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Matt Edmondson's top ten London restaurants for dinner with friends

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by Matt Edmondson
Updated August 29, 2019

TV presenter Matt started his career on British television stalwarts including CBBC and T4. He is currently the face of BBC Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast Show alongside Mollie King. Matt is also a celebrated children’s author, combining his love of magic and comedic wit to create ‘The Greatest Magician in the World’ and inventor of the game Obama Llama. Matt has shared his favourite London eats to enjoy with friends.

A photo of Big Easy Canary Wharf restaurant
4.1 (8036)
£26 to £40
Canary Wharf
About the restaurant
I love this place. It does Big American style food in a big way. It’s speciality is barbecue food, but I reckon they’ve got the best buttermilk fried chicken in London. It’s a great space for a group get together- big tables, really relaxed and noisy in a good way.
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Dined on Jul 10, 2024
This has been my 3rd time this year they are a complete waste of money don’t listen to your requests and also the only people that was good was the server and the shift manager otherwise everyone is completely useless
A photo of Ned’s Sunday Feast London restaurant
4.3 (1015)
£41 and over
About the restaurant
If you fancy something a bit more grand, try Ned's Feast. The best thing by far is The Feast which takes place on a Sunday. Imagine the best roast dinner you’ve ever had, and then make it ALL YOU CAN EAT. You won’t believe how much amazing food there is on offer, and you can set yourself the challenge of cramming in as much as you can. The deserts alone are worth going for.
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Dined 3 days ago
We had a lovely time, everything was wonderful, we do think the service charge is too high based on the fact you essentially serve yourself but the staff are very attentive and helpful.
A photo of The Wolseley restaurant
4.5 (3853)
£26 to £40
St. James's
About the restaurant
This is my favourite restaurant in London. It’s my go to date night, and has the best desserts going. The building is incredible, very Art Deco and I would go for the mini-baguettes alone. It feels a bit posh, but is incredibly accessible and the menu has something for everyone.
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Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Always a stop when l’m in London. Early breakfast with an old friend in an elegant setting. Great, attentive service. Delicious Gruyère omelette and strong, flavorful coffee. Been a regular forever and will be back.
A photo of Café Boheme restaurant
4.2 (1512)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
This is a perfect spot for a bit of dinner before a trip into Soho. It’s just around the corner from the Soho Theatre, which is one of the best comedy venues in the city. There are great outside tables right on Old Compton Street which makes it ideal for a sunny evening of people watching.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Incredible food and very knowledgeable staff. The atmosphere was fantastic and had a great lively vibe.
A photo of Hawksmoor Borough restaurant
4.6 (6405)
£26 to £40
London Bridge
About the restaurant
Have you ever had a meal that you think about every few months? Where you’re transported back to the moment the fork entered your mouth and you experienced pure perfection? I have that with Hawksmoor. The steak here is the best steak you may ever have. I don’t know what they’re doing to it, or how they’re doing it, but I think about it way too much.
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Dined 2 days ago
Exceptional all round; food, service, environment - can’t recommend it highly enough! My favourite London restaurant!
A photo of Hoxton Grill restaurant
3.6 (1437)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
I love the entire vibe of this place. The staff are always super friendly and attentive, even with big gatherings. It has a very stylish interior and the food is also excellent.
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Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Great choice of food for breakfast, catering for everyone from vegetarians, the healthy and those who just fancy a full on cooked English breakfast. Staff very friendly and efficient and happy to facilitate any desired changes to the printed menu i.e. crispy bacon on the side, no black pudding etc. Great location, quieter than normal, but still a good atmosphere!
A photo of The Garrison restaurant
4.6 (2304)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
About the restaurant
This is a relaxed, British gastro pub with amazing locally sourced ingredients and an ever changing seasonal menu. It’s a good place to catch up with mates for a Sunday lunch, and is in an amazing part of town- great access to Borough Market if you’ve been inspired to go and cook your own British grub!
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Dined 1 day ago
I met with my godfather who I haven't seen for a few years. Both of us commented on how good your food was and the staff were incredibly warm and attentive and were very accommodating letting me stay on to take a work call in the middle of the afternoon. Thank you so much for a very memorable and lovely lunch!
A photo of Babur restaurant
4.4 (385)
£26 to £40
Crofton Park
About the restaurant
This is the best Indian restaurant in London I reckon. It’s a bit of a trek down South East way, but worth it. They can take large bookings, so I try and go here for big group get togethers. It’s also not far from The Rivoli Ballroom which is always an amazing night out.
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Dined on Feb 25, 2023
Excellent food in a nice restaurant with attentive staff, good value
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