Food & Drink

An editor's guide to eating around town

Published On 04/18/2013 Published On 04/18/2013
Thrillist London editor Jason Allen
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1. Hawksmoor Seven Dials 11 Langley St , London, WC2H 9JG (Covent Garden)

It isn't the cheapest steakhouse you'll ever visit, but unless you make a living by recycling tin cans, it won't be the priciest, either. It's renowned for its collection of steaks and you'll always find the perfect pairing on the wine list.

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2. Duck & Waffle Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY (The City)

If you're not good with heights, you might want to request a table away from the windows. This classy establishment offers an incredible view of London, 40 stories above the ground in the Heron Tower. And regardless of when your hunger pangs pop up, Duck & Waffle has you covered 24/7.

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3. Flat Iron 17 Beak St, London, W1F 9RW (Soho)

This first-come, first-served steak resto and butchery has got awesome plates of red meat in a rustic setting.

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4. Brick Lane Beigel Bake 159 Brick Ln, London, E1 6SB (Shoreditch)

Perhaps you're a bagel-for-breakfast-only person and that's ok. But when bagels are made into sandwiches this delicious 24hrs a day, you'll either change your philosophy or redefine "breakfast" to get as many of these wondrous creations as possible.

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5. St. John Bar and Restaurant 26 St. John St, London, EC1M 4AY

If you're looking for world-class traditional British recipes, St. John is a no-brainer in Smithfield. This resto is consistently voted one of the best in the WORLD and it's a favorite of star chef Anthony Bourdain.

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6. Bocca Di Lupo 12 Archer St, London, W1D 7BB (Soho)

Its name translates to "the wolf's mouth", which could be somewhat frightening considering what you'd normally find in a wolf's mouth (teeth, rodents, etc.). But fortunately, you'll only find a limited number of tables, an amazing wine list and superior regional Italian food fit for man, not beast.

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7. Bar Shu Restaurant 28 Frith Street, London, W1D 5LF (Bloomsbury)

Bar Shu dishes out Sichuan fare, which can render your tongue impotent and draped outside of your mouth like a golden retriever. But don't worry if you're faint of heart and jowl, not all their plates will test your manhood.

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8. Death By Burrito 22 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8DA (Shoreditch)

Death By Burrito, a Shoreditch mainstay located inside Catch Bar, is the kingpin of London's burrito scene, a particularly generous one. A beef short rib & sweet potato burrito is salivating enough to make you clutch at your chest Redd Foxx-style.

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9. Burger & Lobster 29 Clarges St, London, W1J 7EF (Mayfair)

The flagship location of the Burger & Lobster empire hasn’t let its success go to its head: high quality eats come first and foremost here. It’s a Mayfair hotspot with a steady flow of regulars who come back for the addictive house garlic butter, heavenly lobster rolls, and flavor-rich, gratuitously portioned burgers. The snug, trendy space is consistently packed for dinner, so consider making a reservation in order to get your fill.

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10. The Blues Kitchen 111-113 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JN (Camden)

The Blues Kitchen, located in London's Camden neighborhood, serves a combination of classic stateside comfort food with an excellent selection of sides: regional brew, bourbon, wine, and bubbly. Rib Mondays also ensures that you'll be crawling home, happy.

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11. Viajante Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF (Shoreditch)

Located in London's East End, Viajante is wildly adventurous molecular gastronomy restaurant that'll turn skepticism into gastro-happiness.

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12. Clos Maggiore 33 King Street, London, WC2E 8JD

This upscale French resto has won more awards for its sexiness and romanticism than Ryan Gosling ever could. Just Drive your lady there and it'll only be a matter of time before you get some Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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13. Floridita London 100 Wardour St, SoHo, W1F 0TN (Soho)

When you're mentioned in an Ernest Hemingway novel, you've got to be interesting, and that distinction goes to London's Floridita. Originally launched in Cuba over a century ago, Floridita features world-class live music and limitless Latin-inspired cocktails.

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14. 1 Lombard Street 1 Lombard St, London, EC3V 9AA (The City)

If you are dining at 1 Lombard Street, chances are you are entertaining a guest at dinner or brokering a deal at this lunch hotspot. The magnificent Pietro Agostini-designed dome centered above the bar is worth the trip alone.

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15. Arbutus 63-64 Frith St, London, W1D 3JW (Soho)

Sweetly situated in London's SoHo neighborhood amongst a thriving theatre district, Arbutus is a fine dining restaurant with a diverse menu with a bevy of choice wines served by the carafe (third of a bottle).

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17. Electric Donut 191 Portobello Road, London, W11 2ED (Notting Hill)

Electric Donut, based in London's Notting Hill neighborhood, and in one of they city's oldest cinemas, sell a freshly baked variety of donuts each morning (Wednesday to Sunday) until they are sold out. One of these four distinct flavors is Birthday Cake. It's ok, follow your instincts.

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18. Pizza Pilgrims 11-12 Dean St, London, W1D 3RP (Soho)

The Pizza Pilgrims have traveled across the globe to gather the knowledge to bring you the best pizza imaginable in Soho. They love what they do, and you will too.

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19. The Modern Pantry 48 St John's Sq, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JJ (Clerkenwell)

TMP has a Sunday roast that will exceed your standards... which for brunch, are probably pretty low. Regardless, cocktails are above-average and their roast is stellar.

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