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!
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:
Groupon users, meanwhile, have given near-perfect ratings to these three, where you’re much more likely to bag a table:
Let’s look at two options, Michelin starred Amaya and the decidedly more old-school curry house, Romna Restaurant.
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.
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:
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