The Best Restaurant In Every London Neighbourhood
Last Updated 8th October 2018
If we simply wanted to round up the best restaurants in London…
…well we’d have just created a big ol’ list like everyone else’s.
But what we thought might be much more useful would be for us to list out our #1 favourite restaurant in each London neighbourhood, so that you know where to go irrespective of where you find yourself in London. Now naturally listing just one restaurant per neighbourhood means that we’ve had to leave out large numbers of amazing London restaurants… and that hurts. So in some instances – mainly just to soften the blow in the event of our #1 choice being full – we’ve listed one or two alternative options for you to consider.
We’ve also dropped in the odd suggestion for amazing cocktail bars near our chosen restaurants, to help you choose a location for pre- and / or post-dinner drinks.
Selected on the basis of a strict set of criteria, namely –
1) Must Serve Supremely Delicious Food,
2) Must Have A Nice Atmosphere, and
3) Must Be Located Somewhere In London
– we’ve picked out what we truly believe to be the best restaurants in London in each neighbourhood.
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Soho | The Palomar
In an intensely competitive restaurant neighbourhood, The Palomar strike the balance of ambience, food, and service just right. Push open the front door and you’ll be enveloped in a steamy, zaatar-scented, shalom-giving haze, emanating from the sweeping steel dining bar and open kitchen. Take a stool and watch the theatrics, or retreat to the dining room at the back for an intimate Middle Eastern supper… READ MORE or see The Best Restaurants In Soho
Details: 34 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DN
Our favourite bar nearby: The Blind Pig.
ALSO AMAZING IN SOHO – Barrafina, which relocated from its original Frith St home to the ground floor of Quo Vadis (also run by the Harts), bringing its characteristic marble dining counter, bustling open kitchen and strangely Bavarian looking beer pumps along with it and Xu, where you can enjoy pan-fried Taiwanese dumplings in style.
Marylebone | Portland
Portland is an unfussy, independent, relatively small Modern European restaurant which not only specialises in serving high-quality produce and wild game, but which also specialises in serving pie (and when they combine the two in their truffled wild game pithivier, well, that’s reason enough to visit alone). But you’ll find the sleek, pared-back surroundings, Michelin Star rating and monthly-rotating wine list equally persuasive… READ MORE
Details: 113 Great Portland Street, Marylebone, W1W 6QQ
Our favourite bar nearby: Clarette.
Bloomsbury | Noble Rot
From a wine-obsessed pair who also founded a wine magazine (named Noble Rot), this wine bar – aside from serving some of the nicest bottles of grape hooch in the land – is also a restaurant. Book a table in there and you’ll enjoy dishes like raw Hereford beef with pickled walnuts and dripping croutons; smoked eel gazpacho and lovage; cherry and pistachio mille-feuille and an ever-changing French cheese plate: all assembled by a Michelin-star experienced chef, and expertly paired with different wine recommendations each day. READ MORE
Details: 51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB
Our favourite bar nearby: The Bloomsbury Club Bar.
Fitzrovia | The Ninth
The Ninth is a laidback, neighbourhood date spot in the heart of Fitzrovia. But it’s also – more importantly – serving up some serious (read: Michelin starred) food cooked by chef Jun Tanaka, who’s reached this point after training under Marco Pierre White; before going on to hone his craft in the kitchens of places like Le Gavroche, Chez Nico and Pearl in Holborn. Cloaked in exposed brick walls, antique mirrors and seductive lighting, this is the place to come for razor clam ceviche or pan-fried gnocchi, accompanied by the world’s longest wine list. It’s excellent. READ MORE
Details: 22 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2NB | NUDGE MEMBER PERK AVAILABLE
Our favourite bar nearby: Bourne and Hollingsworth Bar
ALSO AMAZING IN FITZROVIA – Clipstone! A sister restaurant to Portland (also on this list, below) Clipstone’s interior is a virtual blank canvas, with white tile walls swaddling the simple wooden floor & furnishings – presumably so as not to distract diners from what’s coming out of the open kitchen (which is a little more complicated…)
Covent Garden | Parsons
It’s not easy for a restaurant in one of the busiest parts of London to feel ‘neighbourhood-y’. But Parsons – a sibling of nearby wine-drenched eatery The 10 Cases – has local charm in buckets. It also has fresh seafood in buckets – the fresh catch of the day informing the daily specials, whilst starters and sides are anchored with the likes of sea trout tartare with Bloody Mary jelly, and Inverawe smoked salmon served on Guinness bread. It’s tiny, and it’s the most romantic fishmongers-turned restaurant you’ve ever been to. READ MORE or see the Best Restaurants in Covent Garden
Details: 39 Endell Street, WC2H 9BA
Our favourite bar nearby: The American Bar at The Savoy
ALSO AMAZING IN COVENT GARDEN – Tucked away in gorgeous, colourful Covent Garden nook Neal’s Yard, The Barbary features a weathered zinc bar that wraps around an open kitchen from which Barbary-inspired (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya) goodness like grilled duck hearts, huge Galician sirloin steaks and octopus mashawsha are served up. Also of note is the amazing Frenchie, a sleek Covent Garden eatery from the chef behind the vaunted, and insanely popular Paris restaurant of the same name (a name which, by the way, he was nicknamed by Jamie Oliver when he worked with him at Fifteen).
Mayfair | Indian Accent
Indian Accent was India’s top entry in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list; was voted runner up as New York’s Best Restaurant by Zagat, and has finally hit a career high – The Nudge’s pick for best restaurant in Mayfair. Low-lit and glossy, this should be first on your list when you want to impress someone, from the fragrant cocktails to the creative food, drawing not just on Indian but global cuisine. READ MORE
Details: 16 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HW
Our favourite bar nearby: The Connaught Bar
ALSO AMAZING IN MAYFAIR – The Guinea Grill, an admittedly pricey but wonderfully old’ school, tartan-carpeted, white-tableclothed steak & red wine sort of place. Feels like the clubhouse of an old Scottish golf course, so your Dad’ll like it. There’s also a private dining room called The Boardroom which seats up to 28
Holborn | The Holborn Dining Room
Whenever you’re next wandering around the Holborn area and, peckishly, decide that you’d like to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner inside the expansive ex-banking hall of a Grade II Listed Edwardian building; the interiors of which bear more than a passing resemblance to Balthazar, but which is set apart thanks to a menu full of classic British dishes including fish and chips with mushy peas and its dedicated pie room… go here. READ MORE
Details: 252 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7EN
Our favourite bar nearby: Scarfes Bar
Dalston | Pidgin
Coming to you from a former supper club chef and food writer, Pidgin is a glorious but tiny space, served up with stylish minimalism thanks to its pared back furniture and white walls. That’s because it’s saving its maximalism for the dishes, which arrive as part of an ambitious, daily changing four course set menu (and cocktail list). The food is roughly Modern British, with a whisper of Asian influences from time to time, and it is delicious… READ MORE
Details: 52 Wilton Way, E8 1BS
Our favourite bar nearby: Sapling
Shoreditch | Lyle’s
Lyle’s is a tribute to simple, honest British cooking by uberchef James Lowe (of Young Turks fame). Continuing the correlation between light, simple surroundings and excellent food, Lyle’s menu (à la carte at lunch, and a daily changing set menu come evening) features dishes like Dover sole with jersey royals and land cress; pollen with wild fennel and capers; and ricotta ice cream with Lancelot plums. It’s won a lot of awards, and you’ll soon see why. READ MORE or see the Best Restaurants In Shoreditch
Details: The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ | NUDGE MEMBER PERK AVAILABLE
Our favourite bar nearby: By Appointment Only
ALSO AMAZING IN SHOREDITCH – Brat, the super-fast Michelin star winning restaurant opened by former Kitty Fisher’s head chef Tomos Parry, and Rochelle Canteen, a nose-to-tail inspired, sort-of-secret restaurant located inside the repurposed bike shed of an old Victorian Era school’s grassy playground.
Hoxton | Morito
Remember when no-one cared about nostalgia? Those were the days. Like back in 1997, when Moro first opened and everything was all-new: like their fresh style of North African & Spanish Moorish tapas, or their then-innovative, stripped-back space with countertop dining and a wood-fired grill.
Well two decades later they opened a new place, Morito on Hackney Road.
And it’s amazing.
Details: 195 Hackney Road, Hackney, East London, E2 8JL
Our favourite bar nearby: Happiness Forgets
Clerkenwell | St John
St. John is probably the best value Michelin Star in the city. Reasonably priced, and changing daily, the menu is famed for its nose-to-tail philosophy, but in addition to alternative cuts of meat, you’ll find the likes of cured seatrout served with cucumber and dill; langoustines; poached rabbit; and freshly-baked madeleines (which can be ordered by the dozen). READ MORE
Details: 26 St. John Street, Smithfield, EC1M 4AY
Our favourite bar nearby: The Zetter Townhouse Bar
Farringdon | Quality Chop House
Behold a place that totally lives up to its name.
A 19th-century working man’s eating house – revamped as a Modern British dining room and wine bar – The Quality Chop House has been feeding the residents of Farringdon, and those from a little further afield, since 1896. And it was all getting a little ‘meh’, until 2012 when the grade-II listed dining room was taken over by new owners, who overhauled the menu, the service… and added cushions to the wooden benches.
Which was nice.
Details: 88-94 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon, The City, EC1R 3EA
Our favourite bar nearby: Oriole
Bethnal Green | Sager + Wilde
A gorgeous sibling to their Hackney wine bar, Sager + Wilde manages to pack an awful lot beneath one railway arch. At bistro-style tables either indoors or out on their al fresco terrace, you’ll be served extraordinarily tasty dishes from wünderchef Chris Leach, accompanied by some of the finest wines known to man, thanks to co-owner and wine-whizz Michael Sager. READ MORE
Details: 250 Paradise Row, E2 9LE
Our favourite bar nearby: Mother Kelley’s
ALSO AMAZING IN BETHNAL GREEN – The stripped-back, airy space serving up a daily menu of beautifully seasonal European fare that is Brawn.
Hackney | Cornerstone
The debut restaurant from Tom Brown, Cornerstone (which, as soon as it opened, immediately looked like the foundation of something big) has a distinct industrial / minimalist feel. It has a small open kitchen from which the chefs cook up an unsurprisingly seafood-driven menu which rotates according to whatever Poseidon allows the day boats to snap up.
Details: 3 Prince Edward Road, Hackney Wick, Hackney Wick, E9 5LX
Our favourite bar nearby: St John at Hackney Brewery
Haggerston | Berber & Q
Perched inside an old railway cavern in Haggerston, this exposed-brick, industrially styled space sees some pretty unusual fusion cuisine plated up on its wooden tables: Middle Eastern recipes (expanding to North Africa and the Ottoman), cooked using American BBQ techniques. Which, if you’re wondering, takes the form of dishes like smoked pork belly with pomegranate molasses BBQ sauce, harissa hot wings, and dirty-fried mejadrah (a type of sweet rice) with sumac onions and barberries. You won’t find better Middle Eastern BBQ in town, trust us.
Details: Arch 338 Acton Mews, Haggerston, E8 4EA
Our favourite bar nearby: Super Lyan
Spitalfields | Som Saa
Som Saa’s regularly rotating menu features a few of the favourites from the popup where it first gained a following – like nam dtok pla thort (deep-fried seabass with Isaan herbs and roasted rice powder) – alongside newcomers like gaeng daeng moo yaang (a red curry of grilled pork, green banana and holy basil) and wok-fried pad char ahaan talay, with prawns, clams, and squid with lime leaves & wild ginger. READ MORE
Details: 43A Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BD
Our favourite bar nearby: Hawksmoor Spitalfieds Bar
Stoke Newington | Perilla
Perilla is an “anti-fine dining fine dining restaurant”. And as it turns out, hypocrisy tastes delicious. More specifically, it tastes like seaweed bread brushed with roasted lamb fat, roast kale with cod roe, and cuttlefish bolognese; complimented by a concise yet worldly wine list, simple, flower-laden tables, and a strongly botanical cocktail menu. READ MORE
Details: 1-3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, N16 9BS
Our favourite bar nearby: Original Sin
Greenwich | Craft London
Behold Craft London – a three-tiered temple to Modern British and internationally-influenced cuisine in Greenwich, which comes to you courtesy of chef Stevie Parle (Rotorino, Pastaio) and uber-stylish designer Tom Dixon. Dishes on the menu – which, since you ask, do all use locally sourced ingredients from independent producers and honey made by their own on-site bees – include Galloway sirloin with marrowbone bread sauce and lovage liquor, wood-grilled scallops with anchovy fritters and cauliflower; and cardamom ice cream with pepper crumb and wild strawberries. READ MORE
Details: 1 Green Place, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0SQ
Our favourite bar nearby: Little Nans
Lewisham | Sparrow
Sparrow is the first restaurant venture from culinary couple Terry Blake & Yohini Nandakumar, who between them have CVs listing St. John, Bao, Pollen Street Social and The Square. They’ve taken over a bright and airy space in Lewisham, lined it with swathes of teal butchers’ tiles, and created a central open kitchen, in which they plate up dishes like malt duck with chilli jam, glazed ham on sourdough with a rhubarb relish, and condensed milk ice-cream affogato. READ MORE
Details: 2 Rennell Street, Lewisham, SE13 7HD
Our favourite bar nearby: Model Market
London Bridge | Padella
Perched on the edge of Borough Market, Padella serves only fresh, hand-made pasta (which you can see being made from the window, all day) and antipasti. But it’s the pasta you’re here for. It comes in a short-but-sweet list of just ten dishes, almost all of which costs less than a tenner. You’ll find pappardelle with 8-hour beef shin ragu, tagliarini with Dorset crab, and duck mezzaluna with sage butter. READ MORE
Details: 6 Southwark Street, SE1 1TQ |
Our favourite bar nearby: Aqua Shard
ALSO AMAZING IN LONDON BRIDGE – And yes, get the whole “is this London bridge, Borough or Bermondsey?” conversation… but these places are basically our favourites in and around London Bridge station”. So there’s the amazingly cute and delicious Casse-Croute on Bermondsey Street; and the ultimate “date to impress” spot, with panoramic views of London, that is Aqua Shard.
Peckham | Kudu
Credit: Claire Menary
Kudu is a relative newcomer, bedding down in a rose-tinted, bare plaster-walled Peckham dining room, in which a former Paradise Garage chef plates up luxurious and beautiful South African-inspired dishes with foraged ingredients. Expect numbers like pig’s head tortellini with mushroom and hay broth, and chicken parfait with leek ash cracker – plus Boerewors sausage with romesco for brunch. READ MORE
Details: 119 Queens Road, SE15 2EZ | Our favourite bar nearby: Pedlar
Clapham | The Dairy
The Dairy was once… a dairy. And it’s nodding to its roots by serving smoked bone marrow butter on fresh sourdough as a mere amuse-bouche to the plates you’ll be following up with – which might be along the lines of truffled brie de meaux on toast with their own rooftop-made honey; chicken oysters with crispy skin and burnt kale; and desserts like salted caramel with cacao and malted barley ice cream, after which you can sink a cocktail…or four. READ MORE
Details: 15 The Pavement, Clapham, SW4 0HY
Our favourite bar nearby: Humble Grape
ALSO AMAZING IN CLAPHAM – The “Amalfi Coast In Clapham” that is the amazing Sorella.
Brixton | Salon
Artfully distressed plaster walls, a top-notch wine list and ridiculously good seasonal cooking from ex-Brunswick House chef Nicholas Balfe makes Salon one of the most successful pop up to permanent stories ever. Head in to the former hair salon, and you’ll be able to pick from BBQ pork neck with ‘allotment greens’ and nectarine syrup; cod cheeks with tomatoes and black garlic; and caramelised buttermilk with berries and hibiscus… READ MORE
Details: 18 Market Row, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LD
Our favourite bar nearby: Three Eight Four
Pimlico | La Poule Au Pot
This little French restaurant makes the word ‘quaint’ seem like a quaint understatement. It’s cozy, wood-filled, romantic, wicker-laden, and a tiny bit elegant to boot. And the food is, similarly, delightfully French with coq au vin, escargots, bouillabaisse, and poule au pot (chicken in a pot). It’s glorious. VIEW DETAILS
Details: 231 Ebury Street, SW1W 8UT
Our favourite bar nearby: Clarendon Cocktail Cellar
Wimbledon | The White Onion
Found up in Wimbledon “the fancy part” Village, TWO is a modern French bistro with very high aspirations. The menu upscales standard fare into dishes like asparagus poached in dashi; crispy duck egg with duck leg rillettes & black truffle; and 7 hour-cooked Suckling pig with a Calvados jus. Not too shabby. VIEW DETAILS
Details: 67 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5EE
Our favourite bar nearby: 601 Queen’s Road
Balham | Milk
Otherwise known as M1lk, this bright, breezy, brilliant little cafe space is primarily known for their brunches (try the baked eggs), but are also open for dinner service too, serving dishes like jerk pork ribs with pickled burnt pineapple; and pot-sticker chicken dumplings. READ MORE
Details: 18-20 Bedford Hill, SW12 9RG
Our favourite bar nearby: The Owl at Foxlow
Battersea | Nutbourne
Coming to you from the three brothers behind The Shed in Notting Hill and Chelsea’s Rabbit, Nutbourne features a menu of their signature seasonal yet creative British dishes, prepared using produce from their eponymous family farm. Even the wine menu features a considerable crop of Nutbourne’s offerings, which perfectly accompanies numbers like BBQ scallop with tarragon butter and sea purslane; malt-braised pork cheeks with truffled celeriac and elderflower, and salads drizzled with a Champagne vinaigrette. It’s upmarket food in shabby-chic surroundings, and it’s delicious. READ MORE
Details: 29 Ransomes Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea, SW11 4NP
Our favourite bar nearby: Bunga Bunga
Elephant & Castle | Louie Louie
A hit with critics and locals alike, Louie Louie takes the pared back aesthetic of a local coffee shop and marries it with a food offering that’s not local at all, by regularly shipping in chefs from across London and further afield to keep the menu fresh and ever-changing. Their inaugural residency featured Tel Aviv-born chef of the moment, Oded Oren, while Fumio Tanga is currently on the pans cooking up Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (a Japanese savoury pancake dish). Downstairs is a sleek cocktail bar and vinyl haven that’s home to regular live music nights, too. READ MORE
Details: 347 Walworth Road, SE17 2AL
Our favourite bar nearby: Late Night Louie
East Dulwich | Franklins
With more than a touch of St John about it, Franklins is the neighbourhood restaurant we all wish we could have on our doorstep. Cosy, comfortable, with warm service, it’s made for wrapping up of a winters evening and settling in to towers of meaty venison haunch; pickled pigeon with frisée and aubergine; and guinea fowl with butternut squash. A daily changing menu ensures there’s always something for everyone, while a smattering of tables on the pavement make it an equally good option on warmer days. Don’t miss a visit to their farm shop over the road.
Details: 157 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HX
Our favourite bar nearby: Blake’s at The Clock House
Notting Hill | The Ledbury
The Ledbury has won two Michelin stars, regularly appears in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list (currently: No.42), and routinely gets called one of the best restaurants in London by, well, everyone. And it is. The interior has smooth parquet flooring, white tablecloths and a neutral palette that would scream ‘classy fine dining’ if that wasn’t so uncouth; and the food includes regularly rotating dishes like white beetroot baked in clay with smoked mackerel, and Yorkshire grouse with lemon thyme & brioche. It won’t disappoint. If you can get a table, that is. READ MORE
Details: 27 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ
Our favourite bar nearby: The Distillery
ALSO AMAZING IN NOTTING HILL – Specifically, in Ladbroke Grove: 108 Garage, which is located inside a a former garage. Thankfully the cars have gone, but you can now take yourself there to refuel via a menu of inventive fusion dishes from chef Chris Denney.–
Hammersmith | The River Cafe
Now open for decades, The River Café has become mainstream for a reason. Focussing on serving just really, really great food, they’ve so far earned a Michelin Star, snagged an MBE for co-founder Ruth Rogers, and incubated future greats like Jamie Oliver, Theo Randall and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. And like a fine wine, it’s aged very well. READ MORE
Details: Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, W6 9HA | Our favourite bar nearby: Pergola Olympia
Knightsbridge | Dinner by Heston
Joining forces with historians from the British Library and Hampton Court, Heston Blumenthal has managed to create the only restaurant in the UK which can boast two Michelin stars and a dish called ‘meat fruit’. A time-travelling menu, anachronistically suave interiors and a historically accurate pineapple roasting pulley all combine to make one of the most unusual and exquisite dining experiences in town. READ MORE
Details: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
Our favourite bar nearby: Barts
Chelsea | The Five Fields
The Five Fields are in the business of serving you seasonal fine dining. And frankly, they’re outstanding in all five of them. The creamy interiors are all about old-school swank, but the dishes, served in the form of evolving taster menus designed to showcase the freshest produce available, are creative, unusual, and entirely delicious. READ MORE
Details: 8-9 Blacklands Terrace, SW3 2SP
Our favourite bar nearby: Barts
Richmond | Petersham Nurseries
The Petersham Nurseries Café – which isn’t a café at all, but a restaurant – is one that used to have a Michelin Star. They famously hated it, because of the heightened expectations that diners now had, hoping for fine dining in what is, essentially, a greenhouse. Which ironically is precisely what makes it so good; you’re eating food a few yards away from where it was grown. As long as you go into it expecting something simple, rustic, and homely, you’ll love it.
Details: Church Lane, Petersham Road, TW10 7AB
Our favourite bar nearby: No1. Duke Street
Fulham | The Harwood Arms
The Harwood has taken the gastropub ball, run with it, and scored a try – it’s not a pub with a great menu, it’s a (Michelin starred) restaurant with a great bar. The food is extremely British (grilled haunch of venison, halibut with brown shrimp, etc.) and cooked impeccably by former Ledbury and Elystan Street chef Sally Abé. And you can just pop in for a beer if you fancy.
Details: Walham Grove, SW6 1QP
Our favourite bar nearby: The Little Blue Door
Camden | The Cheese Bar
A permanent brick-and-mortar upgrade from The Cheese Truck that’s been roaming the UK for the past four years selling point-perfect toasties, and other oozy goodness, this is a restaurant dedicated to cheese. READ MORE
Details: Camden Stable Market, NW1 8AH
Our favourite bar nearby: BYOC
Angel Islington | Oldroyd
Tom Oldroyd is anything but old. He opened this, his first solo restaurant, at the tender age of 33 in 2015, and since then has seriously impressed the dining public, with modern European dishes like goat curd with peaches and grilled leeks; mackerel a la plancha with shaved fennel; heirloom tomatoes with chilled crab bisque… and chocolate mousse with salted pistachio praline to finish. READ MORE
Details: 344 Upper Street, Angel Islington, N1 0PD
Our favourite bar nearby: The Bar With No Name
Highbury | Farang
From young uberchef Seb Holmes – who earned his Thai stripes at The Begging Bowl and Smoking Goat – everything at Farang is served in both small and larger plate portions so you can mix & match fragrant stews like Cornish mussels in a coconut-scented green curry broth; spicy meat dishes like flat iron-grilled beef steak with roasted chilli jaew (a kind of dipping sauce); and fresh veggie options like aromatic crispy wontons and dipping vegetables. READ MORE
Details: San Daniele, 72 Highbury Park, N5 2XE
Our favourite bar nearby: Bourne and Hollingsworth
ALSO AMAZING IN HIGHBURY – Named after odd looking conical houses in Apuli, Italy, Trullo is that contemporary little trattoria that you always dream of finding when you’re on holiday, but sadly never do. Why? Because it’s in Highbury.–
Finchley | Izakaya Japan
Izakaya Japan is small, but perfectly formed. Simple wooden furnishings, and excellent Japanese food – expect all manner of sushi & sashimi, salmon teriyaki, miso aubergine, vegetable tempura, chirashi dons, and more.
Details: 356 Regents Park Road, N3 2LJ
Tufnell Park | Ceremony
This eatery was so well received when it opened last year, it’s practically an awards Ceremony. Exposed brick walls, retro touches and a muted colour palette come together to create a relaxed, understated aesthetic that’s perfect for a local date night. Cocktails come courtesy of a former Milk & Honey ‘tender, while the dishes are flavoursome, creative and stunningly presented – oh, and they all happen to be vegetarian. READ MORE
Details: 131 Fortess Road, NW5 2HR
Our favourite bar nearby: Ladies and Gentleman
King’s Cross | Supawan
There are a lot of good Thai spots in London, but this is a Supawan. The Thai team on the pans are serving up some of the less typical dishes of the cuisine, and make some hella punchy curry pastes in house. Don’t leave without trying the tamarind sorbet – it’s nothing short of remarkable. READ MORE
Details: 38 Caledonian Road, N1 9DT
Our favourite bar nearby: Spiritland
ALSO AMAZING IN KING’S CROSS – Coal Office, a restaurant from legendary chef Assaf Granit, the man behind The Palomar and The Barbary, who’s created a typically inventive Middle Eastern menu featuring small plates like Kingfish sashimi with ginger vinaigrette, in-between plates like baked bone marrow shawarma, and big plates like beef fillet with black chickpea stew & poached egg. Beautiful.
Hampstead | Jin Kichi
Jin Kichi is an elegant, authentic and extremely romantic (assuming you go with the right person) little place, serving up fantastic Japanese food from a centrepiece robata grill. Expect grilled chicken, beef, pork, and fish, on the coals, alongside sushi, and shochu cocktails.
Details: 73 Heath Street, NW3 6UG
Our favourite bar nearby: Bobby Fitzpatrick
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