Sure, we’ve delivered a list of the best restaurants in London, all neatly divvied up by price range. But how could we resist putting together a delectable countdown of the best tables in town? Join us as we run through our favourite new restaurants, classic British restaurants, modern Japanese restaurants and joints serving every cuisine in between to reveal the number one restaurant in Time Out’s greedy little eyes.
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Clive's Midtown Diner
Venue says: By popular demand fluffy American pancakes are now available all day at Clive's!
If you know your way around Manhattan, you’ll know that New Yorkers do not associate the term ‘midtown’ with anything remotely cool. That’s why, as a native of the Big Apple, it amuses me greatly to see a group of London businessmen lobbying to have Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles collectively renamed Midtown. Their Midtown Business Club has a website that explains the mission if you’re interested – but take my word for it, you’re not. The activities of the MBC may explain the name Clive’s Midtown Diner. This fairly new spot is a mere hole in the wall, so close to the British Museum that even Ginger the Mummy could probably manage the walk. But nothing about it evokes any association with midtown Manhattan. Come to think of it, it doesn’t really have much to do with diners either, apart from concentrating on sandwiches and salads (and some milkshakes as well). But it’s a very nice little place, in large part because it’s in an area that’s always lacked good-quality eateries. Maybe local restaurateurs figure that proximity to a major attraction guarantees success (ever been to a restaurant near the Vatican?), so they don’t need to try. Clive’s does not take that view. It tries hard, and sometimes it succeeds. A pulled pork sandwich (£7.50) featured a good wodge of well-seasoned pork, not at all dry. Onion rings (£3) were of fine quality, the batter crunchy and avoiding the heartbreak of oiliness. And the service, though slow at first, was incredibly sweet and friendly – wh
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We browsed our way around restaurants galore to find you the best tables in town. But what did you think of our top 100? Perhaps you think one of our lower entries is the capital’s finest eatery? Well here’s your chance to vote for your favourite restaurant in London.Read more
Book a table at the top 100
We've ranked our favourite restaurants in London, but what you really need to know is which ones have a table for you tonight. Don't worry, not all cool spots in the capital are no-booking restaurants. Whether you're heading for a Michelin star restaurant steeped in history or one of London's best new restaurants, sometimes it doesn't hurt to plan ahead. So scan through our list of bookable restaurants below and hit that big red 'book now' button to bag a seat at one of London's hottest tables.Read more