LONDON

FOOD GUIDE

101 of London's Best Places to Eat in 2024


Love London? Make 2024 the year to explore a few of the best restaurants, bakeries and cafes with our impartial and free guide 💂 🇬🇧
St. JOHN, Smithfield
Location - 26 St John St, Barbican, London EC1M 4AY
Since 1994, Fergus Henderson's St. John, located in a former smokehouse near Smithfield Market, has championed the ethos of "Nose to Tail Eating." Celebrated as one of the world's top 50 restaurants and adorned with a Michelin Star in 2009, St. John prides itself on utilising every part of the animal. Here, alongside traditional dishes like roast beef and lemon sole, adventurous diners can sample specialties such as rolled pig’s spleen and ox heart. The restaurant’s signature dish, Roast Bone Marrow & Parsley Salad, epitomises its commitment to British produce and straightforward cooking. At St. John, the lack of ceremony enhances the dining experience, inviting you to indulge in the pure joy of seasonally inspired, boldly simple cuisine.
Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia
Location - 10 Berners St, London W1T 3NP
Stepping into Berners Tavern, guided by Michelin-starred maestro Jason Atherton, is like entering a realm where British cuisine meets unparalleled sophistication. Housed within The London EDITION in vibrant Fitzrovia, the venue captivates with its blend of historical elegance and modern flair. From breakfast through dinner, guests engage in a culinary journey, enjoying meticulously crafted dishes. The ambience, a mix of dim lighting and genuine atmosphere, suits both business encounters and romantic dinners. Here, the extensive wine list and innovative cocktails heighten the dining experience, making each visit a grand affair. Dress to impress; the memorable experience will offset the bill.

Llewelyn's, Herne Hill
Location - 293-295 Railton Rd, London SE24 0JP
Located just a stone's throw from Herne Hill station, Llewelyn’s commandsattention as a vibrant neighbourhood hub, where large windows blur theline between diners and passers-by. This charming restaurant boasts aMediterranean-tinged menu that celebrates the pristine freshness of itsingredients, served with youthful, engaging charm. Main courses rangefrom hearty Hereford beef shin ragú with rich polenta, reminiscent of anUmbrian feast, to a uniquely delectable rabbit niçoise adorned withpickled onions and a lush orange egg, proving a standout saladexperience.  Inside, the restaurant transitions seamlessly from a sunnylunch spot to a cosy, wine-infused evening retreat, enhanced by stylishmid-century decor and a floral-scented terrace courtesy of the next-doorflorist, perfect for those cherished sunny days.

Randall & Aubin, Soho
Location - 16 Brewer St, London W1F 0SQ
From a former butcher's shop to a shimmering Anglo-French brasserie, Randall& Aubin on Brewer Street has been a Soho staple since 1996,enchanting diners with its 18th-century French chandeliers andmarble-topped bars. This seafood haven, famous for its oysters, lobster,and champagne, embodies a luxurious and vibrant atmosphere that hascaptivated foodies, celebrities, and locals alike for over two decades.The establishment offers a masterful blend of British and Frenchculinary traditions, serving beloved dishes like Moules Marinière andFrench Onion Soup, alongside hand-picked Devon Crab. With a firmcommitment to quality and sustainability, Randall & Aubin sourcesseasonal produce from local suppliers, ensuring that each dish not onlytantalises the taste buds but also supports environmental stewardship.Stepping into Randall & Aubin is like walking into a scene from NewYork or Paris; it's small, loud, and unapologetically bold.
Casa do Frango, London Bridge
Location - 32 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TU
Steps from the vibrant Borough Market, Casa do Frango occupies a 19th-century industrial warehouse transformed into a haven of culinary delight. Inside, vaulted ceilings and arched windows highlight a space where past and present merge beautifully, creating an atmospheric setting for what The Sunday Times heralded as 'the best chicken and chips in town'. Across its two floors, exposed brick and verdant skylights set the stage for a memorable dining experience. Above this bustling restaurant, you'll find the Green Room bar, a speakeasy styled with casual elegance, hidden behind an unmarked door on the first floor. It's the ideal spot for a pre-dinner cocktail or a lingering nightcap. Casa do Frango channels the spirit of Southern Portugal, drawing inspiration from leisurely summer evenings in the Algarve, sharing Piri-Piri chicken with family and friends. The restaurant embodies a shabby chic aesthetic effortlessly, with nature seemingly weaving back into the brickwork and foliage hanging from the glass-ceilinged roof, offering a glimpse of the Algarve in the heart of London.
List curated by Simon Ridgwell
May 2024. 
Simon@bestofengland.com


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