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Best Dining in London?

If you were to spend only 1 week in London, where would you have dinner each night?  What if money were no object, where would you dine?

10 Answers

top answer by
Michelle from Melbourne

There's some sensational dining in London. A few of my faves: Dinner by Heston at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge. The Ledbury in Notting Hill - inventive and great quality food. The River Café in Hammersmith.

Some of the places I've heard about and have on my list to go later this year include Marcus from chef Marcus Wareing, Evans & Peel which is an amazing-looking quirky bar and, in East London Disappearing Dining Club.

Borough Market has some great restaurants and bars attached and I'm also going to try Brixton Village Market this trip.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Dinner by Heston (restaurant)
  2. The Ledbury (restaurant)
  3. The River Café (restaurant)
  4. Marcus (restaurant)
  5. Evans & Peel (attraction)
  6. Disappearing Dining Club (restaurant)
  7. Borough Market (attraction)
  8. Brixton Village Market (attraction)
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answered by
Valerie from Seattle

I have been thinking about this for days, trying to narrow down all the choices! London's reputation for having bad food is definitely undeserved, as there are SO many options! Here's what I'd do for dinner each night, if money were no concern.

Monday is for MEATmission!

Tuesday is tequila Tuesday, so I think I'd head to Mestizo Restaurant & Tequila Bar for their great selection.

Wednesday, I'd enjoy some wurst at Herman ze German... I LOVE German food!

Thursday would be great for some Indian at Tayyabs with some BYOB beer from the Tesco down the street.

Friday, I would head to my favorite local, The Clerk and Well, for Thai appetizers and pints before grabbing dinner at KIN on Leather Ln.

Saturday, I'd treat myself to dinner at Duck & Waffle, as I've never been, and heard amazing things about it.

Most Brits would take Sunday for roast, but I'd head down to Village East and eat/drink my way back up Bermondsey St.

Then I would rest for a day, because I would probably feel a bit like a sausage!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. MEATmission (restaurant)
  2. Mestizo Restaurant & Tequila Bar (restaurant)
  3. Herman ze German (restaurant)
  4. Tayyabs (restaurant)
  5. The Clerk and Well (restaurant)
  6. KIN (restaurant)
  7. Leather Ln (attraction)
  8. Duck & Waffle (restaurant)
  9. Village East (restaurant)
  10. Bermondsey St (attraction)
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answered by
Sarah from London, England

Such a great question!

So many great places, I would definitely want to mix it up - high end and more casual. 

So for an expensive blow-out, how about Dinner by HestonSocial Eating HousePollen Street Social, OXO Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie or my husbands favourite Le Gavroche

I would want steak, so would recommend Hawksmoor Air Street (or a different branch), Gaucho (with views over the river), S T K Restaurant & Bar or perhaps 'SMITHS' of Smithfield next to the historic market. 

For something more fun The Tramshed, or Barnyard

I love pizza and really liked the ones at Pizza East- there are other branches of this.

I would want Indian one night. My favourite is Babur- a bit of a trek, but just perfect. 

Also great fun are the markets, for example there are street feasts in East London and one in Lewisham on a Friday and Saturday.

Breakfast at The Breakfast Club

Afternoon tea The Wolseley or any of the lovely hotels. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Dinner by Heston (restaurant)
  2. Social Eating House (restaurant)
  3. Pollen Street Social (restaurant)
  4. OXO Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie (restaurant)
  5. Le Gavroche (restaurant)
  6. Hawksmoor Air Street (restaurant)
  7. Gaucho (restaurant)
  8. S T K Restaurant & Bar (restaurant)
  9. 'SMITHS' of Smithfield (restaurant)
  10. The Tramshed (restaurant)
  11. Barnyard (restaurant)
  12. Pizza East (restaurant)
  13. Babur (restaurant)
  14. The Breakfast Club (restaurant)
  15. The Wolseley (restaurant)
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answered by
Kelly from Los Angeles

If money were no object, you could definitely eat like royalty in London. Even so, there's delicious food to be had while on a budget, so I'll try to give you a little of both. 

On the steep side, there's Steak & Lobster Bloomsbury after tea at The Orangery Restaurant overlooking the gardens of Kensington Palace. If you're feeling fancy -- but you don't want to get too crazy -- have a hot dog with champagne at Bubbledogs. You could also go big and eat dinner at The Shard, and then opt for dessert at Primrose Bakery.

To save a few pounds, try dinner at Bill's Restaurant, which goes great with a cocktail. If you're craving a burger and an Oreo shake, there are numerous Byron outposts around town. You could spend some time eating your way through Brick Lane or Borough Market, or you could fill up on a late-night dinner at Wok To Walk. And don't forget, there's always a sausage roll waiting for you in Hyde Park.  

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. London (city)
  2. Steak & Lobster Bloomsbury (restaurant)
  3. The Orangery Restaurant (restaurant)
  4. Kensington Palace (attraction)
  5. Bubbledogs (restaurant)
  6. The Shard (attraction)
  7. Primrose Bakery (restaurant)
  8. Bill's Restaurant (restaurant)
  9. Brick Lane (attraction)
  10. Borough Market (attraction)
  11. Wok To Walk (restaurant)
  12. Hyde Park (attraction)
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answered by
Scott from London

Petrus is very good. Great food and service here. This is one of Gordon Ramsay's best restaurants in London. If you love steak then you need to try The Hawksmoor in Seven Dials (near Covent Garden). Try sharing a Porterhouse steak - delicious!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Petrus (restaurant)
  2. Hawksmoor (restaurant)
  3. Seven Dials (attraction)

answered by
Susan from London

I live here and I would eat at Scott's, The River Café, Pollen StSocial Eating House, St John, Fairuz (Lebanese), Hakkasan and for cool Japanese, Dinings. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Scott's (restaurant)
  2. The River Café (restaurant)
  3. Pollen St (attraction)
  4. Social Eating House (restaurant)
  5. St John (restaurant)
  6. Fairuz (restaurant)
  7. Hakkasan (restaurant)

answered by
Ahmed from Montreal

Restaurants - so many but i give my favourites but as everything in London is expensive so get ready to spend GBP, always call for reservation where possible:

-The best food you will ever eat in your life if you are into Japanese fusion: Nobu (London) (restaurant - you always spot celebrities there) - best deserts you will ever have in your life as well so don't skip dessert

-Then there is Nobu This second one is more known as Nobu Lounge (more hip party atmosphere with a DJ - club like with dance floor after 12pm) $$$

-Dinner by Hestonvery hard to get reservations (Very French) no3 Michelin rated restaurant in the world $$$$

The Fat Duck another restaurant by Heston, this is no1 Michelin rated restaurant in the world (very French) very hard to get reservations so call in advance by weeks $$$$

-Novikov Restaurant & Barcan get really loud, there are 2 areas, an Italian & a Japanese $$$$

Zuma Asian $$$

-Yautchaif you like dumplings - $$$

-All of Jamie Oliver's restaurants - this one is a good casual one Jamie's Italian Piccadilly $$$

-Best Pizza i ever had: Pizzeria (Bar type seating with the singing Italian chef) - ( on the 3rd or 4th floor of Harrod's) $

-Best breakfast: Tom's Kitchen $$ and The Wellington $$

-Wagamama - Amazing asian casual dining (bench type seating) Famous for their Chicken Katsu Curry $$ 

-Burger & Lobster (the best of those two, beware, their lobsters get really big so you can always opt for the amazing lobster sandwich) $$

All the food places in the food courts of SelfridgesHarrods & on the 5th floor of Harvey Nichols London (this is where burger and lobster is)

Use Uber to get around - they have an Uber Luxury option where you get very comfortable Mercedes or BMW black car (since money is no option :) 

You need more than a week since London has the best food in this world but hope you enjoy the above.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Dinner by Heston (restaurant)
  2. The Fat Duck (restaurant)
  3. Novikov Restaurant & Bar (restaurant)
  4. Zuma (restaurant)
  5. Yautcha (restaurant)
  6. Jamie's Italian Piccadilly (restaurant)
  7. The Wellington (restaurant)
comments (3)

answered by
Krista from London

If money were no object? Hmmm...not sure 100% of these will break the bank, but here are a few of my faves...

Bob Bob Ricard -- nearly every night if I could because it's gorgeous and the food is good and the vibe is excellent.

St John St -- Not sure if the link came up right but St. John on St. John Street is essential for the best of British.

José -- for all the Spanish tapas.

Merchants Tavern -- for the food and the vibe.

Royal China -- for all the dim sum, all the time.

The Ledbury -- for the most beautiful of beautiful.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bob Bob Ricard (restaurant)
  2. St John St (attraction)
  3. José (restaurant)
  4. Merchants Tavern (restaurant)
  5. Royal China (restaurant)
  6. The Ledbury (restaurant)

answered by
Maria from Dublin

Hi Carole,

If you like French food try Le Gavroche or La Muse. Another nice one is Ozz Restaurant

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Le Gavroche (restaurant)
  2. La Muse (restaurant)
  3. Ozz Restaurant (restaurant)

answered first by
Sally from Los Angeles

Hi Carole,

I went to London as a student a few years back so I can't answer your second question, but some of my favorite (inexpensive) places to eat were Nando's Victoria - Cardinal Place (delicious African chicken that you can find anywhere), Wagamama (Asian fusion also found all around London) and Borough Market , a delicious marketplace with fresh produce and food stalls. Fish and chips and chicken tikka masala are both staple must-eats as well! I've also heard great things about the Harrods high tea!

Have fun!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. London (city)
  2. Nando's Victoria - Cardinal Place (restaurant)
  3. Wagamama (restaurant)
  4. Borough Market (attraction)
  5. Harrods (attraction)

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