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Jason Allen 29/01/24

All The Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants in London

Bib Gourmands in London 2024 | Top-Tier, Wallet-Friendly Dining

When the Michelin Guide debuted, only a three Star restaurant was worth a special trip. A two Star spot was only worth a small detour, and a one Star eatery was only worth stopping at if it happened to be on the way to your ultimate destination.

Things have changed a little since then.

Standard have been raised. Like, a lot. And now, there’s a rating for restaurants that don’t quite make the cut for a Star, but which nevertheless deliver an exceptional meal. It’s called a Bib Gourmand – and here’s a list of all the London restaurants that have them, organised by area.

And yes… they’re all worth a special trip.

We’ve updated the list with the new Bibs for 2024: Empire Empire and Les 2 Garcons


Fresh, surprisingly affordable pasta in a cool, industrial Covent Garden space.

Bao Soho
If you like Taiwanese bao buns so good they generate perpetual queues, then this is your spot.

The Barbary
From the people behind The Palomar, a North African counter-dining spot in Covent Garden.

barbary michelin bib gourmand london

The Barbary

Soho’s own hole-in-the-wall-style Iranian kebab joint.

Brasserie Zédel
One of the best value meals you’ll find in London, served in a cavernous art deco space that looks a million bucks.

Hoppers Soho
Highly authentic Sri Lankan food in Soho.

hoppers michelin bib gourmand london


Imad’s Syrian Kitchen
Delicious, nourishing Syrian food in Kingly Court from big-hearted refugee chef Imad.

Regional Thai food inspired by roadside eateries, that is anything but middle of the road.

Kricket Soho
Indian small plates in a laid back space.

The Palomar
One of our favourite restaurants in London, hands down. Israeli food, perfectly executed. Get a seat at the bar.

palomar michelin bib gourmand

The Palomar

Pahli Hill
Fragrant Indian food in Fitzrovia, that comes with an eccentric cocktail bar below.

A smash as soon as it opened in 2019, Paradise can be found in Soho serving exceptional Sri Lankan fare in industrial surrounds.

Plaza Khao Gaeng 
A Thai canteen that could have been plucked straight from Bangkok, with ingredients sourced either from Thailand or grown by the chef himself.



The late Russell Norman’s “ugly but good” Clerkenwell trattoria, which has turned out to be very, very good indeed.

Gunpowder Spitalfields
Punchy, modern Indian food in a stylish space.

Gunpowder bib gourmands london


This casual Shoreditch spot specialises in fresh pasta and fresh charcuterie, and does them both extremely well.

A small and buzzy Italian restaurant with a distinct Middle Eastern & Moorish influence.

Popolo bib gourmand Restaurant


Quite possibly the best BBQ place in London.

St John Bread and Wine
The pioneers of nose-to-tail dining, who also happen to make the best doughnuts in the city.



Empire Empire | New for 2024
Disco-fuelled Indian food in Notting Hill from the crew behind Gunpowder.

Hereford Road
This former Victorian butcher’s shop still brings the meat, with nose-to-tail style dishes.

An understated space on a pretty street, Kateh serves some gorgeous Persian food.

Kateh restaurant bib gourmand


The Pelican W11 
A strikingly cosy and beautiful gastropub off Portobello Road, serving elegant Modern European small plates and dishes to share.



Les 2 Garcons | New for 2024
A classic & comforting little French bistro in Crouch End.

Some of the best, fieriest, Thai food in the city.

Plaquemine Lock
Strangely, one of the only New Orleans-style restaurants in the city. And it’s excellent.

From the Westerns Laundry team, this stylish space is actually a former garage. Park yourself there for some of the best European small plates in the city.

Primeur bib gourmands london


A comfortable, self-described “bourgeois” brasserie, you’ll find classic French fare, and excellent wines.

Some of the best Italian food in North London, from the team also behind Padella.

Westerns Laundry
Superb seafood in a modern industrial space. Everything here feels like they’ve hit the nail right on the head.



A sleek, modern izakaya where Japanese culinary techniques are applied to seasonal British ingredients.

From celebrity chef Jose Pizarro, this is his tapas-heavy flagship.

kudu london restaurants bib gourmand


South African food is a rarity in the capital, but Kudu makes you wish it wasn’t.

A modern, Southern Italian outfit with fresh pasta dishes hand-made daily by a former Trullo chef.

Hands down the best pound-for-pound meal in the city. Fresh pasta, hand-rolled each day, for extremely low prices.

padella michelin bib gourmand restaurant


Upstairs (at Trinity)
If you don’t fancy the formality of Michelin Starred Trinity, you can always head upstairs for a more casual (but also delicious) experience.


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