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  • 1. 10 Greek Street

    $$$ | Soho

    There may only be 28 table seats and nine counter stools at this stripped-back Modern European eatery, but the consistently great and unpretentious food, cheap...

    There may only be 28 table seats and nine counter stools at this stripped-back Modern European eatery, but the consistently great and unpretentious food, cheap wine, affable prices, and tremendous service more than make up for it. Once seated, expect deceptively simple starters and mains like butternut ravioli with sage, slow-braised beef ribs, or slip sole with lemon butter. Flavors are big, bold, and brassy and swing gently with the seasons, while thoughtful desserts are only £8 a pop.

    10 Greek St.
    - 020 - 7734–4677

    Known For

    • Buzzed-up foodie atmosphere in a pared-back dining space
    • Speciality slow roasts and gutsy seasonal Modern European mains
    • Generous platters of house-cured charcuterie and gravlax

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 2. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

    $$$$ | Mayfair

    One of only three three-Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester achieves the pinnacle of classical French haute cuisine in a surprisingly...

    One of only three three-Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester achieves the pinnacle of classical French haute cuisine in a surprisingly fun, lively, and unstuffy salon. Diners feast on a blizzard of beautifully choreographed dishes, including classic rum baba with Chantilly cream, sliced open and served in a silver domed tureen. Slick service is off-the-scale outstanding, while the sommelier is a brilliantly charming expert on all things vino.

    53 Park La.
    - 020 - 7629--8866 - for reservations only

    Known For

    • Impeccable five-star service
    • Surprisingly unstarchy vibe
    • Signature sautéed lobster with chicken quenelles

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch
  • 3. Balthazar

    $$$ | Covent Garden

    British restaurateur Keith McNally recreates his famed New York Parisian-style brasserie at this busy corner spot off Covent Garden. The soaring grand café setting creates...

    British restaurateur Keith McNally recreates his famed New York Parisian-style brasserie at this busy corner spot off Covent Garden. The soaring grand café setting creates an enchanting white-tablecloth backdrop to enjoy the classic French brasserie menu, including dishes like duck and beef pie, moules marinière (mussels with cream and white wine), and ox cheek bourguignon (stew). Treat yourself to rock oysters and champagne while perusing the nearly all-French wine list, which carries everything from Chablis to Charmes-Chambertin, before polishing off a pile of profiteroles for dessert.

    4–7 Russell St.
    - 020 - 3301–1155

    Known For

    • Parisian-style grand café setting
    • Handy prix fixe, weekend brunch, children's, and Afternoon Tea menus
    • Vegan and vegetarian options

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 4. Bancone

    $ | Soho

    Fabulous fresh pasta at affordable prices characterizes this groovy Italian eatery off Soho's Golden Square. Sit at the bustling chef's counter to sample options like...

    Fabulous fresh pasta at affordable prices characterizes this groovy Italian eatery off Soho's Golden Square. Sit at the bustling chef's counter to sample options like bucatini cacio e pepe or pork, fennel, and 'nduja ragù with twirly ribbons of mafalde pasta. Enjoy fine burrata, Sicilian red prawns, and samphire, and ample Soho people-watching from the row of raised curbside counter window seats.

    8-10 Lower James St.
    - 020 - 3034--0820

    Known For

    • Instagram-famous "silk handkerchiefs" sheets of pasta with confit egg yolk
    • Top-value pasta dishes from 20 Italian regions
    • Upbeat atmosphere

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 5. Bar Italia

    $ | Soho

    This legendary Italian coffee bar on Frith Street is Soho's unofficial beating heart and a 22-hours-a-day classic institution. Established in 1949 during the postwar Italian...

    This legendary Italian coffee bar on Frith Street is Soho's unofficial beating heart and a 22-hours-a-day classic institution. Established in 1949 during the postwar Italian coffee bar craze and still run by the founding Polledri family, today most regulars grab an espresso or cappuccino made from the vintage Gaggia coffee machine, and wolf down a snack at the mirrored bar counter. The walls are plastered with pics of Italian opera singers, movie legends, and '50s world boxing champs, and it is the primo spot in London to watch Italy play during the World Cup.

    22 Frith St.
    - 020 - 7734–4737

    Known For

    • Tiny hole-in-the-wall setting
    • Old-school Italian espresso and sliced pizza
    • Sturdy sausage or bacon sandwiches

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted
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  • 6. Barrafina

    $$$ | Covent Garden

    One of London's favorite Spanish tapas bars, modeled after famed Cal Pep in Barcelona, has only a few raised bar stools within the open counter...

    One of London's favorite Spanish tapas bars, modeled after famed Cal Pep in Barcelona, has only a few raised bar stools within the open counter kitchen off Trafalgar Square. Lunchtime lines form starting at noon daily for a succession of impeccably sourced small plates ranging from giant Spanish carabineros (red prawns) and Iberian pork cheeks to black squid ink risotto with cuttlefish. There's a slick selection of Spanish reds, whites, sherries, and Cava, and be sure to leave room for top desserts like the almond-based Santiago tart. 

    10 Adelaide St.
    - No phone

    Known For

    • Long lines starting at noon
    • Intriguing offal dishes like milk-fed lamb's kidneys
    • Top Cava and Spanish sherry selection

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 7. Berenjak

    $$ | Soho

    At this cult favorite Persian hole-in-the-wall, it's best to sit at the counter overlooking the tandoor grill and clay oven and indulge in the expansive...

    At this cult favorite Persian hole-in-the-wall, it's best to sit at the counter overlooking the tandoor grill and clay oven and indulge in the expansive meze spreads, sesame breads, and marinated lamb, chicken, and poussin kebabs. You can also sip Persian cocktails and sharbat cordials in cozy side booths and in the green backroom snug.

    27 Romilly St.
    - 020 - 3319--8120

    Known For

    • Celeb sightings
    • Popular £20 Persian kebab specials for Friday lunches
    • Sociable outdoor dining in spring/summer

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Reservations essential
  • 8. Bocca di Lupo

    $$ | Soho

    This upscale Italian institution is always crowded and the tables are crammed too close together, but everyone still adores the glorious spread of regional Italian...

    This upscale Italian institution is always crowded and the tables are crammed too close together, but everyone still adores the glorious spread of regional Italian small plates here. Located off Shaftesbury Avenue, the famous trattoria offers magnificent peasant-based pasta, stews, fritti, salumi, and raw crudi from Lombardy to the Veneto. Try the outlandishly fine Romani fried sage leaves with anchovy, the salt-baked fossil fish from Lazio, or roast suckling pig from Emilia. Sip an Aperol spritz before enjoying the all-Italian wine list, which weaves from Super Tuscans to ballsy Barolos.

    12 Archer St.
    - 020 - 7734–2223

    Known For

    • Open chef's counter serving a medley of rustic Italian small plates
    • Exceptional all-Italian wine list
    • Crowd-pleasing Sicilian lobster and pappardelle with venison ragù

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 9. Brasserie Zédel

    $$ | Piccadilly Circus

    Enjoy the amazing-value, prix-fixe menus of classic French dishes at Piccadilly's ever-bustling subterranean Parisian-style brasserie. Dripping with beaux-arts gilt mirrors and monumental marble pillars, you...

    Enjoy the amazing-value, prix-fixe menus of classic French dishes at Piccadilly's ever-bustling subterranean Parisian-style brasserie. Dripping with beaux-arts gilt mirrors and monumental marble pillars, you can enjoy French standards like steak haché, choucroute, Niçoise salad, and crème brûleé. Old-school waiters in white aprons glide across the vast parquet dining room floor, while the attached art deco-style Bar Américain cocktail lounge and risqué late-night Crazy Coqs cabaret provide lively post-dinner shows.

    20 Sherwood St.
    - 020 - 7734–4888

    Known For

    • London's largest and most spectacular beaux-arts basement brasserie
    • Fantastically cheap set-meal deals
    • Nightly live music, cabaret, comedy, and burlesque

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 10. Casse-Croûte

    $$$ | Bermondsey

    This bistro on Bermondsey Street near the Shard is as French as a pack of Gauloises, from the yellow walls and red-and-white checked tablecloths to...

    This bistro on Bermondsey Street near the Shard is as French as a pack of Gauloises, from the yellow walls and red-and-white checked tablecloths to the perfectly executed classics like lapin à la moutarde (rabbit in a creamy mustard sauce), suprême de volaille aux mousserons (chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms), quiche Lorraine, and Paris-Brest (decadent choux pastry stuffed with praline and whipped cream). The daily changing menu offers three reasonably priced options per course, and the wine list (French, of course) goes off the beaten path with discoveries from small local producers. The limited amount of space means that diners are in close proximity, but everyone is usually too busy scarfing down the excellent food to notice.

    109 Bermondsey St.
    - 020 - 7407–2140

    Known For

    • Beautifully prepared bistro classics
    • Authentic French atmosphere in tight quarters
    • Reservations necessary for dinner

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Sun., Reservations essential
  • 11. Clipstone

    $$$ | Fitzrovia

    Flavorful, inventive dishes elevate this hipster casual joint to the top rank of London's midrange gastro titans. With a focus on in-house curing, pickling, smoked...

    Flavorful, inventive dishes elevate this hipster casual joint to the top rank of London's midrange gastro titans. With a focus on in-house curing, pickling, smoked meats, and heritage vegetables, expect a cavalcade of unlikely combinations and classic gastronomy specialties. The food is modern European, but with influences drawn from around the world—their beautifully delicate Cornish plaice with bok choy, trout roe, and Tosazu butter are a prime example.

    5 Clipstone St.
    - 020 - 7637–0871

    Known For

    • Fine dining without the fuss
    • Lots of homemade, pickled, fermented, or cured extras
    • Good-value set lunches

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 12. Clos Maggiore

    $$$$ | Covent Garden

    Insist on a table in the dreamy, white blossom–filled conservatory at this warm, cozy, and seriously romantic Provençal country-style inn off Covent Garden. Once inside,...

    Insist on a table in the dreamy, white blossom–filled conservatory at this warm, cozy, and seriously romantic Provençal country-style inn off Covent Garden. Once inside, you'll be won over by the old-fashioned but refined French cuisine. Options include Loire Valley rabbit ballotine, poached wild turbot, and Charolais beef cheeks with fine French beans. Lunch specials and pre-and post-theater prix fixe menus are an affordable way to experience the cuisine and celebratory atmosphere. With its warren of candlelit, oak-paneled rooms and open fires, Clos Maggiore never fails to enchant.

    33 King St.
    - 020 - 4580–1174

    Known For

    • Regularly voted one of London's most romantic restaurants
    • Warren of blossom-filled conservatories and candle-lit hideaways
    • Lunch and pre- and post-theater meal deals

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential, Smart casual
  • 13. Core by Clare Smyth

    $$$$ | Notting Hill

    With two Michelin stars above the door, chef Clare Smyth fuses her classical French culinary training with a devotion to quality British produce. Must-try dishes...

    With two Michelin stars above the door, chef Clare Smyth fuses her classical French culinary training with a devotion to quality British produce. Must-try dishes include Isle of Harris scallop tartare with sea vegetable consommé and cèpe tartlet with egg yolk, thyme, and toasted yeast. Watch the kitchen at work through a floor-to-ceiling glass partition as they cook up their magic.

    92 Kensington Park Rd.
    - 020 - 3937–5086

    Known For

    • Brilliant vegetable and fish dishes elevated to the highest levels
    • Relaxed, smart, casual dining experience
    • Three-course à la carte or nine-course tasting menus

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.
  • 14. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

    $$$$ | Knightsbridge

    Medieval English cuisine meets molecular gastronomy in this reassuringly luxurious Blumenthal flagship within the Mandarin Oriental, with two Michelin stars. Try the signature "Meat Fruit"...

    Medieval English cuisine meets molecular gastronomy in this reassuringly luxurious Blumenthal flagship within the Mandarin Oriental, with two Michelin stars. Try the signature "Meat Fruit" appetizer (last popular in the 16th century, it's a ball of ultrasmooth chicken liver parfait encased in a citrus-flavored gel "peel") or the much-more-appetizing-than-it-sounds "Rice and Flesh," a 15th-century dish of yellow saffron rice with veal sweetbreads and wild smoked eel. For dessert, don't miss the signature Tipsy Cake (circa 1810)—brioche soaked in Sauternes, brandy, and vanilla cream, with slices of pineapple slowly roasted on the restaurant's open-fire spit.

    66 Knightsbridge
    - 020 - 7201–3833

    Known For

    • Handsome dining room with Hyde Park views
    • Creative reinterpretations of historical dishes
    • Pineapple Tipsy cake for dessert

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 15. Duck & Waffle

    $$$ | City of London

    Zoom up to the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate and head straight for the cult signature dish of confit duck leg, Belgium waffle, fried duck...

    Zoom up to the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate and head straight for the cult signature dish of confit duck leg, Belgium waffle, fried duck egg, and mustard maple syrup for a taste of foodie bliss. Open 24/7, with spectacular panoramas of The City, you might satisfy the munchies with a foie gras breakfast, served all day, alongside streaky bacon and homemade Nutella or an Elvis PB&J waffle with banana brûlée. Look, too, for the bag of spiced pigs ears and the big-as-tennis-balls spicy ox cheek doughnuts dusted with smoked paprika sugar. There's always a party vibe and you'll often find live music in the dining room.

    110 Bishopsgate
    - 020 - 3640--7310

    Known For

    • Rare-to-London 24-hour service
    • Awe-inspiring panoramas of London's skyline
    • Eponymous duck-and-waffle dish

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 16. E. Pellicci

    $ | Bethnal Green

    It's all Cockney banter and full English breakfasts at this tiny family-run café and one-time gangsters' lair near Brick Lane and Columbia Road Markets. The...

    It's all Cockney banter and full English breakfasts at this tiny family-run café and one-time gangsters' lair near Brick Lane and Columbia Road Markets. The atmosphere may be rowdy, but it's all good-natured, with greasy fry-ups (think eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, toast, tomatoes, fried mushrooms, black pudding, and cabbage and mash) served alongside homemade Italian dishes like lasagna and cannelloni and British classics like pies and roast dinners, all courtesy of matriarch Mama Maria. With the ornate food-paneling (installed in 1946 by local carpenter and regular customer Achille Capocci) as a backdrop, a visit to E. Pellicci feels a little like a wonderful performance of East End life being staged for your benefit. 

    332 Bethnal Green Rd.
    - 020 - 7739–4873

    Known For

    • Full cast of East End Cockney characters
    • Copious full English breakfasts and builder's brew tea
    • Cash-only cheap dishes

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Aug. No dinner, Reservations not accepted
  • 17. e5 Bakehouse

    $ | Dalston

    This bakery, which supplies bread to many of East London's top eateries, has a friendly café and deli on-site, where you can sample some of...

    This bakery, which supplies bread to many of East London's top eateries, has a friendly café and deli on-site, where you can sample some of the tastiest toasted sandwiches in the city, plus pizzas on Sunday. The shop also stocks a concise range of elegant household items.

    Mentmore Terr.
    - 020 - 8525–2890

    Known For

    • House-milled flour
    • Secret courtyard garden in back
    • Fantastic daylong sourdough-making classes that sell out months in advance

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner
  • 18. Elystan Street

    $$$$ | Chelsea

    Chef Philip Howard is committed to seasonality, bringing together well-matched ingredients in this relaxed, loftlike space that leans toward the modernist and minimalist. The deeply...

    Chef Philip Howard is committed to seasonality, bringing together well-matched ingredients in this relaxed, loftlike space that leans toward the modernist and minimalist. The deeply flavored, accomplished dishes have earned the restaurant a Michelin star (their vegetarian game is especially strong).

    43 Elystan St.
    - 020 - 7628–5005

    Known For

    • Michelin-level cuisine in a relaxed setting
    • Roast grouse with celeriac and pear puree
    • Convivial vibe enhanced by a smart wine list

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Sun.
  • 19. Evelyn's Table

    $$$ | Soho

    Hidden beneath The Blue Posts pub in Chinatown, you'll find an intimate speakeasy vibe at Evelyn's Table, specializing in set tasting menus based on top...

    Hidden beneath The Blue Posts pub in Chinatown, you'll find an intimate speakeasy vibe at Evelyn's Table, specializing in set tasting menus based on top British produce, Japanese technique, and classical French training. A secret door with a peephole reveals a small but passionate chef's kitchen counter where the three Selby brother chefs serve dishes like barbecued monkfish dashi or hand-dived Devon scallop sashimi. Enjoy friendly chats with the chefs, quality tunes, and a spread of south London Peckham-produced craft sake.  

    28 Rupert St.
    - No phone

    Known For

    • Secret and cozy beer cellar venue
    • Wonderfully fresh Cornish day-boat fish and bivalves
    • Superb soundtracks curated by ex-DJ and current co-owner Layo Paskin

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential
  • 20. Gymkhana

    $$$ | Mayfair

    The last days of the Raj are invoked here at one of London's finest Indian curry emporiums, where top choices include dosas with fennel-rich Chettinad...

    The last days of the Raj are invoked here at one of London's finest Indian curry emporiums, where top choices include dosas with fennel-rich Chettinad duck and the famed suckling pig vindaloo. Diners admire the whirring ceiling fans, rattan chairs, and other decor inspired by the colonial-era gymkhana sporting clubs of yesteryear. Other goodies include all-India delights such as Tandoori Masala lamb chops and Lasooni wild tiger prawns.

    42 Albemarle St.
    - 020 - 3011–5900

    Known For

    • Unusual game curries
    • Indian punches in the basement private dining booths
    • Signature kid goat methi keema

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Reservations essential

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