Restaurant Story London

4.8
528 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
Top tags:
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
At Story the premise is simple; we seek to tell our story through the food we serve.
We opened in April 2013 gaining our first Michelin star only five months after opening.
Inspired by chef Tom Sellers’ culinary career and the history of British food, our dishes are an edible story, each one inspired by a memory. We want to share these memories with you through what you see, smell and taste.
To help achieve this, we select only the freshest seasonal British produce and then pair it with an exclusive wine list featuring small wine producers and select British craft ales sourced locally.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 1:45pm,
Monday - Saturday 6:30pm - 9pm
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Phone number
020 7183 2117
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Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Tom Sellers
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Cross Street
199 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JX
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Public Transit
London Bridge is the nearest tube stop
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access
What 528 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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London
5.0
Dined on 14 July 2018

Everything was just perfection!!

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M
London
4.0
Dined on 4 July 2018

Stunning, invent and evocative gastronomy in a stunning building

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M
Edmonton
5.0
Dined on 26 June 2018

Jolly superb! Where do I begin...
The experience was magical, it started with the wine and it just got better with every course. The food was amazing! It had originality in its presentation, colour, texture, the flavours were mind blowing and everything was beyond perfect. A restaurant everyone must visit if you’re a foodie like me and a place I’m sure to return to when in London.

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D
London
5.0
Dined on 26 June 2018

This was my second visit and, much like the first, everything was perfect. Gorgeous food, lovely (reasonably priced) wine, super helpful staff, and a really intimate atmosphere. A really special evening, thank you!

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 23 June 2018

Absolutely fantastic!! Personal and special
There is no shortage of good restaurants in London but this place is something special! It was my husbands birthday and the staff had made a card for him and greeted him by his name. The chef interacted with patrons and we went to the kitchen. Everyone was kind and caring and made the experience extra special. The food was absolutely incredible!!

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L
London
5.0
Dined on 22 June 2018

It was undoubtedly a great meal - I would rank it as equal with the best meals we've had, alongside Midsummer House in Cambridge. Each course was imaginative without tripping over the line into being twee or silly. The reason for giving 4 out of 5 on value is that at these prices it should of course be excellent. The reason for knocking a star off the ambience rating is that we were seated side by side on a rather annoying banquette. As well as feeling like you are sitting on a bus seat together the banquette itself has poor back support, which is quite important given we were seated for 4.5 hours. (We did ask for a cushion and were told they only have one cushion for the use of pregnant customers. Let's hope they never have two pregnant customers at once.) So if you suffer back pain be sure to ask for a table with chairs!

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 19 June 2018

Story produces exquisite inventive and delicious pieces of edible art. Yet it is done in a relaxed atmosphere with staff who do not try to impress on the diner that they should worship at the feet of a genius chef. Everything is relaxed and sheer enjoyment.

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OA
London
5.0
Dined on 12 June 2018

Everything was wonderful

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RM
Glasgow
5.0
Dined on 8 June 2018

Had been wanting to visit for a while and it was well worth waiting for. The service and atmosphere were great at lunch. The food was so tasty and seemed to keep coming with the tasting menu. The petit fours with coffee were equally stunning- could easily have eaten the whole jar of honey comb!

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Tampa
5.0
Dined on 16 May 2018

While the food is superb, the entire experience is what makes Story so wonderful. The meal is choreographed to delight the diners. The recent restaurant remodel has changed the feel of the space. Both designs complemented the meal in different ways.
But the food, wine, atmosphere, and service all work together to make the meal at Story a unique experience.

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H
London
5.0
Dined on 14 May 2018

Love the place. New settings, few additions to the menu
Celeriac-Truffle risotto is the best thing that I've ever eaten :)

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CK
London
5.0
Dined on 11 May 2018

Friendly welcome and continued great service from the staff and everyone in the kitchen, would recommend to anyone looking to treat themselves or someone else.

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 29 March 2018

Absolutely amazing, the whole experience food, staff and atmosphere was impeccable. The best food I’ve ever had. I look forward to returning

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GV
London
5.0
Dined on 28 March 2018

Food and theatre on another level. Very excited to see the renovation and sample the incredible food.

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 28 March 2018

Definitely a worthwhile experience.

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A
London
3.0
Dined on 12 March 2018

Overrated and pretentious food. Found a piece of plastic in one of my meal and didn't even get an apology or offer to get it replaced.

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OT
London
4.0
Dined on 10 March 2018

The food show us a story ,it is amazing. But service is not. The waitress drop a glass of water and then my pants turn wet so that I cannot enjoy my dinner and I receive nothing for apologize.They even charge me 50% service fees

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D
London
5.0
Dined on 10 March 2018

Amazing from start to finish

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SC
5.0
Dined on 27 February 2018

From start to finish this was a memorable experience. We were treated beautifully. It was an adventure in eating. The service was impeccable without being intrusive. We were shown the kitchen in all its amazing glory. Just imagine if you will “A Paddington Bear Sandwich,”
I will share our beautiful experience with friends here in London this weekend.
Thank-you

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CK
London
5.0
Dined on 23 February 2018

What a treat! Restaurant Story was truly a delicious and tantalising experience for the taste buds! Every dish was well thought out, perfectly presented and portion sizes were perfect. Tom Seller's Noma influences definitely come out in the presentation and ingredients. The staff were informative and attentive and overall we had a great experience. I highly recommend RS, eat here at least once! Will definitely be back.

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n
London
5.0
Dined on 22 February 2018

Best meal I've ever had...EVER! We did the evening tasting menu and could not have imagined how amazing it would be. Even the dishes, where given the ingredients, I didn't think I'd like were incredible.

Great atmosphere and love the attention to detail such as the personalised letter for my boyfriend's birthday.

Service was impeccable but in no way pretentious. It was just the most perfect evening, everything about it was exceptional.

Cannot recommend it enough.

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JK
London
5.0
Dined on 15 February 2018

We came here for my partner’s birthday meal.
The food was absolutely out of this world, the service was excellent and the staff made us feel really comfortable and relaxed.

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AC
London
5.0
Dined on 13 February 2018

The tasting menu was delicious and creative definitely one of the nicest restaurants I’ve been to in London. We went for our anniversary and it was a great choice for a special memorable meal!

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OT
Hertfordshire
5.0
Dined on 26 January 2018

The tasting menu was divine, couple of misses on one or two foods but that’s down to personal taste.
We paired some drinks with the courses and they were great!
Our waiter was very knowledgeable and was very attentive.
All in all a great foodie experience, would highly recommend.

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OT
5.0
Dined on 24 January 2018

Took my Dad out here for lunch as I had taken my mum 6 months previous in the summer. Felt it was only fair! I have to say...Restaurant Story hasn’t missed a step in those 6 months. Given the change between Summer and Winter, there were seasonal changes to the menu that were subtle but welcome. I must confess to missing the tomato and vanilla dish from the summer but the introduction of the Venison ‘main’ more than made up for it. To anyone thinking of coming, whilst I appreciate the paired drinks may seem an added avoidable expense, I really can’t put into words how much they are worth putting your money into as they really do heighten the experience. Amazing.

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d
London
5.0
Dined on 20 January 2018

This was a repeat visit, after one year, and Story was every bit as outstanding as we remembered. Imaginative and creative cuisine, beautifully presented. Fresh oyster with pickled rhubarb and horseradish granita was my favourite. Service was discreetly efficient and appropriately friendly. Very knowledgeable sommeliere. Wanting to limit our alcohol intake, we had just one flight of paired drinks between the two of us, which worked really well and allowed us to experience the peerless matching of flavours. No background music, which was a real bonus. Allow three hours for lunch, preferably four, and the time will pass amazingly quickly. We shall return at a different time of year to sample some menu variations.

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N
London
5.0
Dined on 8 January 2018

Food and service were exceptional and very well though of. Staff were very attentive and were able to accommodate our dietary requirements. Prices are on the expensive side but worth every penny. I highly recommend Restaurant Story.

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L
Hertfordshire
5.0
Dined on 6 January 2018

Special meal with relaxing tranquil environment. Service impeccable, although the story seemed to tail off towards the end

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 20 December 2017

Truly exceptional in every way! We could not have asked more from the Restaurant Story team... from the moment we entered we were treated like much loved friends. The team have the ability to build instant relationships with the customers and share their passion for food in the most interesting and engaging way. Each morsel of food from the "snacks" to the post desert petit four (all 16 courses) were divine. We felt we had travelled and tasted the country and sampled the highest quality produce presented in interesting, hugely creative and challenging ways. It is simply food that makes you smile from the inside out! It was our daughter's birthday and a very much anticipated, special treat... story managed to create a memory that will last a lifetime and holds a unique place in our family life story. We can't thank all the team, Joe, Ursula, Patrick and of course the inspirational Tom, enough.

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MA
London
5.0
Dined on 16 December 2017

Fantastic experience very creative menu with some fantastic textures and quirky ideas!

Service was impeccable and dishes presented by the chefs as well who were extremely confident and talented going into how they were constructed a real eye opener on how food can be exciting and delivered with a story

Would definitely recommend very relaxed and informal setting and well managed!

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w
London
5.0
Dined on 15 December 2017

Truly amazing place. Creative, inventive and delicious. Attentive service from people who are passionate about the food and really know their stuff.
Expensive but worth it !

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 15 December 2017

Easily the best restaurant in London, and I do go to some nice ones. Felt compelled to write a review because of how memorable the dishes were — creatively presented, unexpected mixture of flavors, and simply inspiring! One needs to try this restaurant at least once!!!

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 12 December 2017

Outstanding. Service brilliant, food divine. Impeccable!

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C
London
5.0
Dined on 11 December 2017

Food absolutely fantastic; clever, unusual flavour combinations on every course with super service. Loved every minute of the meal

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MB
New York Area
5.0
Dined on 10 December 2017

Amazing experience with unconventional, very elegant and tasteful dishes.
Lean and modern table setting, which makes you feel to be hosted at friend’s home.
The young and professional team contributed to make the dinner unforgettable.

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w
London
5.0
Dined on 9 December 2017

Such creative and bloody delicious meals. Service was spot on as well, with the good balance of formal and friendly/ casual. This is a restaurant that takes the food and drinks seriously, but not themselves too seriously. Half the table did not get the drinks pairing and there was definite drinks envy. Would 100% go back when the menu changes!

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 9 December 2017

Great experience. Best enjoyed with great company for the 3 hour session. Go!

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 5 December 2017

Fantastic experience! I really love that white truffle dish!

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 3 December 2017

Had a great evening. In particular the service was excellent

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 2 December 2017

By far one of the best high end restaurants in London. The food is superb, well paced and expertly cooked. The ambience is fantastic with floor to ceiling windows looking out to London at night along with expert service.

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