Square Meal's Best Restaurants

With so many restaurants in the capital to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin. The Square Meal team is always being asked for recommendations, so we’ve put our heads together and combined our years of experience to come up with a list of the best restaurants and bars in London that covers most requests. If you’re looking for somewhere to go, but not sure where to start, have a look through the selections here to see if we can inspire you.

For venue recommendations, see Square Meal's Best Venues.


London Selection

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Latest London restaurant & bar openings
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BMW Square Meal Awards

BMW Square Meal Award - Restaurant of the Year
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BMW Square Meal Award - Best UK Restaurant

Best for...

100 Best restaurants in the UK
Best places for afternoon tea in London
Best alfresco restaurants in London
Best for cabaret in London
Cheap & Cheerful restaurants in London
London restaurants with chef's tables
Child friendly restaurants in London
Best cool & trendy restaurants in London
Dog-friendly restaurants in London
Best restaurants for group dining in London
Best restaurants for pre and post-theatre dining in London
Best quirky restaurants in London
Riverboat restaurants in London
London's most romantic restaurants
London's most celeb-inhabited restaurants
Best waterside restaurants & bars in London
Wheelchair restaurants in London

Best by Cuisine

Best British restaurants in London
Best Chinese restaurants in London
Best dim sum restaurants in London
Best fish restaurants in London
Best French restaurants in London
Best gastropub cuisine in London
Best haute cuisine restaurants in London
Best Italian restaurants in London
Best Indian restaurants in London
Best Japanese restaurants in London
Best Jewish & Kosher restaurants in London
Best Mexican restaurants in London
Best Middle Eastern restaurants in London
Best modern european restaurants in London
Best North American restaurants in London
Best pan-Asian restaurants in London
Best pizza restaurants in London
Best South American restaurants in London
Best Spanish restaurants in London
Best steak restaurants in London
Best tapas restaurants in London
Best Thai restaurants in London
Best vegetarian resturants in London
Vegetarian-friendly restaurants in London

Best Central Restaurants

Best restaurants in Bloomsbury & Marylebone
Best restaurants in Chelsea & Kensington
Best restaurants in Covent Garden
Best restaurants in Mayfair
Best restaurants in Notting Hill & Bayswater
Best restaurants in Soho

Best City Restaurants

Best restaurants in City
Best restaurants in Clerkenwell & St Paul's
Best restaurants in South Bank & Shad Thames
Best restaurants in Docklands

Best Local Restaurants

Best restaurants in East London
Best restaurants in Fulham & Earl's Court
Best restaurants in North London
Best restaurants in North-West London
Best restaurants in West London
Best restaurants in South London
Best restaurants in South-East London

Brunch & Lunch

Best restaurants for breakfast in London
Best restaurants for value gourmet lunches in London
Best restaurants for weekend brunch in London

Best for Wine

Restaurants where you can bring your own wine
Restaurants with the best New World wine lists
Restaurants with the best value wine lists
London restaurants witht he best wine lists
Restaurants offering the best selection of wine by the glass

Private Rooms

Best City restaurants with private rooms
Best London restaurants with private rooms for less than 10 people
Best London restaurants with private rooms for 10-30 people
Best London restaurants with private rooms for more than 30 people

Best Bars and Pubs

Best bars & pubs for alfresco drinking in London
Best chic & sleek bars in London
Best cool & trendy bars & pubs in London
Best hotel bars in London
Best karaoke venues in London
Best bars & pubs for live music in London
Best Old World pubs in London
Best Picturesque pubs in London
Best bars & pubs for views in London

Best Central Bars

Best bars in Bloomsbury & Marylebone
Best bars in Chelsea & Kensington
Best bars in Covent Garden
Best bars in Mayfair & St James's
Best bars in Notting Hill
Best bars in Soho
Best bars in Westminster & Victoria
Best bars in Hoxton & Shoreditch

Best City Bars

Best bars in the City
Best bars in Clerkenwell & Blackfriars
Best bars in Docklands
Best bars in South Bank & Shad Thames

Best Local Bars

Best bars in East London
Best bars in Fulham
Best bars in North London
Best bars in North-West London
Best bars in South-East London
Best bars in South-West London
Best bars in West London