London Restaurants Hit List
Thriving, acclaimed and damn-tasty, the London restaurant scene is internationally renowned and promises a hefty selection of gastronomy. Offering anything from Michelin star spots to quirky pop-up restaurants, gourmet burger joints to experimental dining; the city's restaurants really do cater for everyone (and everything). So whether you're looking for somewhere for your birthday, a unique place to eat, or quite simply, London's best restaurants; discover the cream of the crop right here.
It’s not possible to have a bad time at The Barbary. Sure, you’ll probably have to queue, but even that’s tolerable, because then you get to feast on moreish deep-fried snacks that don’t appear on the main menu. The food is labelled as ‘modern Israeli’, though in truth, it’s anything but. What they’ve done is taken the ancient recipes from across North Africa and the Middle East that have gone on to influence food in today’s Israeli kitchen, then reimagined them.
Fatt Pundit specialises in Indian-originated “Hakka” cuisine. The inside vibe is a mix of Soho-sharing-plates buzzy and Indian café chic: long and narrow, exposed concrete, small tables, large dining bar, never quite enough space for all the plates that will arrive and decorated with a strong influence from Tangra. Chinese on the streets and Indian beneath the sheets, they’re unlike any dumplings you’ve had before. But perhaps best are the rabbit wontons – tangy, gamey, spicy, hard to place and utterly sublime. Go before the Insta-food crowd take it over.
Singburi, as well as being the best restaurant in Leytonstone, is one of the top Thai restaurants in London. A full, a la carte menu is available, which includes many recognisable Thai classics, yet the reason Singburi is special is its regularly changing, blackboard specials. Beyond that, there’s almost always a salad, like mangosteen with chilli, citrus, and cucumber; a whole fish, steamed with ginger and soy; and, occasionally, an intense and delicious chicken liver curry.
OXO Tower Restaurant
An iconic landmark on the South Bank skyline, OXO Tower Restaurant offers contemporary dining from its modern British menu. Relax at OXO Restaurant over lunch or dinner whilst taking in the unparalleled views of St Paul’s and the City of London. With a seasonal menu created by Executive Head Chef Jeremy Bloor, an extensive wine list and an enviable terrace, this is the perfect place to celebrate, whatever the occasion.
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.
At Bao Fitzrovia you’ll walk into an airy, stripped-back space, with stools around a U-shaped bar, where waiters will hand you a tick-box menu and a pencil. Our advice? Don’t panic and try to order all at once: you can—and should—add more dishes later. Naturally, you should start with a plump, pillowy bao or two, but don’t neglect the small plates or the larger main dishes (one should be enough for two people). Drop by for a quick dinner with friends, or a solo lunch at the bar.