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November 2020: The best restaurants in London have had to truly think on their feet, this year. The good news is that as of December 2, they can welcome back customers. And even better news, the 10pm curfew from before lockdown has been altered to allow for an extra hour of eating and drinking. They’ll be different for a while – embracing social-distancing measures or, in some cases, sprawling outside on to pavements (yes, we know, bring a coat) – but the restaurants listed below are back open for bookings. And many are continuing the deliveries and meal kits we’ve all learned to love this year – go on, show your favourites some love and get booking/ordering.
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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