Where Chefs Eat in London

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Phaidon
Restaurants:The Drapers Arms, Benares, Andrew Edmunds
Price Range:££ - ££££
Cuisines:Gastro Pub, Indian, Modern European
Neighborhoods:Angel, Mayfair, Soho
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7:00 PM

The Drapers Arms

££££·Gastro Pub·
Angel
1,057 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Eating

“Always seasonal, their Sunday roasts are banging, and the landlord Nick is a great host.” – Hus Vedat

93% recommended
Sunday Lunch in North London
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Benares

££££·Indian·
Mayfair
5,916 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

“An explosion of flavors, textures, and colors at this smart Mayfair restaurant.” – Martin Morales

89% recommended
Indian in West End London
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Andrew Edmunds

££££·Modern European·
Soho
418 reviews
  • Romance
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date

“Andrew Edmunds is a Soho institution that's been around since the 1980s. It's a small, rambling little townhouse with a hand written menu, serving excellent classics that aren't o...

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95% recommended
Modern European in West End London

The Little Viet Kitchen

££££·Vietnamese·
Angel
531 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance

“Authetic Vietnamese flavors that pack a real punch, cooked and served by friendly chef-owner Thuy Diem Pham.” – Gary Foulkes

98% recommended
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Cecconi's

££££·Italian·
Mayfair
1,642 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date

“Cecconi's is a modern-day classic Italian restaurant. They serve fantastic handmade pasta, seafood and dishes from Italy using very fine ingredients.” – Shaun Rankin

96% recommended
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Clipstone

££££·Modern European·
Fitzrovia
1,020 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch

“Clipstone is a new restaurant that manages to be a charming neighborhood restaurant in the center of town. The quality of cooking is outstanding and I love that much of the menu i...

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99% recommended
Modern European in London

Il Vicolo

££££·Italian·
St. James's
439 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays

“Contemporary Italian food. Great for a bottle of wine and a cheese and meat platter.” – JP McMahon

100% recommended
Italian in West End London

som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
400 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Brunch

“Fun, sexy food, cool and stylish with a completely relaxed atmosphere, taking Thai flavours to the max.” – Martin Morales

100% recommended
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Goodman Mayfair

££££·Steak·
Oxford Circus
2,918 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals

“Goodman is right around the corner from us and the team there offer exceptional service. Pair that with a great burger or steak and a glass of red and you can see that it's perfec...

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100% recommended
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ROKA - Aldwych

££££·Japanese·
Aldwych
367 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Lunch

“Great food, great service, great vibe. Every time.” – Miles Kirby

86% recommended
Japanese in West End London
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Holborn Dining Room

££££·British·
Holborn
1,737 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance

“Great modern British brasserie but the best part is definitely the pies – the most amazing creations you'll ever come across.” – Frankie van Loo

91% recommended

Franks Canteen

££££·European·
Highbury
36 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

“Great small place with a menu that is constantly changing. They have classics as well as experiments with different cuisines.” – Tam Storrar

100% recommended
Best Food in London

Park Chinois

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
631 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Hot Spot
  • Romance

“High end Chinese restaurant with elegant interiors. Its menu is derived from authentic Chinese with superior quality ingredients. I love the individuality of all the dishes on the...

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100% recommended
Chinese in West End London

Blacklock Soho

££££·Steak·
Soho
3,035 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch

“I go there whenever I crave chops. I always crave chops. Go there, eat chops!” – Tomer Amedi

99% recommended
Steak in London
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The Wolseley

££££·European·
St. James's
3,845 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch
  • Lunch

“It has an amazing buzz that sets the pace for a day in the center of town – and delivers exactly what it sets out to do – a great breakfast, suitable for all tastes and budgets.” ...

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97% recommended
High Tea in London

The Chipping Forecast

££££·English·
Notting Hill
112 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cosy

“It stocks very fresh, line-caught fish from Cornwall and cooks the fish simply and classically. You can have delicious deep-fried scampi and chips or beautifully grilled fish with...

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95% recommended
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Murano

££££·Contemporary European·
Mayfair
2,109 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance

“It’s always seasonal, unpretentious and damn good. When I go to fine dining restaurants I’m not looking for the chef to prove something, I just want the food to be beautiful and i...

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91% recommended
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The Duke of Sussex

££££·Spanish·
Chiswick
435 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch

“It's a beautiful building with a dining room and a bar with huge windows that face Acton Green. It also has a large garden, which in the summer you'll have to come in early to sec...

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90% recommended

Primeur

££££·Farm-to-table·
Stoke Newington
643 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

“It's a former garage which the team have converted into a friendly, neighborhood restaurant with a great interior. They have a daily changing menu with a strong French influence a...

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96% recommended
Best Ambience in North London
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Sichuan-Folk

££££·Chinese·
Spitalfields
147 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Group Bookings
  • Outstanding Value

“It's the first authentic, spicy Szechuan food I've tried. I go back there often, especially for the famous Szechuan fish hotpot.” – Merlin Labron-Johnson

93% recommended
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Moro

££££·Mediterranean·
Angel
2,122 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem

“Moro is a timeless institution that is as relevant still today as it was when it first opened twenty years ago. It serves exceptional Spanish and North African-influenced food in ...

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93% recommended
Mediterranean in London

Tandoor Chop House

££££·Indian·
Covent Garden
901 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date

“Premium cuts of meat, spiced and grilled over a charcoal tandoor.” – Sameer Taneja

98% recommended
Indian in West End London
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Hereford Road

££££·British·
Notting Hill
1,516 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch

“Simple, honest, super seasonal English cooking. A gem.” – Helena Puolakka

100% recommended
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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,363 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List

“Simply stunning seasonal and regional Italian food, with a typical Central London non-stop-service mentality.” – Sami Tallberg

94% recommended
Group Bookings in London
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Bellanger

££££·French·
Islington
416 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Business Meals
  • Quiet Conversation

“The atmosphere and food is fantastic.” – Francesco Mazzei

94% recommended

Quo Vadis

££££·British·
Soho
1,689 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre

“The bar is open until midnight and the food is always good. Freshly baked cheese straws are really buttery and who doesn't love a chip butty before bed?” – Florence Knight

88% recommended
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Brawn

££££·European·
Bethnal Green
1,035 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

“The food is always perfect – simple, gutsy, flavorsome. The wine list heads towards 'natural wines' and always offers a surprise.” – Peter Gordon

99% recommended
Best Ambience in London

The Goring Dining Room

££££·British·
Victoria
329 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

“The Goring are serving up British food that is very hard to find these days. Think eggs Drumkilbo (egg mayonnaise seafood cocktail) and beef Wellington carved table-side. It's an ...

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Ivy Market Grill

££££·British·
Covent Garden
8,836 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Eating

“The people running The Ivy Market Grill are very talented and very smart. They are rolling them out everywhere. Well done!” – Cary Docherty

89% recommended
Most Booked in London

Berners Tavern

££££·British·
Oxford Circus
3,738 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Notable Wine List

“The room is stunning and the food is great. It always feels like an occasion to go.” – Tom Sellers

94% recommended

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

££££·French·
Mayfair
1,191 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine

“The stunning dining room, the service, and Monsieur Ducasse's cuisine is mind blowing.” – Francesco Mazzei

100% recommended
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Salon

££££·British·
Brixton
783 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions

“These handsome lads know a good breakfast: eggs and anchovies on toast – always a winner.” – Jeremy Lee

97% recommended
British in London

Nobu - London

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
2,966 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

“They know when to be elaborate and when to let the food speak for itself.” – Tam Storrar

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Jikoni

££££·Asian·
Marylebone
537 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
  • Brunch

“This is exactly the sort of food I want: food that both comforts and surprises at once. I love the atmosphere of the restaurant too: so much colour and comfort.” – Yotam Ottolengh...

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100% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in London
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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

££££·Contemporary French·
Chelsea
1,915 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

“This restaurant is still the place to go to celebrate a special occasion. Everything about it is top of the class in London. The precision in the cooking always impresses, as does...

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100% recommended
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Pidgin

££££·Modern European·
Hackney
941 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

“This restaurant really does serve the most exciting food. It is inventive, unusual and using some of the most exciting ingredients and techniques around. Always a delight.” – Thom...

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96% recommended
Modern European in London
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Restaurant Story London

££££·British·
London Bridge
775 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies

“Top-quality food in a great restaurant by chef Tom Sellers. Expect some great surprises and all beautifully presented with real thought, care and attention to detail.” – Tom Aiken...

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99% recommended
Best Service in London

L'Amorosa

££££·Italian·
Hammersmith
225 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance

“Very good uncomplicated Italian food.” – Henrik Ritzen

96% recommended
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The Ninth

££££·French·
Fitzrovia
333 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance

“Very high-quality food in a relaxed and warm atmosphere. Good choice of sharing plates.” – Henrik Ritzen

91% recommended
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Fischers

££££·Austrian·
Marylebone
605 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Comfort Food

Recommended by Chef Shaun Hill from The Walnut Tree

100% recommended
Special Occasions in London

The Winter Garden

££££·Modern European·
Marylebone
2,069 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • High Tea

Recommended by Chef Lori Granito from Magnolia

92% recommended
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Frenchie Covent Garden

££££·Contemporary European·
Covent Garden
1,035 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine

Recommended by Chef Amandine Chaignot from Rosewood Hotel

90% recommended
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The Morgan Arms

££££·British·
Mile End
340 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch

Recommended by Chef Ben Tish from Restaurant Norma

97% recommended
Lunch in East London

OPSO

££££·Greek·
Marylebone
1,213 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Brunch

Recommended by Chef Michael Reid from Restaurant M

95% recommended

Gymkhana

££££·Indian·
Mayfair
73 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Spicy
  • Authentic

Recommended by Chef Tam Storrar from Blanchette

93% recommended
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ROKA - Canary Wharf

££££·Japanese·
Canary Wharf
599 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date

Recommended by Chef Mark Sargeant from Rocksalt

100% recommended
Best Overall in Docklands & Canary Wharf
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ROKA - Charlotte Street

££££·Japanese·
Fitzrovia
181 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Healthy

“Great food, great service, great vibe. Every time.” – Miles Kirby

100% recommended
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