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23/06/21


The Best Restaurant In Every London Neighbourhood

If we simply wanted to round up the best restaurants in London…

…well we’d have just created a big ol’ list like everyone else’s.

But what we thought might be much more useful would be for us to list out our #1 favourite restaurant in each London neighbourhood, so that you know where to go irrespective of where you find yourself in London. Now naturally listing just one restaurant per neighbourhood means that we’ve had to leave out large numbers of amazing London restaurants… and that hurts. So in some instances – mainly just to soften the blow in the event of our #1 choice being full – we’ve listed one or two alternative options for you to consider.

We’ve also dropped in the odd suggestion for amazing cocktail bars near our chosen restaurants, to help you choose a location for pre- and / or post-dinner drinks.

Enjoy!

Want to browse all our recommended restaurants in London? Right this way…


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CENTRAL

Soho | The Palomar

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In an intensely competitive restaurant neighbourhood, The Palomar strikes the balance of ambience, food, and service just right. Push open the front door and you’ll be enveloped in a steamy, zaatar-scented, shalom-giving haze, emanating from the sweeping steel dining bar and open kitchen. Take a stool and watch the theatrics, or retreat to the dining room at the back for an intimate Middle Eastern supper… READ MORE
Details: 34 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DN
Our favourite bar nearby: Bar Termini

ALSO AMAZING IN SOHOBarrafina, which relocated from its original Frith St home to the ground floor of Quo Vadis, bringing its characteristic marble dining counter, bustling open kitchen and strangely Bavarian looking beer pumps along with it, and Xu, where you can enjoy pan-fried Taiwanese dumplings in style. Find our favourite Soho restaurants here.

Marylebone | Jikoni

Jikoni

Jikoni is owned & run by Gordon Ramsay protégé Ravinder Bhogal, and it’s the jewel in her glittering culinary crown. She’s given it a light, colourful, and immensely charming living room-like interior, making it the kind of place that feels cosy just to look at, let alone while away the hours in. The unique menu draws ideas from Britain, East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, then puts them into an almost literal metaphorical melting pot, and the results – including her justifiably famous collection of exotic Scotch eggs – are absolutely fantastic. READ MORE
Details: 19-21 Blandford Street, W1U 3DH
Our favourite bar nearby: Clarette

Fitzrovia | Akoko

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This West African fine dining spot opened its doors in between lockdowns last year, and to let it slip under the radar would be a crime. Masterchef: The Professionals finalist William JM Chilila is in the kitchen creating a mouthwatering menu of dishes cooked according to the time-honoured techniques of fermenting, curing and smoking – the last of which is done with help from a Big Green Egg BBQ. Settle in for dishes like octopus with ofe nsala (spiced catfish) velouté paired with wines picked by Sager + Wilde’s Honey Spencer, and bask in the warm glow of terracotta walls. READ MORE
Details: 21 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3LP
Our favourite bar nearby: Murder Inc

ALSO AMAZING IN FITZROVIA – Portland! an unfussy, independent, relatively small Modern European restaurant which not only specialises in serving high-quality produce and wild game, but which also specialises in serving pie (and when they combine the two in their truffled wild game pithivier, well, that’s reason enough to visit alone) Also, Clipstone! A sister restaurant to Portland (also on this list) Clipstone’s interior is a virtual blank canvas, with white tile walls swaddling the simple wooden floor & furnishings – presumably so as not to distract diners from what’s coming out of the open kitchen (which is a little more complicated…)

Bloomsbury | Noble Rot

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From a wine-obsessed pair who also founded a wine magazine (named Noble Rot), this wine bar – aside from serving some of the nicest bottles of grape hooch in the land – is also a restaurant. Book a table in there and you’ll enjoy dishes like raw Hereford beef with pickled walnuts and dripping croutons; smoked eel gazpacho and lovage; cherry and pistachio mille-feuille and an ever-changing French cheese plate: all assembled by a Michelin-star experienced chef, and expertly paired with different wine recommendations each day. READ MORE
Details: 51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB
Our favourite bar nearby: The Bloomsbury Club Bar

Holborn | The Holborn Dining Room

Whenever you’re next wandering around the Holborn area and, peckishly, decide that you’d like to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner inside the expansive ex-banking hall of a Grade II Listed Edwardian building; the interiors of which bear more than a passing resemblance to Balthazar, but which is set apart thanks to a menu full of classic British dishes including fish and chips with mushy peas and its dedicated pie room… go here. READ MORE
Details: 252 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7EN
Our favourite bar nearby: Scarfes Bar

Covent Garden | Parsons

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It’s not easy for a restaurant in one of the busiest parts of London to feel ‘neighbourhood-y’. But Parsons – a sibling of nearby wine-drenched eatery The 10 Cases – has local charm in buckets. It also has fresh seafood in buckets – the fresh catch of the day informing the daily specials, whilst starters and sides are anchored with the likes of sea trout tartare with Bloody Mary jelly, and Inverawe smoked salmon served on Guinness bread. It’s tiny, and it’s the most romantic fishmongers-turned restaurant you’ve ever been to. READ MORE
Details: 39 Endell Street, WC2H 9BA
Our favourite bar nearby: The American Bar at The Savoy

ALSO AMAZING IN COVENT GARDEN – Tucked away in gorgeous, colourful Covent Garden nook Neal’s Yard, The Barbary features a weathered zinc bar that wraps around an open kitchen from which Barbary-inspired (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya) goodness like grilled duck hearts, huge Galician sirloin steaks and octopus mashawsha are served up. Also of note is the amazing Frenchie, a sleek Covent Garden eatery from the chef behind the insanely popular Paris restaurant of the same name. See the Best Restaurants in Covent Garden here.

Mayfair | Davies & Brook

Davies & Brook

This elegant, subdued dining room is the younger sister to the critically lavished Eleven Madison Park in New York. Head Chef Daniel Humm and a handful of his most accomplished team members have taken over the restaurant space in Claridges and have been delighting people with their intricately crafted tasting menus ever since. READ MORE
Details: Brook Street, Mayfair, Central London, W1K 4HR
Our favourite bar nearby: The Connaught Bar

ALSO AMAZING IN MAYFAIR – Michelin-starred Gymkhana is one of the best Indian restaurants in Mayfair – and, in fact, the capital. Decked out in glossy wood and moody hues, it’s a suitably sumptuous spot for feasting on wild muntjac biryani and elegant conical Chettinad dosas.

 

EAST 

Dalston | Little Duck | The Picklery

This smashing little spot on Dalston Lane is a pickler’s paradise. Stroll inside and you’ll feel like you’ve wandered straight into the kitchen – the team will be busy fermenting and brining all kinds of goodness at the central counter, pausing only to rustle up dishes from the weekly-changing menu like clams with pancetta and peas; braised lamb with orzo and garlic yoghurt; and poached apricots with pine nut ice cream. Plus, there’s a hand-picked list of natural wines to go with it all. Naturally. READ MORE
Details: 68 Dalston Lane, E8 3AH
Our favourite bar nearby: Three Sheets

Shoreditch | Rochelle Canteen

Rochelle Canteen

Rochelle Canteen is one of those places that’s difficult to get into. Not because of a starry A-list clientele, or a booking system that fills up months in advance… but because it’s housed in an old school bike shed, tucked away behind a door in a garden wall. The Modern British food befits the garden setting, with dishes like grilled pork with dandelion, nettle arancini and apricot sorbet with vodka featuring on a regularly changing menu from culinary legends Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson. READ MORE
Details: 16 Playground Gardens, E2 7FA
Our favourite bar nearby: TT Liquor

ALSO AMAZING IN SHOREDITCH – Brat, the super-fast Michelin star winning restaurant opened by former Kitty Fisher’s head chef Tomos Parry – and all these other excellent restaurants in Shoreditch.

Hoxton | Morito

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Remember when no-one cared about nostalgia? Those were the days. Like back in 1997, when Moro first opened and everything was all-new: like their fresh style of North African & Spanish Moorish tapas, or their then-innovative, stripped-back space with countertop dining and a wood-fired grill.

Well two decades later they opened a new place, Morito on Hackney Road.

And it’s amazing. READ MORE
Details: 195 Hackney Road, Hackney, East London, E2 8JL
Our favourite bar nearby: Happiness Forgets

Clerkenwell | St John

St John, Smithfield

St. John is probably the best value Michelin Star in the city. Reasonably priced, and changing daily, the menu is famed for its nose-to-tail philosophy, but in addition to alternative cuts of meat, you’ll find the likes of cured seatrout served with cucumber and dill; langoustines; poached rabbit; and freshly-baked madeleines (which can be ordered by the dozen). READ MORE
Details: 26 St. John Street, Smithfield, EC1M 4AY
Our favourite bar nearby: The Zetter Townhouse Bar

Farringdon | Quality Chop House

Quality Chop House Roast

Behold a place that totally lives up to its name.

A 19th-century working man’s eating house – revamped as a Modern British dining room and wine bar – The Quality Chop House has been feeding the residents of Farringdon, and those from a little further afield, since 1896.  And it was all getting a little ‘meh’, until 2012 when the grade-II listed dining room was taken over by new owners, who overhauled the menu, the service… and added cushions to the wooden benches.

Which was nice. READ MORE
Details: 88-94 Farringdon Road, The City, EC1R 3EA
Our favourite bar nearby: Oriole 

Bethnal Green | Campania

It’s a beautifully rustic Italian joint, housed in an old dairy off Columbia Road. At its centre sits a sweet cobbled courtyard covered in flowers (undoubtedly the best seats in the house). The daily changing menu is mostly filled with Italian soul food – everything from big bowls of fresh, hand-rolled pasta; to slabs of Italian meat loaf, smothered in a rich tomato sauce. And then there’s the wine – European-leaning, with plenty offered by the glass – as well as a selection of post-dinner Italian digestifs. READ MORE
Details: 23 Ezra Street, Bethnal Green, E2 7RH
Our favourite bar nearby: Coupette

ALSO AMAZING IN BETHNAL GREEN – The stripped-back, airy space serving up a daily menu of beautifully seasonal European fare that is Brawn.

Hackney Wick | Cornerstone

The debut restaurant from Tom Brown, Michelin-starred Cornerstone (which, as soon as it opened, immediately looked like the foundation of something big) has a distinct industrial / minimalist feel. At its heart is a small open kitchen from which the chefs cook up a seafood-driven menu, which rotates according to whatever Poseidon allows the day boats to snap up. READ MORE
Details: 3 Prince Edward Road, E9 5LX
Our favourite bar nearby: Barge East

Haggerston | Berber & Q

Perched inside an old railway cavern in Haggerston, this exposed-brick, industrially-styled space sees some pretty unusual fusion cuisine plated up on its wooden tables: Middle Eastern and North African recipes, cooked using American BBQ techniques. Which, if you’re wondering, takes the form of dishes like smoked pork belly with pomegranate molasses BBQ sauce, harissa hot wings, and dirty-fried mejadrah (a type of sweet rice) with sumac onions and barberries. You won’t find better Middle Eastern BBQ in town, trust us. READ MORE
Details: Arch 338 Acton Mews, Haggerston, E8 4EA
Our favourite bar nearby: Brilliant Corners

Stoke Newington | Perilla

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Perilla is an “anti-fine dining fine dining restaurant”. And as it turns out, hypocrisy tastes delicious. More specifically, it tastes like seaweed bread brushed with roasted lamb fat, roast kale with cod roe, and cuttlefish bolognese; complimented by a concise yet worldly wine list, simple, flower-laden tables, and a strongly botanical cocktail menu. READ MORE
Details: 1-3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, N16 9BS
Our favourite bar nearby: The Lady Mildmay

Spitalfields | Bubala

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After years of sold-out supperclubs and pop-ups, the dream team behind Bubala – Berber & Q‘s Marc Summers and former Palomar chef Helen Graham – finally went permanent. Their debut eatery, named after the Yiddish word for ‘darling’, scores 10 on every front – rustic, welcoming atmosphere; thirst-quenching wines and cocktails; and an absolutely knock-out menu of Middle Eastern vegetarian dishes. READ MORE
Details: 65 Commercial Street, E1 6BD
Our favourite bar nearby: Discount Suit Company

 

SOUTH

London Bridge | Padella

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Perched on the edge of Borough Market, Padella serves only fresh, hand-made pasta – which you can see being made from the window, all day. It comes in a short-but-sweet list of just ten dishes, almost all of which costs less than a tenner. You’ll find pappardelle with 8-hour beef shin ragu, tagliarini with Dorset crab, and duck mezzaluna with sage butter, all served up over two floors of slick monochrome dining. READ MORE
Details: 6 Southwark Street, SE1 1TQ
Our favourite bar nearby: Tap & Bottle

ALSO AMAZING IN LONDON BRIDGE – And yes, we get the whole “is this London Bridge, Borough or Bermondsey?” conversation… but these places are basically our favourites “in and around London Bridge station”. So there’s the amazingly cute and delicious Casse-Croute on Bermondsey Street; and the ultimate “date to impress” spot, with panoramic views of London, that is Aqua Shard. Find a full list of our favourite London Bridge restaurants here.

Peckham | Kudu

Kudu’s won itself a legion of fans since opening in 2018, scoring a Michelin Bib Gourmand within a matter of months. In a rose-tinted, bare plaster-walled Peckham dining room, a former Paradise Garage chef plates up luxurious and beautiful South African-inspired dishes with foraged ingredients. Expect numbers like pig’s head tortellini with mushroom and hay broth, and chicken parfait with leek ash cracker – plus Boerewors sausage with romesco for brunch. READ MORE
Details: 119 Queens Road, SE15 2EZ
Our favourite bar nearby: Smokey Kudu

Battersea | Soif

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It’s a charming, Parisian-inspired wine bar and restaurant, courtesy of the same team behind Shoreditch’s beloved Brawn. Stop by for a long, lazy lunch or a romantic dinner and you’ll get to feast on some of the most delicious Modern European fare – plates of cheese and charcuteries, followed by the likes of bison tartare or summer vegetable and chorizo tostada – flushed down by an excitingly eclectic mix of mostly natural, organic wines, produced by small-scale winemakers. READ MORE
Details: 27 Battersea Rise, Battersea, SW11 1HG
Our favourite bar nearby: Humble Grape

Clapham | Sorella

This Amalfi-inspired Italian comes to you from Robin Gill, the lauded chef behind Bermondsey Larder and Darby’s (below). A few years ago he stripped out the interior of his previous restaurant, The Manor, and filled the kitchen with gelato makers, pasta machines and bread ovens. The result? A classic neighbourhood eatery, which recently won a Michelin Bib Gourmand. READ MORE
Details: 148 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6BX
Our favourite bar nearby: WC

Pimlico | La Poule Au Pot

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This little French restaurant makes the word ‘quaint’ seem like a quaint understatement. It’s cosy, wood-filled, romantic, wicker-laden, and a tiny bit elegant to boot. And the food is, similarly, delightfully French with coq au vin, escargots, bouillabaisse, and poule au pot (chicken in a pot). It’s glorious. VIEW DETAILS
Details: 231 Ebury Street, SW1W 8UT
Our favourite bar nearby: No 11 Pimlico Road

Brixton | Salon

Salon, Brixton

Artfully distressed plaster walls, a top-notch wine list and ridiculously good seasonal cooking from ex-Brunswick House chef Nicholas Balfe makes Salon one of the most successful pop up to permanent stories ever. Head in to the former hair salon, and you’ll be able to pick from BBQ pork neck with ‘allotment greens’ and nectarine syrup; cod cheeks with tomatoes and black garlic; and caramelised buttermilk with berries and hibiscus… READ MORE
Details18 Market Row, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LD
Our favourite bar nearby: Three Eight Four 

ALSO AMAZING IN BRIXTON Seafood in a shipping container at Roe.

Wimbledon | The White Onion

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Found up in Wimbledon “the fancy part” Village, TWO is a modern French bistro with very high aspirations. The menu upscales standard fare into dishes like asparagus poached in dashi; crispy duck egg with duck leg rillettes & black truffle; and 7 hour-cooked Suckling pig with a Calvados jus. Not too shabby. VIEW DETAILS
Details: 67 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5EE
Our favourite bar nearby: 601 Queen’s Road

Vauxhall | Darby’s

Darby's

Coming to you from Robin Gill (the man behind South London’s prized The Dairy and Sorella), Darby’s is an all-day Irish-American affair, inspired by his father, the late Earl Darby Gill. As with all of Gill’s restaurants the menu is very much ingredients-led – simple, seasonal cooking, and yet always delicious. An in-house bakery pumps out freshly baked sourdough daily, whilst a seat their raw bar will get you six freshly shucked oysters and a Guinness for just £10. The grill sees fresh fish, and thick cut steaks, with the likes of burnt honey cake and Tonka bean gelato for dessert. READ MORE.
Details: 3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms, London SW11 7AY
Our favourite bar nearby: No. 29 Power Station West

ALSO AMAZING IN VAUXHALL Brunswick House, the beautiful antiques-filled dining room with Modern British grub by Jackson Boxer.

Balham | Milk

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This bright, breezy, brilliant little cafe space is primarily known for its all-day brunches (try the baked eggs or seasonal pancakes), but is also open for dinner service too, serving dishes like jerk pork ribs with pickled burnt pineapple; and pot-sticker chicken dumplings. READ MORE
Details: 18-20 Bedford Hill, SW12 9RG
Our favourite bar nearby: Balham Bowls Club

Deptford | Marcella

Cousin to the equally amazing Artusi in Peckham, Marcella does simple Italian food done really, really well. Seasonal ingredients lead the direction of the menu, forming their signature fried artichoke with aioli, fresh pasta, hearty mains such as grilled squid with Iberico tomato and courgette, and elegant desserts like apple and gin sorbet. READ MORE
Details: 165a Deptford High Street, London SE8 3NU
Our favourite bar nearby: Stockton

Lewisham | Sparrow

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Sparrow is the first restaurant venture from culinary couple Terry Blake & Yohini Nandakumar, who between them have CVs listing St. John, Bao, Pollen Street Social and The Square. They’ve taken over a bright and airy space in Lewisham, lined it with swathes of teal butchers’ tiles, and created a central open kitchen, in which they plate up dishes like malt duck with chilli jam, glazed ham on sourdough with a rhubarb relish, and condensed milk ice-cream affogato. READ MORE
Details: 2 Rennell Street, Lewisham, SE13 7HD
Our favourite bar nearby: Model Market

Elephant & Castle | Louie Louie

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A hit with critics and locals alike, Louie Louie takes the pared back aesthetic of a local coffee shop and marries it with a food offering that’s a cut above. By day, there’s fancy toasties and sarnies (including an impressive vegan Reuben); by night, a rotating line-up of resident chefs take the helm. Currently, you’ll find Tonoya Chaudhuri serving up a menu of elegant French classics, washed down with a well-picked wine list. READ MORE
Details: 347 Walworth Road, SE17 2AL
Our favourite bar nearby: Diogenes The Dog

East Dulwich | Franklins

With more than a touch of St John about it, Franklins is the neighbourhood restaurant we all wish we could have on our doorstep. Cosy, comfortable, with warm service, it’s made for wrapping up of a winters evening and settling in to towers of meaty venison haunch; pickled pigeon with frisée and aubergine; and guinea fowl with butternut squash. A daily changing menu ensures there’s always something for everyone, while a smattering of tables on the pavement make it an equally good option on warmer days. Don’t miss a visit to their farm shop over the road.
Details: 157 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HX
Our favourite bar nearby: Terroirs

 

WEST

Notting Hill | Orasay

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Third time’s a charm for Jackson Boxer, who’s already wooed London with Brunswick House and St. Leonard’s. His Notting Hill perch is a love letter to the sea – specifically the bit that surrounds the Outer Hebrides. Expect all manner of seafood and shellfish to arrive, elegantly plated up, on your table, followed by handpicked wines from Boxer’s own personal cellar. READ MORE
Details: 31 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU
Our favourite bar nearby: The Distillery

ALSO AMAZING IN NOTTING HILL – Core by Clare Smyth, the debut solo restaurant from the magnificent chef who maintained Restaurant Gordon Ramsay’s three Michelin stars for almost a decade. Unsurprisingly, Core’s scored a slew of awards (including two Michelin stars) for itself – if you’re looking for somewhere special to celebrate, this is it.

Hammersmith | The River Cafe

The River Cafe

Now open for decades, The River Café has become mainstream for a reason. Focussing on serving just really, really great food, they’ve so far earned a Michelin Star, snagged an MBE for co-founder Ruth Rogers, and incubated future greats like Jamie Oliver, Theo Randall and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. And like a fine wine, it’s aged very well. READ MORE
Details: Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, W6 9HA
Our favourite bar nearby: The Dove

Knightsbridge | Dinner by Heston

Dinner By Heston

Joining forces with historians from the British Library and Hampton Court, Heston Blumenthal has managed to create the only restaurant in the UK which can boast two Michelin stars and a dish called ‘meat fruit’. A time-travelling menu, anachronistically suave interiors and a historically accurate pineapple roasting pulley all combine to make one of the most unusual and exquisite dining experiences in town. READ MORE
Details: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
Our favourite bar nearby: The Berkeley Bar
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Chiswick | High Road Brasserie

Soho House

Your go-to, one-size-fits-all, Really Nice Restaurant that’ll cover you from breakfast and brunch through to late night cocktails. It’s part of the Soho House empire that’s open to everyone, and as such the interiors are suitably plush, mingling dusky blue wall panelling with soft vintage lighting and even softer velvet banquettes. What’s on the plates is equally delightful, from steak frites to the ‘fromage du jour’. READ MORE
Details: 162-170 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PR
Our favourite bar nearby: No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

Chelsea | The Sea, The Sea

The Sea, The Sea

Fishmonger by day, restaurant by night, Chelsea’s The Sea The Sea transports you to a picturesque seaside town where you can feast on platters of the freshest seafood – oysters, lobster, crab and more – washed down by a long list of grower Champagnes.  READ MORE
Details: 174 Pavilion Road, London, SW1X 0AW
Our favourite bar nearby: Barts
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Richmond | Petersham Nurseries

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The Petersham Nurseries Café – which isn’t a café at all, but a restaurant – is one that used to have a Michelin Star. They famously hated it, because of the heightened expectations that diners now had, hoping for fine dining in what is, essentially, a greenhouse. Which ironically is precisely what makes it so good; you’re eating food a few yards away from where it was grown. As long as you go into it expecting something simple, rustic, and homely, you’ll love it. READ MORE
Details: Church Lane, Petersham Road, TW10 7AB
Our favourite bar nearby: No. 1 Duke Street

Putney | Ma Goa

Ma Goa has been a stalwart of Putney for the past quarter century. Specialising initially in Goan cuisine, and now encompassing everything from Bombay street snacks to Southern Indian comfort food, every dish is individually prepared by Ma Kapoor and the chefs for authentic flavour. Peruse their wall of craft beer taps to find the perfect accompaniment to your Goan pork vindaloo, spice-crusted mutton chops or Indo-Chinese style Hakka prawns.
Details: 244 Upper Richmond Road, London, SW15 6TG
Our favourite bar nearby: Tequila Mockingbird

Fulham | The Harwood Arms

The Harwood has taken the gastropub ball, run with it, and scored a try – it’s not a pub with a great menu, it’s a (Michelin starred) restaurant with a great bar. The food is extremely British (grilled haunch of venison, halibut with brown shrimp, etc.) and cooked impeccably by former Ledbury and Elystan Street chef Sally Abé. And you can just pop in for a beer if you fancy. READ MORE
Details: Walham Grove, SW6 1QP
Our favourite bar nearby: The Little Blue Door 

 

NORTH

Camden The Cheese Bar

A permanent brick-and-mortar upgrade from The Cheese Truck that’s been roaming the UK for the past four years selling point-perfect toasties, and other oozy goodness, this is a restaurant dedicated to cheese. READ MORE
Details: Camden Stable Market, NW1 8AH
Our favourite bar nearby: BYOC Camden

King’s Cross | Coal Office

Coal Office

A restaurant from legendary chef Assaf Granit, the man behind The Palomar and The Barbary, who’s created a typically inventive Middle Eastern menu featuring small plates like Kingfish sashimi with ginger vinaigrette, in-between plates like baked bone marrow shawarma, and big plates like beef fillet with black chickpea stew & poached egg. Beautiful. READ MORE

Details: 2 Bagley Walk, Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4PQ
Our favourite bar nearby: The Drop

ALSO AMAZING IN KING’S CROSS – There are a lot of good Thai spots in London, but King’s Cross has a Supawan. The Thai team on the pans are serving up some of the less well-known dishes of the cuisine, and make some hella punchy curry pastes in house. Don’t leave without trying the tamarind sorbet – it’s nothing short of remarkable.

West Hampstead | Hām

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Named after the Old English for ‘home’, Hām certainly has a cosy and welcoming feel to it. Decked out in stylish neutrals, the focus is firmly on the plates, adorned with seasonally changing, loosely British dishes such as cuttlefish with Tropea onion and lamb saddle with grilled beans and pistachio. The quality of the food means, while it may not be one of the cheapest options in the neighbourhood, it’s definitely one of the best. READ MORE
Details: 238 West End Lane, NW6 1LG
Our favourite bar nearby: Heads + Tails

Islington | 1251

This narrow, light-filled restaurant wouldn’t look amiss on Grand Designs – and the food wouldn’t look amiss on the Great British Menu, which chef-owner James Cochran won in 2018. In the same year he opened 12:51, where today you’ll be lavished with a five course tasting menu, including dishes like truffled potato-pasta lasagne, venison with smoked bone marrow and Scottish mussels with dashi and pork fat, with an optional wine and cocktail pairing. READ MORE
Details: 107 Upper Street, N1 1QN
Our favourite bar nearby: The Bar with No Name

Highbury | Farang

From young uberchef Seb Holmes – who earned his Thai stripes at The Begging Bowl and Smoking Goat – everything at Farang is served in both small and larger plate portions so you can mix & match fragrant stews like Cornish mussels in a coconut-scented green curry broth; spicy meat dishes like flat iron-grilled beef steak with roasted chilli jaew (a kind of dipping sauce); and fresh veggie options like aromatic crispy wontons and dipping vegetables. READ MORE
Details: 72 Highbury Park, N5 2XE
Our favourite bar nearby: Highbury Library

ALSO AMAZING IN HIGHBURY – Named after the characteristic conical houses of Apuli, Italy, Trullo is that contemporary little trattoria that you always dream of finding when you’re on holiday, but sadly never do. Why? Because it’s in Highbury.

Hampstead | 28 Church Row

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Tucked away in the basement of a beautiful Georgian townhouse in Hampstead, 28 Church Row feels like one of those Michelin-starred eateries in a Cotswolds village thanks to the beaten up bentwood chairs and exposed beams running across the ceiling. Oh, and the Spanish-Italian dishes that would be well worthy of a nod from the guide. READ MORE
Details28 Church Row, NW3 6UP
Our favourite bar nearby: The Flask

 

Last Updated: 22nd June 2021 | Main image: Kudu


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