London has quickly become a major foodie capital with exciting and diverse restaurants opening every month- it’s hard work keeping up. Italian, Cantonese, Indian, Peruvian, Israeli, you name it, London’s got it! Here are some restaurants you have to try when you are in London.
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well”- Virginia Woolf
Named as the sexiest restaurant in London it is an intricate fusion of east meets west. This Michelin starred restaurant boasts of wooden lattice screens carved out of dark English oak with electric blue lighting, making it a truly unique experience.
Headed by Chef Tong Chee Hwee the menu has a strong Chinese ethnic identity. The glamorous bar offers an innovative range of Asian inspired cocktails along with an award-winning wine menu.
Make sure you try their signature dim sum platter.
Bringing the spirit and flavours of Latin America, COYA will take you on an unforgettable journey as soon as you step inside. The vibrant Incan colours and bespoke furniture are complemented by the antique Latin American artwork.
The menu at COYA maintains the traditional element of Peruvian cooking with a variety of palate-teasing dishes. With a central ceviche bar and an open charcoal grill, you will be transported to the essence of Peru.
The colourful Pisco bar and lounge feature fine and rare tequila and an extensive rum list. All complimented with music exploring the Latin American culture.
Signor Sassi opened in 1984 and is still frequented by some of London’s most famous faces including politicians, sports stars and even Royalty. Serving hearty and delicious Italian and sensational seafood. Their extensive menu will give you the traditional taste of Italy in a cosy surrounding.
Make sure you try their signature Spaghetti Lobster – it’s to die for!
Cuisine: Russian and English
Bob Bob Ricard is known for pouring more champagne than any other restaurant in London thanks to its “Press for Champagne” button – how can you resist!
The eccentric blue and gold decor has taken its inspiration from Orient Express and the Golden Age of travel. The booth-dining in a glamorous setting will make you feel like you have entered a different era. Serving English and Russian classics with ingredients sourced from traditional producers, it offers comfort food for all occasions.
Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge’s is inspired by the rhythms of the seasons. Using only the ingredients that are harvested in their prime so the seasonal à la carte and tasting menus change as often as the weather.
The Fera bar is also based on the seasonal concept offering both seasonal and classic cocktails along with rare vintage wines by the glass thanks to the Coravin system.
Give their set lunch menu a try!
Inspired by Colonial India’s gymkhana clubs, the decor truly reflects this with ceiling fans which hang from a dark slatted oak ceiling, lamps from Jaipur and barometer hanging on the walls.
This Michelin starred restaurant serves classic and contemporary Indian cuisine. The focus is on sharing dishes, chatpatta and boldly spiced. The bar specialises in classic Indian cocktails which are infused with spices.
Cuisine: British Steak and Seafood
Londoner’s firm favourite: Hawksmoor, known for its top quality steak and seafood. The menu at Hawksmoor revolves around the best ingredients available, beef from grass-fed cattle, sustainable seafood from the British coast along with seasonal fruits and vegetables.
The decor is similar across all Hawksmoor restaurants with wooden panels and leather upholstery giving it a relaxing yet seductive feel.
Alan Yau’s latest masterpiece Park Chinois, inspired by the golden era of French Chinoiserie. With sparkling decor, rich in detail and intimate setting while live music plays in the background you will feel like you have entered into an era of decadence and indulgence.
Sourcing its finest ingredients from all around the world. The menu boasts a rich tapestry of Chinese dishes, inspired by seasons and various unique flavours.
Perfect dinner and dance!
Vibrant and buzzing, located in the heart of Soho. Serving modern day food of Jerusalem. You can instantly feel the heat from the kitchen as soon as you enter.
Enjoy the buzz from the bar kitchen seats or make your experience more intimate with the restaurant inside decorated with dark oak panelled walls, banquette seating in royal blue leather.
Restaurant Story is inspired by Tom Sellers’ culinary career and the history of British food. The premise is simple: they seek to tell a story through the food they serve. They want to share memories with what you through what you see, smell and taste.
Tom Seller tells his story through an ever-evolving tasting menu which is based on seasonal dishes paired with an exclusive wine list. The restaurant gained its Michelin star just after five months of opening and has retained it ever since.
Cuisine: British and European
Serving from sunrise till sunset this 24/7 restaurant has a dedicated glass lift which will whisk you up to the 40th floor of Heron Tower. It takes dining to a new height with breath-taking views of London.
The dishes are designed for sampling and sharing and are to be complemented by their delicious cocktails.
BY TIA SEJAL