Top 10 best Restaurants In London

1. C LONDON

23-25 Davies Street, London W1K 3DE
Type of cuisine: Italian
Nearest tube: Bond St

C LONDON restaraunt

Formerly known as Cipriani, C London is an iconic London restaurant in exclusive Mayfair that has long been a favourite of the rich and famous. Modelled on the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice, C London forms part of the worldwide brand, with other venues located in places such a New York, Hong Kong and LA. A charismatic restaurant, C London oozes old school glamour and elegance, boasting a stunning wood panelled dining room with immaculately dressed tables topped with the crispest white linens. Expect a wealthy clientele here, from local tycoons and socialites to A- listers and fashionistas, all here not just for the reputation but for the outstanding Italian cuisine served. C London is all about classic, authentic Italian cuisine at its very finest, using the very best ingredients the market has to offer. Start perhaps with a veal cannelloni alla Piemontese or a superbly fresh beef carpaccio and follow with a dish of calves liver alla Venezia served with polenta or a bespoke Harry’s Bar Pierini (pan seared ham and cheese sandwich). Round off with a triple layer chocolate cake. The wine list is dreamy and the signature drink has to be the Bellini. C London is every inch the glamourous London restaurant it is reputed to be, and is perfect for a spot of star spotting!

 

2. ST JOHN HOTEL

1 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL
Type of cuisine: British
Nearest tube: Leicester Square

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Situated just off Leicester Square in the very heart of London, the St John Hotel is the latest venture from the great Fergus Henderson, the man behind the Michelin starred St John restaurant in Smithfield. Taking over the former home of iconic Soho restaurant Manzi’s, the St John Hotel combines both luxurious accommodation and first class British restaurant. Heading up the St John Hotel kitchen is former St John sous chef Tom Harris who brings Henderson’s signature “Nose to Tail Eating” ( putting every part of the animal to good use in the kitchen) into his divine British menu which has a strong focus on the seasons. You could be enjoying for example a delicious grilled squid with potatoes and artichoke; skate, bread and brown shrimp or pot roast short rib with celeriac and horseradish. Open from breakfast through to the early hours, the St John Hotel is just perfect for its central London location, making it a prime destination for a spot of pre theatre dining where the staff ensure that service runs smoothly and speedily so that you do not miss your show. Set to be equally as exciting as it older, Michelin starred sibling, St John Hotel is definitely one London restaurant to watch.

 

3. GORDON RAMSAY’S THE SAVOY GRILL

The Savoy Hotel, The Strand, London WC2R 0EU
Type of cuisine: French/British
Nearest tube: Embankment

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Fully restored back to its former glory and now forming part of the Gordon Ramsay restaurant empire, The Savoy Grill is a magnificent restaurant found inside the iconic Savoy Hotel in London. Perched along The Strand and steps from the bustling streets of Covent Garden, The Savoy Grill dates right back to 1889 and has always been an integral part of London’s dining scene. Designers The Russell Sage Studio have carefully and cleverly restored the dining room to bring it right back to its former Art Deco origins with stunning features including ornate chandeliers, wood panelling, mohair covered seating and beautiful antique mirrors. The kitchen at The Savoy Grill is headed up by Andy Cook under the guidance of Stuart Gillies, offering a menu inspired by classic dishes from both France and Britain. The selection of meats from the grill is outstanding with the likes of 180z Porterhouse steak; Herdwick mutton cutlets and Roe deer venison chops to name but a few. The carving trolley makes a big comeback here too, with The Lunch Trolley bringing a different offering to the table each day. Ramsay and his team have certainly produced yet another top class restaurant with the relaunch of The Savoy Grill and have returned an iconic dining room back to the capital.

 

4. HELENE DARROZE AT THE CONNAUGHT

The Connaught Hotel, 16 Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL
Type of cuisine: French
Nearest tube: Bond St

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5. PARAMOUNT

Centre Point, 101-103 New Oxford street, London WC1A 1DD
Type of cuisine: British
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Rd

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Perched on the 32nd floor of the Centre Point building in London’s West End, Paramount is a superbly stylish and impressive restaurant and private member’s club. The restaurant itself is now open to the public and offers an exceptional dining experience in every way. The views over London are breath taking, particularly at night when the twinkling lights of the city create a real wow factor. Inside the dining room is a fabulously stylish space, designed by the renowned designer Tom Dixon, and has a real contemporary feel to it. Of course, the amazing views and cool design would count for nothing if the food wasn’t up to anything so its just as well that the cuisine on offer at Paramount is first class. The British style menu features an exciting array of dishes where starters include warm salad of quail, confit potato, green beans, walnuts and pancetta or double baked Roquefort soufflé with beetroot and aged balsamic followed by main courses like wild sea bass with potato gnocchi, samphire and caviar cream or saddle of rabbit, roast leg and confit shoulder, peas, carrots and grain mustard sauce. Round off with delectable desserts such as glazed lemon pudding with champagne and raspberry and pistachio sponge. Although Centre Point isn’t one of London’s favourite landmarks, Paramount is certainly one of its finer restaurants.

 

6. HOMAGE AT THE WALDORF

22 The Aldwych, The Waldorf Hilton, London WC2B 4DD
Type of cuisine: Modern European
Nearest tube: Holborn

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Homage Restaurant is located in one of the stately ballrooms of the Waldorf Hilton right next to Covent Garden. As you might expect, it is a prestige restaurant which has set itself very high standards in the preparation and service of Mediterranean cuisine, although the prices are surprisingly reasonable. Inspired by the grand cafés of Europe, fashionable London restaurant Homage at The Waldorf Hilton hotel has a stunning Louis XVI-style decor. Enjoy Scottish smoked salmon or the acclaimed tarte au citron with a glass of champagne among the chandeliers, elegant columns, leather banquets and modern art. Homage restaurant looks lovely and delivers a thoroughly satisfying meal for a price that won’t ruin you. Well worth a visit.

 

7. THE MERCER

34 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AY
Type of cuisine: British
Nearest tube: Liverpool St

THE MERCER londonSharing the same City of London street as the Bank of England, The Mercer is one seriously good British restaurant. Situated in a former bank itself, this chic London restaurant is a hot favourite amongst the areas high fliers, offering sophisticated glamour with its soaring pillars and high ceilings coupled with sleek and glossy colours. Open from Monday to Friday, The Mercer is one of the area’s top destinations for business dining, offering a divine British menu accompanied by a star studded wine list that is certain to impress even the most demanding oenophile. As for the menu expect the very finest ingredients in dishes such as smoked mackerel with capers and malted toast for starters followed by rib of pork with apple and black puddings mash and mustard sauce or slow braised lamb with pearl barley and finished with delights like chocolate marquise with honeycomb ice cream and candied Satsuma. You’ll never fail to impress or be impressed at The Mercer, the perfect restaurant for business and pleasure.

 

8. POLPETTO

The French House, 49 Dean St, London W1D 5BG
Type of cuisine: Italian
Nearest tube: Leicester Square

POLPETTO londonAfter the runaway success of older sibling Polpo, pint sized Italian restaurant Polpetto brings tapas style Italian cuisine to London’s Dean Street. Situated in a small room above the famous French Kitchen in Soho, Polpetto is a deliciously authentic Venetian wine bar serving the most amazing osteria tapas like dishes to a mixed crowd. Bare zinc tables and exposed brick walls set the scene at this cosy restaurant where the food really is the main attraction. You really can try a bit of everything here, with all dishes served as small portions and prices more than reasonable. Indulge in duck and porcini meatballs; osso bucco with creamy saffron risotto; shoulder and pickled pepper pizzetta; rabbit with pancetta and sardines with caper mayonnaise – just some of the delectable dishes on offer. The wine list is superb with most coming from Northern Italy’s smaller producers. Polpetto is a hugely popular Soho restaurant and is packed most days due to its size. If you want a true taste of Northern Italian food, Polpetto should be you London restaurant of choice.

 

9. CHINA TANG AT THE DORCHESTER

Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane, London W1K 1QA
Type of cuisine: Chinese
Nearest tube: Hyde Park Corner

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Chinese fine dining at its very peak is to be expected at the stunning China Tang restaurant found in London’s Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair. The brainchild of David Tang, founder of the China Clubs in Hong Kong, Peking and Singapore, this stunning restaurant represents the very finest of culinary China in the most sumptuous of surroundings, Housed in one of the finest hotels in London, China Tang has been stunningly designed to a 1930′s Art Deco Chinese style with plenty of lacquered black surfaces and Chinese adornments. A special collection of traditional and contemporary Chinese art, carefully chosen by David Tang is showcased in the dining room, dim sum parlour and private dining quarters. Expect the very finest in Chinese cuisine here with expensive ingredients filling the extravagant menu. Perfect dim sum are available all day and dishes such as salt and pepper lobster claw or braised abalone with oyster sauce are just some of the specials along with the signature dish of Peking Duck. China Tang is a high end restaurant with high end prices to match and attracts a moneyed clientele.

 

10. RACINE

239 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EP
Type of cuisine: French
Nearest tube: South Kensington

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French brasserie dining doesn’t come much more authentic in London than that at the amazing Racine restaurant in South Kensington. This superb French restaurant really does hit all the right notes with its spot on brasserie style décor and wonderfully traditional French menu full of the very best seasonal Gallic ingredients. Dark polished wood bistro style seating, dark wood flooring and neutral coloured walls set the scene whilst rows of crisp, white linen topped tables act like blank canvases awaiting for the culinary delights to arrive. Henry Harris’s exceptional French menu is full to the brim of mouth-watering dishes with starters like soupe de poissons or seared foie gras with brioche beignet and sautéed peach are followed with main courses such as grilled rabbit with mustard sauce and smoked bacon or wild Dorset sea bass with Florence fennel puree and lemon oil. The crème brulee for desserts is hailed as one of the best in London. Wit it great location close to the Albert Hall, Racine is a top restaurant choice for pre performance diners, offering excellent priced prix fixe menus and the all French wine list is simply divine. It really is no wonder that Racine restaurant is so highly praised by both critics and diners alike.

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