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The Best Restaurant In Every London Neighbourhood

The Best Restaurant In Every London Neighbourhood

The Best Restaurant In Every London Neighbourhood

If we simply wanted to round up the 39 best restaurants in London… we’d just say 40. But we’re not. We’re rounding up the single best restaurant in every London neighbourhood. 

Or, at least 39 of them.

Selected on the basis of a strict set of criteria, namely 1) supreme deliciousness, 2) a superlative atmosphere and 3) being located somewhere; we’ve picked out each area’s classic, must-visit eatery. It’s the most delicious tour of London you’ve ever been on.

The Best Restaurant in Every London Neighbourhood | Last Updated: 10th September 2018


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CENTRAL

Soho | The Palomar

Palomar - best restaurants in London

In an intensely competitive restaurant neighbourhood, The Palomar have struck 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

Marylebone | Portland

Portland - best restaurants in London

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

Bloomsbury | Noble Rot

Noble Rot - best restaurants in london

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

Fitzrovia | The Ninth

The Ninth - best restaurants in London

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

Covent Garden | Parsons

Parsons - best restaurants in London

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

Mayfair | Indian Accent

Indian Accent - best restaurants in London

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

Holborn | The Holborn Dining Room

Holborn Dining Room - best restaurants in London

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

 

EAST 

Dalston | Pidgin

Pidgin - best restaurants in London

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

Shoreditch | Lyle’s

Lyles - best restaurants in London

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

Clerkenwell | St John

St John - best restaurants London

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

Bethnal Green | Sager + Wilde

Sager + Wilde - romantic restaurants in London

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

Haggerston | Berber & Q

Berber + Q - best restaurants in London

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. READ MORE
Details: Arch 338 Acton Mews, Haggerston, E8 4EA

Spitalfields | Som Saa

Som Saa - best restaurants in London

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

Stoke Newington | Perilla

Perilla - best restaurants in London

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

Greenwich | Craft London

Craft London - best restaurants in 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

Lewisham | Sparrow

Sparrow best restaurants in London

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

 

SOUTH

Bermondsey | Padella

Padella - best restaurants in South London

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

Peckham | Kudu

Kudu - best restaurants in London

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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

Clapham | The Dairy

The Dairy - best restaurants in London

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

Brixton | Salon

Salon Brixton - best restaurants in every London neighbourhood

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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
Details18 Market Row, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LD

Pimlico | La Poule Au Pot

La Poule au Pot - best restaurants in London

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

Wimbledon | The White Onion

The White Onion - best restaurants in London

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

Balham | Milk

Milk - best restaurants in London

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

Battersea | Nutbourne

Nutbourne - best restaurants in London

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

Elephant & Castle | Louie Louie

Louie Louie - best restaurants in London

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

East Dulwich | Franklins

Franklins - best restaurants in London

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

 

WEST

Notting Hill | The Ledbury

The Ledbury - best restaurants in London

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

Hammersmith | The River Cafe

River Cafe - Michelin star restaurants London

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

Knightsbridge | Dinner by Heston

Dinner by Heston - best restaurants in West London

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
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Chelsea | The Five Fields

Five Fields - best restaurants in London

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
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Richmond | Petersham Nurseries

Petersham Nurseries - best restaurants in London

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

Fulham | The Harwood Arms

Harwood Arms - Michelin star restaurants London

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

 

NORTH

Camden The Cheese Bar

The Cheese Bar - best restaurants in North London

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

Angel Islington | Oldroyd

Oldroyd - best restaurants in London

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

Highbury | Farang

Farang - best restaurants in London

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

Finchley | Izakaya Japan

Izakaya Japan Finchley - best restaurants in London

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

Ceremony - best restaurants in London

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

King’s Cross | Supawan

Supawan - best restaurant in every London neighbourhood

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

Hampstead | Jin Kichi

Jin Kichi - best restaurants in London

Jin Kichi is elegant and super authentic, serving up fantastic Japanese food from their centrepiece robata grill. Expect grilled chicken, beef, pork, and fish, on the coals, as well as sushi, and shochu cocktails.
Details: 73 Heath Street, NW3 6UG

 

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