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East London
120-122 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

This restaurant is from Magnus Reid, previously best known for the Rooftop Cafe near London Bridge. This is a wine bar and restaurant which features a seasonal menu and an ever-changing wine list from small producers.

Portland
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
113 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6QQ
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

From the team behind Clipstone and Emilia, this all day spot sets out it stall as "cooking the best produce, simply but with imagination and plenty of care". Both the main menu and wine list change frequently.

Spring
Westminster, Strand, Victoria
Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Spring is Skye Gyngell's first solo venture, who had such a big success at Petersham Nurseries. She has set up shop in the "new" wing of Somerset House which hasn't been open to the public for 150 years and serving fair like Grilled langoustine with seaweed butter and Roasted turbot with porcini and bone marrow.

surnaturelsnew
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
8-10 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

This wine bar comes from the same people behind the hugely popular Experimental Cocktail Club and this bar's sister site in Paris. Expect the wines to steer clear of the mainstream and the food to be a mix of seasonal British and French cuisine.

arabicabar
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Arabica started out at Borough Market, armed with little more than a cool box and began selling a small range of mezze from an 8ft trestle table. The vibe they're going for at their Borough restaurant is 1960s Beirut meets 21st century London.

Primeur
North London
Barnes Motors, 116 Petherton Road, London N5 2RT
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

This restaurant on the borders of Islington and Stoke Newington, was the first from the group that also brought us Westerns Laundry and Jolene. As with their other restaurants, there's a regularly changing menu - influenced by Parisian Bistronomy - and it's paired with a carefully selected wine list that's also regularly updated.

Lyle's
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

James Lowe's restaurant at the Tea Building in Shoreditch proved that a restaurant in Shoreditch could gain a Michelin star. This all-day restaurant showcases his food with a regularly changing menu. Look out for special guests popping in from time to time. And they serve a damn fine coffee throughout the day.

8 Hoxton Square
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
8-9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

This is the second opening from Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali who previously had such a big hit with 10 Greek Stret in Soho. Expect a very similar approach to the food and wine, but set in Hoxton.

Quality Chop House
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
92–94 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3EA
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

The Quality Chop House, which has been open since 1869, at one point looked in danger of disappearing forever before it was lovingly restored by Will Lander and Josie Stead. Now it's both a restaurant and wine bar featuring menus that are created in the morning based on what's been delivered. Come for the very best of British cooking, or just as easily pop in for charcuterie or wine or to pick something up from the adjoining butcher and deli.

The Clove Club
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

One of the best restaurants in town and one of the few to make it into the World's 50 Best list, The Clove Club is now a London institution, on the must-try lists of all good gastro tourists. Head into the main restaurant for a regularly changing set menu which is at the heart of things here - or to the bar for cocktails and nibbles.

Story
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
201 Tooley Street, London SE1 2UE
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

He's worked with the likes of Rene Redzepi at Noma, and previously with Tom Aikens, Adam Byatt and Thomas Keller. Now Tom Sellers is has launched his own restaurant in London called Story. Expect "humble ingredients but throws them together in a creative, inspired way" including beef dripping candles that you can eat.

Elliot's
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
12 Stoney St, Borough Market, London SE1 9AD
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

This restaurant is by Rob Green and Brett Redman, the blokes behind the super-popular Pavilion Cafe at Victoria Park. Its aim is to be 'showcasing the best of Borough Market and supporting craft and artisanal producers'.

Kitchen Table
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
70 Charlotte St, London W1T 4QG
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

Kitchen Table is the main event of the two-part restaurant from James Knappett and Sandia Chang (also including Bubbledogs). Here you can expect a new meal almost every visit as the menu evolves depending on the chef's preferences and the seasons. And all this in a setting that sees you seated around the open kitchen watching and interacting with the chefs.

bubblenew
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
70 Charlotte St, London W1T 4QG
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

James Knappett and his wife Sandia Chang turned out to be a formidable double act when they opened a restaurant of two halves. This is the hot-dog half at the front of the restaurant, serving up gourmet hot dogs alongside grower champagnes and other sparkling wines.

Donostia
Marylebone
10 Seymour Place, London W1H 5DB
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Tomasz Baranski, the former head chef at Barrafina, is serving up Basque-style tapas and pintxos in this Marylebone restaurant (the sibling restaurant of Lurra, across the road). Expect top pintxos, perfectly done tortilla, plenty of txakoli and more Basque delights.

Vinoteca Soho
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
53-55 Beak St, London W1F 9SH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

It already has a branch north of Oxford Street in Marylebone, and now the popular wine bar has come into the heart of Soho. Expect a similar approach as their other two locations with a bar, dining room and wine shop across two levels.

The 10 Cases
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
16 Endell Street, London WC2H 9BD
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

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.

Trullo
North London
300 - 302 St Paul's Road, London N1 2LH
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Probably Islington's most famous (and hard to get into) restaurant, this Italian affair sees Jordan Frieda, formerly front-of-house at The River Cafe teaming up with chef Tim Siadatan - one of the original trainees at Fifteen. Expect superlative Italian cuisine. If you're having trouble getting into Padella, from the same team, then booking a table here will help you avoid that queue.

Terroirs
Westminster, Strand, Victoria
5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DW
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

In an area of town more usually associated with after-office binge drinkers and faux American burger joints, the arrival of a new, cheerful Bistro offering great comfort food to the weary masses can only be a good thing.

Lutyens
The City
85 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AE
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

More French perfection from the Peter Prescott and Terence Conran partnership. There's a charcuterie counter, sushi bar, members club and private rooms. Head chef David Burke comes via Bibendum and Pont de la Tour. Oh, and Samuel Pepys was born here.

The Draper's Arms
North London
44 Barnsbury St, Islington, London N1 1ER
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

This Islington pub is tucked down a quiet side street and remains one of the prettiest pubs in the borough. Run by Nick Gibson, the menu is a modern take on British pub grub. Grab a table in the garden if the weather's behaving itself.

High Timber
The City
8 High Timber Street, London EC4V 3PA
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

If location is all, then this river-facing restaurant has won the lottery. Making the most of its river frontage, High Timber is a high-end steak restaurant for city boys with a serious wine list, courtesy of owners Gary and Kathy Jordan who own the Jordan vineyard in Stellenbosch.

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