September 2020: The best restaurants in London are truly having to think on their feet. Not only have they had to completely rework how they do things under new rules and regulations, but they’ve now been hit with a 10pm closing time. But curfew, be damned – we’re still going to enjoy them. They’ll be different for a while – embracing social-distancing measures or, in some cases, sprawling outside on to pavements – but the restaurants listed below are back open for bookings. And some are even continuing the feelgood deals from the Eat Out to Help Out glory days (aka August) – find a list of discounts here or read on for the lowdown on the best tables back in town.
Welcome to the Time Out EAT List. The best restaurants in London, handpicked by our local food editor. Places that, yes, have great food, but more importantly will also guarantee you a good time. They might have a killer soundtrack, a cool room, or just really kick-ass service. Or dishes that go beyond excellent but make you smile, too. And all at the right price. Which doesn’t necessarily mean cheap (if you’re on a tight budget, check out our dedicated cheap eats list), but definitely means value for money. In short, the best restaurants, at every price point, across London.
From the special occasion destination restaurants to the cult shipping container spots, if it’s on the list, we think it’s awesome. And we reckon you will too.
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