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Top 12 restaurants in London

The jokes about British food may have been true once upon a time but things have definitely changed, in particular in London. There are now plenty of options serving up five-star cuisine and hipster hangouts offering the latest food trends. Check out our list of the best restaurants in London to see and taste for yourself.

1. Searcy’s The Gherkin

A table at this 39th-floor restaurant will afford you wonderful views over the City of London, The Shard and Tower Bridge, one of the reasons it tops our best restaurants in London to explore. Sitting just beneath the dome top of the distinctive The Gherkin, Searcy’s offers exquisitely executed British dishes such as Gressingam duck breast and 35-day aged beef fillet. The sommelier can match your drinks with your food and we recommend you trust his sometimes bold choices.
Address: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP

Searcy's The Gherkin is on the 39th floor
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2. Strada

If you love views but you’re not so keen on the heights required to get them, Strada at Tower Bridge is the restaurant for you. Diners at the Italian chain restaurant get great views of the river crossing without the hefty price tag that usually goes with such luxuries; a caprese salad costs around Dh24 and seafood risotto around Dh65. You can easily eat for under Dh50 on a weekend because certain dishes are reduced to Dh45 from 12pm to 6pm on Saturdays and all day on Sundays.
Address: 2 Tower Bridge House, St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1AA

Strada has wonderful views of Tower Bridge

3. The Churchill Arms

This traditional English pub in Kensington has a secret garden offering spicy Thai food. The menu is simple and the food is more of a quick refuel than a full dinner, but the stir fries and curries and some of the best you’ll find in London. Word of warning – the chefs don’t hold back on the spice!
Address: 119 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LN

4. Hoxton Grill

It’s all about the exposed brick walls and leather banquettes at this American-inspired bar and grill. As you might expect, the all-day menu is a meat lover’s paradise with ribs, burgers and a great chargrill section, from rib eye and chateaubriand to hanger and flat iron. Wash it down with a beverage from the very affordable drinks menu.
Address: 81 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU

5. Aqua Shard

Because The Shard is not fighting for space with London’s other skyscrapers, it can instead offers impressive views of them. From a table at Aqua Shard you can spot The Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the BT Tower. The restaurant itself is understated and sleek with mains such as roasted black cod with Welsh rock samphire and pink grapefruit (Dh170) on the menu. If you already have dinner plans, book an Aqua Shard afternoon tea from Monday through Friday for around Dh200.
Address: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY

The Aqua Shard restaurant offers great views of London

6. Grand Imperial London

This fine dining Chinese-style eatery is serving up wonderful Cantonese cuisine such as special fried rice with abalone and scallops, baked black cod with miso and Szechuan dried chilli chicken. The restaurant has been designed according to the principals of feng shui so you can relax and take in the impressive surroundings – a definite for the top restaurants in Londlist.
Address:** The Grosvenor Hotel, 101 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0SJ

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7. The Greenhouse

This is one of the less well known London Michelin starred restaurants in London so won’t be too much of a tourist trap either. It’s tucked away on a tree-lined pathway serving up Arnaud Bignon’s French cuisine. You don’t need to venture further than the tasting menu. The food really is flawless!
Address: 27A Hay’s Mews, Mayfair, W1J 5NY, UK

8. Foxcroft and Ginger

This is definitely one of the best places to go for brunch in London (they’re not the same as Dubai brunches, FYI!). If the homemade cakes in the glass cabinet won’t fill you up, try the eggs Benedict (brunch) or the sticky duck burger (lunch) or sourdough pizzas (dinner). There are no reservations so just turn up.
Address: 69-79 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, E1 4TT

9. The Goring Dining Room

This restaurant is the place to go if you want the royal treatment in the city and is easily one of the best restaurants in London. Set inside the five-star The Goring it has a full menu of British produce, including Norfolk quail, Cotswold chicken and Cornish cod. Rumor has it the eggs drumkilbo was the favorite dish of the British Queen Mother.
Address: 15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW

10. Dinner by Heston

For his Dinner by Heston restaurant Heston Blumenthal spent a long time researching his menu of old British recipes. The result? A menu that reads like a history book: spiced pigeon (c.1810), roast marrowbone (c.1720), tipsy cake (c.1810) are just a few examples. The staff know the menu inside out so don’t be afraid to ask any questions (you’re likely to have at least one!).
Address: 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA

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11. Royal China Club

This Chinese mini chain deserves a place on the list of the best restaurants in London. Its menu includes a fabulous selection of velvety dim sum, perfect sirloin steaks sprinkled with sesame seeds, and dumplings and salmon roe toppings. Everything is good so you can’t have an order fail.
Address: 40-42 Baker Street, Marylebone, W1U 7AJ

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12. Duck and Waffle

This is another London restaurant with great views of the city. It’s on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower and has a creative, eclectic menu featuring a nice mixture of small plates and mains. The most famous is, of course, the duck and waffle – a crispy duck leg confit plated with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup. Simply delicious!
Address: 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY

Duck and Waffle is famous for its namesake dish of duck served on waffles

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*Published May 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.