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.
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.
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.
Excellent Spanish food in Soho. Good for a mid-week dinner at their counter. They only have bar seating so best for two.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Right off of Regents Street, Chisou serves great, authentic Japanese food and is always filled with Japanese businessmen (a great sign!).
Angela Hartnett’s elegant Italian restaurant with contemporary versions of classic dishes like homemade linguini with razor clams.
An Italian coffee shop that looks like it was airlifted from Rome.
A London lunchtime classic with plates of Welsh rarebit and icy oysters and smoked fish and plenty of Black Velvets served in silver mugs.
A clubby, legendary bar that inspired James Bond’s famous martini.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brett Martin is not just a handsome hunter, he’s also the extremely talented chef behind this respected, elegant restaurant in Notting Hill.
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).
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.
An incredible cheese store and cafe in Marylebone that has the greatest selection. There’s also one in Islington near Highbury Fields.
There’s a few of these yummy Lebanese places on the Edgware Rd. where you can also find great Arabic stores.
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.