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The Ledbury

French 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Since opening in 2005, Michelin two-star rated restaurant Ledbury has seen a great deal of success. — Travel + Leisure

The Ledbury's Australian head chef, Brett Graham, is one of the more intelligent chefs around and his passion for quality ingredients really shines through. — Michelin Guide

The kitchen does a lot of messing around with ingredients and flavour combinations, but always with the aim of giving you something you’re going to remember forever. — The Infatuation

Australian-born Brett Graham has now earned two Michelin stars at this sophisticated neighborhood restaurant. — Frommer's

The airy restaurant is redolent with discreet luxury, as is the menu, which features truffles and foie gras alongside humbler ingredients that are accorded equal respect. — The World's 50 Best Restaurants

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

International 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Here is the missing link between the labour-intensive complexity of contemporary haute cuisine, and the produce-led simplicity of modern British pioneers. — Independent

Head chef Ashley-Palmer Watts, protégé of Heston Blumenthal, ensures that Dinner is one of London’s most sought-after destinations. — Time Out

Dinner is a brilliant restaurant, one that embodies Blumenthal's mixture of deep technical craft, ingenious feeling for theatre and astute sense of how to turn a meal into a story. — The Guardian

Heston Blumenthal's "famous techniques, combined with an homage to Britain's culinary past", result in "impeccably prepared", "visually stunning", "other-worldly" creations. — Zagat

The contemporary dishes look to Britain's gastronomic history: scallops with cucumber ketchup and peas, and slow-cooked short rib of beef. — Gayot

St John Bar & Restaurant Smithfield

International 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Don’t miss the signature roast bone-marrow salad with parsley and follow it with one of the tasty daily specials. — Lonely Planet

Vegetarians need not read further. Housed in a whitewashed old smokehouse near Smithfield meat market, St. John couldn’t be called a gastropub. — Travel + Leisure

Former smokehouse close to Smithfield meat market that’s famous for Fergus Henderson’s perfect, utterly simple, execution of traditional British dishes. — Rough Guide

Everything from a piece of roast meat to a soup or sandwich has had a ridiculous amount of care and excellent ingredients put into it. — The Infatuation

The ingredients are the best, the cooking is superb, and the dish is what it says on the menu. — Frommer's

Gymkhana London

Indian 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Game gets its very own menu, but for lovers of variety, the seven course tasting menu (£65) is the way to go. — Lonely Planet

Combining traditional Indian cooking with British ingredients, and featuring a menu of cocktails infused with Asian spices, Gymkhana has been a game changer in how Indian food is perceived in the UK. — Travel + Leisure

The latest modern Indian restaurant from chef-owner Karam Sethi (also of London’s beloved and respected Trishna) is quality Hindi home cooking dressed in an elegant, upscale setting. — Departures

If you enjoyed Trishna then you'll love Karam Sethi's Gymkhana - that's if you can get a table. — Michelin Guide

Deluxe, delectable Indian feasting. — Bon Appétit

J Sheekey

Seafood 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For all its elegance, J Sheekey is also unpretentious and relaxed, especially at their bar or outdoor terrace. — The Infatuation

"If you're in the mood for seafood" this Covent Garden eatery.... is "still the standard". — Zagat

This incredibly smart restaurant, whose pedigree stretches back to 1896, has four elegant, discreet and spacious wood-panelled rooms in which to savour the riches of the sea. — Lonely Planet

Tucked into a small alleyway off St. Martin's Lane, J. Sheekey has long been a Theatreland favorite for both the famous (Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh) and the not-so-famous. — Frommer's

With leather banquettes and wood-paneled walls covered in framed photos, the haunt is a charmed, intimate spot for scallops on the half-shell or Dover Sole with Bernaise. — Departures

Le Gavroche

French 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Brothers Michel and Albert Roux have been synonymous with fine dining in Britain for decades, and the Gavroche is their flagship London restaurant. — DK Eyewitness

This restaurant colossus offers unapologetically old-school fine dining. — Time Out

Roux's mastery of technically-precise and classical French cuisine hypnotizes all-comers. — Fodor's

This kitchen has always enjoyed a fondness for savoury mousselines, and rarely will you find a more practised hand than here. — The Guardian

"Gifted" chef Michel Roux Jr. presents a "culinary extravaganza" of "beautifully presented" French "classics" at this "sophisticated", "expensive" Mayfair dining room. — Zagat

The Wolseley

International 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stop any stylish Londoner on the street to ask for their favorite upscale breakfast spot and 9 out of 10 will send you to this grand café-restaurant on Piccadilly, across from The Ritz hotel — Condé Nast Traveler

"There's a wonderful sense of occasion" to this "luxurious", "bustling" Viennese-style Modern Euro Piccadilly brasserie, voted London's Most Popular restaurant for being full of "charm and character". — Zagat

The lofty and stylish 1920s interior (built as the showroom for Wolseley cars) is the big draw in this opulent old café-restaurant. — Rough Guide

The Wolseley is an experience of the Grand European tradition of all-day dining from hit restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King. — On the Grid

Step back in time for an elegant afternoon tea. — Not For Tourists

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The cooking and setting are undeniably lovely, yet the overall experience lacks wow factors... largely because of its unfashionably restrained, traditional approach to fine dining. — Time Out

The no-expense-spared philosophy shows in the svelte Patrick Jouin-designed room, with its decaffeinated-coffee-and-skimmed- cream colours. — Independent

Alain Ducasse is one of France's greatest post-war chefs and his London team display a confidence in their ability and maturity in their attitude that does justice to his reputation. — Michelin Guide

This is French haute cuisine, but with a nod towards London's more relaxed style. — Frommer's

"Top class in every respect". — Zagat

Bocca di Lupo

Italian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Be very ready to be very happy about jumping straight into this wolf's mouth. — BlackBook

The hugely popular "mouth of the wolf" is a smart restaurant with an open kitchen, tiled floors, wooden tables, and large paintings of food on the walls. — Frommer's

Chef Jacob Kenedy comes from the noted Moro (British chef, Spanish restaurant, why not?), as does the manager and some of the waitstaff. — Gayot

Rustic specialities from all over Italy are served in this lively modern trattoria, where it’s the done thing to share, tapas-style. — Rough Guide

It’s one of the best places to eat Italian food in London and hits all the right notes - amazing pastas, grilled seafood and antipasti. — The Infatuation

Dabbous

International 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of London’s hottest restaurants, serving light modern cuisine in a warmly distressed space. — Rough Guide

A table at Dabbous is currently one of the hottest tickets in town but that owes more to the fact that Ollie Dabbous is an extremely talented chef and his cooking is something special. — Michelin Guide

It's a triumph of taste over technology at wunderkind Ollie Dabbous's extraordinary game-changer off Charlotte Street. — Fodor's

Dabbous sports industrial decor of exposed pipes and brick walls, wood and metal, and no-frills table settings. — Gayot

A white-hot table, Dabbous (the S is silent) shines through arty, crisp dishes using local and seasonal ingredients. — Frommer's

Chez Bruce

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A jewel in the gastronomic wasteland of Wandsworth Common, Chez Bruce has a reputation that no amount of money or marketing skill could fix. — Independent

The rustic facade, beside leafy Wandsworth Common, belies a crisp modern interior; the wine list is an all-star cast, the food sublime. — Lonely Planet

Flavoursome and uncomplicated food, sprightly service, sensible prices and an easy-going atmosphere. — Michelin Guide

Deeply flavorsome French and Mediterrean cuisine, faultless service, a winning wine list, and a glossy neighborhood vibe make for one of London's all-time favorite destination restaurants. — Fodor's

Worth its fancy-pants (read Michelin) star. — Not For Tourists

Moro Restaurant

International 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Inspired by Mediterranean travels, Sam and Samantha Clark create succulent dishes blending Spanish, Portuguese, and Moroccan influences, with wonderful fresh ingredients. — DK Eyewitness

Moro is proof that a restaurant does not need to be a new hot thing to be worth visiting time and time again. — Travel + Leisure

"Gutsy flavours" deliver "constant surprises" at this Exmouth Market North African-Spanish hotspot. — Zagat

Sam(antha) and Sam Clark’s Exmouth Market restaurant and cookbook set the benchmark for a distinctly British style of Iberian-with-a-North-African-twist Mediterranean cooking. — Time Out

Lovingly led for more than a decade by husband-and-wife chefs Sam and Sam Clark, the menu includes a mélange of Spanish and Moorish North African flavors. — Fodor's

The Ivy

Italian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This restaurant is all about first-rate service and ambience - it’s upmarket without feeling stiff, and casual while remaining elegant. — The Infatuation

Service is flawless, and for low-to-mid wattage West End star-spotting this is a prime spot. Tip:. — Fodor's

You’ll have to book one to six months ahead to enjoy the innovative modern British cuisine at this favourite hangout of London celebrities. — Lonely Planet

New restaurants with a more exciting vibe, a more adventurous menu, and chicer decor constantly open, but The Ivy retains its reputation as the favorite haunt for A-list celebrities. — Frommer's

Dining experience that will prove memorable. — Not For Tourists

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food Restaurant

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Everything is perfect from place settings to service. This place deserves all three of its Michelin stars. — DK Eyewitness

The steadfast Jean-Claude is one of London's most experienced maitre d's and has been a reassuring presence here at Gordon Ramsay's flagship restaurant since the day it opened. — Michelin Guide

Dishes tantalise then delight the senses; no element of the complex assemblies seems showily redundant – even the pouring of sauces at table adds visual and aromatic impact. — Time Out

Whatever may be happening in the fiery chef's empire elsewhere, a meal here remains one of London's great pleasures. — Frommer's

One of Britain’s finest restaurants and London’s longest-running with three Michelin stars, this is hallowed turf for those who worship at the altar of the stove. — Lonely Planet

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Tom's Kitchen

Fast Food 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Crush-worthy (maybe just us?) Tom Aiken's British brasserie masterpiece. — Not For Tourists

Relaxed brasserie run by award-winning chef Tom Aikens. — Insight Guides

Although Tom Aikens first made his mark in haute cuisine, this brasserie is his stab at a more egalitarian style of cooking and service. — Time Out

"There's always a reason to pop by" this "relaxed" chainlet, as chef Tom Aikens' "inventive", upscale Modern British food is a "safe bet for weekend brunch. — Zagat

High octane, hugely busy, and wildly popular, this former pub has been turned into a brasserie from top chef Tom Aikens, and is a great all-day venue. — Frommer's

Hakkasan Mayfair

Chinese 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The first Chinese restaurant awarded a Michelin star, this upscale eatery is now an international chain with outposts in New York, Miami, Mumbai, and the Middle East. — Travel + Leisure

Opened by the restaurateur Alan Yau (who has done so much to transform London's dining scene), this sexy, moody, subtly lit basement venue serves top-notch modern Cantonese cuisine. — Frommer's

Alan Yau was the original mastermind behind the groundbreaking restaurant, ambiguously located underground in an alley near Tottenham Court Road tube. — Time Out

This "super sexy" Cantonese with locations in Fitzrovia and Mayfair marries "to-die-for", "innovative" cuisine with a "vibrant", "clublike atmosphere". — Zagat

A very expensive modern Chinese restaurant, but one that has had no problems filling its tables from day one. — DK Eyewitness

The Delaunay

German & Austrian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This flashy new brasserie across from Bush House is a kind of Franco-German hybrid, where schnitzels and wieners sit happily beside croque-monsieurs and choucroute alsacienne. — Lonely Planet

Like its sister restaurant, The Delaunay is an all-day operation serving mitteleuropean fare. — Wallpaper

There’s something for everyone, at prices that aren’t greedy given the setting, the quality of the service and the assuredness of the menu. — Time Out

Sometimes you just want to settle down in a pretty dining room with people you like, and eat steak frites with a bottle of good wine — The Infatuation

A "nostalgia fest" of "exquisite linen" tablecloths and "polished silver" forms the backdrop at this "elegant" Wolseley sibling in Covent Garden. — Zagat

Rules Restaurant

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is the place for a genuine taste of traditional London. — Frommer's

Come, escape the 21st century. Opened by Thomas Rule in 1798, London's oldest restaurant is, according to some, still London's most beautiful. — Fodor's

London's oldest restaurant boasts a fine collection of antique cartoons, drawings and paintings. Tradition continues in the menu, specialising in game from its own estate. — Michelin Guide

London’s oldest restaurant, here since 1798, has retained its fascinating historic decor, and its standards: it remains a temple of fine British cooking. — DK Eyewitness

Rules, London's oldest restaurant, is old-school, funny, and a must for visitors. — Condé Nast Traveler

Club Gascon

French 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The presence of the three-strong Gascon group... ensures that a small area of east-central London has a flavour of south-west France. — Time Out

The chef Pascal Aussignac has created a small corner of France in Smithfield. — Gayot

Gastronomic experience to dine for- Innovative reprise of tapas formula conjugated in south-western French cuisine mini-sizes. — BlackBook

The menu features modest-sized, beautifully presented dishes that encourage sharing rather than the conventional three-course approach. — Frommer's

"Innovative, well-presented" dishes make Pascal Aussignac's slice of Southwest France in Farringdon a "true standout". — Zagat

Yauatcha

Chinese 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Popular, minimalist Chinese teahouse-restaurant serving up really good, contemporary dim sum... and nice cakes. — Rough Guide

Along with "inventive, exciting" dim sum and "to-die-for" cocktails, this "buzzing", "ultra-chic" Chinese duo (Soho and Broadgate Circle) also encompasses an "unusual" patisserie. — Zagat

All day teahouse and dim sum emporium exceptionally reasonably priced. Young and vibrant ‘fooding' outclasses many tea room peers. — BlackBook

Descend the stairs to the sensual basement of this self-styled tea house in Soho and graze on exquisite all-day dim sum - pricier than most, but wonderful. — Time Out

Both serve exquisite dim sum and have a fabulous range of teas. — Lonely Planet

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