London's Top 100 Restaurants by SquareMeal

Back for 2022, the SquareMeal Top 100 London Restaurants awards represent the leading lights of the capital’s culinary scene

Updated on 13 April 2022

This year the winner of our top London restaurant is BiBi, a new Indian restaurant with Chet Sharma at the helm. Chet’s fascinating experience includes having gained a PhD in physics from Oxford as well as leading the development side of things for Michelin starred hot spots like Gymkhana and Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume. His own venture draws on his cultural heritage and the memories of his childhood, resulting in impactful Indian plates full of fun and flair. The additions of stunning interiors, counter dining around an open-fire grill and warm service sealed Bibi’s fate as our favourite.

As the epicentre of the UK’s culinary scene, London is blessed with food from nearly every corner of the world. A melting pot in the true sense of the word and a destination for foodies in search of something a little less ordinary, our world-famous city plays host to something for everyone when it comes to eating out. Elsewhere in our list you’ll find a diverse range of cuisines, styles and price-points to suit every occasion and appetite – a true snapshot of the city we’re proud to call home.

Our annual SquareMeal awards are uniquely curated using a combination of the opinion of our in-house critics and thousands of votes from diners. Our team spends most of their days and nights eating out, critiquing restaurants and bars across London and the UK, while our dedicated reader base knows a good meal when they see one.

A huge congratulations to each and every restaurant which placed on the list of top restaurants in London – with such intense competition a place anywhere on the ranking is a massive achievement.

Aside from our annual round-up of London’s top restaurants, we simultaneously announce our list of the UK's Top 100 Restaurants which similarly place 100 of Britain’s best dining spots in order to represent the culinary talent of chefs in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

BiBi

1. BiBi

42 North Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6ZR

BiBi is a vibrant and colourful neighbourhood restaurant in Mayfair. Here, Chet Sharma whips up Indian-inspired fine dining creations with British produce, often grilled over charcoal. At BiBi, the interiors are just as stunning as the food.

£50 - £79
Indian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Fallow St James

2. Fallow St James's

2 St James’s Market, St. James's, London, SW1Y 4RP

Proving sustainability is chic, Heston alumni Will and Jack are truly invested in low-waste cookery. This translates into moreish plates that keep repeat custom high. Think Sriracha butter drenched cod’s head or ex-dairy beef burgers.

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Evelyn

3. Evelyn's Table at The Blue Posts

28 Rupert Street, Soho, London, W1D 6DJ

The intimate 12-person chef’s table at Evelyn’s Table is home to a most talented trio - Luke, Theo and Nathaniel Selby, who move in harmony as they effortlessly blend classic French and Japanese influences in a multi-course tasting menu.

Over £80
Japanese
French
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Oxeye

4. Oxeye

14 New Union Square, Vauxhall, London, SW11 7AX

Oxeye is the brainchild of chef-owner Sven-Hanson Britt, who won MasterChef: The Professionals Rematch in 2019 and, previously, spent eight years training at The Ritz. Designed to marry food, drink and art under one roof, the creative tasting menus here are guaranteed to inspire and beguile.

Over £80
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
KOL

5. KOL

9 Seymour Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 7BA

KOL in Marylebone is the creation of nomadic Mexican chef Santiago Lastra. It was the first Mexican restaurant in the UK to win a Michelin star and offers a truly unique fine dining experience.

£50 - £79
Mexican
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
TEMAKI

6. TEMAKI

12 Market Row, Brixton, London, SW9 8LB

A more recent addition to Brixton market, TEMAKI is a hand-rolled sushi bar headed up by rice specialist Shaulan Steenson. Rolls are prepared in front of you, then handed across the counter. Sides and sake are a must.

£30 - £49
Sushi
Japanese
SquareMeal London Top 100
Le Gavroche

7. Le Gavroche

43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7QR

An essential, unwavering pillar of London’s dining scene, Le Gavroche remains the last word in Gallic luxury fine dining. French classics and faultless service are alive and well thanks to chef patron Michel Roux Jr.

Over £80
French
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Ikoyi

8. Ikoyi

1 St James’s Market, St James's, London, SW1Y 4AH

Complex, intricate Ikoyi has overcome the initial confusion about its identity and blossomed into one of London’s great restaurants. Chef Jeremy Chan weaves West African flavours with threads of umami to create unique, entrancing dishes.

Over £80
West African
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Core by Clare Smyth

9. Core by Clare Smyth

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

Clare Smyth first won three Michelin stars at Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous restaurant as head chef and has since gone on to win her own triple accolade. Sophisticated British-leaning plates are the order of the day here.

Over £80
British
Three Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

10. Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

The Connaught, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

Utterly brilliant French cooking, in one of London’s most photogenic, soothing dining rooms - Hélène Darroze at The Connaught has ascended to the top of London’s gastronomic pyramid with a third star. Quite right too.

Over £80
French
Three Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Lyle

11. Lyle's

The Tea Building, Shoreditch, London, E1 6JJ

There’s no frills fine-dining, and then there’s Lyle’s. James Lowe’s no-nonsense restaurant strips away the fripperies of gastronomy to leave a starkly minimalistic, buzzy space where disarmingly simple, Michelin-starred food does the talking.

£50 - £79
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Kitchen Table

12. Kitchen Table

70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QG

James Knappett and Sandia Chang’s wonderful Kitchen Table is part restaurant, part interactive theatre. Knappett and team are flawless in devising a daily tasting menu and delivering it with panache.

Over £80
Modern European
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Pollen Street Social

13. Pollen Street Social

8-10 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1NQ

Jason Atherton’s flagship restaurant Pollen Street Social offers impactful, fine dining dishes served up with a pinch of theatre, all of which are based around high-quality seasonal ingredients. The tell of a truly great restaurant? It earned its Michelin star within the first six months of opening.

£50 - £79
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Princess of Shoreditch

14. The Princess of Shoreditch

76-78 Paul Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4NE

Split into a downstairs bar and upstairs dining room, this chic gastropub has become famous as one of the best in London. Head chef and Great British Menu finalist Ruth Hansom whips up hearty delights here through the day.

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub
SquareMeal London Top 100
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental

15. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental

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

Appetite for Heston's wild sensory creations shows little sign of abating. Many of the dishes at Dinner are rooted in mediaeval history, such as the ‘meat fruit’ - a chicken liver and foie gras parfait in mandarin jelly, dressed to look like a mandarin.

Over £80
British
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
St John Smithfield

16. St John Smithfield

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

The iconic whitewash and wood of St John continues to thrum with the crackle of bone marrow being spread on toast. A great deal is made of St John’s influence, but the restaurant is still one of London’s best.

£30 - £49
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Frog by Adam Handling

17. Frog by Adam Handling

34-38 Southampton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7HF

Adam Handling received a long-awaited Michelin star in 2022 for his playful, technical tasting menus at Frog. The name ‘Frog’ was a reference to Handling’s sink-or-swim attitude - there’s no doubt now that he’s doing the latter.

£50 - £79
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Claude Bosi at Bibendum

18. Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Michelin House, Chelsea, London, SW3 6RD

A two Michelin-starred French master at the very top of his game, Claude Bosi has returned Bibendum to its rightful place in the higher atmosphere of London’s restaurant scene.

Over £80
French
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Jikoni

19. Jikoni

19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London, W1D 3DH

Ravinder Bhogal’s 'no borders kitchen' takes inspiration from far and wide, honouring shared flavours and cultures across South Asian and the Far East, as well as the Middle East, East Africa and Britain.

£30 - £49
International
SquareMeal London Top 100
Da Terra

20. Da Terra

8 Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9NF

Rafael Cagali conjures inspiration from his Italian and Brazilian roots to create an intriguing tasting menu with a sprinkle of fun, all within the parquet and marble minimalism of Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel.

Over £80
Modern European
Brazilian
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Endo at the Rotunda

21. Endo at the Rotunda

101 Wood Lane, White City, London, W12 7FR

Perched on the top floor of the former Television Centre in White City, sushi master Endo Kazutoshi tells his story via a unique omakase menu that flows with the seasons.

Over £80
Sushi
Japanese
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
A. Wong

22. A. Wong

70 Wilton Road, Pimlico, London, SW1V 1DE

Andrew Wong took on his parent’s Chinese restaurant in Pimlico only to turn it into one of London’s most famous culinary destinations. Here you’ll find the most beautifully handled dim sum among other regional dishes.

Over £80
Chinese
Two Michelin stars
Brutto

23. Brutto

35-37 Greenhill Rents, Farringdon, London, EC1M 6BN

Russell Norman’s Florentine trattoria can’t change the weather, but everything else about this perfectly imperfect Tuscan delight is spot on, from the authentic, no-frills cooking to the £5 negronis.

£30 - £49
Italian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Spring

24. Spring

Somerset House, Lancaster Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Spring is a sustainably-minded restaurant by Skye Gyngell that serves hyper-seasonal dishes in the west wing of Somerset House. Its eco-conscious ethos runs through everything it does, from creating a Scratch menu to use up surplus ingredients to eradicating single-use plastic from the restaurant.

£50 - £79
Modern European
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Pem

25. The Pem

22-28 Broadway, Westminster, London, SW1H 0BH

Former Harwood Arms head chef Sally Abe brings her culinary skills to The Pem, where she champions top-quality British produce and reworks classic dishes with innovative new spins.

Over £80
Modern European
SquareMeal London Top 100
The River Café

26. The River Café

Thames Wharf, Hammersmith, London, W6 9HA

The River Café has maintained its iconic reputation from pretty much the moment it opened, known for serving some of the best Italian food in London and spawning a series of heralded UK chefs over the years – Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to name a couple.

Over £80
Italian
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Marcus

27. Marcus

The Berkeley, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7RL

With pride of place in the Berkeley Hotel, Marcus remains a magnificent, wood-panelled temple of modern British cooking, with great respect paid to produce from all over the British isles.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Brat

28. Brat

64 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6JJ

Head to Shoreditch to find this ultra-edgy (yet Michelin-starred) restaurant, which is headed up by chef Tomos Parry. Brat is largely based around Basque cuisine and wood-fired cooking, while celebrating the Welsh ingredients Anglesey-born Parry grew up with.

£50 - £79
Spanish
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Mere

29. Mere

74 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QH

Mere is the Masterchef judge and ex-Gavroche powerhouse Monica Galetti’s restaurant in Fitzrovia. Here, she and the team turn out elegant French dishes with hints of South Pacific influences from her Samoan origins.

£50 - £79
Modern European
SquareMeal London Top 100
Rochelle Canteen

30. Rochelle Canteen

16 Playground Gardens, Shoreditch, London, E2 7FA

Housed inside a former bike shed, Rochelle Canteen is a relaxed lunch and dinner destination led by co-patron and chef Margot Henderson OBE, that serves an ever-changing seasonal menu of classic but brilliantly-executed dishes.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Restaurant Story

31. Restaurant Story

199 Tooley Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 2JX

There’s something endearing about the success of someone young, and Tom Sellers garnered his reputation at 26 when he simultaneously opened Restaurant Story and earned a Michelin star. Fun, inventive dishes have become his calling card.

Over £80
British
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Clove Club

32. The Clove Club

380 Old Street, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 9LT

Thanks to its numerous accolades, The Clove Club needs little introduction. Chef patron Isaac McHale and the team devise unusual, elegant tasting menus of modern British fare alongside excellent contemporary and classical wines.

£50 - £79
British
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Trivet

33. Trivet

36 Snowsfields, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3SU

Former Fat Duck pair Jonny Lake and Isa Bal have had as good a 2022 as anyone - they scooped a Michelin star for their smart, contemporary cooking, whilst Bal also received Michelin’s Sommelier Award.

£50 - £79
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Luca

34. Luca

88 St John Street, Farringdon, London, EC1M 4EH

Aside from its fabulous Italian fare, one of the greatest things about Luca is its foliage-adorned alfresco courtyard, which provides an incredible location in which to feast on pasta galore and short and bitter-sweet negronis.

£50 - £79
Italian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Casa Fofó

35. Casa Fofó

158 Sandringham Road, Dalston, London, E8 2HS

Casa Fofo’s tasting menu combines unexpected flavours with fantastic results, its innovation being one of the main reasons it earned itself a Michelin star in 2021. Accolade aside, it’s loved by many for retaining its cosy and unpretentious feel.

£50 - £79
Japanese
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Kerridge

36. Kerridge's Bar & Grill

10 Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London, WC2N 5AE

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge’s first London opening offers comfort and luxury in buckets. With head chef Nick Beardshaw at the helm, this stylish Whitehall dining room celebrates British cooking with much-loved Kerridge-style twists.

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Sabor: El Asador

37. Sabor: El Asador

35 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4BS

Heddon Street is home to much-loved Spanish restaurant Sabor, which is led by highly-acclaimed chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho and serves specialties from Galicia and Castile. Try its signature Segovian suckling pig, which you'll need a group to help tackle!

£50 - £79
Spanish
SquareMeal London Top 100
HIDE Above

38. HIDE Above

85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7NB

Michelin-starred Hide Above in Mayfair is located on the first floor (go figure) of this multi-floor restaurant, offering serene views across Green Park. Here, you can enjoy both a la carte and tasting menus featuring seasonal, refined and sometimes theatrical dishes.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Elystan Street

39. Elystan Street

43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 3NT

Take a seat at Michelin-starred Elystan Street where you can opt to dine from the a la carte or six-course tasting menus. It’s the work of two Michelin-starred chef Phil Howard, who has brought his highly-acclaimed experience to this corner in Chelsea.

£50 - £79
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Noble Rot

40. Noble Rot

51 Lamb's Conduit Street, Holborn, London, WC1N 3NB

This award-winning restaurant and wine bar is an all-occasions sort of place that allows guests to wine and dine as cheaply or lavishly as they please. Enjoy a glass of vino and be on your way, or stay for dinner to sample some of its fantastic French-English dishes.

£30 - £49
British
French
SquareMeal London Top 100
The French House

41. The French House

49 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 5BG

The French House has occupied its corner on Dean Street for as long as anyone can remember, with the intimate restaurant upstairs serving a daily-changing menu of classic French dishes. The pub has hosted some pretty creative brains in its time, too – we're talking Dylan Thomas and Francis Bacon.

£30 - £49
Pubs
French
SquareMeal London Top 100
Silo at Crate Brewery

42. Silo at Crate Brewery

The White Building, Unit 7, Queens Yard, Hackney, London, E9 5EN

Silo in Hackney is one of the most, if not the most, sustainable restaurants in the UK. Douglas Mc Master heads up the kitchen, ensuring that nothing is wasted. Tasting menus at Silo change regularly depending on what is freshest and available.

£30 - £49
Modern European
SquareMeal London Top 100
Aulis London

43. Aulis London

16A St Anne's Court, Soho, London, W1F 0BN

Simon Rogan’s intimate London restaurant is the best place to experience his farm-to-fork flavours in the capital. The chef's table doubles as an open kitchen, allowing head chef Charlie Tayler and team to talk you through each dish as they prepare it. 

Over £80
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Cinnamon Club

44. The Cinnamon Club

The Old Westminster Library, Westminster, London, SW1P 3BU

Vivek Singh’s restaurant empire has earned him a reputation as an authority on Indian cookery. The Cinnamon Club’s other-worldly library setting gels with the beautifully spiced dishes to create an experience like nowhere else in London.

£50 - £79
Indian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Roketsu

45. Roketsu

12 New Quebec Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 7RF

Kaiseki restaurant Roketsu delivers a meticulous tasting menu of traditional Japanese flavours. The hinoki wood interiors were made specially in Kyoto, before being shipped all the way to London.

Over £80
Japanese
SquareMeal London Top 100
Ekstedt at The Yard

46. Ekstedt at The Yard

3-5 Great Scotland Yard, Westminster, London, SW1A 2HN

Michelin starred Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt is the man behind this restaurant of the same name, where the team work over open wood fires to turn out plates of Scandinavian cuisine.

Over £80
Swedish
Scandinavian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Jamavar

47. Jamavar

8 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3NF

Jamavar is a traditional fine dining Indian restaurant in the heart of Mayfair. Head chef Surendar Mohan crafts elegant, beautiful dishes packed with flavour, some slowly braised, others fired in the tandoor, all delicious.

£50 - £79
Indian
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Quality Chop House

48. The Quality Chop House

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

Rustic charm seeps into every nook and cranny of this old restaurant, from the black-and-white tiled floors and papered walls to the wonderful menu, which mixes classic Brit-fare with some soothing Mediterranean influence.

£50 - £79
British
Wine Bars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Hakkasan Hanway Place

49. Hakkasan Hanway Place

8 Hanway Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1HD

London’s most famous Chinese still has its magic touch. Enter this glamorous basement and enjoy top-tier dim sum, stellar cocktails and a global wine list. Flavours here are as exciting and punchy as ever, as one would hope from a true London institution.

Over £80
Chinese
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Carousel

50. Carousel

19-23 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RL

Carousel does things a little differently, in that there is no head chef. Instead, an ever-changing roster of brilliant global chefs take over the trendy Fitzrovia venue for two weeks, cooking up their own unique menus.

£30 - £49
International
SquareMeal London Top 100
Scott

51. Scott's

20 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2HE

There’s nowhere quite like Scott’s for old-world Glamour. Enjoy martinis at the sweeping central bar before settling into a seat at one of the crisply laid tables to enjoy seafood platters and expertly cooked catch of the day.

£50 - £79
British
Fish
SquareMeal London Top 100
Quo Vadis

52. Quo Vadis

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

No restaurant embodies the frivolity and fun of Soho quite like Quo Vadis - this remains one of central London’s great restaurants thanks to Jeremy Lee’s rustic, generously-portioned British classics.

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Padella Borough

53. Padella Borough

6 Southwark Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 1TQ

Padella changed the game for pasta in London, and it’s still a must-visit thanks to speedy, delicious and generously-priced pasta dishes, only made better by the introduction of virtual queuing.

Under £30
Italian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Sartoria

54. Sartoria

20 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PR

A piece of traditional Mayfair, Sartoria offers an authentic Italian menu in a refined and elegant setting. Headed up by Chef Francesco Mazzei, dishes are inspired by Mazzei’s home region for a true taste of Italy.

£50 - £79
Italian
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Ninth

55. The Ninth

22 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2NB

Decidedly relaxed for a Michelin starred spot, The Ninth is special. Here guests are treated to refined comfort food that run from pasta dishes through to mains like chargrilled lamb in an apricot anchovy vinaigrette.

Over £80
Modern European
French
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Manteca Shoreditch

56. Manteca Shoreditch

49-51 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PT

After a successful residency in Soho, Manteca now occupies a permanent site in Shoreditch where it turns out Italian plates such as fazzoletti, duck ragu and seaweed tagliatelle, plus its famous pig skin ragu.

£30 - £49
Italian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Wild Honey St James

57. Wild Honey St James

8 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5NG

Anthony Demetre’s Wild Honey returns to the Michelin Guide as the worthy recipient of a Michelin star in 2022. Demetre’s graceful cooking shows British produce at its very best, and the inclusion of wild honey from Bermondsey Street Bees is a nice touch.

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
French
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Westerns Laundry

58. Westerns Laundry

34 Drayton Park, Islington, London, N5 1PB

Westerns Laundry, tucked away in a residential corner of Islington, is not to be missed. Expect creative seafood dishes that hop all over Europe, alongside the occasional excellent meat or veg dishes and low-intervention wines.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Fish
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Harwood Arms

59. The Harwood Arms

Walham Grove, London, London, SW6 1QP

The Harwood Arms is a Michelin-starred in Fulham where diners can enjoy surprisingly affordable top-tier pub food. The pub has also been the training ground for top chefs like Sally Abe and James Cochran.

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Trullo

60. Trullo

300-302 St Paul's Road, Highbury, London, N1 2LH

This Islington staple has since birthed the viral Padella, but for a full restaurant experience remains the superior of the two. Expect bread baked every morning, handmade pasta and mouth-watering grilled dishes to share.

£30 - £49
Italian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Leroy

61. Leroy

18 Phipp Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4NU

Leroy is a Michelin-starred wine bar and bistro in the heart of Shoreditch, offering up punchy small plates, a phenomenal wine list and larger feasting menus for groups. Oysters and cheese can often be added to the already decadent offering here.

£30 - £49
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Marksman Public House

62. Marksman Public House

254 Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 7SJ

Possibly London’s most famous pub, the Marksman boasts a hidden roof terrace as well as a dining room that turns out elevated British plates. Pies and seafood platters are popular during the week while roasts become obligatory on Sundays.

£30 - £49
Gastropub
SquareMeal London Top 100
MiMi Mei Fair

63. MiMi Mei Fair

55 Curzon Street , Mayfair, London, W1J 8PG

Those seeking borderline hedonistic Chinese food in a boujie, 1920s-themed setting should head straight here. MiMi Mei Fair comes from restaurateur Samyukta Nair (Jamavar and Bombay Bustle), so you know you are in the best of hands.

Over £80
Chinese
SquareMeal London Top 100
Gymkhana

64. Gymkhana

42 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4JH

Gymkhana, run by the hugely successful JKS Group, is a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair. The kitchen here turns out elegant Indian fare and affordable set menus in a refined and glamorous setting.

£50 - £79
Indian
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Barbary Next Door

65. The Barbary Next Door

16A Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP

Younger sibling to The Barbary, this petite counter dining space next door has personality by the bucketload. Expect sunny service, an excellent drinks selection and gorgeous sharing food from North Africa. Don’t skip the bread.

£30 - £49
Afghan
Moroccan
SquareMeal London Top 100
Café Deco

66. Café Deco

43 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7DB

Café Deco answers many a Londoner’s call for straightforward food in simple surroundings. This pared-back spot shakes off the usual trappings of a Bloomsbury address in favour of a blackboard menu of daily specials.

£30 - £49
Mediterranean
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Darjeeling Express

67. Darjeeling Express

2a Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9BH

Friendly atmosphere and delicious food makes Darjeeling Express a jewel in London’s crown. Chef Asma Khan takes inspiration from her Rajput and Bengali heritage to present royal Indian dishes that will just make you smile.

£30 - £49
Indian
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Wolseley

68. The Wolseley

160 Piccadilly, St James's, London, W1J 9EB

Nearly a synonym for classy dining, you simply can’t go wrong with The Wolseley. Here you’ll find grand European style interiors and a please-all menu that runs from breakfast waffles through to late-night plates of kedgeree.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Central European
Afternoon tea
SquareMeal London Top 100
Barrafina Drury Lane

69. Barrafina Drury Lane

43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5AJ

Queue-inducing Barrafina has never diluted its offering, despite expanding into multiple sites. Its popularity doesn’t look to be dwindling with diners either, who come for stand-out tapas plates like the now-famous oozing Spanish tortilla.

£30 - £49
Tapas
Spanish
RAI

70. RAI

3 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2HY

RAI is a modern fusion concept that focuses on multi-course omakase-style tasting menus featuring meticulously-executed Japanese plates. Everything is sustainably sourced, too, including its furniture which is made from recycled materials.

Over £80
Sushi
Japanese
SquareMeal London Top 100
Sarap Bistro

71. Sarap Bistro

10 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4BX

Sarap Bistro is an elegant and unique Filipino restaurant in Mayfair. Head chef Ferdinand ‘Budgie’ Montoya cooks up a storm of vibrant dishes, packed with colour and flavour. Try the double-fried, deboned and stuffed pig’s trotters, trust us.

Over £80
Bistro
SquareMeal London Top 100
Kiln Soho

72. Kiln Soho

58 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 9TL

Punchy stir-fries, braises and barbecues from Thailand’s borders have made pint-sized Kiln one of London's most popular restaurants. Grab a seat at the counter to watch claypots bubble over the coals.

£30 - £49
Thai
Burmese
SquareMeal London Top 100
Sollip

73. Sollip

Unit 1, 8 Melior Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 3QP

Dainty Korean plates in strikingly stylish surrounds mark out Sollip against the competition. Here you’re nearly always guaranteed to try something you’ve never had before, with favours expertly balanced in a dance of sweet, sour and salty.

Over £80
Korean
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Townsend Restaurant

74. Townsend Restaurant

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Aldgate, London, E1 7QX

Nestled in the historic Whitechapel Gallery, Townsend offers a constantly changing, loosely British menu with some truly outside-the-box creativity and a wine list to match. Without doubt one of London’s great value hidden gems.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Peg

75. Peg

120 Morning Lane, Hackney, London, E9 6LH

There’s no denying Peg’s hipster credentials. Firstly, there’s its Hackney address, then there’s a range of ever-changing small plates, plus a far-reaching wine list featuring small-scale suppliers. The results – we hasten to add – are great.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Japanese
Wine Bars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Myrtle Restaurant

76. Myrtle Restaurant

1A Langton Street, London, London, SW10 0JL

Anna Haugh’s infectious Irish enthusiasm is plain to see in her sweet Chelsea restaurant where warm hospitality is as much a part of the experience as the food. Expect Celtic treats like beef with boxty.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Irish
SquareMeal London Top 100
Oklava

77. Oklava

74 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4PY

Selin Kiazim’s Modern Turkish plates are generous and made to share with the people you love. Pick between a tasting menu and the a la carte, but don’t skip the cocktails which are equally as complex as the food.

£30 - £49
Turkish
SquareMeal London Top 100
Hicce

78. Hicce

102 Stable Street, King's Cross, London, N1C 4DQ

??Pip Lacey’s peppy Italian style cookery has been undoubtedly influenced by her time as Angela Hartnett’s head chef at Murano. Here you’ll find open fire cooking in a cool warehouse style building in King’s Cross.

£50 - £79
International
SquareMeal London Top 100
Seabird

79. Seabird

32-40 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London, SE1 8PB

Rooftop restaurants always have a certain allure about them, and Seabird is probably one of the most glamourous in the city. Boasting London's largest oyster menu and a menu focused on fish and seafood, you can find this gem on the 14th floor of The Hoxton hotel.

£50 - £79
Portuguese
Fish
SquareMeal London Top 100
Carmel

80. Carmel

23-25 Lonsdale Road, Queen's Park, London, NW6 6RA

Carmel is an all-day restaurant and bar in Queen’s Park, offering Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare. Try the shakshuka in the morning, mezze plates and flatbreads at lunch, and live-fire cooking and wood-roasting at dinner.

£30 - £49
Middle Eastern
Mediterranean
Wine Bars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Chishuru

81. Chishuru

9 Market Row, Brixton, London, SW9 8LB

Tucked away in the quirky arcades of Brixton village, Chishuru is a small West African restaurant, with a menu packed full of delicious, elevated West African classics.

£30 - £49
West African
SquareMeal London Top 100
Llewelyn

82. Llewelyn's

293–295 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London, SE24 0JP

Llewelyn’s is a neighbourhood restaurant in Herne Hill. Don’t let the Welsh name fool you - the menu travels all over Europe while keeping the ingredients British. With outdoor seats facing the park, Llewelyn’s flourishes in summer.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
SOLA Soho

83. SOLA Soho

64 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 4QQ

This hip Californian restaurant comes from restaurateur Victor Garvey and has earned many accolades including a Michelin star for its stunningly plated west coast creations. Nestled in the heart of Soho, this is a seriously trendy eating destination.

Over £80
North American
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Imad

84. Imad's Syrian Kitchen

2.14 Top Floor, Soho, London, W1B 5PW

Based in Bustling Kingly Court, this buzzy Syrian restaurant is the work of Imad Alarnab who fled Syria in 2015 before settling in the UK. Alarnab’s mezze dishes have become cult classics amongst London’s foodie set.

Under £30
Middle Eastern
Syrian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Berenjak Soho

85. Berenjak Soho

27 Romilly Street, Soho, London, W1D 5AL

Inspired by the kebab joints of Tehran and spearheaded by former Gymkhana chef Kian Samyani, beautiful Berenjak impresses with dishes cooked in the tandoor and over the mangal barbecue. A second site in Borough promises a big 2022.

£30 - £49
Persian
Middle Eastern
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Garden Café Lambeth

86. The Garden Café Lambeth

Lambeth Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, London, SE1 7LB

Often described as a hidden gem for art and food lovers alike, this humble museum cafe is surprisingly refined considering the pricing. Enjoy fresh British produce, crafted into simple modern European dishes in a relaxed, natural setting.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Native at Browns

87. Native at Browns

39 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4JE

It might not be conventional to house a restaurant in a luxury fashion store, but then Native at Browns aims to turn dining on its head with a fluctuating menu, unorthodox flavour combinations and a ‘what grows together goes together’ mantra.

£30 - £49
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Legare

88. Legare

Cardamom Building , London Bridge, London, SE1 2YR

Legare is a beautifully compact and casual Italian eatery near Tower Bridge. Here, diners can expect a short and affordable but perfectly executed menu from ex-Trullo head chef Matt Beardmore.

Under £30
Italian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Kudu Grill

89. Kudu Grill

57 Nunhead Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 3TR

Cool and cosy Kudu Grill has found a winning formula with South African braai barbecue and a cracking cocktail list. Exposed brick, concrete and marble also make this low-key one of London’s most photogenic dining rooms.

£30 - £49
South African
Barbecue
SquareMeal London Top 100
Hackney Coterie

90. Hackney Coterie

230B Dalston Lane, Dalston, London, E8 1LA

While first impressions here are that it’s a trend-led restaurant, there are often surprising plates of food that evidence the kitchen’s commitment to low-waste cooking. Pork belly with watermelon was a favourite from our visit.

£30 - £49
International
SquareMeal London Top 100
12:51

91. 12:51

107 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1QN

James Cochran opened 12:51 the same year he won Great British Menu. Here, you can expect a seriously affordable five-course tasting menu or Sunday roast, pulling from Cochran’s Caribbean-Scottish heritage and prior career.

£30 - £49
Caribbean
International
SquareMeal London Top 100
Chuku

92. Chuku's

274 High Road, Tottenham, London, N15 4RR

Brother and sister duo Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick have tapped into their Nigerian heritage at Chuku’s - a homely restaurant that serves Nigerian comfort food in a relaxed ‘tapas’ style.

Under £30
West African
Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

93. Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

3 Yeoman's Row, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 2AL

If it’s steak you are craving then Hawksmoor will hit the spot every time. Along with excellent cuts of beef, a host of sauces and sides mean you can tailor your order to exactly what you are looking for.

£50 - £79
Steak
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Blacklock Covent Garden

94. Blacklock Covent Garden

16a Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HE

A haven for carnivores, Blacklock goes all-out, supplying hefty cuts of meat, roasts, endless bone marrow gravy, beef dripping chips and even beefy Marys. What sets it apart is how affordable it is despite being a trendy, central London opening.

£30 - £49
Steak
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Chez Bruce

95. Chez Bruce

2 Bellevue Road, Wandsworth, London, SW17 7EG

Chez Bruce is a true London institution, having been around for 30 years while retaining its culinary prowess. Diners at Chez Bruce are guaranteed excellent service, food and wine in a refined yet unpretentious setting.

£50 - £79
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Trinity

96. Trinity

4 The Polygon, Clapham, London, SW4 0JG

Trinity is a Michelin-starred neighbourhood restaurant where diners can enjoy four courses of modern European fare. Headed up by chef Adam Byatt, Trinity has been around for over 15 years and shows no signs of slowing down.

Over £80
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Bentley

97. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4DG

Another London institution, Bentley’s has been around for over 100 years, serving up only the freshest seafood. Richard Corrigan has been at the helm for some time now, ensuring the standard remains sky-high.

Over £80
British
Fish
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Palomar

98. The Palomar

34 Rupert Street, Soho, London, W1D 6DN

The Palomar is a bustling Soho restaurant, serving up small and large Israeli, Spanish and North African plates. Aside from the elegant dining room, there is the famous counter where diners can watch the cooks at work.

£30 - £49
Middle Eastern
International
SquareMeal London Top 100
Bao Noodle Shop

99. Bao Noodle Shop

1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DJ

Bao has proven itself as a successful concept, but the latest addition to the family is the brand’s Shoreditch noodle shop. Fluffy bun fans are catered for in amongst bowls of steaming broth punctuated with house-made noodles.

£30 - £49
Taiwanese
SquareMeal London Top 100
Ave Mario

100. Ave Mario

15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8QG

You can recognise a Big Mamma Group restaurant from a mile off, which will typically sport fabulously flamboyant interiors that are well deserving of a place on your Instagram feed. Head to this Covent Garden outpost for Italian plates that are just as OTT as the décor.

£30 - £49
Pizza
Italian
SquareMeal London Top 100

Once you’ve explored the top restaurants in London it might be time to spread your wings further afield. Our guide to the best restaurants in Scotland showcases exemplary cuisine north of the border, while our round-up of Cornwall’s best restaurants is perfect if you’re looking for beautiful seafood cooked in stunning surrounds.


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