The best restaurants in London

Until fairly recently, it had been rather hard to find a decent restaurant in the Covent Garden area - it being a bit, shall we say...touristy. But that's started to change and a number of great spots have opened - not to mention the remaining odd classic like Rules. Here's a short run-down of the current best places to eat in Covent Garden,  

 

balth
Address: 4-6 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HZ
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Keith McNally, an English ex-pat, has done particularly well to make his mark on the New York restaurant scene. Balthazar is a go-to place for most tourists and locals in the Village. McNally is now back in the UK with London branch of Balthazar which was one of the biggest openings of 2013. Expect brasserie style food in a spectacular room with great service and a master bartender on the cocktails too. Plus there's a takeaway bakery next door.

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bancone
Address: 39 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DD
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The latest promising pasta spot heads to Covent Garden. Bancone features a chef who trained in Locanda Locatelli and plenty of 10-hour cooked ragus.

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Barrafina Drury Lane
Address: 43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5AJ
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The ever-popular Barrafina now has a third outlet, which should help to relieve the queues on the rest. Best known for high-end Spanish tapas, this has been an instant hit.

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Cafe Murano Covent Garden
Address: 36 Tavistock Street, London WC2E 7PB
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The Covent Garden Cafe Murano was the second of Angela Hartnett's diffusion restaurant range to open. It also features a shop and cafe next door where you can pick up freshly made pasta and sauce (as well a decent bottle of wine) to take home with you.

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corapearl
Address: 30 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8NA
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Following on the success of their Shepherd Market restaurant the team behind Kitty Fisher's have opened their second restaurant on Covent Garden's Henrietta Street, with George Barson in charge of the menu.

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dintaifung
Address: 5 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8PT
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The hugely popular Taiwanese dumpling restaurant has finally arrived in London with steamed soup dumplings and lots more. And maybe a little bit of a queue...

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Frenchie
Address: 16 Henrietta St, Covent Garden London WC2E 8QH
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Launched by the same folk who run the popular French neighbourhood restaurant Frenchie in Paris, their London restaurant has a French/British twist to many of the dishes - all with British sourced ingredients. Look out for excellent cocktails too.

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Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Address: 11 Langley St, London WC2H 9JG
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Located in the old Watney-Combe brewery, complete with original vaulted brick ceiling, the new Hawskmoor restaurant looks as though it's been down this narrow Covent Garden street forever. There's also a private dining room for up to 14 people and a bar where you can pop in for 'a casual burger and beer'.

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Jidori Covent Garden
Address: 15 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JZ
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The second Jidori, following the popular Dalston original. Yakitori and other Japanese treats tare at the heart of the menu, and if you're in the mood, head to the basement for sake and karaoke.

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Lima Floral
Address: 14 Garrick Street (Floral Street entrance), Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9BJ
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This is the second restaurant from Virgilio Martinez whose original in Fitzrovia was a big hit. This Covent Garden restaurant adds a ‘piqueos bar’ - the Peruvian equivalent of a tapas bar.

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MEATMarket
Address: Jubilee Market Hall, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden London WC2E 8BE
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The follow up to Meat Liquor is more of a convenience food affair, so the queues should be considerably shorter. Expect a few new burgers and hot dogs, alcoholic milk shakes, soft serve developed with Ice Cream Union, and the option for take out if you can't grab a table.

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Parsons
Address: 39 Endell St, London WC2H 9BA
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The people behind the 10 Cases have opened a second restaurant and it's only just across the road from the first. Expect a focus on seafood, with daily catches on the board every day. And a big focus on wine, of course.

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Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden
Address: 27 King Street, London WC2E 8JD
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Petersham Nurseries has opened in Covent Garden with two restaurants. La Goccia focuses on Italian aperitivo while the main restaurant is The Petersham, with the same approach to slow food cooking as the oiriginal.

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room1
Address: 9 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HZ
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The people behind Pac Man dumplings are coming to London. Expect a modern take on Chinese dim sum with a few NYC influences too.

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Rules
Address: 35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7LB
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One of London's oldest restaurant, there has been a Rules serving food in and around this part of Covent Garden since 1798. Here is where you come if you're after history and classic British dishes, served well.

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tempercovent
Address: 5 Mercer Walk Mercers Yard, London WC2H 9FA
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This is Neil Rankin's temper restaurant in Covent Garden where cooking over fire is a big thing and you can get some of the best tacos, flatbreads, steak and meats in town.

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The 10 Cases
Address: 16 Endell Street, London WC2H 9BD
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Just near Covent Garden, this bistro offers a "small but ever changing wine list" and a menu that changes every day to match the list.

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The Barbary
Address: 16 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP
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This is the sibling restaurant to the hugely popular The Palomar. It features food from the Barbary Coast of North Africa to Jerusalem and it's a solely counter dining restaurant too.

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The Ivy
Address: The Ivy, 1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ
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One of London's oldest restaurants, the Ivy has recently undergone a big revamp and has re-built almost the entire restaurant. Chief among the changes is a new central bar area with plenty of counter dining spaces added. There are new paintings too - but expect some old favourites to appear too. The menu has a mix of classic Ivy dishes like the Shepherd's Pie and more contemporary fare.

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The Opera Tavern
Address: 23 Catherine Street, London WC2
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Originally from the same stable as Salt Yard and Dehesa, this serves tapas-style dishes in a refurbished pub setting. Their teeny Iberico pork and foie gras burgers are worthy of the trip here alone.

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