The hubbub of noise hits you the instant you walk through the restaurant; it has a great vibe and the red décor is cheerful and upbeat. The menu is that of traditional French brasserie and classic bistro. You have to remind yourself that you’re in London and not New York!
Aqua Nueva, 5th Floor, 240 Regent St, London W1B 3BR
Balthazar, 4-6, Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HZ
Beverly Hills Bakery, London NW3 3QU
Boyds serves traditional English food, but in a departure that prevents it from being a generic beautiful British food venue, it has created a menu with a twist. Friendly staff wasted no time in making sure we were looked after and kept up their attentiveness throughout the meal.
Boyds Brasserie, 8 Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5BY
Brasserie Chavot, 41 Conduit St, London W1S 2YF
Brigade Restaurant, Brigade, The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London SE12HZ
They source seasonal produce to use on their food and drink menus from ethically minded local suppliers. Their kitchen brigade work tirelessly to bring new innovative dishes every month, using the best local produce they can find.
Charlotte’s Bistro, 6 Turnham Green Terrace, London W4 1QP
Located inside the Riverbank Park Plaza, a good size restaurant with dark sophisticated decor. The menu is Pan-Asian cuisine (with a Latin cocktail bar hence its title) and the choice is huge with lots of dishes to share. An ideal place for a professional lunch or dinner
Chino Latino Restaurant and Bar, 18 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ
Chiswell Street Dining, 56 Chiswell St, City of London, EC1Y 4SA
Wolfgang Puck chose to partner with Dorchester Collection to open this restaurant (first!) in Europe back in 2011. Most people know Wolfgang for changing the American way of cooking and adding French and Asian flairs with the most amazing, fresh, quality ingredients.
Cut at 45 Park Lane,London W1K 1PN
Dinner, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
A gorgeous little gem and you can feel the love that goes into everything they serve. The café itself is full of lots of little vintage touches; the mismatched crockery and Lebanese Cedar wood table tops add to the authentic homely atmosphere. It felt very cosy and charming
FoxCroft & Ginger, 3 Berwick St. Soho, London, W1F 0DR
My friends and I were in agreement that the food was well thought out, presented well in an environment that was the right mix of casual and elegant. Head chef, Andrew Parker, sources produce locally, to arrive at such a marvellous menu with international influences.It’s a warm, contemporary place with a nod to its historical namesake, the architect George Gilbert Scott.
They are the first restaurant in the UK to launch a fine dining beer menu, using beer and cider as integral ingredients. The smells coming from our food were incredible, it almost seemed like a sensory explosion; visually beautiful, stunning aromas accompanied by sensational tastes and textures.
Great Taste At The Cadogan, 75 Sloane St, London, UK SW1X 9SG
Great traditional feel with the wood paneling in the restaurant interspersed with modern art. Great friendly service too and the most divine smelling incense when you walk into the hotel and through the corridors. A must dining experience.
HIX Mayfair Restaurant in Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BP
Open to both guests and visitors to the hotel, the Ten Room provides brassiere-style menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an array of light snacks and the chance to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea. You can choose from a great two courses or three-course menu at really good value.
Hotel Cafe Royal, 68 Regent St, London, Greater London W1B 4DY
Hunter486, 50 Great Cumberland Pl, London, Greater London W1H 7FD
Firmly established as a leading American steakhouse in London since opening its doors in 2010. Featuring the finest cuts, it is quite simply an expert in steak. All in all a great location, friendly service and good food – a great choice for business dinners or maybe after late night shopping cocktails.
JW Steakhouse, 86 Park Ln, London, Greater London W1K 7TN
You walk in and immediately feel the warmth generating from quite obviously a regular clientele, it’s almost as though you’re entering someone’s living room. Chattering, laughter, candles lit, live music and authentic characterful décor. Romantic, inviting and welcoming, try it, I think you’ll like it…
Le Cafe du Marche, 22 Charterhouse Square, London, Greater London EC1M 6DX
Stuffed animals wearing crowns, antiques on the tables, crystal chandeliers, handbags hanging from the centre of the room, it’s wonderfully decadent, bonkers, & fun.The cuisine is based on classic French but with a modern approach, simple presentation, with light and delicious flavours.
Les Trois Garcons, 1 Club Row, London, Greater London E1 6JX
Malmaison, 18-21 Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AH
The food was fast, plentiful and tasty; the music was lively and loud. We were surrounded by groups of people who looked as though Manounia Lounge was a great start to a long night out. A belly dancer came out and performed which was fun and added to the authenticity of the lounge.
Mamounia Lounge, 37 Curzon St, Mayfair, London W1J 7TX
Mint Leaf Restaurant, Suffolk Pl, City of Westminster, London SW1Y 4HX
What better way to while away an afternoon than by sitting in the sunshine, munching a delicious lunch on a panoramic balcony overlooking the amazing Berkeley Square? Perfect for press-days to impress, after-parties to excite, or even just for private dining to entertain; Morton’s is a great all-rounder.
Morton’s, 28 Berkley Sq., London W1J 6EN
The menu is focused on a simple but quality offering. Free-range herb-fed chicken and vegetables from New Covent Garden Market are paired with flatbreads from a secret London supplier whose produce is in demand across Europe. Renowned for delicious cocktails, fine wines and local beers, Blessing’s is the perfect environment to host Origins Of, an exciting addition to the capital’s dining scene.
Origins Of, 76 Commercial Street, London, E16LY
A family-run restaurant situated off the main drag of West Hampstead; it prides itself on serving Italian cuisine with a modern twist, using seasonal ingredients. Our waistbands comfortably expanded and wished we lived slightly closer so we could also enjoy a freshly cooked, wholesome Italian take-away. A real gem.
Osteria Spiga, 182 Broadhurst Gardens, London NW6 3AY
This chic restaurant is light, sophisticated and airy and you get a great sense of spaciousness as you’re spread out from the other people dining. The service was great and they couldn’t do enough for us. It has successfully developed a dairy and gluten free version that is simply divine!
Pantry at 108, 47 Welbeck, London W1G 8DN
It’s way cool, not in a ‘too cool for school’ way but in an ‘I want to be friends and hang out with the people that come here’ way. It feels a bit East Village, lively, buzzy, and noisy and the food is top dollar, seriously. I urge you to go indulge in the vibe and guilty pleasure that is Patty&Bun.
Patty & Bun, 54 James St, London W1U 1EU
It was such a nice feeling to walk away from three courses at a pizza restaurant feeling full but not bursting at the seams. It’s good to know that a high street restaurant chain can make food that tastes homemade and has clearly been created with a lot of care.
Pizza Express, 194a Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London
Serves a menu which includes Modern European Cuisine with a Latin twist on the wonderful Devonshire Road in Chiswick.When entering the restaurant, it becomes apparent that the friendly, cosy atmosphere enables it to be a restaurant that would suit many an occasion
Quantus Restaurant, 38 Devonshire Rd., Chiswick, London, W4 2HD
There are so many mouth-watering options that the tasting menu is great for encouraging you to get out of your comfort zone and try new dishes. Alongside the rich flavours we were really impressed by the beautiful presentation of the food.
Quilon, 41 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF
Do you like jazz music? Timeless songs? Cocktails? Something a little more glamorous than your local bar’s ‘live music’ night that you can dress up for?How about all of that, in Mayfair, London and for free? YES PLEASE I said!If you’re looking for something a little different, a little more refined I’d definitely recommend Red Bar Live
Red Bar, Grosvenor House, 80-90 Park Lane, London, W1K 7TN
Reform Social & Grill, The Mandville Hotel, 8-14 Mandeville Pl, London W1U2BE
Royal China Restaurant , 13 Queensway, London W2 4QJ
It’s the kind of place you would have trouble leaving at the end of an evening because you’re made to feel so at home. I’ll definitely be back, Rustiko is less pretentious than other places in Soho, there are no membership fees, it’s independently owned, and you know you’ll eat great, fresh food.
Rustiko, 37 Old Compton St, London W1D 5JY
The décor was the first thing we were impressed with – the restaurant is inviting, warm, and the right mix of intimate and busy. As soon as we took our seats, we felt comfortable and excited to try a selection of dishes from their extensive menu. It was an experience of flavours that made me wish it would never end.
Shoryu, 3 Denman St., Soho, London W1D 7HA
Tatra, 24 Goldhawk Rd, London, Greater London W12 8DH
Located in the downstairs of the hotel, Tartufo makes for the perfect place to enjoy lunch in peace and quiet without feeling shut away. We were greeted by very friendly staff and well looked after throughout our meal. Each dish didn’t last long on the table and were equally as delicious as the one that came before it.
Tartufo at No.11 Cadogan Gardens, 11 Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge, LondonSW3 2R
You are so lucky if you are a local to Battersea. There is a little gem of a London pub on the high street called The Candlemaker who has the most fabulous chef in Michele Cremona. Soho’s favourite pop up café, The Full English Kitchen’s Michele Cremona has taken over managing the Laine’s London pub and brings an entirely appropriate retro food menu of great quality comfort food.
The Candlemaker, 136 Battersea High St, London SW11 3JR
The décor is very much ‘old New York’ with wood panelling, low lighting and white linen. The layout is spacious which thankfully allows you to not be party to the conversation on the next table. This is a restaurant that genuinely aims to cater to all taste buds.
The Delaunay, 55 Aldwych, London, Greater London WC2B 4BB
A proper local, laid back restaurant and all-day café’ which offers British classics with a great atmosphere and equally good food. The décor is light and stripped back, providing lots of floor space and making it a lovely rustic pub.The menu is packed with a variety of comforting classics – all with an added something.
The Elgin, 255 Elgin Ave, Maida Vale, London W9 1NJ
There are seating areas for groups of people to meet for drinks then lots of tables to eat at plus a HUGE menu.An ideal location to meet friends after work if you are in the city and if not, it’s just between Bank and Monument tube stations; it’d be a shame not to try it.
The Folly Bar, 41 Gracechurch St, City of London EC3V 0BT
This is an all round experience from the moment you walk through the garden to enter the restaurant. The evening was a culinary experience on a whole other level, the service exceptional, the food imaginative, delicious and stunning, faultless. Really.
The Greenhouse, 27A Hay’s Mews, London W1J 5NY
Located bang in front of St Paul’s Cathedral it’s easy to describe to someone where you are as well as being a great backdrop while you eat or drink.What fantastic design inside, I loved it! Great lighting, seating, space, and decor – everything was thought out. Even down to the comfy leather seats with a (Happenstance) fleece blanket if needed.
The Happenstance Bar & Restaurant, 1 Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7AA
The Ivy, 1-5 West St, London WC2H 9NQ
It’s bustly, busy and homely and the delicious aromas of food hit you as soon as you enter. It’s a fabulously British menu (which includes Jugged Hare during Hare season). Ideal stop off pre or post theatre for the Barbican too – try it I think you’ll love it.
The Jugged Hare, 49 Chiswell St, London EC1Y 4SA
The venue really is great, extremely versatile and can host all kinds of events: parties, live music sessions, acoustic nights; they can cater for whatever your needs are. The Light Lounge is real gem of a find in the centre of such a busy part of town. (And don’t forget to call me if you need someone to drink cocktails with…!)
The Light Lounge, 1 Newport Pl, London WC2H 7JR
The Montagu, Hyatt Regency, 30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH
The Mount Street Deli, 100 Mount Street, London W1K 2TG
Busy with chatter, waiters and the business of life. The scones were delicious and fresh, bouncy to the touch, and served with fresh strawberry jam and clotted cream that were beautifully presented. All served with loose-leaf tea for the most refreshing cuppa.
The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB
Ideal for theatre, movies, shopping, meeting friends for lunch or dinner, even a coffee catch up with a friend. Serving up a classic English menu, with seasonal dishes from British suppliers. Good service, great location, Tutton’s is an ideal stop off point for anyone.
Tuttons, 11-12 Russell St, London, Greater London WC2B 5HZ
An underground drinking den where your own personal guard escorts you to your vault and then spends the evening mixing up delicious jail-style cocktails for you. The menu is full of scrumptious treats and the portions are extremely generous, served by very attentive and polite staff.
Vaults at Voltaire, 19 New Bridge St., London, EC4V 6DB
What is evident from the food is that the finest and freshest ingredients have been sourced in order to turn this casual dining restaurant into a thoroughly recommended gastronomic journey.Vivo is a new, modern and vibrant bakery, restaurant and cafe located on the ever-popular Upper Street in Islington.
Vivo, 57/58 Upper St., Islington, London N1 0NY