Until the restaurant scene converts entirely to burger places (which, at this point, seems deliciously inevitable), there’s still a need for new restaurants. But knowing which are the best of the bunch can be tricky -- unless someone helpfully assembles them for you that is...

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The Four Quarters

Playing host to only the finest things in life, FQ's packed the walls with beautifully restored classic arcade games (we're talking Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II and  literally a dozen more), a ton of craft beers (Beavertown, Partizan, Weird Beard, etc.), movie screenings, music, and of course food, including a BBQ for grilled German brats, burgers, and more.



All hail the holy trinity of wine, cheese, and meat, because Verden -- set in a former Hackney pub refitted with a starkly modern Japanese/Scandinavian design -- is selling all three, from house-made charcuterie like smoked coppa, cobnut & red wine salami, to local & European cheeses like Ticklemore and Berkswell, all drowned with a 100+ wine list. You can even knock a tenner off the bottle price and take one home if you want, along with pretty much any of their foods, too.



Clapham Common
Now the idea of drinking in a toilet might only bring back hazy memories of uni, but trust us -- this is one loo that you want to hang out in. After two years of hard work, the 100-year-old public facility located just next to Clapham Common station has been given one hell of a facelift and now is a wine and charcuterie (WC -- get it?) joint. Menus change daily (but always feature quality like Stinking Bishop, and wild boar salami), and despite the small size, they've got an outdoor space and have even planned live musical acts.

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The Bayou

There is very little that feeds the soul better than crispy buttermilk chicken, po’boy sandwiches, house-smoked ribs, and shrimp hushpuppies. Good thing The Bayou, which has just opened its doors just off Camden High St, is serving them all. They're also slinging American beer, bourbons, and cocktails (like their signature Proud Mary w/ mezcal, tomato, and dill), as well as hosting live musical acts like honky-tonk piano & real-deal Zydeco.

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The Print House

Sure, it's only two years after the Olympics, but Stratford is finally rubber-stamping its awesomeness with places like this -- set in a warehouse-style space slapped right on the canal, it's buttressed by a massive terrace, and their seasonal menu (which serves until midnight!) changes frequently, and features the delicious likes of pollock in almond sauce, or some roast pork shoulder w/ duck fat potatoes.


Polpo Notting Hill

Notting Hill
The latest addition to the Russell Norman empire, small Venetian plates now come to West London. Get your mouth busy with their spinach, Parmesan, and soft egg pizzette, fritto misto, and now-famed meatballs, washed down with Aperol Spritzes and all the Italian wine you could hope for (outside of Italy). The staff is, as tradition demands, heavily tatted, and the space retains the stripped walls & unpolished steel of its sister joints.


Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

Knightsbridge is but the latest lucky neighborhood to now enjoy one of London's finest steaks, but given that they didn't exactly suffer a shortage of cow-cuts to begin with, this most recent addition to the meaty empire bolsters their menu with a few seafood-ey surprises, incl. Singapore-style deviled lobster (there's curry involved) and raw citrus scallops w/ chilli & ginger.



Just opened next to the Common, Comensal prides itself on solidly authentic Mexican goodness like soft-corn carnitas tacos stuffed w/ meltingly braised pork, or their signature mole, made to the owner’s Mother’s recipe. Drinks-wise, they're using their dozen tequilas/mezcals to mix house cocktails like the pomegranate & hibiscus Mexican Cloud, or their tequila/spice-loaded Pepino, where -- get this -- they hollow out a halved cucumber and use it as a glass.


Barrafina Covent Garden

Covent Garden
After one cookbook, and seven years of waiting, Barrafina has finally opened a second joint, and this time with a much bigger space, meaning it might be easier to get a table. There are still no reservations of course, though if you do end up waiting, you can still score some of their amazing small plates/drinks. The menu remains much the same, although they have exploited the larger space to add a huge Josper grill to the kitchen for exclusive, coal-fired goodness like spiced char-grilled chicken wings and huge Iberian pork ribs. 

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1. The Four Quarters 187 Rye Ln, London, SE15 4TP (Southwark)

If you grew up in the '80s & '90s, this place may be your new favorite spot. It features restored classic arcade games (think Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter and more), tons of craft beer, movie screenings, rocking food & good music.

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2. Verden 181 Clarence Rd, London, E5 8EE (Hackney)

All hail the holy trinity of wine, cheese, and meat. Opened in a former public house in Hackney, this 60-seater is set to wine and dine you on unusual wines, a solid brunch, and even some local and international craft beers.

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3. WC Clapham Common Tube, Clapham Common, SW4 7AA

After two years of hard work, the 100-year-old public facility located just next to Clapham Common station was given one hell of a facelift and now is one of the only wine and charcuterie (WC -- get it?) joints South of the river worth going to.

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4. The Bayou 20 Inverness St, London, NW1 7HJ (Camden)

Located just off Camden High St, The Bayou is doling out soul food like crispy buttermilk chicken, po'boy sandwiches, and house-smoked ribs, as well as a drink menu loaded with bourbon, cocktails, and American beers.

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5. The Print House 133 High St, London, E15 2RB

Located right by the canal, this warehouse-style space is a pretty perfect spot to drink and eat away a hangover while sitting on their massive terrace, and taking in good weather.

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6. Polpo 126-128 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3QG (Notting Hill)

One of the restos in Russell Norman's empire, this Notting Hill spot dishes out small Venetian plates with all the Aperol Spritzes and Italian wine you can handle.

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7. Hawksmoor 3 Yeoman's Row, London, SW3 2AL (Knightsbridge)

Bringing with it all the acclaim that has been duly earned, this Knightsbridge version of Hawksmoor leans hard towards surf and turf with pretty fantastic fish options like Singapore-style deviled lobster and raw citrus scallops with chilli & ginger.

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8. Comensal 32 Abbeville Rd, Clapham, London, SW4 9NG

Head to this Clapham Mexi-joint for goodness like taquitos and enchiladas while sipping on margaritas and tequilas.

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9. Barrafina 10 Adelaide St, London, WC2N 4HZ (Covent Garden)

The second joint in the Barrafina family, this one is a little bigger than the first and is perfect if you're craving amazing small plates of Spanish fare.