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Polpo

41 Beak Street, London

Polpo, 41 Beak Street, London, London

Restaurateur Russell Norman used to work for the Caprice group and has taken cool London by storm with his group of ultra casual eateries inspired by the back street bacari wine bars of Venice that serve tapas-like chicheti. You could describe the... more

Pied à Terre

34 Charlotte Street, London

Pied à Terre, 34 Charlotte Street, London, London

When taking your seat in this neutral toned Fitzrovia restaurant you are at first greeted by a giant pink gerbera emblazoned on a dinner plate. Marcus Eaves is a young chef to watch and his food is as colourful and beautiful as the place setting. To... more

Marco

Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London

Marco, Stamford Bridge, London, London

Culinary legend Marco Pierre White's flagship restaurant might be located in the Chelsea Football Club Complex at Stamford Bridge, but it shouldn't be left just to the match day crowd. Although Marco hung up his kitchen whites well over a decade... more

Spuntino

61 Rupert Street, Soho, London

Spuntino, 61 Rupert Street, London, London

According to its twitter account, Spuntino is '27 stools and a popcorn machine'. If you really want to find out what its all about, you'll have to make your way to Soho and probably join the queue for what it perhaps the hippest of Russell Norman's... 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

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

Tom's Kitchen

11 Westferry Circus, London

Tom's Kitchen, 11 Westferry Circus, London, London

This third branch of chef Tom Aikens's casual restaurant concept. The white ceramic tiles and chunky wooden furniture of the Chelsea original (there's another in Somerset House) have been retained with the addition of some comfortable looking booths... more

108 Marylebone Lane, London, London

Set in the heart of Marylebone, 108 Brasserie, just off Marylebone High Street at the top of Marylebone Lane, houses two distinctive areas; the bar, a chic and sophisticated drinking and dining area and the brasserie’s dining space, where its modern... more

Chapters All Day Dining

43/45 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath Village, London

Chapters All Day Dining, 43/45 Montpelier Vale, London, London

Chapters brings a dose of West End glamour to upmarket Blackheath village with a chic interior that features green olive banquets, dark wood furniture, natural stone floor, exposed brickwork and a zinc bar. But the accent is firmly on casual dining... more

Rules

35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London

Rules, 35 Maiden Lane, London, London

Oddly, British restaurants are thin in the ground in London, so thank goodness for Rules. Established in 1798, they claim to be the oldest restaurant in the capital and the place oozes old world charm with an opulent interior that boasts ox blood... more

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

68 Royal Hospital Road, London

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, 68 Royal Hospital Road, London, London

Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous restaurant combines contemporary elegance, an intimate ambience and unparalleled service, and has all the hallmarks of true excellence. Beautifully presented, each dish not only uses the best ingredients and sublime flavour... 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

Galvin La Chapelle

35 Spital Square, London

Galvin La Chapelle, 35 Spital Square, London, London

The third culinary gift to London from chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin, Galvin La Chapelle is set in a truly beautiful, awe-inspiring space; a Grade II listed former girl’s school with magnificent vaulted ceilings, arched windows, chandeliers and marble... more

Terroirs

5 William IV Street, Covent Garden, London

Terroirs, 5 William IV Street, London, London

Set over two floors, this unassuming wine bar and restaurant seconds from Charing Cross champions natural, organic and biodynamic wines on a 40 page wine list containing over 200 bins. The outstanding food follows the philosophy as well, with all of... more

10 Greek street, London, London

10 Greek Street is the epitome of modern casual Soho dining. A simple small rectangle of a room with closely set tables, banquette seating and an open kitchen as the focal point you can forget about exuberant interior design, here its all about the... more

Tom's Kitchen

Somerset House, Strand, London

Tom's Kitchen, Somerset House, London, London

This smart restaurant, deli and terrace take up three adjoining rooms of Somerset House, the stunning neoclassical building that houses one of London's major cultural centres. Open for brunch lunch and dinner, the menus are all created by one of the... 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

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

Apsleys

The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London

Apsleys, The Lanesborough, London, London

This is one of London's most opulently over the top and luxurious hotel restaurants. There's acres of plush upholstery in the Venetian-style dining room that can also boast a glass roof, impressive feature chandeliers and huge fresco. The... 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

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

Tsunami Clapham

5/7 Voltaire Road, Clapham, London

Tsunami Clapham, 5/7 Voltaire Road, London, London

Fashionably decked out with an interior design of grey, black and gold, this well established modern Japanese restaurant continues to deliver a menu of fresh grazing and sharing dishes with big flavours that are presented beautifully. Start with an... more

Goodman City

11 Old Jewry, London

Goodman City, 11 Old Jewry, London, London

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

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

Colbert

50/52 Sloane Square, Chelsea, London

Colbert, 50/52 Sloane Square, London, London

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King of The Wolseley fame have opened yet another great restaurant, this time inspired by a Paris boulevard cafe. The buzzing bistro's menu features one plate, all day dining options including sandwiches, cakes and breakfast... more

Aqua

5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, London

Aqua, 5th Floor, London, London

Not one but three eating and drinking options under one very chic roof. Start your evening with an Aqua Kyoto cocktail made with gin, sake, sherry apple and elderflower in the exquisite Aqua Sprit cocktail bar with views over Regent's Street. Then... more

Tamarind

20 Queen Street, Mayfair, London

Tamarind, 20 Queen Street, London, London

Executive Chef Alfred Prasad sets himself the challenge of changing your perception of Indian food. This award-winning Indian restaurant in Mayfair offers a fine dining experience which successfully mixes modern and seasonal dishes alongside... 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

Brasserie Zedel

20 Sherwood Street, London

Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, London, London

Restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King of The Wolseley and The Delauny fame have turned the Frenchness up to 11 at their faux grand Parisienne brasserie yet somehow steered clear of cliché and created something genuinely thrilling. The sheer... more

The Wolseley

160 Piccadilly, London

The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, London, London

Packed from morning till night, The Wolseley is one of London's most popular and successful restaurants. But you'd expect nothing less from owners Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, the men who helped put the Ivy and Caprice on the modern dining map and... 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

Galvin Demoiselle

Fruit, Vegetable and Pantry Food Hall, Harrods, 87/135 Brompton Road, London

Galvin Demoiselle, Fruit, Vegetable and Pantry Food Hall, London, London

Overlooking Harrods's ground floor fruit, vegetable and pantry food hall on the ground floor, this elegant 'petit bistro' gets the feminine touch from patron Sara Galvin, wife of chef Chris Galvin. The menu, created by Chris and brother Jeff, is just... more

MEAT Market

The Deck, Jubilee Market Hall, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London

MEAT Market, The Deck, London, London

This might be more grunge eating than grand dining, but you can't argue with the effort owner Yianni Papoutsis put into researching what many say is the best burger in London. This branch of the wildly hip and successful Meat Liquor overlooks the... more

Tom's Kitchen

27 Cale Street, Chelsea, London

Tom's Kitchen, 27 Cale Street, London, London

Top chef Tom Aikens has applied his matchless culinary skills and knowledge to this casual and buzzing bistro and created an all day fun bolthole from big city stresses. Housed in a former pub, the dining room features an open kitchen, lots of white... more

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

The Halkin Hotel, 5 Halkin Street, London

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, The Halkin Hotel, London, London

If you've read about contemporary Spanish cooking but not had the chance to sample it, this ultra modern hotel restaurant is for you. Daughter and father team Elena and Juan Mari Arzak from the internationally renowned Arzak restaurant in San... more

Grand Imperial

101 Buckingham Palace Road, London

Grand Imperial, 101 Buckingham Palace Road, London, London

Grand is the word for this spectacular Chinese restaurant close to Victoria station. Crystal chandeliers hang from high ceilings above the sumptuously laid, wide-spaced tables. Chef Chef Rand Cheung speciality is authentic Hong Kong Cantonese... more

The Quilon Restaurant & Bar

41 Buckingham Gate, London

The Quilon Restaurant & Bar, 41 Buckingham Gate, London, London

Quilon is a very refined Indian restaurant which specialises in tangy seafood inspired by South Indian coastal cuisine and has attracted numerous accolades since it opened over a decade ago. House specialities include spiced grilled red snapper,... 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

Sonny's Kitchen

94 Church Road, London

Sonny's Kitchen, 94 Church Road, London, London

This long established and well thought of neighbourhood restaurant in the chi chi area of Barnes has recently been revamed by Phil Howard of The Square in Mayfair and is now well worth making a journey for. Its a menu of two halves here, with smart... 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

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

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

La Trompette

5/7 Devonshire Road, Chiswick, London

La Trompette, 5/7 Devonshire Road, London, London

This upmarket neighbourhood restaurant is part of the acclaimed stable of Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole group that also includes Chez Bruce and The Glasshouse. The restaurant underwent a major refurbishment in spring 2013, expanding into the... more

HIX Mayfair

Brown's Hotel, Albemarle Street, London

HIX Mayfair, Brown's Hotel, London, London

This is acclaimed chef Mark Hix's most upmarket outlet, celebrating British food and art in the swanky surroundings of Brown's Hotel. The handsome wood-panelling and smart, colourful banquettes are complimented by a collection of works by leading... 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

Angler Restaurant

South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London

Angler Restaurant, South Place Hotel, London, London

This modern seafood restaurant (part of the D&D group) has views across the City of London from its position on the seventh floor of the chic South Place Hotel. The intimate, elegant and light-filled dining room features a mirrored ceiling by artists... 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

The Milestone Hotel

1 Kensington Court, London

The Milestone Hotel, 1 Kensington Court, London, London

Deriving its name from an early spelling of Kensington, Cheneston's is an intimate, ornate space with a traditional feel; all leaded windows, mahogany furniture and beautiful open fire place. Chef Kim Sjobakk balances creativity with traditional... more

Le Gavroche

43 Upper Brook Street, London

Le Gavroche, 43 Upper Brook Street, London, London

Owned by the legendary Roux brothers, Le Gavroche has been one of London's finest classical French restaurants for over forty years. Now run by second generation Roux Michel Jnr, it still attracts celebrities, foodies and off duty chefs. With its... more

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