9 of the Best Places to Eat in London
London and fine dining? Look, we know the jokes. We used to have a terrible reputation for it, but we’ve changed. We’re ready to blow your mind.
Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Want to sink your teeth into some of the most delectable steaks in London? Head straight to the famous Hawksmoor Seven Dials in Covent Garden to satisfy your carnal urges. Though this isn’t the original Hawksmoor (based in Shoreditch), we love the basement Covent Garden dining room of this London steakhouse. Meat lovers will find plenty of different cuts to fill them up on the menu. The sides are sensational, the cocktails inventive, and they have the best mac and cheese in town. Save some space for the divine dessert offerings (if you can).
Where to stay: Sleep off your food coma in the otherworldly King of Covent Garden.
Hakkasan Hanway Place
The original venue of the Hakkasan restaurants, the Hanway Place branch first opened in 2001 and has been a firm favourite on the London dining scene since. Prepare to be instantly blown away by the dramatic decor by famous designer Christian Liaigre. You’re in for a sophisticated and sexy dining experience here. The kitchen is open-plan, offering you a glimpse of your food’s preparation process. Head Chef Tong Chee Hee has worked with Hakkasan since the start, and has created a menu full of delectable dishes such as Peking duck served with caviar, soft shell crab and succulent Wagyu beef.
Where to stay nearby: Enjoy views of the city from the stunning Newman’s Penthouse.
Roka Charlotte Street
Since its launch in 2004, Roka has quickly cemented its place as one of the best Japanese restaurants in London. Roka is the younger sibling of the hip but more expensive Zuma, another famous London restaurant. The facade of the central Charlotte Street branch is entirely made of glass and allows passerbys a glimpse of the chefs at work. If you’re a fan of black cod, look no further. The ruby-red tuna sashimi is also worth a try for any sushi lover. Head to the Shochu Lounge in the basement to find the perfect spot for a buzzy pre or post-dinner drink destination. The wine list is lengthy and impressive, and the cocktails are beautifully mixed and delicious
Where to stay nearby: Sink into the sumptuous beds at the Charles FitzRoy after dinner.
London Restaurants With a View
Galvin at Windows
Want to dine on exquisite French cuisine with stunning 360-degree views over London? Galvin at Windows is a Michelin-starred dining experience on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane. Every single table here has a breathtaking view overlooking some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Chef Chris Galvin and his team’s menu of modern French fare rightfully deserves its Michelin star. Service is, of course, exemplary and highly attentive from the moment you enter the venue. Try their scrumptious tasting menu to avoid food envy.
Where to stay nearby: Continue taking in city views at the spectacular Mayfair Penthouse.
Duck & Waffle
When it comes to 24 hour restaurants in London, the Duck & Waffle is undoubtedly top of our list. Not only can you enjoy some seriously late night dining at this East London restaurant, you can also take in spectacular night city views from its location on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower. Getting the glass lift up here is an experience in itself. Other than the classic duck & waffle dish of confit leg, fried duck egg and maple syrup that they’re known for, the menu serves up a range of other seasonal British dishes. Also recommended for brunch if you want to soak in the views during the day.
Where to stay nearby: Head here for a midnight snack from the contemporary Calvin Street II.
Situated in the famous Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre, Skylon offers stunning riverside views from its massive floor-to-ceiling windows, alongside a seasonal menu of contemporary and classic British cuisine. The proximity to the West End makes it a great choice for a pre-theatre dinner option with a view. The bar is always bustling as well, making it a great spot to gaze out onto the Thames with cocktails in hand.
Dinner in London
Dishoom King’s Cross
London’s love affair with Indian cuisine continues with the addition of Dishoom in 2010. They have a few branches due to their roaring success, but we love the King’s Cross one spread over three floors. Dishoom’s decor is styled on Iranian cafes in Bombay, and they’ve done it extremely well. Now, let’s get to the food. The menu has been carefully curated to include classic Indian dishes and contemporary Bombay street food dishes. The paneer tikka and lamb chops are a must try. Save space for the kulfi for dessert, and be prepared to queue at dinner time.
Where to stay nearby: Nice and full? Sleep it off at A Piece of Heaven.
10 Greek Street
For an intimate dining experience in the heart of Soho, there’s no better place than 10 Greek Street. Indulge in an array of lovingly prepared small dishes in this tiny and always tightly packed restaurant. If you struggle to decide what you want to eat, you’ll be glad to know the regularly updated menu offers just a handful of dishes to choose from. 10 Greek Street doesn’t take bookings, but there are plenty of great bars nearby to keep you occupied while you wait for your table.
Where to stay nearby: Stroll through Soho to get some rest at Gosh Wardour
This newly opened restaurant right near Borough Market will take your passion for pasta to another level. You’ll be able to gorge on delectable homemade pasta in all shapes and sizes. The pappardelle and ravioli are personal favourites, but this is a spot worth multiple revisits if you’re a true pasta enthusiast. Like most other dinner hotspots in London, there’s bound to be a queue outside Padella on any given evening. But trust us when we say it’s worth the wait.
Where to stay nearby: Mellow Yellow is the place to go for some post-pasta slumber.