The Most Fun Restaurants in London

There are tens of thousands of restaurants across London, representing every imaginable cuisine, budget, and atmosphere—and when it comes to a night out on the town with friends, this city brings its A-game. Happy hours, bar menus, and shared plates coexist with gourmet tasting menus and award-winning wine lists for custom experiences to fit everyones expectations for a fun meal. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to classic fine dining, airy bistros to modern Japanese—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and score a table; we wish we could join you.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Portland Restaurant, Angler - London
Price Range:££££ - ££££
Cuisines:British, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Knightsbridge, Marylebone, Liverpool Street
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

££££·British·
Knightsbridge
7,368 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a two-Michelin-star restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, presents menus devised around the concept of Britain’s long culinary history. Noted on the menu are the ...

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British in South West London
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Portland Restaurant

££££·British·
Marylebone
1,331 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu

London’s restaurant critics can’t seem to get over the lack of pretentiousness at Portland—the comparison of its dining room’s understated decor to a cafeteria often comes up in reviews—but they unive...

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British in London

Angler - London

££££·Seafood·
Liverpool Street
1,024 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries

It’s arguably the most fun to dine at Angler, a Michelin star-winning fish and seafood restaurant atop the City’s South Place Hotel, on a sunny summer day when the rooftop terrace promises cool cockta...

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Notable Wine List in London

Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,420 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Kai, a plush and sophisticated two-story restaurant in Mayfair, has since their 1993 opening consistently ranked among the best restaurants in London and top Chinese restaurants in the world. Chef Ale...

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Chinese in London
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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
406 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

Before som saa transformed a former fabric warehouse in Spitalfields into a trendy and spacious restaurant specializing in elevated regional Thai cuisine, it was a tremendously successful pop-up. A cr...

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Fit for Foodies in London
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Galvin at Windows

££££·French·
Mayfair
7,289 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Scenic View

With its unmatched location on the top floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows boasts incredible views across Hyde Park and the rooftops of Mayfair. If you never venture beyond the ...

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Disabled Access in London
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Blacklock Soho

££££·Steak·
Soho
3,625 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion

The original Blacklock restaurant in Soho (it later gained sister venues in the City and Shoreditch) famously occupies the basement of a former brothel a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus. Promoter...

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Steak in London
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Hakkasan - Hanway Place

££££·Chinese·
Fitzrovia
6,278 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

This is the original Hakkasan that launched a global empire, the place that perfected modern Cantonese dishes, dim sum, and creative cocktails amid a chic and glamour-tinged setting. Head chef Tong Ch...

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Chinese in West End London
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Yauatcha Soho

££££·Chinese·
Soho
6,646 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Yauatcha, an all-day dim sum restaurant in Soho boasting a Michelin star, takes inspiration from a traditional Taipai tea house, yet the vibe of this basement venue is modern, trendy, and almost club-...

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Chinese in West End London
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COYA Mayfair

££££·Peruvian·
Mayfair
1,621 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas

Is COYA Mayfair the only Incan-Peruvian fine-dining restaurant in London? Actually, no. But they're certainly the best in a new genre of their own making, the result of chef Sanjay Dwivedi’s year-long...

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Peruvian in London
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Park Chinois

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
649 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Romantic
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

Covering two floors in the heart of Mayfair, Park Chinois comprises the glitzy Club Chinois downstairs and the main dining room, Salon de Chine, and bar upstairs, both taking their distinctive and unf...

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Live Music in London

St. John

££££·British·
Farringdon
2,990 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion

Upon the opening of the original St. John in 1994, the restaurant taking over a former bacon-smoking house in Smithfield, head chef Fergus Henderson launched an entire movement as the pioneer of “nose...

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Best Ambiance in City of London
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