Foodie heaven: Find out the best restaurants in London for your next weekend

Seek out the gastronomically-rich city's best restaurants for rooftop and outdoor dining, romantic settings and culinary experiences

Living in London comes with enviable access to an extraordinary wealth of restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a new brunch spot, rooftop restaurant or the best places for plant-based options, you will have almost too many places to choose.

Read on to discover some of the best restaurants in London, for a range of different moods, preferences and occasions, according to a London-based writer who likes to spend each weekend getting to know more highlights of the city’s ever evolving dining scene!

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1. Brunch: Kick-off the day with more than a simple breakfast

One of the city’s most talked-about places to have brunch has to be the highest 24-hour restaurant in London, Duck & Waffle. As well as serving sharing plates and cocktails from sunrise to sunset and sunrise again, the 40th-floor dining spot with far-reaching views also hosts a crowd-pleasing weekend brunch.

In this sleek space near the top of one of London’s tallest buildings, 110 Bishopsgate at the heart of the City of London financial district, diners are treated to brunch plates representing the restaurant’s playful take on British cuisine with European influences. Try the signature Duck & Waffle plate with crispy leg confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup.

2. Rooftop restaurants: Taste different flavors while observing London from above

Topping The Hoxton, Southwark, close to London’s South Bank, Seabird provides sprawling city views, either from the glass-sided dining room or out on the palm tree lined outdoor terrace. As its name hints, this rooftop restaurant focuses on seafood.

This dining venue claims to have London’s longest oyster list and it complements options on the menu with an impressive raw bar. In a sunny space with splashes of yellow and rattan chairs, diners tuck into Spanish and Portuguese inspired sea-to-table options like scallop aguachile and spider crab with sherry.

3. Romantic: Choose a cozy restaurant for a special couple night out

Consistently named London’s most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore pairs an inviting dining space — in particular, the conservatory featuring a fireplace and foliage overhead — with Modern French cuisine and an impressive list of fine wines to share with your partner.

This intimate dining spot at the heart of Covent Garden offers a contemporary take on classic French cuisine, with the chef patron, Roxanna Lange, also taking inspiration from nature and memories. Go all in with a native lobster main, perhaps following an oyster and caviar starter, or opt for the pre-theater menu making the most of this restaurant’s proximity to the West End.

4. Vegetarian: Discover the best places for delicious meat-free meals

Not only is Farmacy one of the city’s best vegetarian restaurants, it’s also one that promotes plant-based eating and sustainable cultivation as a whole, with many of its ingredients coming from its own biodynamic farm. In support of local organic and biodynamic farms, as well as using its own produce, this vegan restaurant in Notting Hill serves seasonal dishes using sustainably cultivated ingredients.

Farmacy classics include a Middle Eastern wrap with house-made falafel and the Got No Beef Burger. The plant-based high tea includes treats ranging from a Mediterranean quiche to blueberry lemon financier and cocktails are offered with snacks at the bar.

5. Dining Experiences: Have a meal to remember in unique restaurants

Brand new for August 2021, Park Row brings a DC-inspired restaurant experience, created in partnership with Warner Bros, to a Grade II listed site in Soho. This new venue features five restaurant and bar spaces, including the multi-sensorial gastronomic experience, The Monarch Theatre.

This 20-seat venue is hosting an 11-course tasting menu that pays homage to some of DC’s most iconic super heroes and super villains through storytelling, taking diners on a culinary and visual journey with the help of floor-to-ceiling screens and 360-degree projection mapping. Highlights of the creative menu include a ‘poisonous’ mushroom made from a rich parfait– don `t miss this experience in London.

6. Outdoor: Get some fresh air while tasting fresh food

The 1987-established River Café is undoubtedly one of London’s most legendary outdoor dining spots. The Michelin-starred Italian restaurant with leafy riverside garden terrace draws a steady stream of food lovers to Thames Wharf in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

This riverside venue with scenic outdoor dining offers a seasonally changing Italian menu of antipasti, primi and secondi plates, like taglierini al bosco and wild sea bass roasted in Terlano Pinot Bianco, with Italian wines organized by the region. Follow this with Italian cheeses or, in the summer months, gelati del River Café in flavors like stracciatella.