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
1,494 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
“A great English pub using terrific seasonal produce.” – Michael Reid
Fit for Foodies in City of London
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The Drapers Arms

££££·Gastro Pub·
Angel
900 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
“Always seasonal, their Sunday roasts are banging, and the landlord Nick is a great host.” – Hus Vedat
91% recommended
Sunday Lunch in North London
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Benares

££££·Indian·
Mayfair
5,742 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
179 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
  • Romance
“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
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The Little Viet Kitchen

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

££££·French·
Bethnal Green
2,381 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
Best Overall in East London

Cecconi's

££££·Italian·
Mayfair
1,347 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
710 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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 iRead more
97% recommended
Modern European in London

Il Vicolo

££££·Italian·
St. James's
429 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
“Contemporary Italian food. Great for a bottle of wine and a cheese and meat platter.” – JP McMahon
89% recommended
Italian in London

The Ealing Park Tavern

££££·British·
Ealing / Ealing Broadway
295 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Birthdays
“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
  • Authentic
“Fun, irreverent, surprising, affordable and always delicious. Black Axe is the nuts.” – Andy Oliver
92% recommended
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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
390 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
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Goodman Mayfair

££££·Steak·
Oxford Circus
2,977 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
“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
93% recommended
Steak in London
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ROKA - Aldwych

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

££££·British·
Holborn
1,471 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
85% recommended

Franks Canteen

££££·European·
Highbury
6 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Creative Cuisine
“Great small place with a menu that is constantly changing. They have classics as well as experiments with different cuisines.” – Tam Storrar
89% recommended

Gunpowder

££££·Indian·
Shoreditch
138 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Spicy
  • Casual
“Gunpowder is my standout neighborhood restaurant of the last few years.” – Michael Reid
91% recommended
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Hedone

££££·French·
Chiswick
866 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
“Hedone is a restaurant that clearly displays the best of French and British produce alongside excellent technique.” – James Lowe
82% recommended
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Park Chinois

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
599 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 West End 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
2,297 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
“I go there whenever I crave chops. I always crave chops. Go there, eat chops!” – Tomer Amedi
98% recommended
Steak in London
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Chez Bruce

££££·Modern European·
Wandsworth
3,643 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
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Umu

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
713 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
“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 London
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The Wolseley

££££·European·
St. James's
3,777 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Brunch
“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
88% recommended
European in West End London
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The Chipping Forecast

££££·English·
Notting Hill
112 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Child Friendly
“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

Murano

££££·Contemporary European·
Mayfair
2,052 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
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The Duke of Sussex

££££·Spanish·
Chiswick
160 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Tapas
“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
Sunday Lunch in West London

Primeur

££££·Contemporary European·
Stoke Newington
490 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
3,259 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
1,103 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
“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
3,255 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
147 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
1,745 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
“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
698 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
“Premium cuts of meat, spiced and grilled over a charcoal tandoor.” – Sameer Taneja
89% recommended
Indian in West End London
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The Dairy Bar & Bistro

££££·British·
Clapham
1,224 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
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Hereford Road

££££·British·
Notting Hill
1,493 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“Simple, honest, super seasonal English cooking. A gem.” – Helena Puolakka
93% recommended
Healthy in West London

Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,219 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
“Simply stunning seasonal and regional Italian food, with a typical Central London non-stop-service mentality.” – Sami Tallberg
92% 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
1,722 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
90% recommended

Brawn

££££·European·
Bethnal Green
854 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
“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
960 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
“The food is really tasty, the meat is well smoked and you can tell they thought hard about putting the menu together.” – Tom Sellers
89% recommended
Best Food in East London
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The Goring Dining Room

££££·British·
Victoria
324 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
92% recommended
Afternoon Tea in South West London

Ivy Market Grill

££££·British·
Covent Garden
7,167 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
“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
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Berners Tavern

££££·British·
Oxford Circus
3,470 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
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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

££££·French·
Mayfair
1,197 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romance
  • Good for Birthdays
“The stunning dining room, the service, and Monsieur Ducasse's cuisine is mind blowing.” – Francesco Mazzei
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in London
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Salon

££££·British·
Brixton
575 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
Fit for Foodies in South West London
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Nobu - London

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
2,684 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
520 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
91% recommended
Asian in London
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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

££££·Contemporary French·
Chelsea
1,863 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
“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
92% recommended
Contemporary French in London
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Pidgin

££££·Modern European·
Hackney
806 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
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in East London
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Restaurant Story London

££££·British·
London Bridge
666 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
“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
91% recommended
British 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
330 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
“Very high-quality food in a relaxed and warm atmosphere. Good choice of sharing plates.” – Henrik Ritzen
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in London
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Ristorante Frescobaldi London

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

Fischers

££££·Austrian·
Marylebone
569 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Shaun Hill from The Walnut Tree
93% recommended

The Winter Garden

££££·Modern European·
Marylebone
2,125 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Lori Granito from Magnolia
100% recommended
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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
61 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
Recommended by Chef Elizabeth Haigh from Shibui
83% recommended
European in London
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Frenchie Covent Garden

££££·Contemporary European·
Covent Garden
1,033 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Amandine Chaignot from Rosewood Hotel
94% recommended
Contemporary European in London
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The Morgan Arms

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

OPSO

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

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

££££·Japanese·
Canary Wharf
585 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
Recommended by Chef Mark Sargeant from Rocksalt
92% recommended
Best Overall in Docklands & Canary Wharf
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Chotto Matte Soho

££££·Peruvian·
Soho
2,143 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
154 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
1,462 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Marin Morales from Ceviche
91% recommended
Best Value in Exclusive
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StreetXO

££££·International·
Mayfair
2,166 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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