Restaurant Story London

4.8
538 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 538 People Are Saying
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4.9
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We went for an experience at Story for a birthday celebration. It was no doubt an occasion we will remember for a long time! The detail to service was great, from the letter addressed to the birthday girl, to the way everyone's plate at the table was placed down at the same time - it was an experience I would recommend. I would also like to point out that the desserts there were my favourite part of the meal, especially because there was so much variety and everything was edible! Do bear in mind that with this paced out tasting menu, your lunch easily turns into a 3 - 4hr activity!

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4.0Dined on 8 August 2018

Excellent meal, every course a delight. My only disappointment was the restaurant’s Cancellation policy. Having looked forward for some time to our evening, my husband was taken ill the night before. I would have liked to postpone the occasion so that he could enjoy it too. However, the cancellation would have cost us £300 (it was a reservation for 4 people) and in the circumstances my husband urged us to go without him, which we did. I appreciate it is a small restaurant and that they need to have a cancellation policy but I had hoped for some flexibility.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Amazing creative food beautifully presented both by the kitchen and waiters. Sommelier was fantastic too. Lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on 1 August 2018

Outstanding food with phenomenal service. Strongly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Definitely a must-go Michelin star restaurant here in London. The food was amazing. The famous rabbit sandwich was really really good. Wasn't a big fan of the bread and melting-candle course but it was interstingly presented. But the DESSERTS!! There were three dessert dishes, and all of them were beyond incredible. I would love for them to do a desserts-only course menu ha :)

I also love its edginess and unconceited atmosphere. It might feel like other fine-dining places when you first walk in. But then you quickly realized that's not the case. The staff was super polite and friendly. Two hours later (after halfway through the meal), they started playing songs ranging from Eminem to John Lennon. We found that to be very refreshing. I mean where else can you get that. They served us epic food and epic tracks...

If you don't eat a lot, I think the 5-course menu is more than enough. For us, since we tend to be on the smaller side, it was "dine til we drop" ha, but definitely worth the price.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

The manager and staff were very accommodating with my 4 year old. The food was exceptional.

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

We had a 5 course tasting menu lunch to celebrate my wife's birthday. The meal was very interesting, with the chef's creativity showing through. My highlight was a "Bloody Mary" cocktail which wasn't quite why I expected: they produced their own tomato consommé (clear, not red) from heritage tomatoes, did not look at all like tomato juice, but tasted really nicely of tomatoes. There was a bread and beef dropping dish which constituted a course, which I felt was a bit too underwhelming to be considered a course. It should have been provided as table bread to have available throughout the meal instead. Other dishes were cooked very nicely and were satisfyingly tasty, although the portion sizes were much too small!

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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Very creative as always and love the food combination and treatment! :)
very professional service and i would definitely come back again if i ever come to London again!

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

Restaurant Story is outstanding. This was a return visit for us, having waited since our previous visit in 2014 for them to change their menu.

The menu isn't published on the website, it's personalised on the evening, so no spoilers (hence no photos) from me either. We had the 9 course taster and the wine flight. There was an extensive wine list, however when you don't know what you're going to be eating, the wine flight is the best option, each drink (not all wines) is meticulously matched to its course.

The food is precise, beautiful, spectacular in the literal sense and most of all a complex mix of tastes and textures, but oh so easily appreciated. Even down to the crockery it's served on, everything is considered carefully to create the most wonderful meal. Portion sizes for a tasting menu are perfect, as were the glass sizes. We've eaten many taster menus with wine and have ended up having to leave some of the wine because we just couldn't keep up. At Story it was all spot on.

The staff are exactly what you would expect - well trained, knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble - unless you ask for a gin martini, when you will be told in no uncertain terms that they only serve a vodka martini. This nearly marred the start of the whole evening for my husband who is very fond of the fact that you should be able to ask for any drink in a high end place and they will most certainly create it for you. As it was simply a switch between pouring a vodka and pouring a gin into a glass he wasn't very happy, however this was the only slightly black mark in the whole evening.

This is absolutely a "special occasion restaurant" - it is eyewateringly expensive. We regularly eat at Michelin starred places but at £600 (inc service) for a dinner for 2 it was easily the most we have spent on dinner, so do be prepared for that. Is it worth it? Well, as they like to say in that famous advert, you can put a price on the food, but the experience itself was priceless.

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5.0Dined on 18 July 2018

I think probably the best meal I have ever eaten and service to match.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Everything was just perfection!!

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4.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Stunning, invent and evocative gastronomy in a stunning building

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

It was my first visit to Restaurant Story and i love it!
wonderful food and very professional service, yet it's still very relaxing.

Love everything here!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

Everything was wonderful

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Definitely a worthwhile experience.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Amazing from start to finish

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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