London is an international city and world leader in all forms of art, including the culinary. So as expected, you'll find a mix of incredible ethnic cuisine along with a wealth of Michelin star restaurants. By our account, these are the absolute best.
Best Restaurants in London
The Ledbury | Contemporary European | Notting Hill
Bold and unique dishes served up with traditional British ingredients that are as scrumptious as they are imaginative. This restaurant is run by premier Australian chef Bret Ellis and, after receiving two Michelin star awards, has become near impossible to sit in. The restaurant recommends and 8 weeks in advance reservation, if you can do it, then we highly recommend it. The Ledbury is as much an experience as it is a modicum of London's culinary apogee.
Ceviche | Peruvian | Soho
Flavors pack a zesty yet energizing punch at this local favorite. Naturally, the menu features a wide range of fresh fish in tangy, citrusy and flavorful combinations paired with bold cocktails. This a spot to sit down with friends and while away the time.
Gymkhana | Indian | Mayfair
For some fun context, ‘Gymkhana’ is an Anglo-Indian coined during the British Regency period of colonial India and referred to 'gentlemen’s clubs'. This Michelin starred Indian restaurant fuses the bombastic flavors of colonial India with modern European to produce am an inimitable dining experience. Reminiscent of the era, Gymkhana’s decor includes dark paneled wood, stone walls, and a par excellence air of high society socializing.
The Wolseley | British Cafe | St. James's
The Wolseley is a staple of Britain's "cafe society," with a poised staff, grand Art Deco showroom and an all day menu, not to mention afternoon tea. Wether it's the fantastic food, or the opulent atmosphere and crowd, there's a feeling of eventfulness to eating at The Wolseley. Don't be thrown off by the institutional feel of the place, though, this same showroom was once a car dealership and a bank before it was serving up ice-cold oysters and fresh caviar.
Bao | Taiwanese | Soho
You might not always have time for a full-fledged dinner, so Bao's might be a great stop for an informal lunch. The plates here are both causal and largely inventive. Bao makes an interesting use of traditional flavors and ethnic cuisine to give you fiery plates, explosive flavors, and creations like their confit pork bao and pigs blood cake. Drop in while you're shopping or strolling in the area.
Texture | Icelandic | Marylebone
Headed by chefs Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset, protégés of Raymond Blanc, Texture opened it's doors and quickly rose to Michelin Star status. And although Icelandic might not be at the top of our minds, you'll find that the riveting use of fresh ingredients serves up a menu that will embolden your appetite for fresh seafood dining. Texture also boasts of an impressive, if not unique, wine list. For a full experience consider their £79 per person tasting menu.
The Barbary | Middle Eastern | Covent Garden
The barbary is likely the best Israeli food in town, and their charred octopus is unmatched. The modern eatery offers an assortment of small gourmet plates to share. The place has a casual vibe and an affordable menu, making it a great place to drop in with a group of friends and start the night without overeating.
10 Greek Street | Contemporary European | Soho
10 Greek doesn’t take reservations and closes on Sundays, but that hasn't deterred crowds from flocking here for chef Cameron Emirali’s lofty comfort food. The menu features hearty dishes like Tamworth pork with apple chutney and risotto with butternut squash, burrata, and sage. But do not be deceived by our use of the word "comfort" food, this place is as much a tribute to London's culinary expertise all other upmarket eateries.
Sushi Samba | Japanese-Brazilian | The City
Not you average place, the menu is Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian fusion and includes dishes like yellowtail and jalapeño, and Wagyu gyoza with kabocha purée, sesame, and su-shoyu dipping sauce. It's also important to note that the restaurant is perched on a 39th floor, so wether or not you're a fan of the food, you'll still be getting quite the view.
Galvin At Windows | Mayfair
Galvin At Windows is a Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant that’s open late night with killer views of the city skyline from the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane. Signature cocktails and an impressive tapas menu make this one of the best restaurants in town, and a great spot for a late dinner.