Best British restaurants in London

If you’re eating out in the capital, British cooking should be top of your list of cuisines to try, whether you’re a tourist in town for a few days or a Londoner who has lived in the Big Smoke all your life. British food has long since shed its reputation for being dull and dreary; today some of London’s most creative chefs make it a point of pride to cook with ingredients fished, farmed and foraged from around the UK. Whether you’re looking for cutting-edge cuisine served in one of the capital’s hippest districts or you want to try traditional fish and chips or classic roast beef in a historic dining room, we’ve selected the best British restaurants in London for your eating pleasure.

Updated on 26 June 2019

Check out the fantastic choice of British restaurants in London with SquareMeal’s curated list of the best places to eat – from traditional to modern, classic to cool. Every one of the restaurants featured in SquareMeal’s list of London’s best British restaurants has been tried and tested by food critics and our own readers. Give the reviews a read and book a table with SquareMeal today.

Boisdale of Belgravia

Boisdale of Belgravia

15 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9LX

Boasting tartan chairs, kilted waitresses, hunting trophies and a knockout selection of whisky, Boisdale isn’t shy of trumpeting its Scottish heritage. There’s more Caledonian flag-waving in the likes of haggis, salmon, oysters and game.

£50 - £79
Scottish
Steak
£50 - £79
Brat

Brat

64 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ

'Brat' is the Northumbrian vernacular for a turbot, the house speciality of this uber-cool first solo restaurant from young Welsh chef Tomos Parry. The flip side of the menu is printed with 35 wines by the glass, including seven sherries.

£30 - £49
British
Anglo

Anglo

30 St Cross Street, London, London, EC1N 8UH

This pocket-sized, pared-back British bistro serves high-end food in simple surrounds. It’s overseen by rising star Mark Jarvis, whose eclectic chef CV ranges from Le Manoir to Zuma. Highlights include a petal-scattered scallop tartare.

£50 - £79
British
Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Hawksmoor Seven Dials

11 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JG

The Hawksmoor chain gets everything right, from its 35-day-aged steaks to its creative cocktails, all presented by staff with a genuine passion for service. Triple-cooked chips, mac’n’cheese or grilled bone marrow make great accompaniments.

£50 - £79
Steak
British
The Clove Club

The Clove Club

380 Old Street, London, London, EC1V 9LT

With world-class awards reflecting its runaway success, it should come as no surprise that The Clove Club’s cooking is radical, unorthodox stuff, with the emphasis on daringly modern tasting menus involving seriously sourced ingredients.

£50 - £79
British
One michelin star
Corrigan

Corrigan's Mayfair

28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH

This luxe flagship of Richard Corrigan features a trolley which might proffer shoulder of suckling pig or Dover sole meunière and a menu showcasing the Irish chef’s renowned game specialities such as spatchcocked grouse and roast wild duck.

£50 - £79
British
Core by Clare Smyth

Core by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2PN

Core is cor-blimey brilliant rather than a hardcore, haute-cuisine ordeal. The casual-luxe room may be gorgeous in its own right, but everyone is here for the food, especially Smyth's signature whole carrot topped with braised lamb.

Over £80
British
The Gilbert Scott

The Gilbert Scott

St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR

Marcus Wareing’s team more than live up to the architectural splendour of this fabulous-looking dining room. We loved duck hearts and chanterelles on smoked bone marrow, and hake with pickled egg purée, summer vegetables and black pudding.

£50 - £79
British
Afternoon tea
Roganic

Roganic

5-7 Blandford Street, London, W1U 3DB

The focus at Simon Rogan’s Roganic is on supremely fresh ingredients, often sourced from the chef's own farm in Cumbria that also supplies his famous L’Enclume. Ten and 14-course tasting menus thrill with each successive plate.

Over £80
British
Lorne Restaurant

Lorne Restaurant

76 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1DE

This modern Brit comes courtesy of ex-River Café sommelier Katie Exton and chef Peter Hall (formerly at The Square). Dishes change daily, but we were impressed by a rich starter of cuttlefish seasoned with fennel and pickled onions.

£50 - £79
British
Dean Street Townhouse

Dean Street Townhouse

69-71 Dean Street, London, London, W1D 3SE

Dine in enticingly soft armchairs amid an abundance of heavy fabrics at this Soho House outpost, where comfort food is the menu’s calling card: partridge and oxtail on toast, lamb rump with grilled artichoke, plus full English breakfasts.

£50 - £79
British
The Game Bird at The Stafford London

The Game Bird at The Stafford London

The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place , London, SW1A 1NJ

The Stafford offers something that very few London hotels think worthwhile any more: a dining room serving traditional British food. Smoked salmon, sweet and savoury puddings, Sunday roasts and prestigious red wines are specialities.

£50 - £79
British
Hide Above

Hide Above

85 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NB

The fine-dining segment of this hugely ambitious venture features tasting menus from chef Ollie Dabbous. Inventive visuals include the signature ‘nest egg’ of coddled egg and smoked butter, while wines come courtesy of Hedonism in Mayfair. 

Over £80
British
The Goring Dining Room

The Goring Dining Room

The Goring, 15 Beeston Place, Westminster, London, SW1W 0JW

A quintessentially British restaurant for a top-class family-owned British hotel, The Goring Dining Room is a real experience. Grilled Dover sole and beef Wellington are still there for the old guard, but there are more on-trend dishes too.

£50 - £79
British
One michelin star
£30 - £49
Rules

Rules

35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB

London’s oldest restaurant has been flying the flag for British dishes since 1798. Old-fashioned it may be, but there’s nothing stale about the quality of cooking – you won't find game, oysters and puddings done better anywhere.

£50 - £79
British
Kerridge

Kerridge's Bar & Grill

10 Northumberland Ave, Westminster, London, WC2N 5AE

Celeb chef Tom Kerridge’s first London opening promises sublime food that invigorates classic British cookery through superb technique and a light touch of luxury. Try the glazed lobster omelette, as richly decadent as a soufflé.

British
Lyle

Lyle's

The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, London, E1 6JJ

James Lowe’s no-nonsense restaurant strips away the fripperies of gastronomy to leave a starkly minimalistic space where disarmingly simple food does the talking. British ingredients are put to stunning use on a no-choice dinner menu.

£50 - £79
British
One michelin star
Roast

Roast

Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 1TL

This determinedly patriotic eatery is dedicated to the glories of traditional British cuisine and offers fantastic views of Borough Market’s iconic Floral Hall. Classic dishes include Sunday roasts, English breakfasts and game in season.

£50 - £79
British
The Frog Hoxton

The Frog Hoxton

45-47 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB

Adam Handling’s biggest operation yet features all of the chef’s signatures, from contemporary artwork and graffiti to multi-course tasting menus. Don’t miss the signature warm savoury doughnuts, oozing cheese and topped with truffle.

£30 - £49
British
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA

With Heston Blumenthal’s name attached and a menu that plays with perceptions of British cookery, Dinner was always bound to be a hit. The meat fruit is legendary, there’s a view of Hyde Park and even a nitro-fuelled ice-cream cart.

£50 - £79
British
Two michelin stars
Simpson

Simpson's in the Strand

100 Strand, London, London, WC2R 0EW

Heading towards its 200th anniversary, Simpson’s offers Empire-era dining in a historic Grade II-listed dining room patronised by Charles Dickens. The roast beef carved from the trolley should be on every Londoner’s bucket list.

£50 - £79
British
The Five Fields

The Five Fields

8-9 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea, London, SW3 2SP

This elegant neighbourhood restaurant is owned by Taylor Bonnyman, who also owns a garden in Sussex that supplies some of the ingredients for the chef’s gloriously fresh-flavoured food such as grouse with carrot, yoghurt and cucumber.

£50 - £79
British
One michelin star
Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis

26-29 Dean Street, London, London, W1D 3LL

This tiny dining room is a genuine slice of old Soho and a showcase for the cooking of chef-patron Jeremy Lee, whose menu is a joyful celebration of the seasons. Expect anything from a warm salad of grouse to a strapping leg of lamb.

£30 - £49
British
Blacklock Soho

Blacklock Soho

The Basement, 24 Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7LG

This cool basement chophouse is heaven for meat eaters. Vintage Blacklock foundry irons are used to press pork, lamb and beef chops on the charcoal grill, which also lends its smoky flavours to daily specials such as maple-cured bacon. 

£30 - £49
British
Restaurant Story

Restaurant Story

199 Tooley Street, London, London, SE1 2JX

Chef Tom Sellers offers no menu as such; guests are asked for any likes or dislikes before a procession of tasting menu-size dishes arrive, although they are likely to include classics such as ‘Storeos’, an ‘Oreo’ cookie filled with cheese.

Over £80
British
One michelin star
Native

Native

32 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TU

Native’s mission is to serve foraged British ingredients and game, with a zero-waste ethos wherever possible. We loved the grouse tostadas, and bao buns with beef heart. Interiors reference the foraging theme with faux-derelict brick walls.

£30 - £49
British
The Quality Chop House

The Quality Chop House

92-94 Farringdon Road, London, London, EC1R 3EA

There aren’t many Grade II-listed dining rooms in London, but this is one of them, with wooden booths and black-and-white tiled floors recalling its humble Victorian origins. Gloucester Old Spot pork chops with rémoulade is typical. 

£50 - £79
British
Wine Bars
Wiltons

Wiltons

55 Jermyn Street, St. James's, London, SW1Y 6LX

Having evolved from 18th-century shellfish trader to 21st-century seafood aristocrat, Wiltons serves some of the best fish (and game) in London, and diners are expected to arrive as smarty turned out as a plate of its famous oysters.

British
Fish
St John

St John

26 St John Street, London, London, EC1M 4AY

This internationally famous eatery still puts its faith in cheap offcuts and foraged ingredients, supported by the very best seasonal produce. The menu changes each session – although the iconic bone marrow salad is always available.

£30 - £49
British
One michelin star
Cornerstone

Cornerstone

3 Prince Edward Road, London, E9 5LX

You’ll see chef Tom Brown beavering away behind the central dining counter of his cool first restaurant. His regularly changing menu champions small plates of exceptional seafood; the potted shrimp crumpets are legendary.  

£50 - £79
Fish