Best Restaurants In Central London | Handpicked By The Nudge

Best Restaurants In Central London

Best Restaurants In Central London

The Best Restaurants In Central London

Last Updated: 25th April 2019 Main image: Barrafina

Central London: home to everything.

Including most of London’s best restaurants. Like charmingly nondescript Soho sex shop-style eateries; London’s best tapas; Michelin starred Indian; Jewish, Southern Spanish and North African fusion joints; and, of course, modest, affordable and loveable bistros.

All of which you can peruse right here, in this expertly compiled list of our favourite places to eat in Central London.


Frenchie best restaurants in central London

An insouciantly elegant spot for a date, a catch up with friends, or wining & dining the in-laws: Frenchie is somehow always exactly the spot you’ve been looking for, for any occasion. The creative Modern European dishes (read: bacon scones) are put together by lauded chef Gregory Marchand, and it has one of the best wine lists of any London restaurant. READ MORE

Details: 16 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8QH Open daily 12-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm

Sabor | A relatively recent addition to the city, Sabor comes from the greatly revered Nieves Barragán Mohacho, a former Barrafina chef who astutely noted the woeful lack of eateries combining the best of both tapas dining and traditional Spanish asador cooking. And luckily, she was about the best-qualified person in town to fix that… READ MORE

Details: 35-37 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BR Open Mon-Sat 12-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm, Sun 1-6pm

Bocca di Lupo | Italian food is delicious in pretty much anyone’s hands. But when it’s in the hands of a former Moro chef, inspired by regional culinary traditions and served in an elegant, white tableclothed dining room – it’s nothing short of miraculous. READ MORE

Details: 12 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7BB Open daily 12-3pm (3.30pm Sundays) & 5-11pm (9.30pm Sundays)

Blacklock Soho

Blacklock Soho - best restaurants in central London

When three former Hawksmoor employees open a restaurant, you know they’ve earnt their chops. And Blacklock Soho follows a killer formula of a concise menu (top-grade cuts of meat seared on a huge grill, with the help of an old Blacklock foundry iron); seriously well-priced drinks (made up tableside on their cocktail trolley); a great soundtrack; lively atmosphere; and a decent sprinkling of quirkiness (the whole place is set in a former strip club). READ MORE

Details: 24 Great Windmill Street, Soho, W1D 7LG | Open weekdays 12-3pm & 5-11pm; Sat 12-11pm; Sun 12-6pm

Parsons | Across the road from their first spot, The 10 Cases, Parsons is a miniature, understated gem of a restaurant. Set up like a romantic fishmongers (if you can imagine it), it’s an old-fashioned spot with soft retro pendant lighting, tiled walls and vintage wooden dining counters set around an impressive haul of fresh fish and seafood. And they know exactly what to do with it… READ MORE

Details: 39 Endell Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BA Open Mon-Sat, 12-2.45pm & 5-11pm

BAO | A small, slick Taiwanese street food-esque restaurant serving small plates, sides and steamed milk buns. Their story goes something like this: They travelled Taiwan, found inspiration from the Xiao Chi or ‘small eats’ restaurants in Taipei, returned to London, popped up at Pacific Social Club, opened a six seater bar and bun stall on Netil Market, and finally now – with the expert backing of the team behind TrishnaBubbledogsKitchen TableGymkhana and Lyle’s – are the proud owners of a fully functioning restaurant. READ MORE

Details: 53 Lexington Street, Soho, W1F 9AS Open Mon-Thur 12-3pm & 5.30-10pm (10.30pm Thur); Fri & Sat 12-10.30pm; Sun 12-5pm

The Palomar

Palomar - best restaurants in central London

A pulse-quickening, free-flowing, seafood-bearing, shalom-giving, modern day rebirth of traditional Jewish, Southern Spanish and North African foods. READ MORE

Details: 34 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DN Open Mon-Sat 12-2.30pm & 5.30-11pm; Sun 12.30-3.30pm & 6-9pm

Barrafina | Arguably London’s most prodigious Spanish tapas restaurant. If you want to argue. Queue up, take a seat at the brilliant white dining counter, and watch as the chefs behind it lovingly prepare the best in Catalan cuisine, from cuttlefish croquetas to the restaurant’s famous milk-fed lamb’s brains. READ MORE

Details: Locations in Covent Garden, Soho & King’s Cross | Various opening times

J Sheekey

J Sheekey best restaurants in Central London

A classy, old school seafood restaurant and a buzzier, transatlantic-style oyster bar tacked together in the back streets of Theatreland, with a little al fresco seating and a lot of London heritage. READ MORE

Details: 33-35 St Martin’s Court, WC2N 4AL Open daily from noon

Berners Tavern | Just as the phrase “Location, location, location” neatly sums up the ingredients of a good property, the following sums up the requisite parts of a great restaurant – “Chandelier. Atmosphere. Michelin Star-level executive chef serving several separate menus of modern European cuisine”. READ MORE

Details: The London Edition Hotel, 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3LF Open daily


Gymkhana - best restaurants in Central London

Welcome to Gymkhana: a cool and refined Indian spot feat. tandoor oven roasts, charcoal grills, seasonal curries, European & Indian-influenced game tasting menus, a relaxed atmosphere, well executed cocktails… and a Michelin star. READ MORE

Details: 42 Albemarle Street, St James’s, W1S 4JH | Open Mon-Sat 12-2.30pm; 5.30-10.15pm

10 Greek Street | Small, modest, and well priced, 10 Greek St. has made a name for itself as one of the best restaurants in central London, thanks in large part to the simple and easy-going menu of seasonal wild game meats, seafood, sweet desserts; and in larger part to its duck-fat roasted potatoes. READ MORE

Details: 10 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DH Open Mon-Sat 12-11pm (reservations for lunch only) & Sunday 12-9pm

La Bodega Negra | A secret subterranean Mexican restaurant and illicit tequila-infused, candlelit cocktail den located through the back of, and underneath, a charmingly nondescript Soho sex shop. READ MORE

Details: 9 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 5JFOpen Mon-Sat 5.30pm-1am; Sunday 6pm-midnight

The Wolseley

The Wolseley - best restaurants in central London

A palatial, marble-clad eatery in a former car showroom with afternoon tea, a reasonably priced brasserie à la carte, and caviar omelette. ‘Nuff said. READ MORE

Details: 160 Piccadilly, St James’s, W1J 9EB Open weekdays 7am-11pm, weekends 8am-11pm


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