Six of the best London Restaurants

London has some of the best restaurants in the world, so at the BRITAIN magazine offices, we came up with six of our favourites from across the capital…


Rules, Covent Garden

For a quintessential British experience it has to be Rules in London’s Covent Garden – the capital’s oldest restaurant. Renowned for its oysters and traditional dishes such as game, its resplendent setting with red velvet booths is hard to beat.

DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL INTERIOR 1 (courtesy of The Mandarin Oriental London)

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel boasts 2 Michelin stars, splendid views of Hyde Park, and showcases the best of fine British cuisine, featuring bespoke Tudor-style ‘meat fruit’: Mandarin, chicken liver & foie gras parfait, grilled bread. It’s divine.

The Orangery at Kensington Palace

The Orangery, Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace’s Orangery is the perfect place to stop for sandwiches, scones or a full English breakfast in a delightful al fresco setting. We love the all-white colonial style decor and white table cloths.


The Wolseley, Mayfair

The Wolseley is a café-restaurant in the grand European tradition combining 1920s London decor with Viennese grandeur. It wows with its black, gold and cream interior, while the food – oysters, steak tartare, wiener schnitzel or grilled halibut – is just as appealing.

Porters, Henrietta St, Covent Garden

Porters English Restaurant, Covent Garden

Porters English Restaurant in the heart of London’s Covent Garden offers up simple British ‘pub grub’: pies, fish & chips and toad in the hole. In the heart of Theatreland, this is the perfect place to combine a West End show with a quintessential British dining experience.

Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer

The Bluebird, Chelsea

The Bluebird Restaurant in London’s fashionable Chelsea is an art deco garage complex with links to speed racer Sir Malcolm Campbell. It serves up Anglo-French favourites such as foie gras parfait and salmon fish cakes and as part of London Restaurant Festival it is offering the ‘Taste of Bluebird’ four course set menu including a glass of Laurent Perrier for £30 – so go there while you still can.

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