May 2021: On the 17th of this month, London takes a big step back towards normality. With restaurants able to open their indoor seating areas, diners are no longer limited to venues with outdoor sections and terraces. The deliveries and meal kits that kept us going last year are finally taking a backseat to the Proper Restaurant Experience. Whether that's the indoor fun palace of Gloria, Peckham diner Larry's or the cavernous interior of one of our favourite China Town dim sum emporiums, it feels weirdly good to be back inside.
The places on the Time Out EAT List have been handpicked by our local Food editor. They all have great food, but also offer a fantastic experience: great staff, a cool space, maybe a leafy terrace. And all at the right price. This doesn’t necessarily mean cheap (if you’re on a tight budget, check out our dedicated cheap eats list), but definitely does mean value for money.
From the special-occasion destination to the cult shipping-container spot, if it’s on this list, we think it’s awesome. And we reckon you will too.
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