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Restaurants in London

Where to eat and drink in London

Stodge no more! London has a plethora of decent places to eat, from the fast fresh and cheap to once-in-a-lifetime special occasion dining.

Our price guide is as follows:

$ = You can be satisfied for less than ₤15 per head including a glass or two

$$ = ₤16-₤25 per head

$$$ = ₤26-40 per head

$$$$ = ₤41-₤75 per head

$$$$$ = ₤76 plus per head

Our pick of restaurants in Covent Garden, Soho and Leicester Square


5 William IV Street, Covent Garden
Underground: Charing Cross
Price Guide: $$

A lunch, dinner with charcuterie in between wine bar, Terroirs is almost an institution.
A great selection of reasonably priced food and even more interesting wine that can be ordered by the glass, pot (500ml) or bottle.
Terroirs is perfect for people who choose their food based on what wine they feel like drinking.


Café in the Crypt

Trafalgar Sq WC2
Underground: Charing Cross
Price Guide: $

No first-time visitor to London can miss the institution that is Café in the Crypt.

Set in the 18th-century crypt of the church on Trafalgar Square, this is old-school English breakfast, lunch and dinner for crazy bargain prices.

It’s simple, honest, good value.

More restaurants in Covent Garden, Soho and Leicester Square

Our pick of restaurants in Mayfair, Marylebone and Westminster


3 Chapel Place, London
Underground: Oxford Circus / Bond St
Price Guide: $$$$$

Cousin to the Burger and Lobster chain making such an impression in London, it follows the same surf’n’turf success but this time Norwegian king crab with Angus steak.
Whilst the menu makes choice easy – at a set price of ₤75, you can choose crab or steak main, two desserts and one entrée – the wine list is where choices need to be made with more than 150 bottles to choose from.
Set in a basement, it’s rustic, communal seating in a moody milieu – perfect for a wintery London evening.


Wild Honey

12 St George Street, Mayfair W1
Underground: Oxford Circus
Price Guide: $$$$

A tiny blink-and-you’ll-miss-it place where food, décor and people watching happen in perfect harmony.
Wood panelling, cosy banquettes and photographic art on the walls, this is a secret joint for those in the know.
The à la carte menu is sophisticated feather, fins and fur but the lunch special is a fine affordable affair, three courses for ₤30.

More restaurants in Mayfair, Marylebone and Westminster

Our pick of restaurants inSouth Kensington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea

The Kensington Wine Rooms

127 – 129 Kensington Church Street, Kensington
Underground: Notting Hill Gate
Price Guide: $$$

This is wine lovers’ heaven with a menu consisting of more than 150 bottles and 40 wines by the glass.
There is a menu of nibbles like soft shell crab tempura or a maple braised duck breast.
This is a great stop to refuel mid shopping adventure; lunch specials make it doubly worthwhile at ₤10 for a main with coffee (not wine, yes a little unexpected).


Maggie Jones‘s

6 Old Court Place / Kensington Church St
Underground: High Street Kensington / Notting Hill Gate
Price Guide: $$$

Maggie Jones’s is an honest and rustic restaurant serving great value bistro food.

Loved by locals for 40 years, the eclectic ’70s décor makes it feel like you’re eating in a nanna’s country kitchen.

More restaurants in South Kensington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea

Our pick of restaurants in Southbank and Waterloo

Roast Restaurant

The Floral Hall, Stoney St
Underground: London Bridge
Price Guide: $$$$

Roast celebrates the best of the British. Sitting atop Borough Market, wander in for breakfast or brunch after working up your appetite in the markets.
The lunch and dinner menu spans the classics – cod and chips or a roast dry-aged fillet for two with Yorkshire pudding and dripping ‘taties.

More restaurants in Southbank and Waterloo

Our pick of restaurants in City, Holborn, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch

Duck & Waffle

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate
Underground: Liverpool St
Price Guide: $$

Surprisingly, London doesn’t have many in the all-night category, but Duck & Waffle is one of those and so much more. Being located on the 40th floor of a city building, you can watch the sun rise over London through well partied (or maybe jetlagged eyes) as you tuck in to the eponymous confit duck with a fried duck egg on a waffle.


St John’s

26 St John St, Smithfield
Underground: Farringdon / Barbican
Price Guide: $$$

The birthplace of British revival cooking, there are several St John’s now dotted across London.
The initial Smithfield residence in an old smokehouse was the seminal joint for the pared back menu and setting.
The menu includes such rarities as grouse, hare or lambs’ tongues. It is also kindly pointed out on the menu that they try, but can’t guarantee, to ensure all game birds are free of lead shot – but that shouldn’t put you off. There is also a great deal of far more approachable dishes such as roast beef with horseradish, braised lamb or whole baked fish.

More restaurants in City, Holborn, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch

Don’t forget:

Many of London’s great hotels are also home to the city’s great restaurants, including:
London Edition – Berners Tavern 
Claridge’s – Fera at Claridge’s 
The Dorchester – Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
The Connaught – Helene Darroze at the Connaught

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