The Most Fun Restaurants in London

The OpenTable Team

There are tens of thousands of restaurants across London, representing every imaginable cuisine, budget, and atmosphere—and when it comes to a night out on the town with friends, this city brings its A-game. Happy hours, bar menus, and shared plates coexist with gourmet tasting menus and award-winning wine lists for custom experiences to fit everyones expectations for a fun meal. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to classic fine dining, airy bistros to modern Japanese—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Hide Above, Hide Ground
Price Range:££ - ££££
Cuisines:British
Neighborhoods:Knightsbridge, Mayfair

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

££££·British·
Knightsbridge
7,973 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a two-Michelin-star restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, presents menus devised around the concept of Britain’s long culinary history. Noted Read more
91% recommended
Afternoon Coffee in London
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Hide Above

££££·British·
Mayfair
371 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
Hide Above occupies the top floor of a spacious three-story venue in Mayfair that stuns with its nature-inspired décor—especially the swirling central staircase with its gleaming wRead more
90% recommended
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Hide Ground

££££·British·
Mayfair
489 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
Hide Ground presents a more casual, all-day version of the Hide Above experience, describing the mid-level venue as “the hearth of the restaurant.” The food is just as exquisite asRead more
87% recommended
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Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,443 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
It should come as no surprise that Jason Atherton, the star chef behind a global empire, created one of London’s coolest restaurants as his flagship. The emphasis at this sophisticRead more
95% recommended
British in London
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Portland Restaurant

££££·British·
Marylebone
1,032 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
London’s restaurant critics can’t seem to get over the lack of pretentiousness at Portland—the comparison of its dining room’s understated decor to a cafeteria often comes up in reRead more
98% recommended
British in London

Social Eating House

££££·Contemporary British·
Soho
2,224 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
British-born celebrity chef Jason Atherton, one of Gordon Ramsay’s most successful proteges, opened Social Eating House in 2013, and it won a Michelin star just six months later. CRead more
84% recommended
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Angler - London

££££·Seafood·
Liverpool Street
1,036 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
It’s arguably the most fun to dine at Angler, a Michelin star-winning fish and seafood restaurant atop the City’s South Place Hotel, on a sunny summer day when the rooftop terrace Read more
100% recommended
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Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,273 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Kai, a plush and sophisticated two-story restaurant in Mayfair, has since their 1993 opening consistently ranked among the best restaurants in London and top Chinese restaurants inRead more
85% recommended
Chinese in London
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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
398 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Brunch
Before som saa transformed a former fabric warehouse in Spitalfields into a trendy and spacious restaurant specializing in elevated regional Thai cuisine, it was a tremendously sucRead more
100% recommended
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Galvin at Windows

££££·French·
Mayfair
7,765 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
With its unmatched location on the top floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows boasts incredible views across Hyde Park and the rooftops of Mayfair. If you neverRead more
87% recommended
French in West End London

NOPI

££££·Mediterranean·
Soho
6,220 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
Yotam Ottolenghi made his name with a very successful string of London delis before opening Nopi in 2011. Here in Soho, the chef’s signature bold, fresh Israeli and Mediterranean fRead more
92% recommended
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Blacklock Soho

££££·Steak·
Soho
2,694 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Sunday Lunch
The original Blacklock restaurant in Soho (it later gained sister venues in the City and Shoreditch) famously occupies the basement of a former brothel a stone’s throw from PiccadiRead more
99% recommended
Steak in London
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Hakkasan - Hanway Place

££££·Chinese·
Fitzrovia
5,814 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
This is the original Hakkasan that launched a global empire, the place that perfected modern Cantonese dishes, dim sum, and creative cocktails amid a chic and glamour-tinged settinRead more
Chinese in West End London
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Sake no Hana

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
5,637 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Sake no Hana brings authentic but modern Japanese fine dining to Mayfair, where its stunning light-filled dining room inspired by a cypress forest feels a world away from London. ERead more
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Yauatcha Soho

££££·Chinese·
Soho
6,066 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Yauatcha, an all-day dim sum restaurant in Soho boasting a Michelin star, takes inspiration from a traditional Taipai tea house, yet the vibe of this basement venue is modern, trenRead more

Chez Bruce

££££·Modern European·
Wandsworth
3,654 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Birthdays
Chez Bruce opened in 1995, which in London’s fickle fine-dining scene makes them a veritable grandfather, one who still has his wits about him and can show the youngsters a thing oRead more
98% recommended
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COYA Mayfair

££££·Peruvian·
Mayfair
1,544 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Is COYA Mayfair the only Incan-Peruvian fine-dining restaurant in London? Actually, no. But they're certainly the best in a new genre of their own making, the result of chef SanjayRead more
100% recommended
Special Occasions in London
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Bistrotheque

££££·French·
Bethnal Green
2,383 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
In an airy, spacious converted warehouse painted stark white throughout, Bistrotheque attracts a fashionable crowd who dine on a mixture of classic cuisine and contemporary creatioRead more
88% recommended
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Park Chinois

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
618 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Hot Spot
Covering two floors in the heart of Mayfair, Park Chinois comprises the glitzy Club Chinois downstairs and the main dining room, Salon de Chine, and bar upstairs, both taking theirRead more
93% recommended
Hot Spot in London
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St. John

££££·British·
Farringdon
2,810 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
Upon the opening of the original St. John in 1994, the restaurant taking over a former bacon-smoking house in Smithfield, head chef Fergus Henderson launched an entire movement as Read more
94% recommended
Best Overall in City of London
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