Essential restaurants: BAO, Barrafina, Little Social
It may no longer be the seedy stomping ground that it became famous as, but Soho is still central London’s main party animal, and it has a desirable dinner spot for every mood and budget. From 6pm, the streets are lined with well-dressed, patient queues outside hip, new no-reservations places such as BAO, Patty&Bun, and Hoppers. When the post-work pub crowd has calmed a bit, the more expensive Soho classics (10 Greek St, Barrafina) start to buzz. Then as the pubs start to close, the tipsy masses are soaked up by Chinatown’s late-night buffets. And now that we can get the Night Tube home, the eating marathon is even more epic.