Whether you need to wow your Instagram followers or impress a date, London’s not short of places to be seen, and be on the scene. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite cool restaurants in London, where both the food and the setting have a certain extra je ne sais quoi.
sketch Gallery Book sketch Gallery
One of the most photogenic spots for afternoon tea in London, sketch Gallery oozes cool. Contemporary art lines the pink walls, whilst innovative sandwiches, cakes and pastries ensure that the plate is every bit is eye-catching as the setting. And the toilets, well they’re an Instagram sensation in their own right.
Dalloway Terrace Book Dalloway Terrace
Home to a terrace which changes with the seasons, Dalloway Terrace is an elegant, poetic and quintessentially English space. Tuck into light breakfasts, brunch and all-day favourites, with a range of cocktails and wines also available.
Angler Book Angler
It doesn’t get much cooler than a Michelin-starred meal with a view, 7 floors above The City. Quintessentially British fish and seafood dishes lead the menu, including Cornish turbot with squid ink rigatoni, and rabbit cannelloni with Scottish langoustine, morels and black garlic.
ROKA – Aldwych Book ROKA – Aldwych
A contemporary Japanese restaurant with a central robata grill, ROKA – Aldwych is a super-slick venue serving fresh sushi, sizzling meat from the grill, and exotic cocktails from the bar.
Ella Canta Book Ella Canta
Ella Canta is a Mexican restaurant where the bold, vibrant food demands to be photographed – no filters needed. And no trendy London restaurant would be complete without signature cocktails, so the tequila infusions here are not to be missed.
ZELA Book ZELA
New to the London restaurant scene in 2019, ZELA turned heads immediately with its extravagant decor and fusion cuisine. Menu highlights include delectable dishes like vegetarian gyozas, tuna tataki with almonds and mojama, charcoal grilled lobster with Balearic herb sauce or miso halibut with Kabocha gnocchi.
aqua shard Book aqua shard
What’s cooler than eating on the 31st floor of The Shard? Eating refined British cuisine and sipping glamorous cocktails on the 31st floor of The Shard, is the answer. What’s more aqua shard also serve brunch and afternoon tea, making for some of the most scenic runny yolks and sarnies in the capital.
Winter Garden Book Winter Garden
Despite the name, Winter Garden Restaurant at the Landmark Hotel is home to a room filled with palm trees. Boasting 2 AA Rosettes for its British and European cooking, as well as serving sublime afternoon teas, the food certainly doesn’t take a back seat, however.
Cinnamon Bazaar Book Cinnamon Bazaar
Your average Indian restaurant this is not. Served beneath hanging plants and amidst bright pink decor, the contemporary, street food-inspired menu has earned Cinnamon Bazaar a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
YOPO at The Mandrake Book YOPO at The Mandrake
Tucked away in the uber-cool Mandrake hotel, YOPO mixes modern European and South American influences, all with a playful, experimental touch. The chic dining room decked out with foliage, ceiling murals and crushed velvet furnishings continues to draw in crowds from its local Fitzrovia and beyond.