London Best restaurants to eat

Top 10 places to eat out in London 

The Ivy Kensington Brasserie, 96 Kensington High Street, London W8 4SG

Elegant and stylish, The Ivy Kensington Brasserie is a reliable place for sophisticated and relaxed all-day a la carte dining. From modern British classics to Asian-inspired cuisine and fantastic vegan and vegetarian dishes, the Ivy promises that everyone will find something on the menu to love. The Ivy is located in a prominent area of South Kensington, a few steps away from the vast greenery of Kensington Gardens, next to the luxury boutiques of Kensington High Street, and a stone’s throw from The Royal Albert Hall and the Design Museum

Caldesi in Marylebone, 118 Marylebone Lane, London W1

If you want to taste authentic Italian regional cuisine in London, Caldesi is the place. This family-owned restaurant was founded by Tuscan-born celebrity chef and restaurateur Giancarlo Caldesi. Located in a beautiful neighbourhood just off Oxford Street, this "Little Corner of Italy in Marylebone" knows how to feed a family. The menu includes fresh antipasti, Apulian Burrata, homemade pasta with low-carb options, excellent choice of fish and Giancarlo’s Tiramisu to die for. According to the owner, the restaurant uses only the finest artisan Italian produce and seasonal ingredients to create the true tastes of Italy.

Din Tai Fung, Selfridges, 4th floor, 400 Oxford St, Duke St, London W1A 1AB

This Chinese restaurant with an inspiring story behind is conveniently located inside Selfridges department store on Oxford street. World-famous for its Xiao Long Bao, a steamed soup dumplings, this Asian restaurant is exotic yet feels like home. Din Tai Fung prides itself in exceptional Chinese culinary craftsmanship applied to every dish. Din Tai Fung's dumplings are hand-made with juicy minced meat, wrapped in a delicate dough skin, pleated, twisted, and then steamed. The menu also includes traditional Shanghainese drunken chicken, mouth-watering steamed buns and noodles and delicious creative desserts where the East meets the West. Every fish is made fresh and is served in minutes. 

The Shed, 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington W8 4RT 

The Shed is a great place to experience the finest traditions of modern British cookery. Its sustainable farm-to-fork approach brings a slice of the Sussex countryside to London’s cosmopolitan Notting Hill. The menu champions hyper-seasonal produce and uses wild, foraged, and locally grown ingredients with a zero-waste focus. The sustainable livestock from the Gladwin farm in West Sussex provides fresh produce for the meat dishes. 

The restaurant's eclectic, atmospheric interior is perfect for quick eats over lunch and an exciting dinner with friends and family. The "Local & Wild"creative tasting menu is a six-course culinary journey through the English countryside and coast, and is well worth the money. That journey is better be taken on a covered outdoor terrace where you can experience British summer without dire consequences.

Yalla Yalla, 1 Green’s Ct, Soho, London W1F 0HA 

Yalla Yalla is inspired by the Middle Eastern generosity and the hospitality of Arabic homes. This beautifully decorated authentic restaurant brings delicious flavours and wonders of Lebanese cuisine to vibrant and liberal Soho. Yalla Yalla prides itself in only using traditional, time-honoured recipes, passed down through generations and perfected along the way, as well as fresh, locally supplied produce. The restaurant is a natural family choice for big lunches and dinners in downtown London.

The menu includes little plates of tempting mezze, which is a great way to kick off the meal. A generous feast of grilled meat and vegetables, cooked over the coals until tender, continues the mouth-watering journey. Heavenly crisp Lebanese baklava, filled with nuts and dripping in syrup, is a great way to finish the meal. 

Maison Francois, 34 Duke Street St James's, SW1Y 6DF

Maison Francois is a hidden gem in the heart of St James’s, the famous headquarters of the British aristocracy and gentlemen's clubs. This new family-friendly restaurant brings the best of French dining to London.

Classics such as pâté en croûte maison, entrecôte de boeuf au poivre, moules marinière, poulet rôti, freshly baked bread and airy pastries are made to perfection, transporting guests to the grand brasseries of Paris. The dessert trolley with its delicious macarons, little gateau, créme caramel and other fancies is nothing short of a culinary art collection. 

Maison Francois is perfect for a refined lunch or dinner. It is also a good choice for a relaxing breakfast. The chef promises to spoil you rotten with his out-of-this-world buttery croissants. The food is served all day.

Franco Manca Soho, 51 Berwick St, London W1F 8SJ

Doesn’t it smell like pizza? Family-favourite Franco Manca is a casual no-pressure restaurant located in bohemian Soho with its indie boutiques, plenty to explore and raise eyebrows at. Franco Manca is London-famous for its heavenly sourdough pizza, which hungry locals have been eating since 2008. Franco Manca champions slow-rising sourdough guilty pleasure and only favours properly-sourced produce from small suppliers and seasonal ingredients. You get plenty of freedom to build your own pizza, which is always great for the fussy eaters, big or small. The menu also includes excellent vegetarian salads, with unmissable Italian Mozzarella and Burrata. The vegan and gluten-free options are carefully thought through, and the Italian sorbets are simply irresistible. 

Gaucho, 25 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4QR 

Gaucho occupies a beautiful townhouse just off Regent Street and Picadilly. This luxury and stylish Argentinian restaurant invokes the true spirit of fine South-American dining in London's West End. The impressive interior, housed over three stories of the former home of the Spanish Ambassador, is inspired by the warm culture of Buenos Aires. The menu features impeccable steaks made of premium Argentinian beef from selected, sustainable farms. The meat connoisseurs might want to take note that Gaucho's Black-Angus cattle are fed on seventeen different types of grass from the Pampas provinces, with everything they eat being 100% natural. But Gaucho is not all meat, meat, meat! There are plenty of options for vegetarians too, and the children's menu has plenty of interesting choices. 

Poppie’s Fish & Chips Soho, 55-59 Old Compton St, London W1D 6HW

You cannot visit London and not indulge yourself and your loved ones in world-renowned fish & chips. The locals’ favourite, it became a symbol of British culture as much as its afternoon tea. Poppie’s Fish & Chips is a little wonder that seems to have frozen in time. Dining there is an experience with retro vibes and iconic looks from the decades and even the waiters’ uniforms channel a 1950s vibe.

The fish served in Poppie’s is prepared on-site by the restaurant’s own in-house fishmonger and supplied locally. Besides mouth-watering fish & chips, so loved by the children, the menu includes calamari, scampi and shrimps for starters and a wide selection of traditional British sides. 

Oblix at the Shard, Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY

Did someone say Afternoon Tea? Also referred to as high tea, this old British tradition can hardly go any higher than the 32nd floor of an iconic London skyscraper. The Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the seventh-tallest building in Europe, well-placed a few steps away from the London Bridge. Skyscraper's Oblix East serves a three-tier platter of pure heaven with a chance to explore the endless London skyline and a modern twist on traditional English classics. The smoked salmon, cream cheese & rye, free range egg & truffle, Angus beef & horseradish sandwiches on the bottom platter are followed by the freshly baked English scones on the middle platter. The ceremony finishes with the sweet hors d’oeuvres such as raspberry & pistachio financier and coconut & pineapple tart on the top platter.

The afternoon tea in Oblix East is served exclusively between 12pm and 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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