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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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Albion

Recommended by: Kim Kassel (Suite 1521)

This casual British cafe boasts an in-house bakery and cake counter, and is definitely great for a quick sit-down meal, or something on -the-go. For us though, breakfast really catches our eye – with selections like rose water fruit salad, fried duck eggs on toast and grilled sweet potato hash with poached organic eggs and spinach. Need [...]

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Amaya

Recommended by: David Burtka (Actor)

This glamorous, upscale Indian lounge and restaurant boasts a Michelin star, and the food proves that the award is well deserved. Traditional curries, stews, biryanis, small plates, and grills are prepared in a theatrical open kitchen, and attentive staff are happy to guide first-time-diners through the extensive menu. The gorgeously plated dishes are designed for sharing, [...]

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Bocca Di Lupo

Recommended by: Julia Stiles (Actress)

This Italian restaurant is a prime example of the growing food scene in the London. Serving innovative Italian small plates in a lively, open atmosphere, it’s a must-visit spot for tourists and locals alike. Nibble on meats and cheeses alongside a bottle of wine for a boozy lunch, or duck in for a low-key, delicious dinner before or [...]

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Borough Market

Recommended by: Brad Farmerie (Chef, Saxon & Parole), Joe Campanale (Epicurean Management Company), Roland Mouret (Designer), David Burtka (Actor), Daphne Oz (TV Personality)

London’s most renowned food market is a paradise for avid cooks, professional chefs and restaurateurs or people just looking to grocery shop. With a variety of vendors, traders and stalls one could easily wile away the day here. “Borough Market for tons of great gourmet grub.” Brad Farmerie (Executive Chef, Saxon & Parole) www.boroughmarket.org.uk

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Brasserie Chavot

Recommended by: June Ambrose (Fashion Designer)

The brainchild of Chef Eric Chavot, this brasserie is a warm, tasteful ode to French cooking. The relaxed environment is perfect for a cocktail at the bar, where you can watch Chef Chavot and his team assemble oysters and caviar, or a full meal in the formal dining room, where refined Gallic cuisine is the [...]

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Brawn

Recommended by: Jasmine Hemsley (Hemsley + Hemsley)

This hip, East End spot, tucked into the Columbia Road Market, caters to a young crowd looking for inventive yet flavorful fare. The simple furniture and menu are an appealing and surprising contrast to what the restaurant actually delivers. Although the spot is minimally decorated, it’s warm and cozy. Although many of the menu items [...]

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Brunswick House Cafe

Recommended by: Melissa Hemsley (Hemsley + Hemsley)

Housed in an old Georgian mansion, this classic British establishment offers a quiet respite from the busy, often chaotic Vauxhall Cross. Frequented by a mostly young crowd with money to burn, the menu delivers updated, traditional British fare in a funky setting. Make a Reservation. www.brunswickhouse.co    

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Canton Arms

Recommended by: Melissa Hemsley (Hemsley + Hemsley)

The drinks are the main attraction at this modern, British gastropub. The meat-heavy menu consists of only five starters and five mains, all seasonal, updated twists on British classics. The dark woods and absence of soft decorations, give this pub a warm, yet boisterous appeal. www.cantonarms.com

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Caravan

Recommended by: Brad Farmerie (Chef, Saxon & Parole)

A restaurant, bar and coffee roasters facing a corner on Farringdon’s Exmouth Market, Caravan boasts a seasonably driven menu where the food and drink is inspired by cuisine from around the globe. Make a Reservation. www.caravanonexmouth.co.uk

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Chiltern Firehouse

Recommended by: Misha Nonoo (Fashion Designer), Christina Tosi (Chef/Owner, Momofuku Milk Bar), Jasmine Hemsley (Hemsley + Hemsley), Trudi Loren (Senior Vice President, Corporate Fragrance Development at The Estee Lauder Companies), Ramya Giangola (Fashion Consultant)

This spot from hotelier Andre Balazs is housed in an old fire brigade building, and boasts delicious and innovative international food. You can sit and watch the chefs make creations like doughnuts filled with crabmeat and squab with barley risotto.  “I was just recently in London, and ate at the Chilton Firehouse, which was excellent.” [...]

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Corinthia

Recommended by: Naya Rivera (Actress)

This luxury hotel features a variety of dining experiences for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There’s fine Italian fare at Massimo and high-quality British food at The Northall. Illuminated by a shimmering chandelier, the Lobby Lounge is situated with elegance and perfect for afternoon tea. Pleasing any palate, offerings include caviar, guilt-free desserts and late night [...]

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Recommended by: Lela Rose (Fashion Designer)

Located in Hyde Parks’ Mandarin Oriental Hotel, this two-starred Michelin restaurant is an ode to Britain’s gastronomic past. Using as inspiration his interest in 15th and 16th century cookery, Executive Chef Heston Blumenthal creates a dazzling menu that both honors and re-imagines Britain’s culinary history. The decor is chic and contemporary, with warm, rustic elements [...]

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Dock Kitchen

Recommended by: Chelsea Leyland (International DJ), Alexandra Shulman (Editor-in-Chief, British Vogue)

Dock Kitchen is in an unbelievable spot in a Victorian Wharf building overlooking the Grand Union Canal. The menu is ever-changing based on what’s fresh, and the food is playful, eclectic and affordable.  “Dock Kitchen is fantastic, which is off Portobello Road on a canal. It’s a really great restaurant.” Alexandra Shulman (Editor-in-Chief, British Vogue) www.dockkitchen.co.uk

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Elliot’s Cafe

Recommended by: Jasmine Hemsley (Hemsley + Hemsley)

Nestled within one of London’s best food markets, Borough Market, Elliot’s Cafe offers a selection of coffees, teas,  and pastries, as well as a modern, seasonal menu. The fare is diverse,  yet there’s an unmistakable nod to its British roots with its delicious curries. The seasonal ingredients dictate what will be offered on the menu, [...]

Essenza

Recommended by: Lucy Yeomans (Editor-in-Chief, Porter)

This trendy neighborhood trattoria’s tiny space is always packed with smart and trendy regulars who have memorized the menu from front to back. Fresh and seasonal dishes from all over Italy are offered, such as beef carpaccio, home made fettuccine with porcini mushrooms and bacon, and a platter of grilled shellfish. The express business lunch is popular amongst [...]