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Restaurants in London: things to know before you go

The days of British food having a reputation as bland and boring are long gone. Over the years, London’s restaurant scene has become a true melting pot, bringing together global cuisines, hot new trends and the finest of fine dining. These are the most important questions about where to eat in London, answered!

What is the best restaurant in London?

Anyone who thinks they can definitively tell you which is the very best restaurant in London is kidding themselves. We’ve narrowed it down for you, though, with the three best fine-dining restaurants in the capital and given you the top three rated London restaurants by Groupon users.

The Michelin guide has given three London restaurants three stars, rating them among the very best of the best worldwide:

  • Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, which serves classic French haute cuisine.
  • The Araki, an intimate sushi restaurant run by Mitsuhiro Araki, one of the world’s best Japanese chefs.
  • Gordon Ramsey, the flagship restaurant of the lord of Hell’s Kitchen.

Groupon users, meanwhile, have given near-perfect ratings to these three, where you’re much more likely to bag a table:

  • Gaucho, offering awesome Argentine dining (think loads of great steak).
  • Tierra Peru, a Peruvian restaurant that started in Camden Market and is now winning awards in its own premises.
  • Brass Monkey, a humble Westminster pub that nonetheless serves awesome burgers.

What is the best authentic Indian restaurant in London?

Let’s look at two options, Michelin starred Amaya and the decidedly more old-school curry house, Romna Restaurant.

  • Amaya in Belgravia - specialises in small tapas-style plates that reward the inquisitive with a great selection of dishes and flavours. The décor defies your expectations of an Indian restaurant, with black granite and wood panelling in plentiful supply. Plus, it can be a feast for the eyes as well as for the mouth, with an open kitchen allowing you to see the chefs at work.
  • Romna Restaurant in Marylebone - one of our top-rated restaurants and much closer to what most people expect when they decide to go to a curry house, serves exceptional traditional Bangladeshi food. It has all your favourites on the menu, served according to tried and tested recipes, for an authentic Indian experience.

How many restaurants are there in London?

We’ll have to stretch the definition of ‘restaurant’ to include cafes and canteens to get a dependable number, but let’s go ahead. The Food Standards Agency has ratings for an incredible 14,695 restaurants, cafes and canteens in London at the time of writing!

If you broaden the search to the whole of the United Kingdom, you’ll find that there are just shy of 120,000 eateries in the country as a whole, meaning London accounts for over 10 per cent of the total.

New spots are opening and old ones are closing all the time, though, making exact numbers a bit of a moving target.

Where do the celebs eat in London?

London isn’t just the capital of great grub, it’s also the number one place for getting a side order of celebrity with your dinner. We’re not just talking reality TV stars, either – some of London’s cool places to eat attract serious A-list talent. Restaurants in London that have been known to attract stars looking for fine dining include:

  • Kitchen W8 (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Tom Cruise; Giorgio Armani)
  • Sexy Fish (Jennifer Lawrence; Kendall Jenner; Ciara; Nicole Scherzinger)
  • Hakkasan Mayfair (Rihanna; Will Smith; Kanye West; Naomi Campbell)
  • The Restaurant At Sanderson (Cameron Diaz; Mariah Carey; Penelope Cruz)