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Bistrot Bruno Loubet

The Zetter, St John's Square, 86/88 Clerkenwell Road, London

Bistrot Bruno Loubet, The Zetter, London, London

Chef Bruno Loubet is back in town with Bistrot Bruno and back impressing the critics after his self-imposed exile in Australia. The menu is refreshingly simple but mouth-wateringly good and includes a concise selection of authentic French dishes... more

The Greenhouse

27a Hay's Mews, Mayfair, London

The Greenhouse, 27a Hay's Mews, London, London

Tucked away in a charming Mayfair mews, The Greenhouse is one of the most delightful places in London to dine. The elegant, recently refurbished dining room features displays of tree branches enclosed behind plate glass, echoing the restaurant's... more

Dabbous

39 Whitfield Street, London

Dabbous, 39 Whitfield Street, London, London

This modernist space with its concrete floor, metal mesh screens and exposed pipe work is home to one of the most exciting and lauded young chefs currently working in the UK - Ollie Dabbous really does walk on water, in a culinary sense at least. ... more

L'Autre Pied

5/7 Blandford Street, London

L'Autre Pied, 5/7 Blandford Street, London, London

The little sister of the acclaimed Pied à Terre, L’Autre Pied is a bijou fine dining restaurant located just off Marylebone High Street. The ambience is informal and relaxed; backlit flower-patterned glass panels, silk wallpaper, bare rose wood... more

Brasserie Blanc

60 Threadneedle Street, London

Brasserie Blanc, 60 Threadneedle Street, London, London

Raymond Blanc of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ fame has brought his exquisite fine dining a little more down to earth for his City brasserie. The upmarket styling with brown leather seats and banquettes, pale yellow walls and bright modern artwork and... more

Jamie's Italian, Stratford City

147 The Street, Westfield, Stratford City, London

Jamie's Italian, Stratford City, 147 The Street, London, London

Set in the glamorous Westfield shopping complex, this modern trattoria is worth a visit even if you're not indulging in a spot of retail therapy. Yes, its part of telly chef Jamie Oliver's nationwide chain but each restaurant is individually designed... more

The Ritz London

150 Piccadilly, London

The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, London, London

If you're in the mood to seriously spoil someone special, then a meal at the Ritz is a grand gastronomic treat. The large dining room is one of the most opulent in the whole of London with swagged curtains, pink chairs and gilded statuettes and very... more

The Five Fields

8/9 Blacklands Terrace, London

The Five Fields, 8/9 Blacklands Terrace, London, London

Intimate, refined and elegant, this fine dining restaurant just off Sloane Square has made a big splash on the London restaurant scene. American-born chef Taylor Bonnyman uses produce grown in the restaurants own gardens in Sussex to create superb... more

Pizarro

194 Bermondsey Street, London

Pizarro, 194 Bermondsey Street, London, London

Genial Spanish chef Jose Pizzaro serves gloriously, deliciously rustic dishes at this seriously buzzy casual restaurant. It's a restaurant-of-the-moment (complete with the fashionable yet annoying no-bookings at dinner policy) that will have foodies... more

The Clove Club

Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London

The Clove Club, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, London

In the grand surroundings of the former Shoreditch Town Hall, Young Turk chef Issac McHale is causing a stir with his progressive, natural cooking. In the lively bar there's a list of sharing plates of some of McHale's 'greatest hits' such as... more

One Twenty One Two Restaurant

The Royal Horseguards, 2 Whitehall Court, London

One Twenty One Two Restaurant, The Royal Horseguards, London, London

If you're after comfort and luxury, then look no further than this opulently appointed hotel restaurant. Sink into your scarlet button-backed banquette and watch as your waiter skilfully de-bones a whole South Coast Dover Sole (one of the best we've... more

Tsunami West End

93 Charlotte Street, London

Tsunami West End, 93 Charlotte Street, London, London

This modern Japanese restaurant, younger sibling to the renowned Clapham original, boasts a contemporary interior with banquette seating and walls bedecked with elegant floral motifs. It provides a chic setting for the contemporary food that delivers... more

Club Gascon

57 West Smithfield, London

Club Gascon, 57 West Smithfield, London, London

Club Gascon brings the flavours and wines of South West France to Smithfield. Occupying a former Lyons Tea House the innovative restaurant has held a Michelin star for over ten years. Chef Pascal Aussignac encourages the diner to dismiss the... more

The Ledbury

127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London

The Ledbury, 127 Ledbury Road, London, London

The Ledbury is a classy affair. Attentive, knowledgeable staff serve up haute French-inspired cuisine. Hugely talented Australian-born chef Brett Graham is a culinary superstar in the making, creating bold, complex dishes. A seven course tasting menu... more

Hedone

301/303 Chiswick High Road, London

Hedone, 301/303 Chiswick High Road, London, London

Swedish émigré Mikael Jonsson's elemental approach to cooking that lives and dies by the quality of the ingredients on the plate has won him raves from bloggers and critics alike. Not bad for a self-taught chef who only a few years ago still made his... more

Lima

31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London

Lima, 31 Rathbone Place, London, London

Peruvian cuisine has thousands of years of history behind it yet its only just begun to make its mark internationally. In Lima, London can now boast one of the best restaurants outside of Peru itself to sample the food that's as delicious as it is... more

The River Cafe

Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London

The River Cafe, Thames Wharf, London, London

On a sunny day, there is no better place to be in London than on the River Cafe's Thameside terrace. You could find yourself rubbing shoulders with film stars and assorted media folk, but a family enjoying lunch together are just as likely to be at... more

Brawn

49 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, London

Brawn, 49 Columbia Road, London, London

Ed Wilson just might be the best chef you've never heard of. Having trained with the likes of the Galvin brothers, Wilson opened Terriors in Covent Garden back in 2009 and now heads up a group of four wine bar/restaurants including this simple... more

The Bolingbroke

174 Northcote Road, Battersea, London

The Bolingbroke, 174 Northcote Road, London, London

They really go out of their way to accommodate families at this refined Battersea local with a children's menu with its 'messy spaghetti' and mini hotdogs, books and crayons and fairy cakes to decorate. Adults will appreciate the elegant surroundings... more

Bar Boulud

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London

Bar Boulud, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, London

A contemporary wine cellar is the inspiration for the decor at Bar Boulud which combines vaulted ceilings and vintage oak, not unlike that used for wine barrels, for the flooring. The food is top New York chef Daniel Boulud’s interpretation of simple... more

Soif

27 Battersea Rise, London

Soif, 27 Battersea Rise, London, London

Ed Wilson just might be the best chef you've never heard of. Having trained with the likes of the Galvin brothers, Wilson opened Terriors in Covent Garden back in 2009 and now heads up a group of four wine bar/restaurants including this simple... more

Benares

12a Berkeley Square House, London

Benares, 12a Berkeley Square House, London, London

There may be alchemy afoot as chef Atul Kochhar’s Mayfair turns basic ingredients into delicately spiced nuggets brimming with authentic Indian flavours. The overall feel is contemporary although there are nods towards Indian culture in the... more

Les Deux Salons

40/42 William IV Street, London

Les Deux Salons, 40/42 William IV Street, London, London

Chef Anthony Demetre and business partner and maitre'd Will Smith have used dark green leather banquettes, mosaic marbled flooring, aged mirrors and globe lights to create their own little corner of Paris in Covent Garden for their third venture... more

Umu

14/16 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London

Umu, 14/16 Bruton Place, London, London

Offering an extensive wine and sake list and serving, some say, the best Japanese food in London Umu is a meal to remember. It starts with the concealed entrance in Mayfair, where you need to place your hand over a sensor to activate a sliding door... more

Del Mercato

Park Street, London

Del Mercato, Park Street, London, London

An espresso bar, pizzeria, bakery and restaurant, this is a little slice of Italy from Legendary London restaurateur Claudio Pulze in a series of vaulted railway buildings a stone's throw from Borough Market in south London. The uncluttered interior... more

The Modern Pantry

47/48 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London

The Modern Pantry, 47/48 St John's Square, London, London

The Modern pantry’s ground floor cafe is a casual affair with white washed brick walls and striking copper pendant lights. Service begins here with breakfast perhaps with poached eggs, grilled chorizo and caramelised plantain fritters. Light... more

Gymkhana

42 Albemarle Street, London

Gymkhana, 42 Albemarle Street, London, London

Gymkhana is one of the most critically lauded Indian restaurants ever to open in London. This is the second venture from chef Karam Sethi of the acclaimed Trishna in Marylebone and is inspired by the Colonial Indian gymkhana clubs of the Raj. The... more

Mishkins

25 Catherine Street, London

Mishkins, 25 Catherine Street, London, London

Russell Norman has taken the modern London restaurant scene by storm with his Polpo group of Venetian-inspired wine bars, and has now added this 'kind of Jewish deli with cocktails' joint to his ever expanding portfolio. The signature grungy house... more

Brasserie Blanc

119 Chancery Lane, London

Brasserie Blanc, 119 Chancery Lane, London, London

Raymond Blanc brings the sort of French elan that makes his Oxfordshire hotel and restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ so magical to his group of affordable city centre brasseries. Rich wooden floors and oak panelling on both dining floors give a... more

HIX Selfridges, Champagne & Caviar Bar

400 Oxford Street (Duke St entrance), London

HIX Selfridges, Champagne & Caviar Bar, 400 Oxford Street (Duke St entrance), London, London

This must be one of the most sophisticated places to eat, drink and otherwise indulge in a shop in the UK. Located on the Mezzanine floor of Selfridges overlooking the famous department store's accessory hall, it’s a great spot for people watching,... more

The Bull and Last

168 Highgate Road, London

The Bull and Last, 168 Highgate Road, London, London

This is a real gastropub that welcomes drinkers with its range of locally brewed beers served in the main bar with its stuffed bulls heads, scuffed bar stools and period tongue and groove wall panelling. Service is warmly inviting and portions of the... more

The Harwood Arms

27 Walham Grove, Fulham, London

The Harwood Arms, 27 Walham Grove, London, London

The Harwood Arms is in residential area of Fulham, a short walk from West Brompton tube. It has an outstanding pedigree, being a collaboration between Brett Graham of the Ledbury restaurant, Mike Robinson from the acclaimed Pot Kiln pub in Berkshire... more

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

11/15 Swallow Street, London

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, 11/15 Swallow Street, London, London

Tucked away in a beautiful Victorian building on a side street between Piccadilly and Regents Street, they've been serving top quality seafood here since 1916. A former head chef in the 90's, Richard Corrigan reinvigorated the landmark restaurant... more

Cafe Murano

33 St James's Street, London

Cafe Murano, 33 St James's Street, London, London

This isn't really a cafe, but a smart Italian restaurant from Angela Hartnett who worked for Gordon Ramsay at this very address in the late 1990s when it was trading as Petrus. They’ve made good use of the narrow space with a long white marble-topped... more

Pollen Street Social

8/10 Pollen Street, London

Pollen Street Social, 8/10 Pollen Street, London, London

'Casual fine dining' sounds like marketing nonsense, but chef Jason Atherton, formerly of Gordon Ramsay's Maze restaurant has made it a magnificent reality. Dishes such as escabeche of quail, chicken liver cream, nuts and seeds are as modern and... more

Jamie's Italian, Islington

North Retail, Angel Building, 403 St John Street, Islington, London

Jamie's Italian, Islington, North Retail, London, London

This ultra modern glass and steel trattoria is as fresh and funky as its creator, telly chef Jamie Oliver, all glazed brick, exposed girders and trendy metal chairs. Yes, its part of a chain but the quality of ingredients, high standard of cooking... more

Perkin Reveller

The Wharf at The Tower of London, London

Perkin Reveller, The Wharf at The Tower of London, London, London

Bolted on to the side of Tower Bridge with unrivalled views of the Tower of London, the Thames and the bridge itself, this restaurant and bar would be worth visiting for the location alone. But talented ex-Chapter One chef Andrew Donovan ensures it's... more

The Glasshouse

14 Station Parade, London

The Glasshouse, 14 Station Parade, London, London

In the daytime, light floods into this modern, sophisticated restaurant through large windows lending it a bright and cheerful air. Prodigiously talented young chef Daniel Mertl is serving some of the best modern European cuisine in the capital, full... more

Goodman Mayfair

24/26 Maddox Street, London

Goodman Mayfair, 24/26 Maddox Street, London, London

Right now, London is awash with great steak restaurants, but Goodmans might just be the best of the bunch. With its dark wood panelling and chocolate brown leather banquettes, Goodman is a grown-up, masculine sort of restaurant perfect for a business... more

Hix Oyster & Chop House

36/37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross Street, London

Hix Oyster & Chop House, 36/37 Greenhill Rents, London, London

It doesn't get much more local than the De Beauvoir smoked salmon 'Hix cure' on the menu at this lively bistro, close to Smithfield market. Chef and owner Mark Hix cures and smokes the fish in his own back garden in the nearby De Beauvoir area of... more

Wild Honey

12 St George Street, London

Wild Honey, 12 St George Street, London, London

In July 2007 the team behind Arbutus, introduced their second restaurant Wild Honey in Mayfair. Offering the same trademark of great cooking combined with sensitive pricing. The room is wood panelled with ornate plaster mouldings and an original... more

J Sheekey

28/35 St Martin's Court, London

J Sheekey, 28/35 St Martin's Court, London, London

Part of the acclaimed Caprice group that also includes The Ivy and Scotts, J Sheekey is a genuine London theatreland institution that's been around since the dawn of the 20th century. If that makes it sound old fashioned, then a glance a the menu... more

Enoteca Turi

28 Putney High Street, London

Enoteca Turi, 28 Putney High Street, London, London

Given that an 'Enoteca' is traditionally an Italian wine shop, its no surprise to find an emphasis on all things vinous at this Putney stalwart. Owner Giuseppe Turi trained as a sommelier at the Connaught Hotel and has assembled a list of Italian... more

Berners Tavern

10 Berners Street, London

Berners Tavern, 10 Berners Street, London, London

This jaw-droppingly beautiful all-day diner from star chef Jason Atherton is a real trend setter with a truly glamorous setting with genuinely top drawer cooking - a hitherto rare combination indeed. There's style by the bucket-load with a stunning... more

Dinings

22 Harcourt Street, London

Dinings, 22 Harcourt Street, London, London

This contemporary Japanese Tapas and Sushi restaurant was opened a few years ago by two ex-Nobu chefs to rave reviews. It commands a strong foodie following for its stripped back yet comfortable surrounding, friendly atmosphere and it's original take... more

Brasserie Blanc

9 Belvedere Road, Southbank, London

Brasserie Blanc, 9 Belvedere Road, London, London

Raymond Blanc brings the sort of French elan that makes his Oxfordshire hotel and restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ so magical to his group of affordable city centre brasseries. Opposite the Royal Festival Hall, this glamorous space with its... more

Tramshed

32 Rivington Street, London

Tramshed, 32 Rivington Street, London, London

Chef to the stars Mark Hix is bang on the minimalist menu trend at this cavernous east London dining room, offering a choice of just steak or chicken for main course. But as this is Mark Hix, its not just any old steak or chicken. The 'Mighty... more

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen

15 Westland Place, London

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, 15 Westland Place, London, London

Although this very buzzy Italian is partly run by the apprentices working under Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation scheme for disadvantaged young people, you’d never guess it. Set in a grand old building near Old Street, the formal basement... more

Green's Restaurant & Oyster Bar

36 Duke Street, St James's, London

Green's Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 36 Duke Street, London, London

Greens is a modern London institution. Now in its third decade of serving familiar, comforting dishes like Cumberland bangers and mash with onion sauce and beer battered fish and chips with minted mushy peas, the restaurant will appeal to those who... more

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

66 Baker Street, London

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, 66 Baker Street, London, London

Some say British brothers, Chris and Jeff Galvin are beating the French at their own game by winning more awards and critical acclaim in the Bistro business in London than many of their French counterparts. There’s a chic, Parisian feel to the dining... more

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