Looking for London’s best restaurants? We round up the best indoor and outdoor restaurants in London for dinner and drinks in the city.
If you’re looking for the best restaurants in London with a view then newly-opened cocktail bar Sabine is the perfect spot. Situated on the top floor of the Leonardo Royal Hotel, the Sabine rooftop terrace overlooks St Paul’s Cathedral and offers tapas-style small plates paired with Spring and Summer-inspired drinks. While there, guests can order the likes of spring pea and goat’s cheese arancini paired with pesto dip and wash it all down with a refreshing range of seasonal cocktails – a stand-out being the ‘What The Dickens’ botanist gin offering.
El Pirata is one of London’s best long-standing and much-loved restaurants for good reason. Tucked away on Down Street – one of the quieter spots in Mayfair – the restaurant is known for its authentic Spanish food, relaxed atmosphere and affordable prices (despite the postcode). Guests feel as if they’re dining in Madrid rather than Mayfair with a huge selection of traditional tapas including croquetas de jamón Ibérico and gambas al pil-pil paired with Spanish wines of sangria.
Sketch has become a trendy London hangout famed for its blush-pink afternoon tea gallery and wall of ‘sketches’. Each room in Sketch has a distinct design theme that’s been elaborately realised through artwork and furnishings, from a forest glade eatery to a paint-splattered parlour. The food at Sketch is just as quirky as the surroundings, with the imaginative menu devised by French Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire. Team the food with their award-winning wines and fabulous service, and you’ve got yourself a magical dining experience in the heart of Mayfair.
Soho basement bar Ronnie’s Scotts has been hosting jazz nights since the 1950’s. A London staple, Ronnie Scott’s’ reputation has remained well in tact, as blues-lovers of all ages still descend on the speak-easy style basement club almost for live music and a meal. Enjoy the tunes with a side of Imperial Oscietra caviar or Ronnie’s famous fish pie.
Prepare to be guided along the Amazon river, uncovering the Latin American culinary experience, right in the heart of Mayfair as you enter Amazonico. You’ll find yourself surrounded by tropical animals, even a peacock will be gracing the bar countertop. As for food, expect Peruvian-style sushi, traditional Brazilian dishes and cachaça cocktails.
Benares is one of London’s best restaurants named after India’s holy city and perfectly captures the culture of its namesake with its exotic interior decor, lacquered woodwork finishes and ambience-enhancing water features. The menu marries daring modernity with Indian culinary traditions, featuring dishes such as hand dived Scottish scallops in coconut curry and sweet treats like rasmalai mille fuille with fresh mango and mascarpone cream.
From the team behind Michelin-starred Endo at Rotunda, SUMI is the casual yet elegant little sister to sushi master Endo Kazutoshi’s eponymous White City restaurant. Dine on SUMI’s al fresco terrace in the heart of Notting Hill and expect a colourful array of sushi and sashimi, as well as a premium selection of cocktails.