With extravagant eateries and nose-to-tail diners, quirky concept bars and seductive saloons, London’s cosmopolitan dining scene has something for all appetites. Satisfy your cravings while making the most of some capital nightlife.
Clove Club, Shoreditch
In Shoreditch Town Hall, this Michelin-starred spot is the UK’s highest entry in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Opt for the tasting menu, where British produce is cooked before you in an open kitchen.
Call: +44 20 7729 6496
Shoreditch Town Hall
380 Old Street
Transporting diners to the backstreets of Sri Lanka, Hoppers serves street food with a twist. Brave the queue and be rewarded with crispy hoppers and punchy karis washed down with bold arrack-based cocktails.
Call: +44 20 3319 8110
49 Frith Street
Set inside a former tea factory, Lyle’s pays homage to its East End locale with concrete floors, whitewashed brick walls and wooden Windsor chairs. Micro-seasonal menus and matching wine lists change daily.
Call: +44 20 3011 5911
56 Shoreditch High Street
Pairing Italian traditions with British ingredients – “Britalian”, they’ve coined it – Luca brings elegant rusticity to Clerkenwell. Think pasta with fresh ragu accompanied by their much-lauded parmesan fries.
Call: +44 20 3859 3000
88 St John Street
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A new style of izakaya, Dinings combines Japanese cuisine with modern European flair. Sparsely decorated interiors place emphasis on tapas-style food, making for an evening that is both intimate and sophisticated.
Call: +44 20 7723 0666
22 Harcourt Street
Kitty Fisher’s, Mayfair
This iconic Mayfair haunt, with its dimly lit interiors and red-velvet chairs, is quintessential English charm at its most alluring. Expect an old-school affair of humble dishes with a dash of decadence and top-notch service.
Call: +44 20 3302 1661
10 Shepherd Market
Drawing on the convivial ethos of London’s contemporary supper clubs, Pidgin’s simple decor, snug interiors and laid-back atmosphere allow for an adventurous and weekly changing menu to take centre stage.
Call: +44 20 7254 8311
52 Wilton Way
Frenchie, Covent Garden
Combining the elegance of its Parisian outpost with London pizzazz, Frenchie offers a sophisticated menu filled with European small plates crafted from seasonal British ingredients a stone’s throw from Theatreland.
Call: +44 20 7836 4422
16 Henrietta Street
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The Ledbury, Notting Hill
Pairing local ingredients with unusual delicacies, The Ledbury creates inspired dishes worthy of its Michelin star. Despite its haute reputation, a relaxed atmosphere remains at the restaurant’s heart.
Call: +44 20 7792 9090
127 Ledbury Road
St John, Smithfield
Delighting Londoners in hip Smithfield, St John prides itself on thoughtful simplicity and a back-to-basics ethos. Expect minimalist interiors and “nose-to-tail” Michelin-starred cuisine that doesn’t skimp on quantity.
Call: +44 20 7251 0848
26 St John Street
The River Cafe, Hammersmith
While celebrity diners often grace The River Cafe’s light-filled room on the north bank of the Thames, you’re unlikely to notice as towering plates of piazzetta, taglierini and risotto demand all your attention.
Call: +44 20 7386 4200
Petersham Nurseries, Richmond
Set inside a glasshouse draped with tumbling bougainvillea and cascading vines, this Michelin-starred restaurant is as much an homage to nature as it is to locally sourced, seasonal food.
Call: +44 20 8332 8665
Off Petersham Road
Perch at Barrafina’s marble-topped bar to watch as authentic Spanish tapas is cooked before you. Dine on regional dishes including croquetas and tortillas, washed down with a bottle of Rioja.
26-27 Dean Street
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An homage to Basque cuisine, Brat’s menu is centred around food grilled over an open wood fire. Think fresh turbot slow-cooked on a charcoal grill and oysters steamed with seaweed in cast-iron pots.
4 Redchurch Street
Inspired by members’ clubs in colonial India, Michelin-starred Gymkhana offers tandoori-oven roasts and charcoal grills in a polished setting. Bold flavours and sumptuous decor make this one for those looking to impress.
Call: +44 20 3011 5900
42 Albemarle Street
Orasay, Notting Hill
A foray into the Outer Hebrides, Orasay’s menu celebrates the best of British seafood. Don’t miss the lobster or scallops, plated alongside seasonal produce from the chef’s family farm.
Call: +44 20 7043 1400
31 Kensington Park Road
The younger sibling of Michelin-starred Portland, Clipstone serves creative small plates and oven-baked goods. Stripped-back Scandi-style interiors ensure your focus remains on what’s in front of you.
Call: +44 20 7637 0871
5 Clipstone Street
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Rochelle Canteen, Shoreditch
Part of a converted Victorian school in Shoreditch, Rochelle Canteen overlooks the gardens and greenery of Arnold Circus. The menu changes daily but friendly service and more-ish food is guaranteed.
Call: +44 20 7729 5677
16 Playground Gardens
Spanning three floors, Ollie Dabbous’ venture offers sweeping views across Green Park. Come during the day for a light lunch, or in the evening for sophisticated tasting menus and wine flights curated by Hedonism Wines.
Call: +44 20 3146 8666
Mosaic marble floors, oak-panelled walls and leather seating hint at the decadent flavours of Palomar’s menu. An ode to Sephardic traditions, dishes include pork-belly tagine and braised lamb shoulder.
Call: +44 20 7439 8777
34 Rupert Street
The Lowdown: The Platinum Card Benefits
Now you know where to find the best tables in town, why not take the experience one step further? With a Platinum Card in hand, you can enjoy perks such as meeting your culinary heroes, behind-the-scenes kitchen tours or a complimentary drink. Perfect for spontaneous dining or a well-planned celebration, Cardmembers have access to specially reserved tables across London – book yours at the click of a button through the Amex App, or give your 24-hour Concierge a call.
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