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[:en] After the wine bar comes the cave à manger! The wine buffs behind Sager + Wilde Hackney Road did it again, this time under the vaulted, wood-covered arcades of the overground at Bethnal Green. It’s a wine heaven so you don’t have to pray......

[:en] A Californian wind blows on the west coast of the Thames. Created by Anna Halliday and Philip Beatty after an inspiring trip to the States, this beach house with light oak floor, white counter, pastel chairs and retro neon lights, brings the dose of......

[:en] Last summer, Poco gave way to Tuyo, where you can chill all day-long under the green canopy and rattan ceiling lights. This bright spot is headed by chef Ricardo Pimental (ex-Salt Yard). For brunch, expect the classics to do the job very well: shakshouka......

[:en] Sure, we want to spend every weekend in Richmond watching the deer—but we’re also craving a wander through the wonderful world of the Boglione family: we want to raid the shabby-chic homeware shop, try our hand at gardening in the nursery, dine in this......

[:en] Founded in 2016 by Aymeric Peurois, Mamie's brings Brittany to Great Britain right in the heart of Covent Garden. Spread over three floors, the 2.0 crêperie looks like a time machine, from the basement “Cidrothèque” to the very 70s grandma dining room upstairs, including......

[:en] Since 1996, this Klein blue-tiled Brook Green boozer has been a local open secret, for a drink at the bar, a quick stop in the back garden or a no-brainer dinner in the unassuming dining room. The -not once but twice daily- changing menu......

[:en] Take a break on the sunny side at Moro’s little brother, twin to Morito Exmouth Market. Expect the same laid-back Mediterranean vibe in collaboration with artist Dillwyn Smith: bright colours, an open kitchen, a wide glass window and kids running around. Sit at the......

Ce vénérable vétéran, bois sombre, trophées et parquet qui craque depuis 1840, vit désormais une seconde jeunesse étoilée grâce à Brett Graham (The Ledbury), Mike Robinson (The Pot Kiln) et Edwin Vaux (The Vaux Brewery). Au piano, la chef Sally Abe travaille avec brio le......

[:en] So long, Ben Chapman’s first Soho thai-obsessed eatery... Now the open-fire, funky trip is happening in Shoreditch, in a new, vast (almost too) brick-and-metal Smoking Goat. Sent out by talented chef Ali Borer, pastel plastic plates straight from Bangkok streets still wake up the......

[:en] This colourful Southern Mediterranean-influenced cuisine by Samuel and Samantha Clark has enchanted the cobbled alley of Exmouth Market for the last 20 years. We never get tired of its laid-back decor (grass green wall, Moroccan cushions), cool terrace and open kitchen. Their dishes are......

[:en] Ducksoup has the vibe of a cool East London joint, but right in the heart of Soho. Past the heavy curtain, between peacock blue walls and dim globed ceiling lights, people chat whilst perched along the wooden bar or at the tiny tables, listening......

[:en] After working for Wahaca, Edson Diaz-Fuentes had been pop-upping and supperclubbing all around town with his wife Natalie, before making a short appearance in Shoreditch in 2016. Back for good in London Bridge, their newcasa has this warm mexicool touch to it, from the......

[:en] After successfully pop-upping for four years, Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express reached the end of the line on top of Kingly Court. Past Pizza Pilgrims and Le Bab, walk up for a trip to the four corners of India with a pit stop by Calcutta......

Formé aux spots londo-thaï les plus enflammés (Begging Bowl, Smoking Goat), “l’étranger” Sebby Holmes a transformé cette tranquille trattoria de Highbury en bombe street asiatique, fuelée au top des produits Brit. Le décor reste total dans son jus rital - chaises rustico-campagnardes, tonneaux de vin......

[:en] In Chinatown caffs labyrinth, Baozi Inn almost stands out with its semi-in-the-moment decor (think light wood, ingredient jars and kitsch-revolutionary posters) mixed with TV screens featuring the menus, teleshopping-style. Anyway, you’re not here for style, but for one very good reason: slurp happily the......

[:en] The name is pretty clear: don't expect more than hot dogs and champagne. Alright, another ersatz to Burger & Lobster? Well, guess what: surprise, it's actually a wine bar, which list would make many others jealous. Beautiful Champagne from the best growers and small......

[:en] The intention and the wine list may well be Greek, you'll hear French in all directions. Close to Marylebone High Street, Opso's "social food" motto does exactly the job. Sit down and share small Mediterranean pleasures with everyone, all the time: a fresh dakos......

Avec le mythique St. John, Fergus Henderson et Trevor Gulliver, inventeurs du nose-to-tail et pionniers de la modern British Food, ont élargi le champ des possibles au-delà de la jelly et des beans on toast. Le St. John Bread & Wine est son petit frère,......

[:en] A basement in a Soho Soho strip bar, a raw decor... a true meat lover den. Tree ex-Hawksmoor are behind this story dedicated to serious chops and repeated since in the City. On Sundays, these famous chops are off and the trio tackles another......

[:en]When he opened in 2015, former Hakkasan chef Malaysian Jeff San put the focus on the menu rather than on name brainstorming. He’s completely forgiven. The restaurant standing right at the entrance to Chinatown, at least things are clear. In a half-canteen half-faux rustic-street decor......

[:en] After pleasing the crowds from their three-wheel Piaggio van, Pizza Pilgrims settled down in Soho in 2013. Upstairs, pizza oven and take away. Downstairs, a retro atmosphere with green oilcloths and dolce vita posters. Either way, one of the best pizzas in London, soft......

[:en] After pleasing the crowds from their three-wheel Piaggio van, Pizza Pilgrims settled down in Soho in 2013 and at the lively Exmouth Market in 2015. Upstairs, the open kitchen, the pizza oven and a few high tables. In the basement, enjoy the canteen atmosphere......

[:en] This all-time classic by Fergus Henderson (nose-to-tail icon) and Trevor Gulliver is set in a former Georgian smokehouse. Often copied, never equalled since it opened its doors in 1994, it’s superbly simple: bakery, wine shop, bar and formal restaurant all in one. Among the......

[:en]Tucked away in an anonymous street off Oxford Street, you probably walked past a thousand times without even noticing, but Roti Chai is all but self-effacing! Just like Dishoom, it brings to light the great diversity of Indian cuisine, which can definitely not be restricted......

[:en] Opened in 2008 and tucked away from the Strand, this open secret is an everyday haunt: from drinks with friend along the welcoming central bar to a date night with a dusted-off rustic French Touch in the first room, or a boozy Sunday lunch......

[:en] This quiet corner of Notting Hill has been home to Aussie chef Brett Graham’s iconic restaurant since 2005. In a discreetly hushed atmosphere —a tad outdated,—prepare for a classic-chic collection tailored by Greg Austin. Nibble on a soft deer dumpling and there you have......

[:en] Follow the smell of truffles and step into Italy. Nestled at the end of this narrow arcade, this former local schoolyard has been converted into a joyfully messy shed-café: on the shelves, olive oil tins rub shoulders with plates piling up, while dried hams......

[:en] Food writer Lori de Mori added incredible charm to this half-North, half-East London towpath with this café in 2010: almost totally open-air, on the canalside, and brimming with regulars. The slow food spirit reigns supreme in this low-key, vintage vibe. Switch off entirely (no......

[:en] This classic Victorian pub (wooden benches, dark green walls) is the public secret spot coveted by South London families and friends to feast on what is quite possibly one of the best Sunday roasts. The menu features seasonal produce behind unfussy dishes to share:......

[:en] You could easily mistake the Dairy and its charming terrace, opened in 2013, for just another trendy neighbourhood joint with a rustic/trendy design (metro tiles, vintage furniture, industrial ceiling lamps…). But don’t! Robin Gill’s seasonal cooking is definitely a few steps ahead. Pick a......

[:en] Sure, we want to spend every weekend in Richmond watching the deer—but we’re also craving a wander through the wonderful world of the Boglione family: we want to raid the shabby-chic homeware shop, try our hand at gardening in the nursery, nibble on a......

[:en] Ring the bell at the heavy door and enter the delightfully old-fashioned world of a 1930s Indian gentlemen’s club: lacquered oak, hunting trophies, copper lamps, retro leather and wicker benches, and a bit of exposed brick too, cos you know… Their sophisticated, shimmering dishes......

[:en] After rolling around for a while, this trendy egg fathered by Joel Braham, Alex Coppard and Oded Mizrachi, hatched right in the middle of Stokey: a bright and airy café, skillfully casual with crates stacked about, it’s pretty much the offspring of Honey &......

[:en] Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Israeli food empire has won over London palates with its sunny Middle Eastern salads and gorgeous pastries. In their long-standing Upper Street deli, go straight for the breakfast shakshuka. Then, design your own platter with colourful options from the......

[:en] You’re instantly at ease in the little Portland bubble, with its bright bay window and subtle colourful touches. From the open kitchen, the talented Merlin Labron-Johnson chisels a monthly menu starring the best of British produce: delicious crispy chicken skins and parfait; charred ox......

[:en] Max Halley and his black polo shirts have been shaking up Stoud Green since 2014, thanks to his joyful and rock sarnie shop, looking just like him (count the ducks and pay a visit to the Loo-vre). Toothpick-gleaned kimchi and the deliciously regressive mac’n’cheese......

[:en] This proper bistrot on Bermondsey Street opened in 2013 by trio Hervé Durochat, Alex Bonnefoy and Sylvain Soulard is as French as it can get, in a delightful way: checkered tablecloths, bistro chairs (what else?), vintage posters and fleur-de-lis wallpaper (oui oui). That day......

[:en] Lot Van Pham and Anh Phuoc Ti Pham have been feeding the London smart set for fifteen years at their cult Pho Mile Vietnamese eatery (next to BúnBúnBún). The decor is something: bright green paint on the wall, studded red leatherette chairs, absurd plastic......

[:en] Since 2014, Australian chef Skye Gyngell (ex-Petersham Nurseries) has taken over a 19th century drawing room of the Somerset House, bathed in light and doubled up with an atrium. Under the crazy high ceilings, important business discussions seem to be happening, comfortably seated in......

[:en] After pop-uping for a few years, Shrim Chakraborty opened her first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Fitzrovia, celebrating the recipes of her native Calcutta. A year later, the Brixton outpost opened its doors, this time paying a jazzy tribute to the arty neighbourhood of Park Street,......

[:en] Chef duo Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram (St.John) took over this Hackney institution in 2015, keeping live the neighbourhood boozer touch with dark wooden panels and green leather benches. The dining room upstairs, however, was brightened up with colour splashes by Italian designer Martino......

[:en] It’s in Bologna that the idea of a “joy and respect”, ancient flours and organic ingredients-based pizzeria came to Matteo and Salvatore Aloe. After opening five restaurants in Italy, their first London outpost opened with Emma King (Gail’s) and named after a free local......

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[:en] Now settled in a huge space in the middle of the City, Tom Adams and Jamie Berger’s new generation Pitt Cue has a “rich banker feeling like a hip Canadian lumberjack” look: black brick wall and woodpile along the open kitchen. But straight from......

[:en] After a super successful residency at Pop Brixton, in January 2017 duo Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell moved to brick-and-mortar in Soho. The Indian rattan vintage touch is balanced by the skillfully raw walls, graphic tiles like you should, brass lamps and the long......

[:en] Around since 1972, Tayyabs is the family-run reference curry house of any Punjabi food fan. It’s loud, it’s packed, tables pile up in every corner, the bill is ridiculously low and the smell sticks around for a week. Whatever the day or the hour,......

[:en] After the success of Wahaca, Thomasina Miers’ newest concept is already spreading fast (another location in Shoreditch and soon in Paddington). Design is more urban-Scandinavian than sombreros all over the place, with booth and self-ordering facilities to keep the bill low. Make your order......

[:en] After the success of Wahaca, Thomasina Miers’ newest concept is already spreading fast (another location in Fitzrovia and soon in Paddington). The Truman Brewery site is more urban-Scandinavian design than sombreros all over the place, with booth and self-ordering facilities to keep the bill......

[:en] After pop-uping for a few years, Shrim Chakraborty opened her first brick-and-mortar restaurant (the second is now in Brixton) celebrating the recipes of her native Calcutta, represented in the decor: vintage fan ceiling lights, dark wooden hemstitched screens... Behind the light blue wooden shutters......

[:en] Off Leather Lane, a little green neon light discreetly announces the place challenging the classic fine dining. In the simple well-thought room (school chairs, wooden table, Tom Dixon ceiling lights...), Mark Jarvis (Texture) and his professional yet cool staff highlight Jack Cashmore’s (late In......

[:en] There’s always a line in front of this pocket-sized restaurant a stone away from the Spitafields offices, feverishly waiting to delve into the delights of chef Harneet Banweja. You can easily pass by without noticing its low-key front, but it would be a serious......

[:en] With Hook, Simon Whiteside wanted to give its moment to gourmet fish & chips. Started as a Dublin market stall in 2011, he’s now nailing it in his Camden contemporary street canteen, where everything is made on-site. With little twists from all over world,......

[:en] This institution is a favourite among party animals and cab drivers alike. Since 1976, the oldest deli in town fills Brick Lane 24-hour with an endless line of starvers, craving for soft and cheap beigels. Baked in the Jewish tradition, they’re filled to order......

[:en] Mondialement connu pour ses cafés qui pimentent les assiettes des londoniens depuis 2002, l’incontournable Yotam Ottolenghi a donné ici un look bien plus léché à son Nopi, tout de blanc et or vêtu (au sous-sol, une grande table d’hôte a aussi le nez dans......

[:en] It’s in Bologna that the idea of a “joy and respect”, ancient flours and organic ingredients-based pizzeria came to Matteo and Salvatore Aloe. After opening five restaurants in Italy, their London outpost opened with Emma King (Gail’s) is named after a free local radio......

[:en] Bringing some country vibes to fancy Kensington (and next door to Dirty Bones), this cosy and friendly eatery hasn’t changed a bit in fifty years: same rustic cartwheels and hanging dried flowers decor, hearty dishes (soups, pies and roasts) and seasonal game (venison, pheasant,......

[:en] Young Ben Marks (Claridge’s, Noma…) back and Matt Emmerson (Polpo, Polpetto) front of house, dive into the semi gastronomic deep end after two well-received residencies in Clapton and Dulwich. In their glazed Newington Green angle restaurant with a casual vibe, everyone is looking for......

[:en] Raef Hodgson settled his natural wine import warehouse (Gergovie Wines) under this Maltby Street market arch. A teeny tiny kitchen, a long guest table, some high stools and let the bottles roll in this perfect cave à manger: 2015 Piège à Filles from Les......

[:en] Giuseppe Mascoli, founder of the Franco Manca pizza chain (19 in London), is a pizza purist. His secret? A slow-rising sourdough left to ferment overnight, a few carefully selected toppings (organic tomatoes from Southern Italy, chorizo from La Rioja, organic Kalamata olives from Greece),......

[:en] After scouting the country extensively, Maxwell Churchill Graham (from a big wine and port producers family) and chef Tiago Santos set their vision of Portugal in the brand new Flat Iron Square, next door to Where The Pancakes Are. Between the azulejos-covered walls, diners......

[:en] Hooray: an old-style bistro, anything but scandi-cool, à la carte menu and a naturally thought wine list! Welcome to the chic and felted neighborhood gem by Oli Barker (ex-Terroirs), very Paris 16 or Ile de Ré (light grey wood paneling, white tablecloths, seaside-modern canvases......

[:en] It looks like a cute local coffee-deli two stones away from Arnold Circus. But wait, there’s much more to Leila McAlister’s shop than just the local HQ. In a bric-à-brac décor, the menu is written on the board, the kitchen is wide open, pans......

[:en] In pretty Peckham main street, this black-white-light wood Italian neobistrot is taken by storm every weekend by neighbours in search of comfort. The reason? A chalkboard seasonal menu at absolutely unbeatable prices: 3 courses for £20. Or the perfect way to spend a Sunday......

Dutch Patricia Trijbits, a fisherman's daughter, worked in Paris and California before settling with her family in London. The result? A very cocooning monomaniac spot (think powdery pink, light wood, green plants) under the arcades of Flat Iron Square, where to eat up tons of......

Chef José Pizarro, who needs no introduction, has spread to South London with its take on the Spanish tapas and sherry bar. At the corner of Bermondsey Street, the few places of at the micro tiled counter are quickly taken. Pass the door, dive into......

[:en] Cool dining places keep on blooming in Fitzrovia (Clipstone, Bao…). Last in line: Foley’s. Mitz Vora was sous-chef at Palomar and you can see it on the first glance at the menu: a short selection of tempting small plates to share. He mixes altogether......

[:en] We knew the multitask Ravinder Boghal as a food writer / presenter / writer / pop-uper / Gordon Ramsay protégée, she’s now the chef-owner of a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Marylebone. Exit scandi-design (hallelujah), welcome to a very delicate bijou living room, just like when......

[:en] The team first invested the London scene in 2011, by exporting the Experimental in Chinatown. Two years later, their wine bar from the Parisian 6th arrondissement followed across the Channel. La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels quietly took possession of the pretty cobbled Neal's Yard,......

[:en] What to? To conventional wine, to the use of too many chemicals. No magic formula here, but an extensive wine list presented with passion and showcasing small French producers we like (Sebastian Riffault in Loire, Domaine Josmeyer in Alsace, Château Le Puy in Bordeaux......

[:en] Since 2012, Bone Daddies has been messing with the cozy atmosphere of delicate Japanese ramen bars. Under the auspices of Aussie Shonhan Ross (ex-Zuma and Nobu Dallas), noodles get down and comfy, flavours explode in the buzzing atmosphere of this New York-style joint, not......

[:en] Since 2012, Aussie Shonhan Ross (ex-Zuma and Nobu Dallas) has been messing with the cozy atmosphere of delicate Japanese ramen bars. Here, noodles get down and comfy, flavours explode in the buzzing atmosphere of this New York-style joint, not subtle at all but completely......

[:en] After working for Bistrothèque, Eliza Flanagan opened the doors of Lardo in 2012, ode to pork in a large industry-cool space and one of the first cool neighbourhood Italians near London Fields. Since then, the pink neon welcomes everyday the creative local crowd and......

[:en] The Portland team (Will Lander, Daniel Morgenthau and Merlin Labron-Johnson) is slowly taking over Fitzrovia, with their second neobistro. Stylish and sleek, the space is dotted with small white tiles, with dark wood and marble touches. More relaxed than its big brother’s, the little......

[:en] In the middle of Pho Mile, the team has decided to play monomaniac. The bún is absolute king, especially the Hanoi street version Bún chả Ha Noi, on top of the list - rice noodles, five spices lemongrass grilled pork, spring rolls and all......

[:en] The very fancy Monocle Magazine has set his striped café accross the Chiltern Firehouse, a stone away from its London headquarters. Under Scandi-Japanese influence, it’s the local favourite of the Marylebone creative crowd, flipping through the daily press. The reading goes with an Allpress......

[:en] There’s a very Notting Hill atmosphere at Farmacy, the new twiggy spot on Westbourne Grove, open, Camilla Al Fayed, daughter of and strong on clean eating. This bright canteen looks nothing like the expected dispensary: foliage plantes all over the place, wood, golden touch......

[:en] Created by Brett Woonton, Charlie Young and Elena Ares in 2005, Vinoteca has a double role: wine shop and Mediterranean-influenced wine bar. The five London versions (Marylebone, Soho, King's Cross, Chiswick) are among the sound values, where to push the door for a happy......

[:en] Created by Brett Woonton, Charlie Young and Elena Ares in 2005, Vinoteca has a double role: wine shop and Mediterranean-influenced wine bar. The five London versions (Farringdon, Soho, King's Cross, Chiswick) are among the sound values, where to push the door for a happy......

[:en] Behind a random window front close to Soho Square, a little gem of a neobistrot has been hiding since 2012. Brainchild of Luke Wilson and Aussie chef Cameron Emirali (also both behind 8 Hoxton Square), it took us a few years and several unsuccessfull......

[:en] With its three itali-trendy spots (Shoreditch, Portobello), Soho House is quietly making its way through London cool wood fire pizzas. Soho House style, decor is so spot on (crates, hanging ham, sophiscated fake ceilings…) we’d like a little taste mistake, and the crowd is......

[:en] With its three itali-trendy spots (Portobello, Kentish Town), Soho House is quietly making its way through London cool wood fire pizzas. Soho House style, decor is so spot on (crates, hanging ham, sophiscated fake ceilings…) we’d like a little taste mistake, and the crowd......

[:en] With its three itali-trendy spots (Shoreditch, Kentish Town), Soho House is quietly making its way through London cool wood fire pizzas. So, Soho House style, decor is so spot on (crates, hanging ham, sophiscated fake ceilings…) we’d like a little taste mistake, and the......

[:en] Donostia basque tapas restaurant has spread to the other side of the street last September, with its second location Lurra, all about blond wood and marble. Same Hispanic influence and tapas spirit here (think piquillo peppers, bone marrow, courgette flower, stuffed octopus with shrimp......

[:en] Hopper, wtf? The 2016 craze (so long, ramen) is a bowl shaped fermented rice and coconut milk pancake, filled with an egg usually eaten off the street… in Sri Lanka. Or Soho, which might be a bit easier. Now that the opening 2h lines......

[:en] Pizza Pilgrims has managed a seat at the very sought after Kingly Court. Outside, a terrace for sunny days. Inside, the pizza oven is covered in green ceramics and vintage video games spirit is everywhere. Expect less Italian clichés, more Mario and Ninja turtles.......

[:en] Pizza Pilgrims just opened mid-May its fourth location in Covent Garden. Upstairs, the open kitchen, the pizza oven and the famous green checkered oilclothes. In the basement, enjoy the red-lit canteen atmosphere and table football. But don’t panic, the classic pizzas that have made......

[:en] Nuno Mendes, star chef of the late Viajante who is also behind the Chiltern Firehouse menu, opened this tavern in Spitalfields Market in 2015, in a heartfelt move to capture the essence of his Portuguese roots. The result? Market food in a pretty bistrot,......

[:en] Along Regent's Canal with its feet in the water, the Barge House is a highly popular spot for a Climpson coffee in the morning sunlight, working quietly on the mezzanine, or attending various performances in the basement Engine Room (DJ sets, screenings, debates ...).......

[:en] Hip all-day brunch spot where everyone hurries, Egg Break had us interested a few months ago when it took up residency in a former Notting Hill Thai restaurant, keeping the front window and the easy pun (thai break). Refurbished and with a brand new......

[:en] On the Top Floor of Kingly Court, little foodie paradise hidden from bustling Carnaby where you’ll find the likes of Le Bab and Pizza Pilgrims, Dirty Bones slums comfort classics with house cocktails and live music. Even lunch feels like Friday night. US-inspired dirty......

[:en] The wooden boards and neon front, California style, clashes a bit on Kensington Church Street, and it’s good news. Entering the black tile staircase lit with red light neons sets the Berlin nightclub tone. Low lights, loud and often live music, even brunch feels......

[:en] After learning their trade at Gavroche, Stephen Tozer et Ed Brunet opened their brick-and-mortar Bab in 2016, since then joined by chef Manu Canales. So, kebab is their thing. But not just any kind. The thought-through, made of seasonal ingredients and handsomely plated kind,......

[:en] This Peruvian-inspired, fusion-style bar and restaurant opened its doors in 2014 down a trendy basement on Marylebone High Street. Since then, every night a waiter kneels down at the table and recites very seriously the little macho story about Mama working hard in the......

It was one of the most expected opening of 2015. Chef Selin Kiazim, with whom we already fell in love during her residency at Carousel, now has a place of her own in Shoreditch. In a nice sober and polished atmosphere (open kitchen, long bar,......

We could blabber about the good idea behind the opening of this modern Greek restaurant, the revisited menu, the crispy feta tempura with a drop of lemon jam, the presentation - sometimes a bit too polished, the cool decor just as it should be etc.......