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Thanks to London's rich mix of cultures, the capital's restaurants serve up delicious food from all corners of the globe. Whatever cuisine you fancy, you're sure to find it in London – be it Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Caribbean, Polish, French, Italian, Afghan, Ethiopian, American, Spanish, South African, Persian… the list goes on.

There's also an exciting buzz on the British culinary scene in London, with innovative chefs rethinking traditional British classics and creating new favourites – all with an emphasis on fresh, local produce.

Plus with Michelin-starred restaurants, family-friendly eateries, cosy gastropubs, fast food joints and quirky cafes dotted all over the city, there's something for every budget too.

OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

Dine in true British style with a beautiful raised view across the River Thames. This restaurant, bar and brasserie is a great place for a romantic meal, especially when combined with a casual stroll along the South Bank before and after your meal. Book ahead to make sure you get an alfresco table on the outdoor terrace and enjoy the scene with St Paul's Cathedral in the background. You can also expect to enjoy live jazz in the brasserie.

AddressBarge House Street, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
Phone+44 (0)20 7803 3888
Public TransportBlackfriars station
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Masala Zone - Bayswater

Colourfully decorated with Indian folk art and collages of firecracker labels, the Bayswater branch of Masala Zone is as warm and welcoming as the other restaurants in this growing chain. The menu takes inspiration from Indian street food and home-cooked dishes, with Indian grills and regional curries as well as tapas-style Thali platters.

Address75 Bishops Bridge Road, Bayswater, London, W2 6BG
Phone+44 20 7221 0055
Opening hoursMon-Fri 12:30-15:00 and 17:30-23:00, Sat 12:30-23:00, Sun 12:30-22:30
Public TransportRoyal Oak, Bayswater
More InfoLocated at the corner of Bishops Bridge Road and Inverness Terrace

Mestizo Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Colourful and welcoming, Mestizo Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar serves quality, traditional Mexican cuisine. Downstairs from the relaxing restaurant you'll also find a stylish tequila bar serving cocktails, tequila and 'antojitos' (Mexican tapas).

AddressMestizo, 103 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 3EL
Phone+44 20 7387 4064
Opening hoursMon-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:30
Public TransportEuston, Euston Square, Warren Street

Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest Cafe brings the sights and sounds of the jungle to London's famous Piccadilly Circus, with elephants, gorillas, jaguars, crocodiles, butterflies, tropical fish tanks, an indoor waterfall and roaring thunderstorm sounds. Feeding time is a fun, family-friendly affair, with steaks, burgers, pasta and salads on the menu.

AddressRainforest Cafe, 20 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EU
Phone+44 20 7434 3111
Opening hoursMon-Fri 12:00-22:00, Sat 11:30-22:30, Sun 11:30-22:00
Public TransportPiccadilly Circus


Inamo is a pioneering Oriental fusion restaurant and bar where the control of the dining experience is placed firmly in your own hands, thanks to an interactive ordering system. Instead of reading a long list of dish names, you simply pick your favourite from an illustrated food and drinks menu projected onto your table surface. The pan-Asian menu includes influences from Japan, China, Thailand, Korea and beyond.

AddressInamo, 134-136 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 8ZP
Phone+44 20 7851 7051
Opening hoursMon-Wed 17:00-23:30, Thu 12:00-15:00 and 17:00-23:30, Fri-Sat 12:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-22.30
Public TransportTottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus

The Wolseley

Housed in a former car showroom on Piccadilly, The Wolseley is an elegant café-restaurant inspired by the grand European style of years gone by. The food follows the same classic European thread, with favourite dishes including veal Holstein and chicken soup with dumplings. Pop in for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner... any meal you fancy.

AddressThe Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB
Phone+44 20 7499 6996
Opening hoursMon-Fri 07:00-00:00, Sat 08.00-00:00, Sun 08:00-23:00
Public TransportGreen Park

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

If the name alone doesn’t sell it, the three Michelin stars that Restaurant Gordon Ramsay was honoured with should. Located in affluent Chelsea, the restaurant serves up modern French food in an elegant, intimate atmosphere - under the masterly gaze of head chef Clare Smyth.

AddressRestaurant Gordon Ramsay, 68 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HP
Phone+44 20 7352 4441
Opening hoursMon-Fri 12:00-14:15 and 18:30-22:15
Public TransportSouth Kensington, Sloane Square


Located on the ground floor of the stylish Sanctum Soho Hotel, No.20 serves modern, seasonal British cuisine from breakfast through afternoon tea to dinner. A bar as well as a restaurant, it's also a good spot for a coffee, evening cocktail or glass of wine.

AddressNo.20, 20 Warwick Street, Soho, London W1B 5NF
Phone+44 20 7292 6102
Opening hoursMon-Sat 06:30-23:00, Sun 07:00-17:00
Public TransportOxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus
More InfoLocated inside Sanctum Soho Hotel

Fifteen London

Rustic yet elegant modern British food is the focus at Jamie Oliver's East London restaurant Fifteen. Under the helm of Jon Rotheram, the restaurant uses top British meat and fish (butchered and prepared on site every day) and fresh ingredients to create delicious dishes such as grilled plaice, Jerusalem artichoke & brown shrimp; Lindisfarne oysters, sweet & sour apple vinaigrette; and Chocolate & malt mousse.

AddressFifteen, 15 Westland Place, London N1 7LP
Phone+44 20 3375 1515
Opening hoursDaily 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-22:00
Public TransportOld Street

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal's Knightsbridge restaurant Dinner is known for its inventive menu of historically inspired British dishes. Choose from dishes such as Earl Grey Tea cured Salmon (c.1730), Spiced Pigeon (c.1780) and Tipsy Cake (c.1810) - or let the chef do the choosing by going for the Set Lunch Menu or splashing out on a seat at the Chef's Table, which directly faces the restaurant's custom-built show kitchen.

AddressDinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Phone+44 20 7201 3833
Opening hoursDaily 12:00-14:30 and 18:30-22:30
Public TransportKnightsbridge
More InfoLocated inside Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel

Gaucho - Piccadilly

The glitzy Piccadilly branch of Argentinian restaurant Gaucho is spread over four floors. Alongside the main restaurant is the Cavas De Gaucho wine boutique, a ground-floor wine bar and a supper lounge on the top floor. Steaks, of course, are high on the menu - but there are many other dishes to try too, from Ecuadorian ceviche to Scamorza and potato ravioli.

AddressGaucho, 25 Swallow Street, London W1B 4QR
Phone+44 20 7734 4040
Opening hoursMon-Sat 12:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-23:00
Public TransportPiccadilly Circus, Green Park
More InfoLocated close to Regent Street, W1


Sketch is an eccentric, original and elegant venue off Regent Street founded by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz. The unique space comprises five dining areas: The Parlour patisserie and restaurant, The Glade bar, The Gallery brasserie, the two Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library dining room and The East Bar.

AddressSketch, 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
Phone+44 20 7659 4500
Opening hoursDaily (see website for times)
Public TransportOxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus

Porters English Restaurant

Porters English Restaurant is located in bustling Covent Garden and serves good, traditional English food in relaxed surroundings. On the menu of this popular restaurant you'll find classical dishes such as Steak, Guinness and Mushroom Pie; Toad in the Hole and Spotted Dick.

AddressPorters, 17 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QH
Phone+44 20 7836 6466
Opening hoursSun-Tue 12:00: 22:30, Wed-Thu 12:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-23:30
Public TransportCovent Garden, Leicester Square


Sarastro is renowned for its flamboyant interior - part stage set, part old curiosity shop. Taking a nod from the nearby West End theatres, the dining room features opera boxes, luxuriant velvet tablecloths and cosy booths. The menu is Mediterranean and live shows regularly take place, with live opera on Sundays and Mondays, swing and Motown on Thursdays and Latin rhythms on Fridays.

AddressSarastro, 126 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5SU
Phone+44 20 7836 0101
Opening hoursDaily 12:30-00:00 (except Sun 16:00-18:00)
Public TransportCovent Garden, Holborn, Temple

J Sheekey

Tucked away between Leicester Square and Covent Garden, J Sheekey has been in business since the 1890s and is the place to go for sustainably sourced fish, oysters and shellfish. From Sheekey's Fish Pie to potted shrimps (plus vegetarian and meat options), there's plenty of selection for everyone.

AddressJ Sheekey, 28-34 St. Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL
Phone+44 20 7240 2565
Opening hoursMon-Sat 12:00-15:00 and 17:30-00:00, Sun 12:00-15:30 and 18:00-23:00
Public TransportLeicester Square

Locanda Locatelli

Michelin-starred restaurant Locanda Locatelli serves top-quality, traditional Italian food created with panache by head chef Giorgio Locatelli. Stand-out dishes at the Central London eaterie (according to the Michelin guide) include scallops, celeriac purée and saffron vinaigrette; and wild sea bass baked in salt and herb crust, escarole, sultanas and pine kernels.

AddressLocanda Locatelli, 8 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JZ
Phone+44 20 7935 9088
Opening hours(Lunch) Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-15:30 (Dinner) Mon-Thu 18:45-23:00, Fri-Sat 18:45-23:30, Sun 18:45-22:15 (Dinner)
Public TransportMarble Arch

Mr Chow

Since it opened on Valentine's Day 1968, Mr Chow has become a London institution. The menu is authentic Beijing cuisine, featuring original recipes such as Green Prawns, Chicken Satay and Mr Chow Noodles. The interior is worth a visit too, with its smoked mirrors, walnut furniture and elegant ambience, and every night a chef comes out to perform original hand-pulled Beijing-style noodle making.

AddressMr Chow, 151 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7PA
Phone+44 20 7589 7347
Opening hoursDaily 12:30-15:00 and 19:00-00:00
Public TransportKnightsbridge

Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of Cambridge is the first and only British pub to be certified as organic by the Soil Association. The menu at the Islington gastropub unsurprisingly features an excellent range of delicious organic food and drinks, and changes daily according to what seasonal food is available.

AddressThe Duke of Cambridge, 30 St Peters Street, Islington, London N1 8JT
Phone+44 20 7359 3066
Opening hoursMon-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:30
Public TransportAngel