Last updated: 6 Feb 2020

Just a few of my favourite places after living in London for 20 years. See the map or check the list for different cuisines below.


£££ A Wong
70 Wilton Rd, SW1V 1DE
Cuisine: Chinese fine dining
Peking duck tasting menu

£ Bone Daddies
31 Peter St, W1F 0AR
Cuisine: Ramen
Tonkotsu with Clarence Court egg
See also:

££ Bao Fitzrovia or Bao Soho
31 Windmill St, W1T 2JN or 53 Lexington St, W1F 9AS
Cuisine: Taiwanese bao
Cod black bao (Fitzrovia only); mapo aubergine rice (Soho)
See also: There’s a Borough Market branch with a Japanese twist that does an excellent prawn bao, but I prefer Soho or Fitzrovia

£ Bun House
26-27 Lisle St, WC2H 7BA
Cuisine: Canton-style steamed buns
Eat: Custard bun; chocolate and pig blood bun if available

££ Dinings SW3
Lennox Gardens Mews, Chelsea, London SW3 2JH
Cuisine: Japanese

££ Din Tai Fung
5 Henrietta St, WC2E 8PT
Cuisine: Dim sum
Eat: Xiao long bao and salted egg custard lava bun

£ Dishoom
22 Kingly St, W1B 5QP
Cuisine: Indian
Bacon naan and breakfast lassi; house black daal
See also:
There are various locations but the Kingly St one has the most character. King’s Cross is also great

£££ Gymkhana
42 Albemarle St, W1S 4JH
Cuisine: Indian (fine dining)

£ Hoppers
49 Frith St, W1D 4SG
Cuisine: Sri Lankan hoppers

£££ Indian Accent
16 Albemarle St, W1S 4HW
Cuisine: Indian (fine dining)
Tasting menu

££ Kiln
58 Brewer St, W1F 9TL
Cuisine: Thai

££ Kin + Deum
Crucifix Lane, SE1 3JW
Cuisine: Thai

£ Koya Soho
50 Frith St, W1D 4SQ
Cuisine: Japanese udon noodles
See also: Koya at Bloomberg Arcade

£ Monohon Ramen
102 Old St, EC1V 9AY
Cuisine: Ramen
Eat: Chilli sansho ramen or Mentaiko cream ramen
Tip: Arrive at opening time to avoid the queue

£ Okan Brixton East
338 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, SW9 8QH
Eat: Octopus takoyaki balls

££ Som Saa
43A Commercial St, E1 6BD
Cuisine: Thai

£ Smoking Goat
64 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JJ
Cuisine: Thai

£ Tayyabs
83-89 Fieldgate St, E1 1JU
Cuisine: Punjabi

£ Tiger & Pig
Brixton Village Market, 19 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PR
Cuisine: Taiwanese bao and Asian barbecue

££ Xu
30 Rupert St, W1D 6DL
Taiwanese fine dining


££ Barrafina
10 Adelaide St, WC2N 4HZ
See also: Barrafina Coal Drops Yard, Dean St and Drury Lane – each has a different menu

££ Brat
4 Redchurch St, E1 6JL
Cuisine: Basque-inspired seafood and great wine

££ Casse Croute
109 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XB
Cuisine: French (not very vegetarian-friendly)

££ Carousel
71 Blandford St, W1U 8AB
Great for: They do residencies with top chefs from all over the world, but there’s also an excellent seasonal lunch menu year-round

££ Casa do Frango
32 Southwark St, SE1 1TU
Portuguese chicken (posh Nando’s)

£££ Core by Clare Smyth
92 Kensington Park Rd, W11 2PN
Cuisine: British (fine dining)

£££ Davies and Brook
Claridge’s, Brook St, London W1K 4HR
Cuisine: American/global

£££ Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Cuisine: British (fine dining)

££ Evelyn’s Table
The Blue Posts, Cellar, 28 Rupert St, W1D 6DJ
Cuisine: Modern European seafood around a counter
Drink: Have a cocktail at The Mulwray or a G&T at The Blue Posts before or after dinner

££ Flor
1 Bedale St, SE1 9AL
Cuisine: Wine bar and bakery
Must-try: Scarlet prawns, burrata, anchovies on toast

££ José
104 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UB
Cuisine: Spanish tapas and great wine
Don’t miss: Pan con tomate – the best in the UK

££ Quo Vadis
26-29 Dean St, Soho W1D 3LL
Eat: Smoke eel sandwich

££ Lyle’s
Tea Bldg, 56 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JJ
Cuisine: British (fine dining)

£ Mar i Terra
14 Gambia St, SE1 0XH
Cuisine: Spanish tapas
Don’t miss: Braised aubergine

££ Noble Rot
51 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3NB
Cuisine: Wine bar with British food

££ Sabor
35-37 Heddon St, W1B 4BR
Cuisine: Spanish
Eat: Book the downstairs counter for tapas-style Spanish fine dining (great for a romantic date) or the upstairs asador for a lively atmosphere with wood-fired suckling pig or octopus

££ Silo
Unit 7 Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN
Cuisine: Zero-waste tasting menu

££ St. John
26 St. John St, EC1M 4AY
British nose-to-tail (lots of offal) with excellent wines
Must-eat: Bone marrow on toast (see pic)

£££ The Clove Club
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, EC1V 9LT
Cuisine: British (fine dining)

££ The Drop
Unit 22-24, Bagley Walk Arches, Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DH
Cuisine: British

££ The Garrison
99 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XB
Cuisine: British

££ The Marksman
254 Hackney Rd, E2 7SJ
Cuisine: British
Beef and barley bun

££ Two Lights
28-30 Kingsland Rd, E2 8AA
Must-try: Any of the potato rolls and flatbreads


££ Andina
1 Redchurch St, E2 7DJ
Cuisine: Peruvian picantería-style
Cancha corn, grilled octopus, picarones (sweet potato doughnuts)
Drink: Classic Pisco Sour
See also: Casita Andina, Ceviche Soho and Ceviche Old St

££ Ceviche Soho
17 Frith St, W1D 4RG
Cuisine: Peruvian ceviche/Nikkei
Cancha corn, Don Ceviche and lomo saltado
Drink: Classic Pisco Sour
See also: Ceviche Old St, Andina and Casita Andina

£££ DaTerra
8 Patriot Square, E2 9NF
Cuisine: Latin American-Italian fusion

££ El Pastor
7A Stoney St, SE1
Cuisine: Mexican taquería
See also:
 Casa Pastor and Plaza Pastor at Coal Drop’s Yard
Top tip: Tortillería Pastor at Stanworth St sells freshly made corn tortillas

££ Lima London
31 Rathbone Pl, W1T 1JH
Cuisine: Peruvian fine dining
See also: Lima Floral (slightly more casual)

££ Santo Remedio
152 Tooley St, SE1 2TU
Cuisine: Mexican

££ Yopo
20-21 Newman St, W1T 1PG
Cuisine: European with Latin American influences
Potato churros; radish and raw beef rolls; octopus tacos; ceviche


££ Berenjak
27 Romilly St, W1D 5AL
Cuisine: Persian

££ Black Axe Mangal
156 Canonbury Rd, N1 2UP

££ The Barbary
16 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP
Cuisine: North African

££ The Palomar
34 Rupert St, W1D 6DN
Modern Israeli


£ Padella
6 Southwark St, SE1 1TQ
Order: sourdough, burrata, pici cacio e pepe, pappardelle with beef shin ragu
Go: before 12 on a weekday or around 3pm on a weekend to beat the epic queue
Great for: Dates, cheap eats, midweek meet-ups (but go in small groups)
See also: Trullo in North London

££ Lina Stores
51 Greek St, W1D 4EH
Must-try: Tonno tonnato (starter), pici alla norcina and gnudi con burro e salvia (mains)

££ Luca
88 St John St, EC1M 4EH
See also: The Clove Club and Two Lights (from the same people)

££ Artusi
161 Bellenden Rd, SE15 4DH



£ Franco Manca
3-4 Market Row, SW9 8LD

£ Homeslice
13 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP

And of course Pizza Express (many locations)

Also Fresco London at Mercato Metropolitano



££ Arcade Food Theatre
103-105 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1DB
Essentials: Lina Stores, Casita do Frango

££ Borough Market
8 Southwark St, SE1 1TL
Eat: Doughnuts from Bread Ahead, which is also great for baking classes. And all the cheese, all the bread and all the brownies, then lunch at Padella or dinner at El Pastor

£ Maltby Street Market
Maltby St, SE1 3PA
Market orders: The Dirty Little Secret burger from African Volcano (if it’s available), a £5 Maltby Mary cocktail from Little Bird Gin and custard-filled doughnuts from St. John’s Bakery (which has now moved from Maltby St but just head under the arch and you’ll find it at 72 Druid Street)
Sit-down meal: Go to 40 Maltby Street
Go: Any time from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays – the earlier, the better
Extras: Peruse the antiques at Lassco and the various surrounding vintage shops

Mercato Metropolitano
42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
Order: Margharita or parmesan pizza from Fresco London

£ Pop Brixton
49 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PQ

£ Victoria Market Halls
191 Victoria Street, SW1E 5NE
Order: Reuben sandwich and a chocolate babka from Monty’s Deli; dim sum platter from Baozi Inn


££ Hawksmoor Air St (or Seven Dials)
5A Air St, W1J 0AD

££ Temper
25 Broadwick St, W1F 0DF

£ Meat Liquor
37-38 Margaret St, W1G 0JF


Bar Termini
7 Old Compton St, W1D 5JE
Great for: Dates

Frank’s Bar
7th-10th Floor Multi Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Ln, SE15 4ST
Great for: Summer nights

20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD

12 Old Compton St, W1D 4TQ

The Connaught Bar
Connaught, Carlos Pl, W1K 2AL
Great for: Special occasions

The Mulwray
The Blue Posts, First Floor, 28 Rupert St, W1D 6DJ
Great for: Dates



Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
14–16 Leather Ln, EC1N 7SU

Fernandez & Wells
1-3 Denmark St, WC2H 8LP, UK

163 – 167 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UW

London Grind
2 London Bridge, SE1 9RA

Monmouth Coffee
2 Park Street, SE1 9AB


Tanner & Co
50 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UD

The Blue Posts
28 Rupert St, W1D 6DJ
See also:
Evelyn’s Table, The Mulwray, The Palomar and The Barbary

The French House
49 Dean St, W1D 5BG

The Garrison
99 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XB
Cuisine: British

The Marksman
254 Hackney Rd, E2 7SJ
Cuisine: British
Beef and barley bun

The Oval Tavern
131 Oval Rd, CR0 6BR

The Woolpack
98 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UB


10 Cases
16 Endell St, WC2H 9BD

5 Bedale St, SE1 9AL

12 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD

1 Bedale St, SE1 9AL

Noble Rot
51 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3NB

Sager + Wilde
193 Hackney Rd, E2 8JL

The Drop
Unit 22-24, Bagley Walk Arches, Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DH
Cuisine: British

Image credit: St John