Some of the best restaurants in London can be found outside of central London and in its thriving neighbourhoods – but if you're looking for delicious eateries for dinner, it can be hard to know where to begin. Below, discover the definitive list of the best restaurants in London: our editors' personal London restaurant recommendations that we keep going back to (in no particular order).
Some are relatively recent openings – hot-ticket, queue-worthy spots that instantly made waves, and earned a place on this list just months after firing up their hobs. Others are classics for a reason, and a couple of these London restaurants even made the 2022 iteration of The World's 50 Best Restaurants (read our reviews of winners Ikoyi and The Clove Club below). Whichever you pick, all of them are pioneers when it comes to what it means to eat well in London – from bombastic Indian flavours to kitchens pushing the boundaries of sustainability, and from blowout tasting menus to cheap eats you'll want to keep to yourself. All have been reviewed by our team to make this list of London's best restaurants. For even more, check out our favourite restaurants with gardens, pub beer gardens and London rooftop bars. If you’re looking for the city’s latest foodie offerings, check out our definitive guide to the new restaurants in London, a list we update weekly.
How we choose the best restaurants in London
Every restaurant on this list has been selected independently by our editors and written by a Condé Nast Traveller journalist who knows the destination and has eaten at that restaurant. When choosing restaurants, our editors consider both high end and affordable eateries that offer an authentic and insider experience of a destination. We’re always looking for stand-out dishes, a great location and warm service – as well as serious sustainability credentials. We update this list regularly as new restaurants open and existing ones evolve.