London's top 50 restaurants

Our critics' pick of London restaurants, cafés and gastropubs guaranteed to satisfy, for when only the best will do



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Time Out asked its food critics to come up with a list of the 50 best places to eat in London. And here it is: from capital curries to great gastropubs, as well as suggestions for where to eat on the cheap, if you want to impress, or are just looking for great service and value. Go forth and feed. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

The full list of London's top 50 restaurants

Eating out should always be a special occasion. The Time Out food and drink reviewers have put their 50 favourites into one appetite-whetting list, so now you can find the perfect venue for your next feast.

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Best brasseries

Out-of-hours dining is no problem at London's always open, always brilliant brasseries

Best British restaurants

From cutting-edge cuisine to firm culinary favourites, British food in London has made a dramatic comeback

Best Chinese restaurants

Grab some chopsticks and indulge in some of the finest Chinese cuisine London has to offer

Best French restaurants

London has no shortage of Gallic bistros and fancy fine-dining. Find the best French restaurants

Best gastropubs

Find the best gastropubs in London with fine food, choice ales, scrumptious ciders and world-class wines

Best Haute Cuisine restaurants

Big-ticket tables and world famous chefs: nowhere does five-star dining quite like London

Best Indian restaurants

From restaurants serving classic Moghul food to modern interpretations of pan-Indian cuisine

Best international restaurants

These international restaurants make the most of a world's worth of culinary inspiration

Best Italian restaurants

From rustic plates of pasta to finely crafted regional specialities, find the very best Italian restaurants

Best Japanese restaurants

Whether you're looking for shrines to sushi or a full-blown kaiseki experience

Best Korean restaurants

Korean food is now a popular choice for diners, and London has its fair share of great restaurants

Best Middle Eastern restaurants

Awaken your palates to the joys of smoky aubergines, saffron, pistachios and fresh hummus, falafel and kebabs

Best Modern European restaurants

Find the best fuse food influences from across Europe offering a delicious dining experience

Best North African restaurants

The variety of African food available can be overwhelming,  here are our best recommendations

Best Spanish restaurants

The best Spanish restaurants offer authentic Spanish cuisine in the heart of the city

Best South East Asian restaurants

Find London's best restaurants serving delicious South East Asian delights

Best vegetarian restaurants

For meat-free meals that are big on flavour, look no further than London's best vegetarian restaurants

The full list

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Users say


Great list - only I'm not a Londoner myself and not familiar with streets name. as a result I have to find out for each restaurant where it is located, to decide if I'm going to visit it or not. It's tedious; could you please be so kind to add, for example "Kensington", or "Soho" after the postcode? or the tube stop? Thanks


In the previous comment there is a typo. It should read Bryanston Street as the address for La Porte Des Indes.

Nicholas Bell
Nicholas Bell

Great post, very interesting and a great selction.


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Robbie Westacott

Great post, very interesting and useful. The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards are being held on Monday 29th April at the Guildhall in London. You can find out more by following this link -

Ivona Poyntz
Ivona Poyntz

As usual a great selction of weekly bests!


I've visited Hawksmoor Seven Dials on several occasions and whilst it's very good I can't believe it's the best London has to offer

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