Most Loved Restaurants in London
Once upon a time a list of London's most loved restaurants would have been dominated by chippies and tea houses. Not so anymore. In 2013 Londoners were spoiled for choice when it comes to sophisticated, global dining. Here are the twenty London restaurants most beloved by our users.
Top restaurateurs Corbin and King restored this former car showroom into an elegant European cafe and restaurant on London's posh Piccadilly. Opened in November 2003, it's been a consistent London favorite since.
The omelette Arnold Bennet. The stuff of dreams. This place is the real deal. An old school London institution. Located in an old bank, with beautiful decorations, outstanding service, and proper ... read more
linen tablecloths. Make sure to visit the loos, in the old vault. Just grand.
Gogobot users go back again and again for the chewy, homemade pizza and antipasti at this modern take on the classic pizzeria.
The Tea Building is a must see in London especially if you're into the digital world. The best talents are around there and the box park next door is great to treat yourself. It's one of best pizzas ... read more
in town for sure, the appetisers are also great. Book in advance!
So well-loved that it's just opened a new location at Covent Garden, Polpo is distinguished by its menu of small plates to share and young, drinkable wines.
Wandered in here after failing to get seated at The Opera Tavern. Unpretentious, authentic, with signature octopus/calamari to savour. Couldn't tell if the cuisine was meant to be from Lombardy or the ... read more
Veneto, but either would be credible.
A prime example (no pun intended) of London's gourmet junk food craze, Meat Liquor started life as a food truck before moving to Welbeck St, where its line is as permanent as its new location.
The food here is incredible. Meat, cheese, deep fried pickles. And what a treat to have such a comprehensive list of Malbec wines to go with all that meat. This is how I imagine a really good burger ... read more
bar in the States would be. Sometimes eating a bit of the filling before attempting to lift a steak sandwich to your mouth is a good idea - to avoid ending up with a dry cleaning bill the next day.
Morning coffee, midday meals, evening cocktails, dancing and arty events whirl through the Book Club on a daily basis. This mix of some of London's most creative programming and good food help inspire our users' lasting love.
Where else do you have a place where you can get great food, drink, games, and go during morning, afternoon and into the next morning? There aren't many places like this that do it all and do it ... read more
right. They had a fantastic decor for the Olympics, and even a special outdoors bonanza complete with face-hole opportunities and food trucks. Go to this place.
This modern take on a Chinese teahouse has been well loved for its dim sum since its launch in 2004.
Pricey but fantastic upscale dim sum. The real win - the mushroom spring rolls with truffle oil. They get pretty crowded, so plan ahead and make your reservation on Toptable.
An inventive mediterranean menu and some of London's best cakes earn Ottolenghi a place of honor in the capital's restaurant scene, and in the hearts of Gogobot users.
I was so impressed with the creativity of flavors in each dish and how well they worked together. Truly unique, fresh, and delicious food. The baked goods in the window are so beautifully displayed ... read more
and taste amazing. If you want to be dazzled, go to Ottolenghi.
Debuted in 2001, to the delight of Asian fusion enthusiasts living in and visiting London, Hakkasan has not lost its flair for inventive combinations and stylish service.
An underground hidden treasure with a lively & trendy atmosphere. Hakkasan serves good Asian fusion flavors along with an impressive wine selection. The bar serves the best cocktails in town to its ... read more
selective guests that gather in every evening. The service is standard, though rigid at times. It is possibly one of the 'restaurant landmarks' of London!
Playful touches like the 'champagne button' make Bob Bob Ricard, a Russian American luxury diner, worth adding to any in-the-know Londoner's regular rotation.
Why are there two Bobs? Who is Ricard? Why does it sound French? It's actually more Russian than anything, just go with it. Bob Bob Ricard is a vividly coloured, flamboyant and surreal take on the ... read more
1930’s. All mirrored ceilings, backgammon flooring and gold. Conversations won’t dry up with these surroundings! Down in the bar, the seating gets sexier; all private with everyone getting their own train like booth, so if the date goes well.. no one’s watching…you get me. The cocktails are just as inventive as the décor; try their Pink Rhubarb Gin & Tonic, or BarChick's favourite, the transparent Bloody Mary. If you like the bar so much you want to stay for a meal, hit their restaurant. You’ll be spoilt for choice with all day breakfasts (7am until 11pm), afternoon tea, soup in tea pots, caviar blinis and lobster thermidor. Plus, with a Champagne button in your booth that delivers you a glass in seconds, what’s not to like?
Recently swimming sushi and a sparkling scene combine to make Zuma a place our users return to not only for the food, but the experience.
18/20; Food 9/10, Ambience 5/5, Service 4/5. Long-established temple dedicated to the art of decadent modern Japanese fusion cuisine. Seemingly always hopping and not just because of the sometimes ... read more
overly intrusive bass from the music, it remains one of the favourite London dining spots for those who wish to be seen. Aside from all those 2-legged distractions, the food is delicious and well worth a visit, if only occasionally, as some of the pricing simply silly. Good fun, especially in animated larger groups.
A tribute to the Persian-owned cafes of Bombay which dotted the city in days of yore, and their all-day, eclectic vibe and clientele, Dishoom has proven a hit with Londoners as well.
Absolutely loved this indian spot! Our waiter was extremely patient with us - we ended up trying all new things because he talked us through it all. Also...I love places which are themed around ... read more
sharing plates. It makes the meal more of a social experience. I enjoyed everything and I'll definitely be back! Dishoom takes its decorative cues from the old-fashioned Iranian-Indian cafes that used to be in Bombay. Lots vintage trinkets and prints on display - really lovely and fun atmosphere.
Possibly one of the world's only places that serves hummus in a bowl with various toppings, Hummus Bros has inspired love and loyalty not only for its uniqueness, but its consistently fresh, quality ingredients and accessible prices.
I found this cool Restaurant in the heart of Soho randomly back in 2010 ... I love Hummus and the only thing they serve is Hummus ;)! Hummus will always be the main dish and one can choose from a ... read more
variety of toppings (I had chicken) ... Very tasty. Whilst you're in Soho make sure to wander around and check out the neighborhood. You might find one or two unknown gems.
Like your best jewelry, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon isn't an every day kind of thing, but something you return to for special occasions. The three floors offer different experiences from counter seating, to tables, to the Salon Bar & Terrace.
Started with drinks on the top floor. Unusual and dangerously tasty cocktail menu. For dinner, we sat at the bar and got a wide selection of the small plates. Each one was beautifully prepared, wait ... read more
staff was excellent, and the food was the best we had in London.
A London vegetarian institution, Mildred's gets busy early and stays packed until late. It's no wonder, as it has carnivore crossover appeal and a very serviceable wine list to boot.
I think Mildred's may be my new favorite restaurant in London, and that's saying a lot. The building and atmosphere are lovely, with a very cozy feel. The food was incredible! We shared two dishes, ... read more
the pumpkin ravioli and the basil risotto cakes. Both were delicious. Mildred's reminds me a lot of another vegetarian institution, Greens's, in San Francisco. I would recommend getting to Mildred's by 5:45 in order to be seated before the dinner rush.
An historic pub, the Holly Bush does pub fare and has some excellent pints available. Our users love it for the quintessentially British homey feeling and unique atmosphere for tippling.
The Holly Bush has a really friendly and cozy atmosphere, especially with all the old men in their hats and scarfs at the bar (It was a rainy day). I ate a steak and ale pie and drank a pint of London ... read more
Pride here. The mustardy mashed potatoes in the pie were absolutely delicious. I'm still trying to recreate the meat pie perfection at home, it was so good. The Holly Bush is a charming place to relax, chat, and laugh.
This Brazilian-Japanese-Peruvian classic, first opened in NYC in 1999, made it to London in 2013 and how. A rocket fast elevator whisks patrons to the upper floors of the Heron Building, where sushi and cocktails are served against one of London's best views. Love at first sight.
Sushi Samba satisfies my voyeuristic side with it's well designed aesthetics, from the moment one enters-from being shot up into the London skyline by a lightening fast lift, to being greeted by an ... read more
open, circular sushi bar. The bar welcomes you without permission, as you will most likely wait to be seated, even if you have a reservation (strongly advised) - no worries, you'll want to sip on their fab fresh mint mojitos while people watching all the people watchers wanting to be watched.The fusion of Brazilian and Japanese is fluid, like a couple with intense chemistry. Crab leg sushi rolls filled with mango or sampling brazilian meats ala Sao Paolo's churrascaria. The views are Blade Runner-esque and afford a view of London that can only be compared to that achieved whilst at the top of the BT Tower or NatWest Tower (until the Shard officially opens next year). I suppose the view justifies the price, but the food is itself is scrumptious. A must visit and a welcome (albeit pricey) addition to the London restaurant scene.
Chef Nuno Mendes sharpened his knife at the likes of El Bulli, and his defiantly East London Viajante serves appropriately imaginative, sometimes abstract cuisine. Gogobot loves combination of buzz and real creativity.
16/20; Food 8/10, Ambience 3/5, Service 5/5. Nuno Mendes' venture in the very stylish former Bethnal Green Town Hall turned hotel is a bit of a mixed bag, in my experience. The cooking promises much ... read more
and some of the dishes are fabulous explosions of flavour, with exciting new combinations for the palate to explore. Others however, are simply weird - and not just a matter of taste, with our whole table not convinced. All in all definitely an adventure for on the boundaries of London gastronomy though (literally also, given the location). The decor is a bit too nondescript for my tastes, but conversely will thereby not cause as much controversy as the food.
Sometimes a two hour Eurostar to Paris is just too much, so Gogobot users keep coming back to the Creperie, where the thin pancakes can be enjoyed without showing a passport.
Best crepes I've ever had - beating out ones found in Paris. Crepe itself was light and almost flaky, and the filling was amazing. I got the mushroom tarragon cheese with garlic oil - delicious!
Shop for cheese, essentials, or linger for salads and soups and perhaps a glass of wine in the tasting cafe. This is the kind of place one can visit frequently, whether savouring the experience or popping in for an aged cheddar to enjoy at home.
I absolutely love the concept of La Fromagerie. Not only is it a wonderful cheese shop, it is a great spot for a leisurely breakfast or a quick lunch. The walk in cheese room is just wonderful with ... read more
its aroma of different cheeses, almost fighting for your attention to try them or buy them. The selection is amazing and the shop tenders are very quick to help you make your selection. The dining area is airy and bright. The selection fresh and delicious for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. What a delight this wonderful little big shop is!
Michelin starred Italian food and a convivial, celebratory atmosphere are the winning combination that keep in-the-know Londonders returning to the Locanda. Though not exactly a secret, it stands out for its consistent quality and service.
If you love Italian food, you will love Locanda Locatelli. Fresh ingredients and incredible cooking will make you want to never leave. Not cheap this spot can get fairly pricey, but with that comes ... read more
the great people watching and celebrity spotting. One of my favourite things on the menu is the prawn and zucchini risotto - simple but incredible.