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?
Oozing with opulence, Bob Bob Ricard is a buzzy venue to enjoy only the most luxurious of English and Russian cuisine. Festive touches (like a button in your booth daring you to “Press for Champagne”) make this a fun spot to spice up any occasion. www.bobbobricard.com
Dean Street Townhouse is a small hotel and restaurant (a Soho House) in the heart of London’s Soho. With a cozy atmosphere and outdoor seating, this is definitely worth a visit for the classic British fare and people-watching. www.deanstreettownhouse.com
This is the quintessential pre and post theater dining spot. Whether it’s drinks at the downstairs apothecary bar Mark’s before the show, or british traditional dishes upstairs afterwards, it’s definitely where one goes when stranded in theaterland. Make a Reservation. www.hixsoho.co.uk
This delicious spots boasts fun cocktails and great food. With items inspired both by Asia and the Middle East, we can’t keep our minds off innovative dishes like octopus, red quinoa and botija olive puree, pork belly with pickled walnuts and sake, and venison with caramelized yoghurt blackberries and peanut crumble. Make a Reservation. www.ottolenghi.co.uk
This Venetian bacaro on the West End is some of the most popular Italian in London, and the rustic Italian aesthetic is just as appealing as the food. With a bevy of delicious Italian small plates at reasonable prices, it’s definitely a must-try. www.polpo.co.uk
The Toucan is a two-story quintessential soho pub spot with unassuming tapas, vast stout selections and a concert venue. “In London, I love the extra cold Guiness at The Toucan.” Piper Perabo (Actress) www.thetoucan.co.uk