This popular stop serves fine caviar and other delicacies of the sea, such as Balik salmon, which is smoked in the Swiss Alps using a 25-step, 150-year-old process favored by the Imperial Court of Russia.
Hidden behind the soaring walls of an old Victorian school playground in residential Shoreditch lies a small converted bike shed housing Rochelle Canteen, a cafe made all the more magical by its secretive location and almost imperceptible buzzer entrance.
The traditional pub concept meets Thai at this Covent Garden spot. Formerly Devonshire Arms, the pub maintains some of its roots with British fare making an appearance in the upstairs’ menu.
A neon sign reading “Guiness and Oysters” hangs over the door at this lively pub-meets elegant restaurant, informing newcomers that despite its name, the Cow is all about fresh seafood and expertly-poured pints.
Now the owner of more than 20 restaurants on four continents, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay opened this namesake eatery in 2001 inside Claridge’s Hotel, a 19th-century Art Deco landmark in Mayfair.
Despite its Mayfair location and relative youth (opened in 2004), Bellamy resembles an old-world Parisian brasserie with hardwood floors, white tablecloths, black leather banquettes, and an adjacent oyster bar.
Even the most critical bivalve buffs agree that you haven’t had scallops until you’ve tasted the fresh, plump specimens caught by Shellseekers owner Darren Brown no more than four hours earlier.
Tom’s Kitchen is chef Tom Aiken’s (with his twin brother, Robert) second place, done up like a fantasy Edwardian country-house kitchen. The food is plain, simple, and delicious – like the enormous wooden slab of charcuterie.
When it comes to fish and chips in London, locals and in-the-know tourists agree: the Golden Hind does it best. Set in the quaint neighborhood of Marylebone, this charming, family-owned chippery has a history dating back to 1914 and a menu that reflects years of tradition.
This Indian bistro in Chelsea has won chef Yogesh Datta acclaim for the past decade. It re-opened in 2010 after a top-to-bottom renovation and has a frequently changing menu of classical Indian cuisine with European touches and in-season, local ingredients.
Yauatcha is a contemporary dim sum teahouse that opened in London in 2004. The restaurant offers an all-day grazing experience, specialising in modern authentic dim sum, as well as wok-friendly dishes and other ‘small eats’.
Open for more than a century, this authentic mash and pie shop was established in 1900 to serve traveling shepherds. Today, the family-run eatery remains largely unchanged, still situated in Hackney on the border of Broadway Market.
A bit of Spain in the heart of London, Cigala was inspired by the owner’s mother, who lived in Granada for 30 years. A passion for Spanish food and cuisine is evident in the menu of tapas and desserts.