With thousands of restaurants to eat at every day of the year, it’s no surprise that Londoners get a little particular about their favorite places. Avoiding the tourist traps or those places that become too popular is all part of the fun and so Haute Living looks at just five of top local dinning hangouts.
For food that is sophisticated, modern and entirely unpretentious, Le Caprice’s brasserie-style menu will not fall short of expectation. The service is renowned for being flawless and this is one of the best places in London to enjoy a pre- or post-theatre dinner.
25 Arlington Street, St. James’s, London SW1A 1RJ
020 7629 2239
For anyone wanting to try proper British fare at reasonable prices, The Ship is the ultimate location in the South. Popular in the summer months and with the celebrity community (probably due to the discrete positioning), head chef Peter Murray has turned the menu into something truly worth noticing.
41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, SW18 1TB
020 8870 9667
Famous for it’s wide selection of oysters in the bar, this award-winning restaurant ensures that all seafood is responsibly sourced and that it is also highly seasonal. With specialties such as spider crab and razor clams you will be forgiven for thinking you are right by the sea.
20 Mount Street, London W1K 2HE
020 7495 7309
The Cinnamon Club
Forget traditional, unsophisticated Indian curries, The Cinnamon Club offers a completely different experience. The best way to make the most of out of the substantial menu sis to try lots of small dishes. Make sure you try the fish dishes: a far cry from high street takeaways.
30 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BU
020 7222 2555
After winning Time Out’s Best Local Restaurant award and the AA London Restaurant of the year, this local secret has gone from strength to strength. With an inventive, innovative menu and an impressive wine list to match, the dishes are beautifully presented and service is accommodating and professional.
4 The Polygon, London, England SW4 0JG
020 7622 1199