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Restaurants in London

Dine in Chelsea in Michelin-starred style at Gordon Ramsay. Join the Chinatown bustle for dim sum in Soho and head west to Edgware Road for Lebanese. In the East End, Hackney is great for Turkish and Brick Lane for Bangladeshi curries. Sông Quê Café in Kingsland Road in Hoxton serves cheap Vietnamese noodle soup. Last orders are usually 11pm, although 24-hour Soho stays open later. Service, at 12.5%, is generally included but check the bill.

Exterior of St John Bread & Wine, Commerical Street, London. Courtesy of St John Bread & Wine
The River Café, London. Courtesy of The River Café Ltd
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The River Café

Italian by the Thames

Hammersmith promises fine quality and accordingly priced Italian food at The River Café. The outside dining area overlooks a sunken lawn, favoured by a mixed crowd who take their dining seriously, choosing seasonal dishes of antipasti, primi and secondi. Inside, chefs work behind the long open bar.



Opening Hours

Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2.15pm; Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm; Sun 12pm-3pmDinner: Mon-Thu 7pm-9pm; Fri & Sat 7pm-9.15pm

Address

Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, London W6 9HA

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7386 4200

Transport

Hammersmith Tube

Website

The River Café Website

Hakkasan's sleek interior, London. Photo by Herbert Ypma, courtesy of Hakkasan
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Hakkasan

Michelin-starred Chinese

A Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, Hakkasan hides down a dark back alley in Fitzrovia. The low lighting creates an intimate yet sleek environment. A jet-set crowd chooses specials like lunchtime dim sum at the bar, or Peking duck with royal Beluga caviar for an extravagant dinner. Book ahead.



Opening Hours

Lunch: Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm; Sun 12pm-4.30pm Dinner: Mon-Sat 6pm-12am; Sun 6pm-11.30pm

Address

8, Hanway Place, London W1T 1HD

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7927 7000

Transport

Tottenham Court Road Tube

Website

Hakkasan Website

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London. Courtesy of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Gourmet experience

Three Michelin stars take Gordon Ramsay's flagship eatery, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, to another level of dining. Its location in Chelsea and the deluxe white and cream interior prepare the upper end of London society for a serious gourmet experience. A sommelier advises on the wine list.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm

Address

68, Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4HP

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7352 4441

Transport

Sloane Square Tube

Website

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Website

Scott's restaurant, London. Photo by Jason Lowe, courtesy of Caprice Holdings Ltd
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Scott's

Seafood and glamour

From its beginnings as an oyster warehouse in the 1800s, Scott's became a glamorous seafood restaurant and oyster bar with many of London's well-known faces as regulars. The Mayfair restaurant serves classically British fish and seafood dishes in a plush oak-panelled dining room, with burgundy leather banquettes.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-10.30pm; Sun 12pm-10pm

Address

20, Mount St, London W1K 2HE

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7495 7309

Transport

Green Park Tube

Website

Scott's Website

Chez Bruce, London. Courtesy of Chez Bruce
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Chez Bruce

Classic French cooking

Classic and regional French cooking of exceptional quality earnt Chez Bruce in Wandsworth its Michelin star. Dishes such as stuffed quail with salad paysanne are followed by the recommended cheese board. The fixed-price menus are more than reasonable, and the smart yet simple interior is unpretentious.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm (until 2.30pm Fri Jan-Nov) & 6.30pm-10pm (until 10.30pm Fri); Sat 12pm-3pm & 6.30pm-10.30pm; Sun 12pm-3pm & 7pm-9.30pm

Address

2, Bellevue Rd, London SW17 7EG

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 8672 0114

Transport

Wandsworth Common Rail Station

Website

Chez Bruce Website

Cambio de Tercio in South Kensington, London. Courtesy of Cambio de Tercio
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Cambio de Tercio

Traditional Spanish flavours

Cambio de Tercio wears the Spanish crown in South Kensington for its honest, traditional cuisine. Colourful paintings of bullfights dot the walls and hordes from Hispanic London, alongside curious Brits, are attracted by the reasonable prices. Try the typical Burgos-style suckling pig as a main course.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-2.30pm (until 3pm Sat & Sun) & 7pm-11.30pm (until 11pm Sun)

Address

163, Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 OLJ

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7244 8970

Transport

Gloucester Road Tube

Website

Cambio de Tercio Website

The Wolseley, London. Courtesy of Rex Restaurant Associates Limited
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The Wolseley

Viennese-style brasserie

The Wolseley, a grand Viennese-style café brasserie on Piccadilly, bustles with waiters amid noisy diners. The varied Northern European cuisine is favoured by the theatre crowd throughout the day. Pop in to this spectacular building for coffee and cake or linger over a lavish dinner.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 7am-12am; Sat 8am-12am; Sun 8am-11pm

Address

160, Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7499 6996

Transport

Green Park Tube

Website

The Wolseley Website

Tapas at Moro Restaurant in Exmouth Market, London. Courtesy of Moro
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Moro

North African innovation

Moro has put Moorish food on London's culinary map. Located in lively Exmouth Market, the restaurant has a relaxed Mediterranean feel. An arty/media crowd enjoy the outside seating in summertime. Tapas is served at the bar throughout the day, with its clear view through to the open kitchen.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm; Tapas served all day

Address

34-36, Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7833 8336

Transport

Farringdon Tube

Website

Moro Restaurant Website

Exterior of St John Bread & Wine, Commerical Street, London. Courtesy of St John Bread & Wine
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St John Bread & Wine

British classics

The acclaimed St John Bread & Wine in Spitalfields, on the fringe of The City, has an understated, simple take on British dining. The restaurant merges the finest ingredients, old British classics and a tapas-style dining experience. Expect some unusual options, such as pigs' trotters.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-10.30pm

Address

94-96, Commercial St, London E1 6LZ

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7251 0848

Transport

Liverpool Street Tube

Website

St John Restaurant Website

Sông Quê Café on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch, London. Photo by Claudia Fogg, © Whatsonwhen
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Sông Quê Café

Cheap and filling

Cheap and filling pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) is devoured in the busiest Vietnamese restaurant in Hoxton, the bright-green Sông Quê. Trendy locals and many of London's Vietnamese are packed in tightly and served quickly in a lively atmosphere. The short wait is definitely worth it.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sun 12pm-11pm

Address

134, Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DY

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7613 3222

Transport

Old Street Tube

The Windmill, London. Courtesy of The Windmill
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The Windmill

Award-winning pies

Nicknamed "The Institute of Pie Excellence", The Windmill in Mill Street is the place to come for a national championship-winning steak and kidney pie served with creamy mash, English mustard and tangy watercress. A real find, this restaurant above The Windmill pub serves up reliably good British food at reasonable prices.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-9.30pm; Sat 12pm-3.30pm

Address

6/8, Mill Street, London W1S 2AZ

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7491 8050

Transport

Oxford Circus Tube

Bar Italia, London. Courtesy of Bar Italia
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Bar Italia

24-hour London institution

The queen of café culture in Soho since 1949, Bar Italia is a 24-hour London institution. Patrons enjoy freshly-ground, quality coffee and tasty toasted paninis in front of a large screen showing loud Italian football matches. Join the noisy Bar Italia Scooter Club on Sunday evenings.



Opening Hours

Open 24 hrs

Address

22, Frith St, London W1D 4RP

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7437 4520

Transport

Tottenham Court Road Tube

Website

Bar Italia Website

Leon Carnaby Street. Courtesy of Leon Restaurants
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Leon

Fresh and healthy

Eat to your heart's content and still feel virtuous at Leon, brainchild of chef extraordinaire, Allegra McEvedy. Healthy, tasty meals are served up in colourful surroundings - and vegetarians will be pleased by the choice on offer. If Central London is too hectic for you, try any of the other branches dotted around the capital.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-10pm; Sat 9.30am-10pm; Sun 10am-6pm

Address

35, Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JE

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7437 5280

Transport

Oxford Circus Tube

Website

Leon Website

Buen Ayre restaurant in Hackney, London. © Olli Geibel
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Buen Ayre

Argentine steak

Buen Ayre's success lies in its simplicity. Classic cuts of quality Argentine steak and parrilladas to share are the specialities. Try the tasty meat empanadas for a typical starter. Wooden tables and small candles make the restaurant cosy and relaxed for the trendy Broadway Market clientele. Book ahead.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 6pm-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-5pm & 6pm-10.30pm

Address

50, Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7275 9900

Transport

Bethnal Green Tube

Website

Buen Ayre Website

Lahore Kebab House, London. Courtesy of Heather Sills
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Lahore Kebab House

Sizzling Pakistani delicacies

In a dead-end street in deepest, darkest Whitechapel, diners feast on Punjabi curries in the Lahore Kebab House. Locals and those in-the-know frequent the busy Pakistani restaurant for traditional cooking at astonishingly cheap prices. Diners must take their own alcohol if they want to drink.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12am

Address

2-4, Umberston St, London E1 1PY

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7481 9737

Transport

Whitechapel Tube

Website

Lahore Kebab House Website

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