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Google now shows you how busy London restaurants and bars will be

Sonya Barber

It's almost impossible to keep a good restaurant quiet in London. Often the queues are as legendary as the food. Luckily, Google can now tell you when the most popular times at London's best restaurants and most prolific dining spots are. The future, eh? 

Pitt Cue Co

Pitt Cue Co is as famous for the painfully long lines heading out the door as it is smokey signature ribs. This non-booking restaurant hits peak queue on Fridays 6.30pm when its audience of social media-savvy twenty-somethings line the Soho street. Head there instead on Saturday when it's a much more relaxed affair, and practically dead at midday.







Dishoom is the place to head when your gastronomic satnav says no to a Brick Lane curry. The queues at the Shoreditch branch might not be as enduring as Tayyabs but timing your visit is advisable. Grab an early dinner on a Friday at 6pm or soak up the more relaxed atmosphere on a Saturday lunchtime.







Meat Liquor

Meat Liquor offers next-level queuing to Marylebone diners, ready to wet their elbows with grease. Head down for a late bite on Friday around 11pm to grab one of their infamous burgers and follow it up with a mean cocktail or two until they eventually shut at 2am.








Social Eating House

Knowing when to go to London's top ten restaurants is priceless information. There's only a small difference in peak times but use any advantage in this gifted eatery. Find a magical lunch on a Friday or a late dinner on Saturday (they're open until midnight), expertly cooked by people at the top of their game at the Social Eating House.






Palomar is one of the West End's bars of the moment, thanks to pulse-quickening dance music, free-flowing drink, vibrantly flavoured dishes. If you're after a more relaxed dinner, opt for Friday night. 




Chutney Mary

After 25 years Chutney Mary is still one of London's top restaurants and it shows no signs of stopping. If you're after dinner at this plush Indian that redefined dining in London, choose Sunday over Saturday.



Burger and Lobster

By Friday evening Burger and Lobster starts filling and refuses to calm down until the end of the weekend. The only real option is to pitch up on a Friday at midday for a working lunch that carries on long into the afternoon.

Or head to one of London's other best restaurants. Be prepared to queue though...


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