Hook Brixton
Lobos Meat & Tapas
Foxlowe Stroke Newington
Courtesy of Picturehouse Central
Courtesy of Marksman Public House
Courtesy of Hotel Chantelle London
Courtesy of Oldroyd
Courtesy of Balls & Company
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1. Hook Camden Town 63-65 Parkway, London, NW1 7PP

Started as a market stall in Dublin, Hook is one of the more interesting chippies in London. Not only does it have old-fashioned fish & chips with seven different flavour combos (and two different crusts), it also features an eco-friendly business plan (recycling, sustainable fish, and biodegradable cutlery).

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2. Lobos 14 Borough High st, London, SE1 9QG

This tapas spot offers plate after plate of meat, cheese, and and seafood from three ex-Brindisa food geeks. Go for the ribeye steak with pan-fried foie gras, cazon en adobo (marinated and fried dogfish), and all the chorizo you could ask for.

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3. Foxlow 71-73 Church St, London, N16 0AS

From the team behind Hawksmoor is the second outpost of Foxlow, this time in Stoke Newington. The local spot is simple and comforting, with favorites like the five pepper squid and short rib with kimchi, plus huge brunches filled with fried chicken, eggs, and croissants.

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4. Picturehouse Central 20-24 Shaftesbury Ave, London, W1D 7DH

Picturehouse Central is pretty much the ultimate date spot. On the first floor of this movie theater you will find a restaurant designed by Martin Brudnizki (of Soho House and The Ivy), and a menu filled with dishes like slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with pomegranate.

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5. Marksman Public House 254 Hackney Rd, London, E2 7SJ

While this old school pub was given a makeover, it still has all the same charm. Owned by two best friends and joint head chefs who served some time at St John and Fifteen, the food is fantastic and is paired with a solid beer selection and casual wine list.

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6. Hotel Chantelle 23 Orchard St, London, W1H 6HL

The London incarnation of an NYC institution, Hotel Chantelle offers brunch, late-night eats, and everything in between.

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7. Barrafina 43 Drury Ln, London, WC2B 5AJ

Since the original location earned itself a Michelin star, the Drury Lane location of this modern Spanish concept has been going strong -- just with shorter queues to get in. Just like the original, there are only 28 bar stools, plus the private dining room downstairs for parties of eight or more.

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8. Paradise Garage 254 Paradise Row, London, E2 9LE

Set in a railway arch, Paradise Garage is run by inked-up staff who make pretty much everything in-house. This place doesn’t just feel ultra-hip, it’s also one of the best restaurants in town. The third spot from Robin Gill (of The Manor and The Dairy), this is the kind of restaurant that you’ll want to keep for yourself. Enjoy farm-to-table British fare while watching the chefs work in the open kitchen.

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9. Oldroyd 344 Upper St, London, N1 0PD

Helmed by chef Tom Oldyord of Polpo Group fame, Oldroyd has a menu that is somewhere between the regional Italian we know this chef for and the British produce we know everyone else for. Come by for dishes like peach & cow curd panzanella, and smoked pork belly & pea croquettas w/ truffle mayo.

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10. Balls & Company 58 Greek Street, London, W1D 3DY

It's all about the balls at Balls & Company. With five different flavors of meatballs, plus four different sauces, you’ll find dozens of combos, like Wagyu balls with pesto sauce.

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11. Egg Break 30 Uxbridge St, London, W8 7TA

Egg Break is simple: it serves eggs, in virtually any style or form you can think of. From the basics (on toast, in a full English), to buns (w/ pork belly, fried chicken, etc.), to plates (w/ ribeye & jalapeño fries, w/ polenta & mushroom ragu...).