menu changes daily, with a few long-standing favorites left on the menu since the restaurant’s birth.
The flavor combinations in the food were truly mind-blowing. My favorite dish I tried was a chocolate mousse that had cream and shortbread shavings on top. The sweet and salty combination made us order a second!
👉 Pro Tip: This restaurant is so intimate that it only seats 29 people at a time, so make sure you book in advance so that you don’t miss out on this hidden gem!
The first piece of advice I will give for this unique Indo-Chinese small plates restaurant in Soho and Covent Garden is to reserve in advance. Despite London being a city filled with incredible restaurants, there is certainly a reason that sought-after dining spots book up quickly.
Fatt Pundit is a tapas-style restaurant where your taste buds are guaranteed to be sent on a journey. The food is packed with bold flavors and the menu offers a range of dishes including different types of momos, popcorn cauliflower, sticky sesame vegetables (my favorite dish I tried), chilly prawns, Manchurian chicken, and much more.
This cool spot in central London is one you want to be adding to your restaurant list.
There are so many things to love about this darling Mediterranean restaurant on Columbia Road. The decor and atmosphere spanned across two rooms are very simple, but rustic, making it a comfortable and cozy setting to enjoy your meal. We had the pleasure of sitting in the room with the open kitchen, which was a lovely experience.
When it came to the choice of menu items, it was truly a very difficult decision, as there were so many great options to choose from. We started with the delicious sourdough bread and butter, olives, cornish crab with fennel, and parmesan fritters (these were to DIE for). For the mains, I opted for the pork with pumpkin, while my friend had the spaghetti with clams. For dessert, we indulged in a delicious yet light-salted dark chocolate mousse with olive oil (a combination you wouldn’t guess worked so well).
Minnow is a great little Modern European seasonal restaurant located in the heart of Clapham Old Town and overlooking London’s famous Clapham Common green space. They have a lovely patio alongside the front of the restaurant, making it the perfect spot to meet a friend for a glass of wine and a few bites.
The restaurant has a wide array of offerings, from brunch to lunch, dinner, Sunday roasts, and sharing plates. I can also confidently say that their truffle chips are some of the best I’ve ever had. Other dishes we tried (all of which were delicious) include the aubergine fritters with salsa rossa, burrata, and the vegetable tempura with houmous and harissa.
The atmosphere at Minnow is also perfect for a date.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Arguably the best pizza joint in the city, this adorable spot with mouth-watering pizzas and fun neon signs is great for date nights in London. The concept was born in Naples, Italy with the first establishment opening in 1906, Michele’s restaurant eventually made its way to the Big Smoke.
Being a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur, I have tried many pizza spots throughout my time in London and I have to say that this place is unmatched. The freshness of the dough, the ingredients, and the atmosphere of the restaurant makes it a must-visit spot for pizza lovers during a visit to London.
My favorite pizzas I’ve tried include the Diavola (pictured) which has a nice kick to it, and the Regina with a fresh burrata added on.
👉 Pro Tip: If you are going with a group, I would recommend sharing as the portions are generous, and can try multiple kinds!
I would just like to start by saying that every dish at this restaurant looks like a work of art. Bala Baya is an Israeli sharing plates restaurant located in the heart of London Bridge. They take traditional Mediterranean dishes, adding a modern and creative twist to take your taste buds on a journey through Israeli culture.
I visited this place with one friend, which meant that we had to limit the number of dishes we chose, which was quite challenging, considering that everything on the menu sounded so good! Dishes we tried, all of which I would recommend were the sweet butter hummus, aubergine mess, brisket doughnut, and the kebab dumplings.
I’ve heard incredible things about the prawn baklava, so I intend on going back to try it! They also offer a tasting menu, which is a great option for trying a selection of dishes.
Sorella is a little Italian gem tucked away on a side street in the heart of Clapham Old Town. The atmosphere is incredible, with rustic wood furnishings and dim lighting. This makes it a great spot for date night or a catch-up with a close friend.
The menu at Sorella is filled with tasty Italian sharing plates, pastas, steak, and rich cuts of meat, along with sweet treats. There is also an extensive wine list, and the servers can recommend a wine that pairs nicely with your meal.
My favorite items that we tried were the truffle arancini and the chocolate mousse, both pictured above.
Planque is a minimalist wine bar nestled below two railway arches and around the corner from Haggerston Overground Station in East London. The look is so minimalist, you may even pass it without realizing it, but I guarantee you’ll want to venture inside for the great atmosphere, impeccable service, and flavorful dishes.
Rightfully earning a spot on the Michelin Guide, Planque markets itself as a ‘Wine Drinker’s Clubhouse’, specializing in rare and unique bottles of wine and succulent small sharing plates. The atmosphere is cozy and seats only 40 people, featuring simple decor.
Some of the sharing plates we tried included the beef tartare with mushrooms, delicious house sourdough and butter, lobster, and the St Jude ice cream with meringue & bread caramel.
Fallow is the type of restaurant that’s busy on a Monday night, so you can only imagine how sought-after this conscious gastronomic space located in the heart of St James is. Not only is the food flavorful, but the buzzing atmosphere makes it a great excuse to go out to eat any time of the week.
Known for its impressive Sunday roast, Fallow’s menu goes beyond the famous English staple with a diverse menu, catering to both plant and meat lovers alike.
We tried the vegetarian hen of the wood burger with a crispy mushroom in place of the patty, and a beef burger topped with the crispy mushroom, bacon, shallot, and cheese on a brioche bun. The caramelized cauliflower croquetas were also packed with flavor.
Morito Exmouth Market
A cute and cozy neighborhood joint that encourages the art of sharing, Morito is a special haunt with two locations in East London (Exmouth Market & Hackney). After visiting the Hackney location, I knew I had to come back and try the other, and it was the perfect spot to bring a friend who was visiting London.
Both locations offer a few of the same favorites, but also have a selection of dishes that differ. I’m always a sucker for tapas or any opportunity to try as many different dishes as possible, so if you’re in the same shoes, I would recommend this spot for the great variety of dishes and intimate atmosphere. We decided to stick with veggie options this time and got the chicory salad, patatas bravas, Padron peppers, bread, and olives.
Meat lovers unite! If a chophouse-style restaurant with a nice ambiance and the opportunity to try several different flavorful cuts of high-quality meat speaks to you, then Blacklock is a restaurant I would recommend checking out when you’re visiting London.
This Modern European restaurant has four locations in some of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city: Soho, Covent Garden, City, and Shoreditch. Each location has its rustic flair and ambiance.
Be sure to try the mouth-watering beef dripping chips to go with your chosen cuts of meat and you will leave full to your heart’s content.
The Ivy Asia, St Paul’s
The Ivy Asia restaurant offers a great variety of Asian fusion plates with everything from high-end sushi rolls to spicy dumplings, fancy cocktails, and much more. Some of my favorite dishes I tried were the wagyu beef and prawn tempura sushi rolls, pork and kimchi dumplings, spinach and mizuna salad, and hot and sour plum chicken.
A great benefit to this spot is that they serve food later than many other restaurants in the city, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when the last seating is 11:30 pm.
Additionally, the setting is incredible and unlike any other. The establishment is so aesthetically pleasing and the atmosphere is lavish and fun, and you also get an incredible view of St Paul’s Cathedral from the large glass windows.
👉 Pro Tip: This restaurant was designed for sharing, so I would highly recommend going with a group to make the most out of the experience!
Flour & Grape
If it’s any testament to how great the food is, Flour & Grape opens at 6 pm and does not take reservations. We got there around 6 and we were, fortunately, able to get a table, it filled up within minutes!
This cute Italian spot offers a lovely selection of small plates, pasta, and desserts. Not only were the portions very generous, as you can see in the photo, but the prices were some of the most reasonable I’ve seen in London, especially for the quality.
The dishes we tried and loved included the three pasts pictured above, burrata, and bruschetta. They also offer some tasty wines to enjoy with the pasta, each with its fun little description of how it will taste.
Brunch is one of the best meals to go out for in London, as the city is swimming with great options to satisfy your sweet and salty morning cravings. HANNAH is a trendy London restaurant and bar located in Southwest London that has a great brunch menu, filled with some of the classics as well as a unique spin on traditional brunch dishes.
The menu items that immediately caught my eye were the Röstis, a Swiss pan-fried potato pancake. HANNAH has three to choose from, each with its own unique flavors. I tried the Great British Benedict Rösti (pictured), which consisted of a gruyère and potato rösti, porchetta, a poached egg and hollandaise, a special spin on the classic eggs benedict.
In addition to brunch, this spot also offers small plates, burgers, and a great selection of beverages, including self-pour beer taps!
In the mood to experience Portugal but unable to visit this very second? Bar Douro is the next best thing to a trip to Porto, and luckily for you, it’s located right in Central London.
With the menu offering a variety of traditional dishes from Portugal along with their very own Portuguese wine shop, Bar Douro is one of my favorite London restaurants.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is stunning and will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to Portugal for the evening, offering lovely textiles. You can find this hidden gem at London Bridge or City.
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Noci is a cute and quirky Italian restaurant with two locations at opposite ends of the city. I visited the Islington location (pictured above) in North London and was left feeling more than satisfied with the food, service, and atmosphere. The second location is in Battersea Power Station.
From the moment you step into this restaurant, you can feel a buzz from the atmosphere. I went on a Monday night, and the restaurant was packed. The service was some of the best I’ve experienced in London, and our server was very friendly and attentive.
Menu highlights include a selection of delicious Italian street food-style appetizers (I highly recommend the fluffy focaccia) and homemade silky pasta dishes. Not to mention, they have house cocktails on tap!
The Ivy Chelsea Garden
The Ivy is a UK chain of elegant restaurants, and though I normally tend to steer towards independents, the delicious food at charming atmosphere here is wonderful.
When you walk in the door, you’ll be pleasantly greeted by an artistic space filled with pastel colors, textured furniture, and intricate textiles. The whole atmosphere of this place is gorgeous and makes it an amazing spot for a date, brunch, or a dressy dinner.
When it comes to the food, they offer a great menu with a balance of indulgent comfort food and fresh healthier dishes. I tried the Chicken Milanese accompanied by a truffle cream sauce and truffle chips because I was in the mood to treat myself. They also have a great selection of cocktails that you’ll find are at a more reasonable price than many cocktail bars in London.
Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond
The darling area of Richmond is worth a visit for many reasons, whether you’re planning to visit Kew Gardens, stroll along the River Thames, or visit the park. What attracted me to visit Richmond, however, was the most magical plant nursery with a restaurant inside that I’ve ever witnessed.
Petersham Nurseries offers both a quaint Café and a Teahouse, situated amidst the enchanting Greenhouse and surrounded by florals, and features a seasonal menu mainly using fresh British produce. They also source some specialty ingredients such as olive oil, white truffles, parmesan, and vanilla pods from Italy.
The food is seasonally focused and the atmosphere is sure to make for a memorable dining experience with friends, family, or a significant other. There is also a location in Covent Garden that offers Italian small plates.
Ping Pong is a London staple for dim sum, offering a fantastic tasting menu that will provide you with a little taste of everything. With restaurants sprinkled through London’s vibrant neighborhoods of Southbank, Soho, Covent Garden, and St Paul’s, it is sure to satisfy your dumpling cravings.
A great thing about this restaurant is that it caters to many dietary restrictions, with both vegan and gluten-free offerings. On Saturdays, you can head over with a group of friends for a fun bottomless brunch experience, where you’ll get unlimited cocktails, wine, bubbly, and beer along with a delicious set menu of dim sum for only 35 pounds per person.
So if you’re in the mood for some baos, steamed buns, and dumplings of every variety, this restaurant is for you!
👉 Don’t Miss: If you’re going to the Southbank location, pop over to the nearby Southbank Centre and see what’s on.
Hard Rock Cafe
When two Americans decided to bring the taste of classic American cuisine to London over 50 years ago, Hard Rock Cafe was born. The classic American rock and roll restaurant picked up so much that you can now find it around the globe.
Beyond the juicy burgers and fruity cocktails, this world-renowned chain owns the largest and most valuable range of authentic music memorabilia around the world, appealing to lovers of music and making the atmosphere more unique. The customer service is also top-notch, something I always really appreciate when dining out, as a former server.
In addition to the extensive regular menu offered that includes the likes of American classics such as steaks, fajitas, burgers, and flavourful salads, they are also constantly updating and creating themed menus. Hard Rock Cafe has menus for special holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, providing a place to celebrate with your loved ones, and disease awareness months where they donate a portion of the proceeds.
As far as the London restaurant scene goes, design and aesthetics are just as key in the selection of which restaurant to try as the food offered. Sea Bird certainly doesn’t shy away from a gorgeous atmosphere both indoors and on the terrace. It’s one of the best restaurants in London if you’re looking for a stellar view of the city.
A rooftop restaurant located in the Hoxton hotel in Southwark, Seabird, as you can probably tell by the name, is known for its fresh seafood offerings, cityscape views, and the longest oyster list in London. If you’d like to experience this place for yourself, book in advance (perhaps by a couple of months!)
👉 Pro Tip: The main feature of this restaurant is its incredible view of London. Make sure to request the terrace when making a reservation.
If you’re craving brunch and are hoping for something on the healthier side, then look no further than Delamina Marylebone. This adorable Eastern Mediterranean spot provides healthy brunch options without compromising on flavor.
I stumbled across this place after attending a workout class in the area and was so glad I did. Not only was the food and coffee delicious, but the service was also very quick and the atmosphere was great as well. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating during the warmer months, so you can have your pick.
I would highly recommend the benedict balagan (pictured); a healthier spin on eggs benedict that includes poached eggs with paprika hollandaise, smashed avocado, mixed peppers, sumac baby spinach, nigella seeds and crispy kale on toasted English muffins.
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Gordon Ramsay’s Street Pizza
Gordon Ramsay is a British icon when it comes to all things food. Whether he’s critiquing dishes on popular cooking shows, writing his next cookbook, or opening up a new restaurant, he has a global reputation for being a master of food.
What if I told you that despite having celebrity chef status, Gordon Ramsay has opened more affordable dining options that won’t break the bank? Street Pizza is one of them, and if you’re a pizza fan, you are truly in for a treat.
With four locations across London, Street Pizza offers cocktails and bottomless pizza in a trendy and rustic space. You can get bottomless pizza for a reasonable price of only 16 pounds, with five different options to choose from served fresh from the oven. The beauty is in the details, and you’ll have the chance to eat as many slices as you want and try all five flavors.
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If you’re looking for one of the best Japanese restaurants in London, then look no further than Inko Nito. Inko Nito offers a delicious array of Japanese sharing plates and cocktails with a twist.
If you’re arriving with a big appetite, they have a great tasting menu at around $55 per person. It will allow you to try a selection of several dishes on the menu.
My favorite dish was the Korean fried cauliflower sushi, which was a burst of flavor in one bite. Some of the other favorites we tried included the edamame (always a classic!), Japanese breadcrumb fried chicken, beef truffle sando, and aubergine.
🍽️ Brunch | $$ | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +44 208 772 9085
Milk is one of the best Instagrammable cafes in London. But its also a cafe where the taste of the food meets the ‘wow’ factor of the aesthetic. An artisan cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating, Milk will make all of your sweet and savory brunch dreams come true.
Open 7 days a week, you will see some of the most artistic brunch creations you’ve ever seen at Milk. It’s a neighborhood restaurant nestled in Balham, South London, and offers everything from unique sweet flavor blends on pancakes to eggs benedict on sourdough with decadent burnt butter hollandaise (pictured).
Every dish they offer on the menu is sure to be a treat for both your eyes and stomach.
👉 Pro Tip: Head over earlier in the morning if you’re set on trying one of the artistic sweet dishes, as they run out early!
Looking for the perfect dish to share with a group of friends in a classy and elegant dining room setting? Arros QD will certainly meet these requirements and give you a great excuse to dress up for a nice dinner out.
This modernist Spanish restaurant with a mysterious appeal is nestled in the heart of Fitzrovia and offers a menu filled with traditional Valencian dishes, with several variations of paella being the main feature. This is a must-try, especially if you’re with a group, as the servings are large and the flavors will be sure to leave a memorable experience on your palette.
Temper is not your average BBQ joint, as they sustainably use meat from the whole animal, with all steaks butchered in-house from rare-breed British cattle. Another unique element of this restaurant is that the kitchen is right in the center, which means that you are getting to see the live-action to go along with the wondrous smells and tastes of the food you’re experiencing.
A true sensory experience, Temper boasts a range of incredibly flavorful and tasty dishes on their menu, accompanied by a nice selection of cocktails and an extensive wine list. The atmosphere is intimate and makes a great setting for date night or a catch-up with a friend. You can find this delightful place in Covent Garden.
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Martello Hall is a hidden gem located in east London and boasts an industrial-chic vibe. The restaurant is two floors and has many offerings beyond dining – including hot-desking space with bottomless coffee, gin masterclasses where you can create your own gin, and event space hire.
This restaurant has a great atmosphere, which is quite a trend for restaurants in East London. Some incredible menu items include the burrata with gnoccho fritto (small fried dumplings made out of the house-made pizza dough), vegan fried “chicken”, truffle pasta, and a selection of wood-fired pizzas.
Their drink offerings are just as impressive, with a nice selection of wines including 12 on tap, a bottle list, and craft cocktails.
One of the highest rated restaurants in London’s Chinatown, Leong’s Legend has one of the best dim sum deals you can find, with over 40 items to choose from and a bottomless option, you are guaranteed to leave full and happy.
Offering a selection of meat, seafood and veggie dishes, their menu goes beyond the traditional dumplings you typically find at dim sum. That being said, I would highly recommend trying as many dumpling flavors as humanly possible, as these soft luscious pillows of heaven do not disappoint.
Some favorites were the xiao long bao (soup dumplings), bbq pork buns, pork and prawn wontons in spicy sauce (pictured), and the black truffle dumplings.
The Riding House Café
The Riding House Café has everything you’d want in a brunch spot within London: a central Soho location in Fitzrovia, pretty interiors, and a menu jam-packed with delicious brunch favorites. This is truly a great spot to hit on a weekend morning.
The dining room is filled with plants and stylish furniture, making it a bright and cheery place whether you’re connecting with a friend or planning to grab a bite solo. A special offering on the menu for those with a sweet tooth is the selection of malted deep dish pancakes which give decadence a whole new meaning.
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Pachamama is truly one of my favorite restaurants I’ve been to since living in London, so much so that I’ve been to both of their locations. This chic restaurant serves Peruvian food using British ingredients, where they take simple dishes and bring out the most incredible flavors.
This restaurant provides an all-around great dining experience from the second you walk in the door. The vibe is very urban-industrial and is a great place to visit with a group of friends for dinner or bottomless brunch.
The sharing-plate style offered at Pachamama allows for the opportunity to try many of the flavorful dishes on the menu including crab and yuca churros, Galician octopus, ceviche, fried aubergine, and much more. You can try Pachamama in the neighborhoods of Marylebone and Shoreditch.
👉 Don’t Miss: If you’re visiting the Marylebone location, be sure to make an afternoon of your trip and check out The Wallace Collection.
I genuinely do not have a single negative thing to say about this Izakaya-style Japanese comfort food restaurant in Soho. Shack-Fuyu has several tasty items on the menu that will have your mouth watering just from reading the descriptions.
If you plan to visit Shack-Fuyu on your trip to London, I would highly recommend getting the tasting menu (they also offer Sake pairings). Not only is this a great way to try several of the delicious food items on the menu, but it’s great value for money and the portion sizes are very generous.
Some of my favorite items on the menu include the miso aubergine, Korean fried wings (the most popular dish on the menu!), spicy sesame edamame, and prawn toast. Make sure you save room at the end of the meal because the kinako french toast with matcha ice cream will be unlike any dessert you’ve ever tried.
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Lobos Meat and Tapas
Spanish cuisine and plate-sharing style dining are popular around the world and for good reason. Lobos Meat and Tapas is one of the best Spanish plate-sharing restaurants in London, offering a variety of vegetarian, meat and seafood sharing plates.
Some other great dishes I tried included the padron peppers, octopus (pictured above), charcuterie platter, ham croquetas, patatas bravas, and the garlic prawns. The dessert menu is also irresistible and I would highly recommend the dulce de leche cheesecake and double chocolate & pistachio cake!
If you’re looking for a cheap eat without compromising on quality, Padella is here to satisfy your fresh pasta cravings. This simple yet popular pasta shop offers freshly made pasta that is hand-rolled and served with a variety of tasteful sauces.
The restaurant was founded by two young men who have taken inspiration for their dishes from their trips to Italy. The spot has two locations, one at London Bridge in Borough Market and the other in Shoreditch. With plates of pasta starting at 8.5 pounds, this is one of the most affordable and trendy Italian restaurants in London.
Although this fantastically affordable place doesn’t take reservations, you can head to the website and join the virtual queue so you’re not waiting long to try a delicious dish.
A super cute café and brunch spot tucked away near Covent Garden, Drury 188-189 is a hidden gem. The restaurant is not very big but is full of character and charm. It’s sure to leave you with a heartwarming feeling.
The restaurant only takes walk-ins, so feel free to pop by without a booking and enjoy a delicious brunch or a takeaway craft coffee and extra-large pastry. If you sit down for brunch, you’re likely to leave with one of the delicious-looking pastries displayed in the storefront, even if you’re full.
👉 Don’t Miss: Before or after trying this lovely spot, head over to Covent Garden for a day of shopping.
A hybrid restaurant and delicatessen concept, Lina Stores is both a trendy and affordable spot to get your Italian fix in London. With a simple menu, the joint which has five locations (one deli, two hybrid, and two restaurants) does each of the dishes outstandingly well at the perfect portion sizes to keep you satisfied but not uncomfortable.
Pictured above is the truffle pasta which is rich, creamy, and decadent. I would highly recommend this dish to any truffle fans out there. They also do a very simple lemon chili spaghetti if you’re looking for a lighter fare.
Each location has its unique look and feel, and the Soho location at Greek Street that I visited offered intimate dining in a rustic chic basement setting.
The perfect place for ladies’ night or date night, Norma is a contemporary 3-floored Sicilian adventure located on Charlotte St. With Moorish-style architecture, the atmosphere this restaurant provides is very hard to beat, with each floor offering a different vibe and the top boasting a private dining space.
For the food, the head chef uses seasonal British and Italian produce on the ever-changing menu. The restaurant has a variety of menus including a tasting menu, a la carte, set lunch, and even an aperitivo offering. There is truly something for everyone in this vibrant space.
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Sushisamba is one of London’s highest-rated restaurants, and there’s a reason for that. Although leaning a bit on the pricier side, this Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian fusion space is a crowd-pleaser that impresses everyone.
With two vibrant locations in Covent Garden and on the 38th & 39th floors of the Heron Tour, the spaces are filled with gorgeous textiles, bright colors, and all-around stunning architecture. The Heron Tour location provides incredible views of London that will up the ante on your dining experience.
This is a great spot to go for food, cocktails, or both and you will leave with a smile on your face.
London is known for having a large ex-pat community, a big portion of which consists of Italians. This has led to an abundance of delicious Italian delis and cafés sprinkled across the city. Despite there being many to choose from, Delizie D’Italia has made its mark as the best one I’ve had the pleasure of visiting.
Offering a fine selection of Italian take-home goods, this deli also serves breakfast and lunch for dine-in or takeaway and always has a line out the door (that’s how you know it’s good!) The best thing about this local dig is the impressive list of paninis offered.
This place not only provides delicious cheap eats that will give you a great bang for your buck, but you are sure to have a pleasant customer service experience with one of the friendly Italian staff working there. I can promise you’ll be left dreaming about your next panini as I always am!
Afternoon tea at The Dorchester is likely to be unlike any dining experience you’ve had before. This very posh hotel located in Mayfair feels like you’re stepping into a fairytale the second you walk through the door.
The interiors are decked out with gorgeous rugs, colorful furniture, and vibrant seasonal floral displays. Customer service is taken to a whole new level at this place, as you will surely be well attended to as you enjoy a taste of the British culture.
Before trying afternoon tea, I thought it would feel like a very light lunch, however, the unlimited portions of scones with fresh jam and clotted cream, multiple flavor-infused seasonal sandwich offerings, and decadent desserts will have you stuffed to the brim by the time you’re ready to leave.
The tea selection is phenomenal and you can add a glass of champagne to your meal if you’re feeling extra fancy.
👉 Pro Tip: If you’re too full after enjoying the tea, scones, and sandwiches, ask your server for a takeaway box so you can enjoy the cakes from your afternoon tea at home later.
Pubs are integral to the hospitality industry in London, making them a staple in the city. One of the best dishes native to London is a Sunday Roast. You really can’t go wrong with a nice cut of meat accompanied by roasted potatoes, veg, and a large Yorkshire pudding drizzled with gravy.
Whether it’s pork belly, roast beef, chicken, or a nut roast you’re craving, many pubs offer these hearty plates every Sunday afternoon and evening. I have tried a few roasts since moving to the UK and my favorite one I’ve tasted so far was at The Phoenix, a character-filled pub in Chelsea.
This colorful restaurant offers a menu filled with modern British and European food, including succulent Sunday Roasts.
👉 Pro Tip: Go for a Sunday Roast in the afternoon for a guaranteed selection.
Bull in a China Shop
Situated on Shoreditch High Street, this East London gem is known for its Asian-inspired small plates including bao buns, rotisserie chicken, and many more items that will leave you full and happy.
The atmosphere is edgy and offers indoor and outdoor underneath a tent. The restaurant also has a menu of over 30 rare whiskies, making this a great haunt for both foodies and whisky lovers.
Menu items are seasonal and this place provides a great atmosphere for dinner with friends before a night out in lively Shoreditch.
If you’re in the mood for a local neighborhood joint serving comfort classics in a cozy atmosphere, Megan’s fits the bill. The local chain is up to a whopping 19 locations within London and just beyond, having made its mark in the city.
The first thing that drew my attention to the local chain was its stunning decor. Between the twinkling fairy lights, greenery, and intricate textiles, you will feel as though you’ve stepped into a secret garden. Some locations even have an outdoor patio which feels just as magical.
I’ve visited for both brunch and dinner, and they have a generous menu. If you go for brunch and save room for dessert, I would highly recommend the half-baked cookie dough skillet. Make sure you check menus before visiting as they vary across the locations!
With a patio practically built for people watching, Polpo is an amazing lunch and dinner spot with two prime locations within London: Chelsea and Soho.
The Venetian-style restaurant known for its Italian sharing plates has been serving customers for 13 years. The menu provides a selection of offerings large and small, including Cicheti which are otherwise known as Venetian snacks, and a range of larger dishes including pizzettes and pasta.
Pictured are a couple of dishes from the Cicheti menu including the potato and truffle croquettes (my favorite dish on the menu) and the fritto misto comprised of some tempura vegetables, calamari, and prawns. Another great sharing option is the all four flatbreads platter.
Run, don’t walk to this super cute Italian spot for a spritz and some sharing plates.
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FAQs About Places to Eat in London
What is a famous food in London?
Fish and chips are one of London’s most famous meals, and the best fish and chips are often found on street corners. Even if you’ve had fish and chips before, the English version is a must-try and will give you a great bang for your buck.
Is it expensive to eat in London?
Similar to any other large city, there is a plethora of restaurants in London, both expensive and budget-friendly. Reading reviews and looking at Google and menus in advance will often help with price points so you don’t have sticker shock when the bill arrives.
What is a full English breakfast?
A full English breakfast is a UK staple meal often consisting of bacon, sausages, eggs (normally fried), baked beans, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, and black pudding. A full English breakfast is also commonly referred to as a ‘fry up’.
Can you find a good wine bar in London?
With proximity to some of the best wine regions in the world across Europe, London has access to some great wine bar options. With everything from imported to natural wines, you can find unique wine bars across different neighborhoods in London. Forza Wine and Vagabond (where you can get wine on tap!) are a couple of famous ones.
What is elevenses in England?
The elevenses in England can also be referred to as ‘tea time’. This is a short break taken around late morning where one would have a cuppa and a couple of biscuits to go with it.
Does London have Michelin Star restaurants?
A city renowned for its culinary scene and having some of the best restaurants in the world, London is home to over 60 Michelin star restaurants. Some of the most famous ones include Hakkasan, Sketch, Core by Clare Smyth, and Le Gavroche and Barrafina, to name a few.
Is there a specific time of day to go for a Sunday Roast?
Although you often get a pub roast any time from noon onwards, it is recommended to go for the roast early afternoon, as some pubs tend to run out due to high demand.
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Thanks for reading my picks for the best restaurants in London, England! With so many options, you’ll have a fabulous time exploring the many culinary delights in the city. And while you’re here, be sure to check out my guide to where to stay in London.
I hope I’ve helped you find the best London restaurants for you. Next up, read my list of London foods you should try. Happy eating!
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