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

The Jugged Hare

££££·British·
Barbican
1,496 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
“A great English pub using terrific seasonal produce.” – Michael Reid
83% recommended
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The Drapers Arms

££££·Gastro Pub·
Angel
1,007 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
“Always seasonal, their Sunday roasts are banging, and the landlord Nick is a great host.” – Hus Vedat
96% recommended
Gastro Pub in London

Benares

££££·Indian·
Mayfair
5,894 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“An explosion of flavors, textures, and colors at this smart Mayfair restaurant.” – Martin Morales
88% recommended
Indian in West End London
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Andrew Edmunds

££££·Modern European·
Soho
292 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 oRead more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in West End London
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The Little Viet Kitchen

££££·Vietnamese·
Angel
530 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
“Authetic Vietnamese flavors that pack a real punch, cooked and served by friendly chef-owner Thuy Diem Pham.” – Gary Foulkes
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in North London
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Bistrotheque

££££·French·
Bethnal Green
2,382 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • 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
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Cecconi's

££££·Italian·
Mayfair
1,511 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
“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
Italian in West End London
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Clipstone

££££·Modern European·
Fitzrovia
862 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 iRead more
98% recommended
Modern European in West End London
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Il Vicolo

££££·Italian·
St. James's
436 reviews
  • Romance
  • Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
“Contemporary Italian food. Great for a bottle of wine and a cheese and meat platter.” – JP McMahon
100% recommended
Best Value in West End London
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The Ealing Park Tavern

££££·British·
Ealing / Ealing Broadway
295 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
“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
88% 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
93% recommended
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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
399 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Brunch
  • 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
2,997 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
“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
100% recommended
Business Meals in London
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ROKA - Aldwych

££££·Japanese·
Aldwych
364 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
“Great food, great service, great vibe. Every time.” – Miles Kirby
93% recommended
Group Bookings in London
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Holborn Dining Room

££££·British·
Holborn
1,570 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
“Great modern British brasserie but the best part is definitely the pies – the most amazing creations you'll ever come across.” – Frankie van Loo
87% recommended
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Franks Canteen

££££·European·
Highbury
25 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
  • 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
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Gunpowder

££££·Indian·
Shoreditch
138 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Spicy
“Gunpowder is my standout neighborhood restaurant of the last few years.” – Michael Reid
83% recommended
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Hedone

££££·French·
Chiswick
867 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
“Hedone is a restaurant that clearly displays the best of French and British produce alongside excellent technique.” – James Lowe
89% recommended
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Park Chinois

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
623 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Hot Spot
“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
100% recommended
Hot Spot in London
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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
2,769 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Sunday 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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Chez Bruce

££££·Modern European·
Wandsworth
3,654 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
“I love Chez Bruce for a long wine-fuelled lunch.” – Adam Byatt
100% recommended
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Umu

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
715 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
“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
83% recommended
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The Wolseley

££££·European·
St. James's
3,909 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • 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
96% recommended
Brunch in West End London
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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 withRead more
95% recommended
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Murano

££££·Contemporary European·
Mayfair
2,110 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
95% recommended
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The Duke of Sussex

££££·Spanish·
Chiswick
269 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 secRead more
88% recommended
Lunch in West London

Primeur

££££·Contemporary European·
Stoke Newington
584 reviews
  • Romance
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
“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
96% recommended
Contemporary European in London
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Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,493 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
“It's a refined, sophisticated restaurant. I think it really sums up the London food scene.” – James Durrant
97% recommended
British in West End London
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Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

££££·Seafood·
Piccadilly
3,277 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • 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
93% recommended
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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
1,975 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
“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
93% recommended
Mediterranean in London
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Tandoor Chop House at Covent Garden

££££·Indian·
Covent Garden
824 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
“Premium cuts of meat, spiced and grilled over a charcoal tandoor.” – Sameer Taneja
91% recommended
Indian in West End London
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The Dairy Bar & Bistro

££££·British·
Clapham
1,238 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
91% recommended
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Hereford Road

££££·British·
Notting Hill
1,541 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
“Simple, honest, super seasonal English cooking. A gem.” – Helena Puolakka
95% recommended
Best Food in West London
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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,354 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
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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
Brunch in North London
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Quo Vadis

££££·British·
Soho
1,723 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch
“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
100% recommended
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Brawn

££££·European·
Bethnal Green
955 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“The food is always perfect – simple, gutsy, flavorsome. The wine list heads towards 'natural wines' and always offers a surprise.” – Peter Gordon
99% recommended
European in London
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SMOKESTAK

££££·Barbecue·
Shoreditch
962 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
“The food is really tasty, the meat is well smoked and you can tell they thought hard about putting the menu together.” – Tom Sellers
100% recommended
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The Goring Dining Room

££££·British·
Victoria
330 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
83% recommended
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Ivy Market Grill

££££·British·
Covent Garden
7,881 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
“The people running The Ivy Market Grill are very talented and very smart. They are rolling them out everywhere. Well done!” – Cary Docherty
91% recommended
Most Booked in London
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Berners Tavern

££££·British·
Oxford Circus
3,600 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
“The room is stunning and the food is great. It always feels like an occasion to go.” – Tom Sellers
92% recommended
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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

££££·French·
Mayfair
1,204 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
“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
691 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
“These handsome lads know a good breakfast: eggs and anchovies on toast – always a winner.” – Jeremy Lee
97% recommended
British in London
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Nobu - London

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
2,853 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
534 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
95% recommended
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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

££££·Contemporary French·
Chelsea
1,919 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • 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
94% recommended
Notable Wine List in London
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Pidgin

££££·Modern European·
Hackney
884 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • 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.” – ThomRead more
98% recommended
Modern European in London
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Restaurant Story London

££££·British·
London Bridge
728 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • 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
97% recommended
British in London
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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
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“Very high-quality food in a relaxed and warm atmosphere. Good choice of sharing plates.” – Henrik Ritzen
100% recommended
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Ristorante Frescobaldi London

££££·Italian·
Mayfair
548 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
“White truffle tagliolini, when in season, is not to be missed!” – Hus Vedat
84% recommended
Romance in West End London
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Fischers

££££·Austrian·
Marylebone
600 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
  • Business Meals
Recommended by Chef Shaun Hill from The Walnut Tree
92% recommended
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The Winter Garden

££££·Modern European·
Marylebone
2,124 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Afternoon Tea
Recommended by Chef Lori Granito from Magnolia
92% 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
62 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Elizabeth Haigh from Shibui
100% recommended
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Frenchie Covent Garden

££££·Contemporary European·
Covent Garden
1,035 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Pre/post Theatre
Recommended by Chef Amandine Chaignot from Rosewood Hotel
100% recommended
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The Morgan Arms

££££·British·
Mile End
296 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
Recommended by Chef Ben Tish from Restaurant Norma
96% recommended
Sunday Lunch in London
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OPSO

££££·Greek·
Marylebone
1,086 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch
Recommended by Chef Michael Reid from Restaurant M
93% 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
596 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
Recommended by Chef Mark Sargeant from Rocksalt
93% recommended
Best Overall in Docklands & Canary Wharf
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Chotto Matte Soho

££££·Peruvian·
Soho
2,409 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Recommended by Chef Jose Luis (Chele) Gonzalez from Gallery VASK
87% recommended
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ROKA - Charlotte Street

££££·Japanese·
Fitzrovia
180 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
“Great food, great service, great vibe. Every time.” – Miles Kirby
100% recommended
Business Meals in London
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The Palomar

££££·Middle Eastern·
United Kingdom
1,490 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Recommended by Chef Marin Morales from Ceviche
93% recommended
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Hoi Polloi

££££·English·
Shoreditch
1,111 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
88% recommended
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StreetXO

££££·International·
Mayfair
2,190 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
Recommended by Chef Tom Aikens from Tom's Kitchen
88% recommended
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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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