Where Chefs Eat in London

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Restaurants:The Jugged Hare, The Drapers Arms, Benares
Price Range:££ - ££££
Cuisines:British, Gastro Pub, Indian
Neighborhoods:Barbican, Angel, Mayfair
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The Jugged Hare

££££·British·
Barbican
1,472 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Sunday Lunch
“A great English pub using terrific seasonal produce.” – Michael Reid
82% recommended
Fit for Foodies in City of London

The Drapers Arms

££££·Gastro Pub·
Angel
877 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
“Always seasonal, their Sunday roasts are banging, and the landlord Nick is a great host.” – Hus Vedat
90% recommended
Sunday Lunch in North London

Benares

££££·Indian·
Mayfair
5,719 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
“An explosion of flavors, textures, and colors at this smart Mayfair restaurant.” – Martin Morales
87% recommended
Indian in West End London

Andrew Edmunds

££££·Modern European·
Soho
130 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Cosy
“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 oRead more
92% recommended
Modern European in West End London

The Little Viet Kitchen

££££·Vietnamese·
Angel
458 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“Authetic Vietnamese flavors that pack a real punch, cooked and served by friendly chef-owner Thuy Diem Pham.” – Gary Foulkes
94% recommended
Vietnamese in London

Bistrotheque

££££·French·
Bethnal Green
2,379 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
“Brilliant all rounder that I've visited for years – week nights, sundays... and a great bar. They also have brilliant live acts, like a classical piano player at brunch.” – Ben TiRead more
91% recommended
Brunch in London

Cecconi's

££££·Italian·
Mayfair
1,317 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • People Watching
“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
89% recommended
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Clipstone

££££·Modern European·
Fitzrovia
689 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
“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 iRead more
97% recommended
Modern European in West End London

Il Vicolo

££££·Italian·
St. James's
424 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Cosy
  • Neighbourhood Gem
“Contemporary Italian food. Great for a bottle of wine and a cheese and meat platter.” – JP McMahon
84% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in West End London

The Ealing Park Tavern

££££·British·
Ealing / Ealing Broadway
294 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighbourhood Gem
“Ealing Park Tavern is anything but your average gastropub. One of the best restaurants in the area, I have a special fondness for this place – it is unpretentious yet classy, offeRead more
83% recommended
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Black Axe Mangal

££££·Grill·
Highbury/Islington
29 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
“Fun, irreverent, surprising, affordable and always delicious. Black Axe is the nuts.” – Andy Oliver
94% recommended
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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
389 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
“Fun, sexy food, cool and stylish with a completely relaxed atmosphere, taking Thai flavours to the max.” – Martin Morales
100% recommended

Goodman Mayfair

££££·Steak·
Oxford Circus
2,970 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasions
“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 perfecRead more
92% recommended
Steak in London
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ROKA - Aldwych

££££·Japanese·
Aldwych
335 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
“Great food, great service, great vibe. Every time.” – Miles Kirby
86% recommended

Holborn Dining Room

££££·British·
Holborn
1,404 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
“Great modern British brasserie but the best part is definitely the pies – the most amazing creations you'll ever come across.” – Frankie van Loo
86% recommended

Franks Canteen

££££·European·
Highbury
4 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
“Great small place with a menu that is constantly changing. They have classics as well as experiments with different cuisines.” – Tam Storrar
88% recommended
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Gunpowder

££££·Indian·
Shoreditch
131 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Spicy
  • Casual
“Gunpowder is my standout neighborhood restaurant of the last few years.” – Michael Reid
92% recommended
Indian in London
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Hedone

££££·French·
Chiswick
866 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
“Hedone is a restaurant that clearly displays the best of French and British produce alongside excellent technique.” – James Lowe
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Park Chinois

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
583 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 theRead more
85% recommended
Hot Spot in London

Padella

££££·Italian·
London Bridge
“I always try to get there early – there's a great spot in the window, or outside the restaurant, where you can people-watch with a big bowl of pasta and an Aperol Spritz, and I'm Read more
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Blacklock Soho

££££·Steak·
Soho
2,220 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
“I go there whenever I crave chops. I always crave chops. Go there, eat chops!” – Tomer Amedi
97% recommended
Steak in London
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Chez Bruce

££££·Modern European·
Wandsworth
3,629 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
“I love Chez Bruce for a long wine-fuelled lunch.” – Adam Byatt
97% recommended
Modern European in London

Umu

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
710 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
“I love Japanese food and this restaurant uses the best products from the UK in its cuisine, particularly the amazing fish from Scotland. Yoshinori Ishii, the chef, is particularlyRead more
Japanese in West End London
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The Wolseley

££££·European·
St. James's
3,745 reviews
  • Brunch
  • High Tea
  • Special Occasions
“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.” Read more
89% recommended
European in West End London

The Chipping Forecast

££££·English·
Notting Hill
109 reviews
  • Casual
  • Child Friendly
  • Fun
“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 withRead more
100% recommended

Murano

££££·Contemporary European·
Mayfair
2,000 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
“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 iRead more
94% recommended
Contemporary European in London

The Duke of Sussex

££££·Spanish·
Chiswick
154 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
“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 secRead more
Outdoor Eating in West London

Primeur

££££·Contemporary European·
Stoke Newington
478 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
“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 aRead more
92% recommended
Contemporary European in London

Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,200 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
“It's a refined, sophisticated restaurant. I think it really sums up the London food scene.” – James Durrant
93% recommended
British in West End London

Hoi Polloi

££££·English·
Shoreditch
1,089 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
“It's cool, there's always good background music, it's spacious and I can stay there after breakfast to read, work or chill...” – Nieves Barragán Mohacho
90% recommended
English in London

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

££££·Seafood·
Piccadilly
3,228 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
“It's hard to pass this restaurant and not pop in for a cheeky oyster or two! Steeped in history and with a great ambience, especially when eating at the bar.” – Jocky Petrie
89% recommended
Seafood in West End London

Sichuan-Folk

££££·Chinese·
Spitalfields
145 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
“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

Moro

££££·Mediterranean·
Angel
1,680 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
“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 Read more
91% recommended
Pre/post theatre in North London

Tandoor Chop House

££££·Indian·
Covent Garden
649 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
“Premium cuts of meat, spiced and grilled over a charcoal tandoor.” – Sameer Taneja
90% recommended
Indian in West End London
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The Dairy Bar & Bistro

££££·British·
Clapham
1,202 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“Robin Gill has nailed the new bistro idea: unbelievable food, great atmosphere, and great value for money. A template for all local restaurants. Unpretentious food packed with flaRead more
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in South West London

Hereford Road

££££·British·
Notting Hill
1,477 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
“Simple, honest, super seasonal English cooking. A gem.” – Helena Puolakka
95% recommended
British in West London

Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,191 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Bar Seating
  • Pre/post Theatre
“Simply stunning seasonal and regional Italian food, with a typical Central London non-stop-service mentality.” – Sami Tallberg
89% recommended
Italian in West End London
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Bellanger

££££·French·
Islington
394 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
“The atmosphere and food is fantastic.” – Francesco Mazzei
96% recommended
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Quo Vadis

££££·British·
Soho
1,720 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
“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
82% recommended

Brawn

££££·European·
Bethnal Green
819 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
97% recommended
European in London
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SMOKESTAK

££££·Barbecue·
Shoreditch
948 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
“The food is really tasty, the meat is well smoked and you can tell they thought hard about putting the menu together.” – Tom Sellers
86% recommended
Best Food in East London

The Goring Dining Room

££££·British·
Victoria
319 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Quiet Conversation
  • 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 Read more
93% recommended
Best Ambience in South West London

Ivy Market Grill

££££·British·
Covent Garden
6,926 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
“The people running The Ivy Market Grill are very talented and very smart. They are rolling them out everywhere. Well done!” – Cary Docherty
90% recommended
Most Booked in London

Berners Tavern

££££·British·
Oxford Circus
3,390 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
“The room is stunning and the food is great. It always feels like an occasion to go.” – Tom Sellers
88% recommended

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

££££·French·
Mayfair
1,195 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
“The stunning dining room, the service, and Monsieur Ducasse's cuisine is mind blowing.” – Francesco Mazzei
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in London
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Salon

££££·British·
Brixton
562 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
“These handsome lads know a good breakfast: eggs and anchovies on toast – always a winner.” – Jeremy Lee
93% recommended
British in London

Nobu - London

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
2,662 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
“They know when to be elaborate and when to let the food speak for itself.” – Tam Storrar
Japanese in West End London

Jikoni

££££·Asian·
Marylebone
505 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cosy
“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 OttolenghRead more
90% recommended
Asian in London

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

££££·Contemporary French·
Chelsea
1,851 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
“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 doesRead more
91% recommended
Contemporary French in London
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Pidgin

££££·Modern European·
Hackney
789 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
“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.” – ThomRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in East London
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Restaurant Story London

££££·British·
London Bridge
647 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
“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 AikenRead more
87% recommended
Notable Wine List in London

L'Amorosa

££££·Italian·
Hammersmith
224 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
“Very good uncomplicated Italian food.” – Henrik Ritzen
96% recommended
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The Ninth

££££·French·
Fitzrovia
327 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
“Very high-quality food in a relaxed and warm atmosphere. Good choice of sharing plates.” – Henrik Ritzen
92% recommended
Romance in London

Ristorante Frescobaldi London

££££·Italian·
Mayfair
493 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
“White truffle tagliolini, when in season, is not to be missed!” – Hus Vedat

Fischers

££££·Austrian·
Marylebone
563 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Shaun Hill from The Walnut Tree
92% recommended

The Winter Garden

££££·Modern European·
Marylebone
2,123 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Lori Granito from Magnolia
92% recommended

Carousel

££££·Contemporary European·
Marylebone
16 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Recommended by Chef Elizabeth Haigh from Shibui
100% recommended
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Oldroyd

££££·European·
Islington
60 reviews
  • Cosy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Elizabeth Haigh from Shibui
82% recommended
European in London

Frenchie Covent Garden

££££·Contemporary European·
Covent Garden
1,027 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Romance
Recommended by Chef Amandine Chaignot from Rosewood Hotel
94% recommended
Contemporary European in London

The Morgan Arms

££££·British·
Mile End
211 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
Recommended by Chef Ben Tish from Restaurant Norma
89% recommended
Lunch in East London

OPSO

££££·Greek·
Marylebone
927 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch
  • Creative Cuisine
Recommended by Chef Michael Reid from Restaurant M
93% recommended

Gymkhana

££££·Indian·
Mayfair
73 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Recommended by Chef Tam Storrar from Blanchette
100% recommended
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ROKA - Canary Wharf

££££·Japanese·
Canary Wharf
573 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch
  • Special Occasions
Recommended by Chef Mark Sargeant from Rocksalt
93% recommended
Japanese in London

Chotto Matte Soho

££££·Peruvian·
Soho
2,045 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
Recommended by Chef Jose Luis (Chele) Gonzalez from Gallery VASK
85% recommended
Peruvian in London

ROKA - Charlotte Street

££££·Japanese·
Fitzrovia
147 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
“Great food, great service, great vibe. Every time.” – Miles Kirby
89% recommended
Japanese in West End London
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The Palomar

££££·Middle Eastern·
United Kingdom
1,411 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Marin Morales from Ceviche
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Exclusive
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StreetXO

££££·International·
Mayfair
2,099 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
Recommended by Chef Tom Aikens from Tom's Kitchen
90% recommended
International in London

Wild Honey

££££·Modern European·
Mayfair
1,300 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Jason Atherton from Pollen Street Social
97% recommended
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