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East London
20 Sidworth Street, London E8 3SD
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Andy Beynon's London Fields restaurant is all about opening up the kitchen experience. That starts with a huge counter that you gather around for a truly unique tasting menu experience (with a focus on seafood).

allegra
East London
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 International Way, London E20 1FD

This Stradford restaurant comes from chef Patrick Powell, previously Head Chef at the Chiltern Firehouse. He's taken over a huge space in The Stratford, with a new-style fine-dining menu (as well as a more informal menu for the bar and extensive terrace).

sola
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
64 Dean Street, London W1D 4QQ
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Victor Garvey's second Soho restaurant (in the same spot as the first) looks towards Californian fine-dining restaurants for its inspiration. So there's a West Coast USA vibe to the restaurant, fitted into its Soho location.

trivet
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
36 Snowsfields, Bermondsey, London SE1 3SU

Trivet is a joint collaboration between chef Jonny Lake and master sommelier Isa Bal, both alumni of Heston Blumenthal#s Fat Duck. Here you can expect an informal take on fine dining with a truly epic wine list that covers the globe. The attached wine bar has a pared down menu that's also worth trying out.

davies
Mayfair, Belgravia
Claridge’s, Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

This is the London restaurant for Daniel Humm, whose Eleven Madison Park restaurant has reached number 1 on the World's 5- Best Restaurants list. This sees him in charge of the main restaurant at Claridges with a main fine dining menu - but also snacks at the bar.

muse
Mayfair, Belgravia
38 Groom Place, Belgravia, London SW1X 7BA
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

This sees Tom Aikens return to the kitchen in a mich more intimate setting. Counter dining is the order of the day where you can see the chefs properly in action. The menu is based around Aikens' life and expreience and expect a lot of attention to detail in the presentation.

trinity
South London
4 The Polygon, Clapham, London SW4 0JG
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Adam Byatt's Clapham restaurant is a super neighbourhood restaurant that's also well worth crossing town for. They say their food is seasonal and inspirational, countless loyal customers agree.

celeste
Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge
Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

The main restaurant at the five star Lanesborough hotel on Hyde Park Corner is one of London's more beautiful dining rooms with a conservatory ceiling flooding the place with light. Expect modern European cuisine done with finesse whilst roaming the UK for the best ingredients.

upstairsflor
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
1 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

The people behind Lyle's have opened their second restaurant in Borough called Flor. This time it's part wine bar and part bakery.

gold
West London
95 Portobello Road, London W11 2QB
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Notting Hill's food credentials are boosted by a restaurant and bar team that comes via the River Cafe and Soho House to take what was once a pub. They're serving up sharing plates, and food cooked over fire or in a wood-burning oven, all across four floors.

mortimer
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
41 Mortimer St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3JH
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

Upstairs is a private members club, but Mortimer House Kitchen is open to the public and features the ex-head chef of L'anima, Lello Favuzzi, in the kitchen serving up a Middle Eastern-influenced menu.

darby
South London
3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms, London SW11 7AY
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

A menu with some Irish influence menu is on offer at Robin Gill's next restaurant Darby’s, inspired by his father. It's an all-day restaurant and bakery just opposite the US Embassy and they'll also be serving food at the development’s incredible Sky Pool 10 stories up.

room
The City
Holborn Hall, 193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

A formidable restaurant team have taken on the space at the Grade II listed Holborn Town Hall with their first venture - part bar, part restaurant.

xier
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
13-14 Thayer Street, London W1U 3JR
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Ex Babbo chef Carlo Scotto's first solo venture in Marylebone is a two-tiered affair with a casual ground floor space XR and then a first floor fine dining experience Xier with a set-tasting menu.

earthkitchen
East London
11-17 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

It's taken millions to transform the old Savoy Cinema into a modern arts space and the restaurant is every bit as ambitious with former St John executive chef Chris Gillard running things. Expect a menu of modern British cuisine.

topcuvee
North London
177b Blackstock Road, London N5 2LL
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Top Cuvee in Highbury sees an ex Dinner by Heston in Melbourne alumni return to London, backed up by a chef from Naughty Piglets. Expect a neighbourhood wine bar with a regularly changing list of both food and wine, as well as cocktails from the people behind Three Sheets.

orasay
West London
31 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2EU
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

Jackson Boxer (also of Brunswick House) took inspiration from the Scottish islands and highlands for this West London seafood restaurant.

caractere
West London
209 Westbourne Park Road, London W11 1EA
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Emily Roux (yes THAT Roux familiy) has joined up with her husband, Diego Ferrari - former Head Chef at Le Gavroche - to run this restaurant that's part French, part Italian in Notting Hill.

moio
North London
188 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7JD
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

Moio restaurant on Stoke Newington High Street is a collaboration between a chef and sommelier who previously worked together at Portland restaurant as chef and sommelier. There's a modern European menu with a big focus on matching wines with it.

shrub
South London
336 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8QH

A totally unique cocktail bar and restaurant, this offers some truly creative and mind-blowing cocktails. A Bloody Mary arrives as a clear drink (they make their own clarified tomato juice), and many others come with a taste-enhancing accompaniment while other drinks are presented with smoke, fizz, or have flashing icecubes. The kitchen has changing residencies, currently Donnelley’s, where you can experience an eclectic range of dishes with influences from all corners of the globe.

laundry
South London
374 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8PL

This all-day bistro is set in a former Edwardian laundry - stylish and grown up with a New York feel to it. The terrace will be fantastic in the summer as few places offer outside drinking and dining in this area. Food is seasonal, with a chalk board noting daily sharing dishes. With the same owners as The Wine Parlour in Pop Brixton, a lot of time has been spent on the drinks menu, with wine also available to take out.

hicceopen
North London
Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AB
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Pip Lacey, the former head chef at Murano (and who you may also know from 2017’s Great British Menu) is the brains behind Hicce, a restaurant with wood-fired food that's brimming with British flavours via Norway and Japan. You'll find this all-day restaurant on the top floor of Wolf + Badger at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross with a pretty handy bar too.

daterra
East London
Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

Two chefs, one from Argentina and the other from Brazil teamed up with Singaporean hotelier Peng Loh for this Latin American and Italian inspired restaurant by way of San Sebastian. It's the kind of international melting pot story that makes London's restaurant scene so great. Michelin clearly agree - they gave it a star in its first year. Tasting menus can be an ordeal, but here there's a great deal of humour, making a trip to Bethnal Green to try Da Terra's inspired dishes a must.

hbandling
Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge
75 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9SG

From Shoreditch to Sloane Street, Adam Handling's rise has been meteoric. At their English countryside hotel Le Manoir Belmond picked Raymond Blanc, now they've put all their resources behind Handling at their flagship Knightsbridge hotel. He's in charge of all the food, including bar, restaurant, afternoon tea and even the room service food.

bol
Mayfair, Belgravia
400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Caprice Holdings - the people behind The Ivy restaurants, Sexy Fish and lots more - are behind this in-your-face restaurant at Selfridges. And, like Sexy Fish, this has a big old Damen Hirst installation front and centre.

levan
South London
3-4, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

The second restaurant by Nicholas Balfe of Brixton’s Salon, Levan opened in November 2018 with an emphasis on sustainability and seasonality. The effortlessly cool interior features an open kitchen serving food European-inspired food with the odd nod to East Asia, all matched with natural wines. Their house-cured sardines are a firm favourite, as are the Comte fries.

spiritland
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
Belvedere Road, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

Spiritland's new Festival Hall digs gives as much importance to what's playing and how it sounds as what's being served up. Oh, and it's open very late too.

Leroy
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
18 Phipp Street, London EC2A 4NU
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Small plates, sharers and snacks are on the menu here, at this venture from the team who ran Michelin-starred Hackney restaurant Ellory. Now they're Shoreditch-based with a more laid back venture that features their own Vermouth and wines.

lino
The City
90 Bartholomew Close, London EC1A 7EB
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

With the former head chef of The Dairy heading up the kitchen team, this new all day restaurant and cocktail bar in the City looks worth checking out.

bentleys
Mayfair, Belgravia
11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

A London institution, having been around since 1916, this Piccadilly spot has thrived under Richard Corrigan's ownership. Whether you're perched up at the counter having oysters from some of the best shuckers in the world or upstairs in the more formal dining room, you'll get amazing seafood here.