CENTRAL LONDON

Bocca Di Lupo

Started by Moro alumnae, this Italian spot in Soho serves hearty small plates. It’s great to sit at the bar and watch the dishes be prepared.

Polpo

People in London are still considering this 2010 restaurant “new.” The food at Polpo is styled after Venetian cicchetti or small plates and is a fun addition to the the repertoire.

Hix

Mark Hix serves delicious, hearty fare in this central Soho spot. Great bar downstairs too.

Riding House Cafe

This new addition to Central London looks super cool. We haven’t been yet but hear great things.

Barrafina

Excellent Spanish food in Soho. Good for a mid-week dinner at their counter. They only have bar seating so best for two.

J Sheekey

This classic London restaurant is located in Covent Garden and perfect for dinner before or after the theatre. Known for it’s seafood and raw bar, get the potted shrimp with toast.

Scotts

Owned and operated by the same people as J Sheekey, this is another classic and worth a visit when you’re with parents who will pick up the tab (a bit fancy otherwise).

Dean Street Town House

Another Nick Jones spot located in Soho, fun for dinner and drinks.

Nopi

Run by the team behind Ottolenghi (sigh…), Nopi is a casual, comfortable restaurant with an eclectic, always-changing menu that encourages sharing.

Lobster and Burger

A new super popular spot in both Soho and Mayfair that serves exactly what you would think.

Automat

An “American Brasserie” in Mayfair that serves consistently good food and delicious creamed spinach.

Cafe at Dover Street Market

This gem of a cafe at the top of Dover Street Market (one of London’s best curated boutiques and worth a walk through despite the hideously expensive price tags) serves fresh salads and quiches. A perfect respite from shopping.

The Wolsely

Traditional and sophisticated, The Wolsely is right next to the Ritz in Mayfair. And known for it’s superb breakfast. Great for tea and/or dinner as well.

Chisou

Right off of Regents Street, Chisou serves great, authentic Japanese food and is always filled with Japanese businessmen (a great sign!).

Murano

Angela Hartnett’s elegant Italian restaurant with contemporary versions of classic dishes like homemade linguini with razor clams.

Bar Italia

An Italian coffee shop that looks like it was airlifted from Rome.

Sweetings

A London lunchtime classic with plates of Welsh rarebit and icy oysters and smoked fish and plenty of Black Velvets served in silver mugs.

Dukes Bar

A clubby, legendary bar that inspired James Bond’s famous martini.

Dabbous

Ollie Dabbous, just 31, is London’s current hot ticket. The waitlist runs about 6 months long, but his thoughtful, contemporary, skillful menu is astounding.

La Gavroche

Michel Roux, Jr. carries on his father’s legacy at this renowned French restaurant.

Berry Brothers & Rudd

Britain’s oldest and completely remarkable wine and spirit store.

Claridges

One of London’s finest hotels, Claridges is also one of the most serene places to enjoy afternoon tea and boasts the best scones in town.

Bubbledogs &

James Knappet and Sandia Chang are the husband-and-wife team behind this very special place where you can enjoy gourmet hot dogs and champagne in front or a 15-course tasting menu in the back. Or, if you’re gluttonous and indecisive like us, you can have both.

The Ledbury

Brett Martin is not just a handsome hunter, he’s also the extremely talented chef behind this respected, elegant restaurant in Notting Hill.

Rules

London’s oldest restaurant, Rules features British classics like steak and kidney pie, mushy peas and golden sponge cake with pouring custard.

La Petit Maison

A real splurge but La Petit Maison serves great French food. People love their black chicken for two. Order ahead.

Zuma and Roka

These Japanese spots are owned by the same person and serve great sushi (which is hard to get in London).

Yauatcha

Fancy, delicious dim sum in Soho.

La Bodega Negra

A new place by Serge Becker hidden behind an old strip club in Soho very similar to his La Esquina in NYC. Fun bar scene.

KXFS or Shrimpys

New places at Kings Cross from the super trendy guys behind Bistrotheque.

London Review of Books Cafe

Close to SOAS, Cleo spent many a lunches at this cafe in the very literary Bloomsbury. Great for lunch if you’re at the British Museum.

Fernandez & Wells

A fantastic wine bar in Soho that serves yummy raclette.

La Fromagerie

An incredible cheese store and cafe in Marylebone that has the greatest selection. There’s also one in Islington near Highbury Fields.

Maroush

There’s a few of these yummy Lebanese places on the Edgware Rd. where you can also find great Arabic stores.

Lupita

Authentic Mexican food in a city where that’s remarkably difficult to come by. A dear friend from Mexico City who lives in London even goes there!

Al-Hamra or Al-Sultan

Our Palestinian friend claims these two places in Mayfair serve the best Lebanese in the city.

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