When you’re visiting a new city, either for vacation or for business, finding a good place to eat is always one of the trickiest things to accomplish. You’re unfamiliar with the area, after all, so when you pick a restaurant it can be pretty hit or miss. In order to help you narrow down your potential dining options, we’ve compiled this quick article listing some of the best restaurants in London. We hope you find this information helpful for when you need to eat out in the The Big Smoke.
- Xi’an Impression. This Chinese restaurant is small and tucked away on a little side street (117 Benwell Rd, to be specific), but still manages to be quaint and welcoming while also offering an excellent variety of delicious Chinese dishes, many of which feature hand-pulled noodles and fresh vegetables.
- Westerns Laundry. This seafood restaurant (located at 34 Drayton Park, Highbury East) is reported to be one of the best and most popular seafood eateries in the city. And not only do they have a wide variety of fresh seafood dishes available, they also offer an extensive selection of natural wines.
- Delhi Grill. This delightful little eatery (located at 21 Chapel Mkt in Islington) offers a great selection of scrumptious snacks reminiscent of the street foods found in Delhi and Punjab. The atmosphere is comfortable and fun as well, since the interior decoration of the restaurant features bright and cheerful Bollywood posters.
- This popular neighborhood restaurant (located at 49 Columbia Rd) is owned and operated by friendly chef Ed Wilson, whose love for cooking is reflected in his incredible menu, which is changed daily to offer delicious seasonal dishes with an emphasis on fresh produce, fresh meats and seafood, and fresh pasta.
- Lyle’s. This restaurant (located at 56 Shoreditch High St) is quite popular as well, and puts on emphasis on season British produce while also offering fire-cooked seafood and more meaty options such as mutton and goat. Essentially, their menu focuses on serving traditional and seasonal British dishes that are both affordable and satisfying.
- Sushi Tetsu. Despite having only seven seats open at the best of times (the space is regrettably fairly small), this sushi restaurant (located at 12 Jerusalem Passage) is widely popular and considered the best sushi place in all of London. The atmosphere is also always guaranteed to be comfortable and welcoming, since it is run by a friendly married couple; Toru is the incredibly talented sushi chef while his lovely wife Harumi offers flawless hospitality to all of the restaurant’s patrons.
- Quo Vadis. This particular restaurant (located in Soho, at 26-29 Dean St specifically) also functions as a private members’ club as well. Originally established in 1926 by Pepino Leoni, it is now owned by brothers Sam and Eddie Hart and focuses on Modern British food. They are known for offering many vibrant and tasteful dishes; one such dish, the smoked eel and horseradish sandwich, is actually so good it was mentioned in a Times Magazine review in 2013 as a “must-have” item.