Time Out’s recommendations are by expert local writers.
For a venue to make one of Time Out’s recommended lists, the food has to be amazing, that’s a given. But we want more than that. We’re looking for a combination of cooking, atmosphere and experience that makes a place truly memorable. Some of these places are established icons of London’s dining scene, some are instant classics, some are future stars.
We won’t include a place just because it’s innovative, or expensive, or hard to book: it always has to deliver on flavour and value. It’s somewhere you’d tell your friends about; that you can’t wait to go back to.
If a restaurant is star rated, that means a Time Out expert local critic has independently reviewed it. Our reviewers book incognito, and pay their way. We get treated like regular diners – sometimes we get the table by the loos. Or we’re booted off our table after 90 minutes.
One star: avoid!
Two stars: not that great.
Three stars: good.
Four stars: really good.
Five stars: unmissable.
Prices are based on a three course dinner for two (or the equivalent amount of dishes), plus drinks and service at 12.5%.
£ = < £60 (affordable)
££ = £61-£100 (mid-range)
£££ = £101-£140 (expensive)
££££ = £140+ (blow-out)