London Restaurant Festival is back. The capital’s annual celebration of dining out brings you London’s most sought-after tables, for less. Whether it’s Michelin stars, rooftop bars or bubbles on a boat, we’ve got plenty of reasons to get out more and explore the capital’s restaurant scene.
In case you needed more reasons to get dining, there’s also a chance to win 12 meals at top London restaurants with London Restaurant Festival…
1. M Threadneedle Street Book M Threadneedle Street
5 courses & free-flowing champagne £46.50
Free-flowing prosecco is hard to say no to, and there are few swankier places to do it than M Threadneedle Street. Joining the bubbles are the likes of miso-cured mackerel with buttermilk, short rib with smoked garlic and charred spring onion puree, and dulce mousse with sweetcorn ice cream, buckwheat and bacon.
This menu is also available at M Victoria Street.
2. Babylon at The Roof Gardens Book Babylon at The Roof Gardens
3-course lunch £25 or 3-course dinner £35
A rooftop garden 100 feet above Kensington High Street, Babylon impresses on location alone. Don’t let that distract you from the menu though, as the likes of roasted cod with chorizo ragout, and lemon posset with juniper meringues and gin and tonic jellies demand your full attention.
3. Skylon Grill Book Skylon Grill
3-course lunch £25 or 3-course dinner £30
Boasting incredible views of the London skyline from the 3rd floor of the Royal Festival Hall, Skylon Grill serves seasonal and inventive British and European cuisine. Tuck into tagliatelle with truffles, salt beef brisket on sourdough, and vanilla brûlée with lemon thyme shortbread.
4. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction Book Ametsa with Arzak Instruction
4-course dinner £45
Michelin-starred Ametsa is all about doing things differently. In the 5-star COMO The Halkin hotel, the setting is certainly quite something, whilst experimental Basque dishes include ‘egg in the Leaf,’ and ‘sobrassada chimneys.’
5. R.S. Hispaniola Book R.S. Hispaniola
3 courses & free-flowing prosecco, £35
There aren’t many places in London where you can sip free-flowing prosecco on a boat, with a backdrop of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Aboard R.S Hispaniola, the likes of Kentish pork loin with apple and calvados sauce followed by a British cheese board make the experience even more British.
6. STK London Book STK London
3 courses & a glass of champagne £35 or 4 courses £45
As the name suggests, STK know a few things about meat. Served up in a space-age dining room, STK classics on the menu include British fillet with signature sauce, braised short rib with smoky bourbon glaze, and a New York cheesecake with rhubarb compote.
7. Galvin la Chapelle Book Galvin la Chapelle
2 courses £29 or 3 courses £34.50, with a cocktail
Michelin-starred Galvin la Chapelle sits in a Grade II-listed converted church. Menu highlights include seared fillet of Icelandic cod with risotto of pumpkin and roasted chestnuts, daube of Scottish beef with celeriac fondant and cavolo nero, and Valrhona chocolate mousse with honeycomb and caramelised banana.
8. Miyako Book Miyako
3-course lunch £22
Boasting an AA Rosette, Miyako is a serene hangout serving elegant sushi. Try a selection of dishes, including salmon sashimi with fresh wasabi and ponzu dressing, and chicken teriyaki with sticky rice.
9. Eastway Book Eastway
2 courses £25 or 3 courses £29
A New York-style brasserie with a cool, minimalist feel, Eastway brings a touch of glamour to the City. Flavours pack a punch, with a menu that features pan-roasted halibut with clam and prawn risotto, Parmesan gnocchi with wild mushroom consommé, and chocolate & salt caramel tart with maple syrup ice cream.
10. The Trafalgar Dining Rooms Book The Trafalgar Dining Rooms
3 courses & a cocktail £32
The Trafalgar Dining Rooms is an all-day, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant overlooking Trafalgar Square. Highlights on their London Restaurant Festival menu include puy lentil moussaka with ricotta and roasted peppers, chilli and garlic-glazed chicken with spring onion and sesame, and roasted pineapple with coconut and lime sorbet.
11. Eneko at One Aldwych Book Eneko at One Aldwych
3 courses & a glass of cava or cocktail £33
From Eneko Atxa, the man behind 3-Michelin-starred Azurmendi, Eneko at One Aldwych offers modern Basque cuisine in a relaxed setting. Sample the likes of slow-cooked cod fillet with shallot sauce, grilled bavette steak, and Basque vanilla sponge.
12. Barbecoa – St Paul’s Book Barbecoa – St Paul’s
3 courses & a cocktail £30
Overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, Barbecoa from Jamie Oliver serves delicious contemporary dishes using Texas pit smokers, tandoors, fire pits, robata grills and wood-fired ovens. Hearty options include a wagyu burger with secret sauce, and a pumpkin and kumquat cheesecake with chai ice cream.