Places to eat in London

You can eat round the world in London, so why not pick a restaurant that matches your mood and your wallet? 


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Classic greasy spoon

E Pellicci

A traditional East London café with fry-ups, mama's daily specials homemade pies and friendly staff. It's open for breakfast and lunch. The café has been a family business since it was built in 1900 and its unchanged ornate panelled walls have resulted in listed building status. It apparently used to serve coffee to the Krays – well who would refuse to serve them?

Where to find it? 332 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AG
How much? £

Street food


Street food is a big deal in London. And at KERB traders have to audition to ensure they're up to scratch. Find it nestled at the foot of the Gherkin on Thursday lunchtimes offering not just great burgers but Malaysian, Middle Eastern, BBQ and Hawaiian Pokē to chow down on too. They'll be back at King's Boulevard in Kings Cross in April.

Where to find it? City/ North (check the website for locations
How much? £

Light Lunch

Scandi Kitchen 

Everything Scandi is cool right now – from their interiors to their crime fiction. So it's no surprise it's also a big foodie trend. Hipness aside, nutritionists want us to eat in a more Viking way too – with more fish and berries, rye breads and oils with Omega-3 fatty acids. See why the experts are raving about open sandwiches and rye and wheat wraps at ScandiKitchen.

Where to find it? 61 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PP
How much? £

Cheap Eats


Bao gets its name from the fluffy white steamed buns that are a key menu item in this Taiwanese-inspired eatery. The fried chicken or pork buns get much praise, and you can also get xiao chi or small eats too. It's small, doesn't take bookings and is popular so (well organised) queues do build up.

Where to find it? 53 Lexington Street, W1F 9AS
How much? £

Posh Nosh

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay 

With three Michelin-stars, Clare Smyth is now the chef patron in charge of Gordon Ramsay's flagship restaurant. Elegant modern French cuisine, using seasonal ingredients prepared in a mix of modern and traditional ways is on the menu. With menus from £65 to £195 the food is pretty dreamy. But you need to dress up. No trainers allowed.

Where to find it? 68 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HP
How much? £££

Star studded

Chiltern Firehouse 

This gothic-style former Victorian fire station is a favourite celeb hangout. Lily Allen, Kate Moss, David Beckham and 1D have all been. They definitely prioritise famous faces, so if yours doesn't fit you might have to pick a less popular time. The food is supposed to be good too with Nuno Mendes as executive chef – but sadly we've never yet managed to bag a table to try it for ourselves.

Where to find it? 1 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7PA
How much? £££

Rustic Romantic

Clos Maggiore

Need to ramp up the romance? Clos Maggiore has beautiful intimate surroundings – plus waiters who know when not to interrupt. Take your pick from the wood-panelled dining room or the stunning conservatory with its indoor blossoms. Soft light, fairy lights and candles add to the romance making these tables to hold hands over and whisper sweet nothings.. The French-inspired menu changes regularly. 

Where to find it? 33 King Street, London, WC2E 8JD 
How much? ££

Trendy Hipster

Look mum no hands! 

You know this place is trendy as it's a combined cafe and bike shop. Coffee is from Square Mile Coffee Roasters and they have a guest espresso for aficionados. There's also draught craft beer. You can get peanut butter toast with smashed banana or the full English and lots in between. And you can bring your bike in to be mended or your tyre fixed.

Where to find it? 48 Old Street, London EC1V 9HX
How much? £

Afternoon tea

BB Bakery

Afternoon tea with a difference. Get on board a vintage red London Routemaster bus and take in the sights – from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben – as you slurp on a cup of Darjeeling and scoff delectable sandwiches. With mini-quiches, macaroons and classic scones, cream and jam you'll enjoy every mouthful. Get the kettle on now.

Where to find it? Central Pick up from Victoria/Trafalgar Square depending on time
How much? ££

You know it makes sense...

Don't forget to check the menus, booking policy, dress code and opening hours of any restaurants for yourselves