Cool restaurants in London

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

Dalloway Terrace

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

ROKA - Aldwych

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

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.

Frog Hoxton Book Frog Hoxton

Frog Hoxton

Michelin Plate-awarded Frog Hoxton brings an eclectic setting offering modern British fine dining. Enjoy zero-waste dishes made with sustainable and seasonal produce on the acclaimed chef Adam Handling’s menu. Choose a 7-course tasting menu or plenty of vegetarian and vegan options from the à la carte.

aqua shard Book aqua shard

aqua shard

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

Winter Garden

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

Cinnamon Bazaar

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.

Arros QD Book Arros QD

Arros QD

For authentic Valencian cuisine in a theatrical open kitchen setting, visit Arros QD. Michelin starred chef Quique Dacosta brings the passion for his Spanish cultural heritage together with British techniques to create dishes that take unexpected modern twists, like the signature paella Valenciana.

The Duck and Rice Book The Duck and Rice

The Duck and Rice

Savour Michelin Plate dishes in the stylish The Duck and Rice.  From Alan Yau of Yauatcha and Hakkasan, experience the classic British pub style merged with Chinese recipes. The chic restaurant-cum-pub offers a picturesque geometric frontage and a new-age jukebox inside, making for a vibrant ambience.

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