London is truly spoiled with their selection of top-quality restaurants. From gorgeous cocktail lounges and whimsical bakeries to cheeky, traditional English pubs and Michelin Star dining destinations, your best bet would be to diversify your selections throughout your stay.
With so many choices, there are many to be discovered and recognized. Below are our eight notable restaurants to know in London ahead of your next trip across the pond.
Cheneston’s Restaurant @ The Milestone Hotel
The Milestone Hotel & Residences’ intimate and elegant restaurant emphasizes cutting-edge British cuisine. There is a particular focus on its wine list, which includes over 300 expertly selected vintages. For an intimate dining experience, guests can book a dinner in the Oratory, which is located just next to Cheneston’s, but can be privatized. Once the private chapel of the original house, today it offers the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. Couples can even get married in the Oratory, as the space has its wedding license, making this one of the smallest wedding venues in all of London.
After relocating to St James from Chelsea in June 2015, its new location inspired a new menu with the addition of a variety of salads, small plate options, and lighter dishes. The Indian restaurant also boasts a luxurious destination bar, which is open throughout the day for food and drink. Brunch is served on the weekends with live jazz and a menu that showcases and British and Indian fusion. Dishes to try include tandoori dover sole and wild Madagascan prawns marinated in green herbs. For dessert, go with the dark chocolate bomb surprise.
There may never be enough time for trying all of the afternoon tea selections in London. Brown’s Hotel has one that you simply can’t pass on, its “Detox” Tea-Tox Healthy Afternoon Tea. A bit of relief from the indulgence of the holiday season, its healthy approach to afternoon tea includes a selection of seasonal tea with bites like crushed avocado with pickled red onion and chili, grilled Mediterranean vegetables, and hummus with fried chickpeas. For your sweet ending, there is a selection of seasonal fruits and dips, raspberry compote and coconut yogurt, and chocolate and orange slice. Of course, it also serves a traditional afternoon tea.
Launceston Place in Kensington, once regarded as one of Princess Diana’s favorite restaurants, is now part of the D&D London portfolio. Head chef Ben Murphy was appointed in January 2017 and has since created his own distinctive style of modern European dishes that are both original and elaborate. The mid-century townhouse includes a 52-seat dining room and private dining room for up to 12 and features warm French gray walls with contemporary artwork. Dishes to try include the fig with ricotta, honey, and goat cheese; pistachio soufflé La Tante Claire; veal cheek with BBQ eggplant and dates; and duck with coffee, pear, and onion.
With locations in Soho, Westfield, and Market Hall, Pastaio is the spot to be for a perfectly portioned plate of house made pasta. Start with one of its Moju cold-pressed juices served in a bottle or a refreshing cocktail reminiscent of summers in the Hamptons like an Aperol spritz or cherry cooler. Most of its ingredients are sourced from local farms, like its Coombeshead Farm sourdough. For pasta, try the squash ravioli or any of the rigatoni dishes. The pasta itself deserves five stars. For dessert, a unique scoop is its almond, pistachio, and lemon ice cream.
Singapulah is a newly opened restaurant in Soho close to the British Museum by Singaporean restaurateur Ellen Chew (of Chinatown’s Rasa Sayang, Lobos, and more).
Chef Lynette Zheng has curated a menu of hawker dishes, many of which you cannot find in the UK, including bak chor mee (delicious noodles with minced pork), chargrilled iberico satay, and creamy roxy laksa. This is the only place you will find roxy laksa outside Singapore. That dish was founded in 1952, serving from a food cart outside a popular theater and made according to the same recipe ever since.
Singapulah features a bright and colorful dining room that is a classic take on traditional Singapore. It features 1940s-style decor with wooden furniture, clean walls, and periodical art.
Sussex Bar & Restaurant
The famed restaurateurs, the Gladwin Brothers, recently opened Sussex in November. The restaurant focuses on a traditional menu with dishes including Jerusalem artichoke and lemon sour cream, Sussex Venison Wellington, and pumpkin gnocchi with wild mushrooms. Noteworthy desserts include its caramelized custard tart, and English ripe cheeses with blackberry pastilles. The restaurant in Soho offers a set lunch and dinner menu. Another to experience is its Local & Wild kitchen table that seats up to 14 guests.
Wild Honey St James is the latest restaurant by chef and restaurateur Anthony Demetre, whose previous projects include Arbutus, Putney Bridge, and Les Deux Salon. This impressive corner site within Sofitel London launched in June and has a full-day menu boasting Demetre’s highly regarded modern European cooking, combining French techniques with the finest seasonal British produce. Think classic bouillabaisse Marseille-style; roast lacquered wild mallard, celeriac, quince — for two; and classic English custard tart, golden sultanas, pine nuts, salted butter.