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The Best Restaurants and Pubs in London, UK

The Best Restaurants and Pubs in London, UK

The Best Restaurants and Pubs in London, UK

Every year I visit my hometown of London and every year I’m asked for a list of my favorite restaurants by friends. So, on the off chance you are going to London and you like to eat, here is a collection of my old school favorites and a few new restaurants that are on my list for my next trip this summer.

  1. The Wolseley

    Previously a car showroom built in 1921, this William Curtis Green designed building on Piccadilly, became a bank in 1927 (it still has the safe) and was turned into a restaurant in 2003. What do I love about it? Well it has a great bar, champagne by the glass, and the menu is quintessentially British. It also offers afternoon tea and last orders are at 11pm. London is a civilized society. No going to bed early to get up and work out at 5am like we do in Los Angeles!

    The Best Restaurants and Pubs in London, UK

  2. J Sheekey

    Located in the West End, close to the theatre district. Fish pie, Cheese Soufflé and Treacle Sponge pudding.Where’s my nanny? Oh right I am a grown up now!Good traditional British food.

  3. La Famiglia

    Tuscan cuisine in Chelsea and this place opened 45 years ago! I have been going there and ordering the same dishes since the 80’s (the fried Mozzarella, yes fried cheese baby, in a tomato sauce). There is no place better for a big Sunday lunch. It’s loud and it’s fun!

  4. Cecconi’s

    Head to Mayfair for a perfect late dinner when it’s buzzing and fun, after you have had a glass of Dom or a chilled tequila (if that’s your bag) at Claridges.

  5. Scott’s

    This gem can be found in Mayfair on Mount Street where I once lived. Expensive but worth it.Serious dessert menu. Fish, pea soup and caviar. What more could you want? Don’t be fooled, the tip is built into the bill but it’s hidden.

    The Best Restaurants and Pubs in London, UK

  6. Dinings

    Probably the best sushi in the world. There are two locations, however, I prefer the one in Marylebone because it’s super small, below ground, and just cool. Again, not cheap.

  7. Roka

    Again, great sushi and they feature Japanese cuisine from the Robata grill. There are now Roka restaurants in Mayfair and all over the world.

  8. Scalini

    In Knightsbridge and is, according to my friends, arguably one of the best Italian restaurants in London.

  9. Lore of the Land

    Guy Ritchie’s “Foodie Pub.” Food, beer… again what more could you want?

    The Best Restaurants and Pubs in London, UK

  10. Kutir

    You can’t really go to London without going to a great Indian restaurant. Pass the Papadams please and don’t forget the chutney!

    The Best Restaurants and Pubs in London, UK

  11. A Wong

    My friends say this is the best Chinese food in London!

  12. Daphne’s

    Gorgeous Italian restaurant in Chelsea.

  13. The Ivy

    On King’s Road. Lunch in the garden is so pretty with hanging baskets of brightly colored flowers (yes, I’m a girl) and it’s fun!

    The Best Restaurants and Pubs in London, UK

  14. Wiltons

    Old school smart, aka posh!

  15. Palomar

    Middle Eastern fun, eat at the bar type of thing. Supposed to be fun.

  16. Chiltern Firehouse

    Late night drinks or dinner. Major scene. Love to stay at the hotel. Expensive–are you seeing a trend?

    The Best Restaurants and Pubs in London, UK

  17. The Enterprise

    Good Italian food, feels like a members clubin Knightsbridge/Chelsea.

  18. The Walmer Castle

    A pub vibe in iconic Notting Hill.

  19. Petersham Nurseries

    Two locations of lunch in the garden, amongst beautiful baskets of flowers. The Covent Garden version is quite a scene, great for pre-theatre dining or a business lunch.

    The Best Restaurants and Pubs in London, UK

  20. St James’s Cafe

    In St James’s park, walk to the bridge and you’ll see the iconic view fromThe Magic Christian, a 1969 film starring Peter Sellers/Ringo Starr. Then go to the cafe and have fish and chips or bangers and mash. Yum.

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