The Top Iconic Dishes in London

In the incredibly diverse and ancient city of London, chefs draw inspiration from every corner of the globe and every era of culinary history, resulting in a dining scene of unmatched inventiveness and cosmopolitanism. Iconic dishes in London might come wrapped in newsprint at a nondescript chip shop or scooped from a buffet tray at a budget-friendly Indian establishment, and London's most talented chefs all have a signature dish that visiting foodies must try. 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. Explore London's top restaurants and discover them for yourself.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Kai, The Ledbury, Restaurant Story London
Price Range:££££ - ££££
Cuisines:Chinese, British
Neighborhoods:Mayfair, Notting Hill, London Bridge
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Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,418 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

“Liberated Chinese cooking” is the motto of Kai, a plush Chinese restaurant consistently ranked among the best in London. Their creative menus, equal parts classic Chinese and eclectic creations, feat...

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Chinese in London
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The Ledbury

££££·British·
Notting Hill
2,297 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

Under Australian chef Brett Graham, The Ledbury in Notting Hill earned a place near the top of many lists of the world’s best restaurants. Graham’s signature dish—flame-grilled mackerel with smoked ee...

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Restaurant Story London

££££·British·
London Bridge
841 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies

The eponymous stories told by the four- to 11-course tasting menus at chef Tom Sellers’ debut restaurant in London have multiple inspirations—fairy tales, British history, Sellers’ own childhood, and ...

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British in London

Murano

££££·Contemporary European·
Mayfair
2,092 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

Murano’s owner and head chef Angela Hartnett takes inspiration for her comforting culinary creations from the Italian grandmother and aunts who helped raise her. With equal space for comfort-food clas...

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

££££·British·
Knightsbridge
7,386 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, inside the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, presents world-class dishes inspired by the culinary history of Britain, developed in collaboration with...

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British in South West London
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Angler - London

££££·Seafood·
Liverpool Street
1,027 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries

Angler occupies the top floor of the South Place Hotel, a location featuring a rooftop terrace with a retractable roof for al fresco dining. At the helm of the restaurant is chef Gary Foulkes, who tra...

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Notable Wine List in London
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The Coach Makers Arms

££££·British·
Marylebone
110 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays

The Coach Makers Arms, a gastropub in Marylebone, is equal parts nostalgic British drinking institution and contemporary fine-dining restaurant. The historic pub’s fireplaces, stained glass, and Briti...

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som saa

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

som saa brings the bold, pungent, spicy flavors of Northern Thailand to a converted former fabric warehouse in Spitalfields. The vibe—young, trendy, and hungry for a memorable meal—represents the live...

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Fit for Foodies in London
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Trinity

££££·European·
Clapham
2,840 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries

Trinity in Clapham Old Town sports modern and immaculate offerings that change with the seasons. The dining room décor reads as sophisticated in its simplicity, and café-style seating on the terrace i...

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Best Service in London
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Scott's Restaurant

££££·Seafood·
Mayfair
1,094 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

Scott’s Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in London, serving elegant fish and seafood dishes since 1851. While their menu features plenty of luxurious items like caviar, oysters, and Champag...

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Seafood in London
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Portland Restaurant

££££·British·
Marylebone
1,326 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu

The menu at Portland Restaurant, a contemporary British bistro with subtle Mediterranean influences, changes daily, but repeat diners rave about its wild game pies. The menu occasionally features a ga...

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British in London
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