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Recommended restaurants in London


London
Anchor Pub, Bankside, SE1
This atmospheric pub dates from 1666. It has a terrific riverside terrace and a remarkable history including everyone from Dr. Johnson to Tom Cruise,
who had a beer here in "Mission Impossible."
Phone:  7407.1577
Hours:  11AM to 11PM Monday through Saturday; noon to 10:30PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Meals from:   5GBP

Aubergine, 11 Park Walk, SW1
When Gordon Ramsey was here, Aubergine -- with just 14 tables -- was the hardest restaurant in London to get into. Much to his credit, new chef William Drabble stepped right up and Aubergine is as popular as ever. The menu is inventive and sometimes daring. But Drabble always pays it off. Decor is bright and colorful. And service is just great. A meal here is one of the best dining experiences in town. The fixed price lunch is a great deal.
Phone:  352.3449 Reserve up to 4 weeks in advance
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM Monday through Friday; 6:45PM to 11PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Two-course lunch from:   23.50GBP
Three-course dinner from:  39.50GBP

Bidendum, 81 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW3
Sir Terence Conran, Britain?s version of Martha Stewart, opened this stylish brasserie in the former headquarters of the Michelin Tire Company in the early 1990s. The building, which opened in 1909 is spectacular -- equal parts Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Secessionist. And it?s a good a reason to dine here as any. Bidendum is not as fashioinable as when it first opened, but the French food is just as good. And lovers of fresh seafood can choose from the freshest lobster, crab, caviar, or oysters. Just so you?ll know, Bibendum is the name of the roly-poly Michelin man.
Phone:  7581.5817
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 7PM to 11PM Monday through Friday; 12:30PM to 3PM and 7PM to 11PM Saturdays; 12:30PM to 3PM and 7PM to 10:30PM Sundays
Web:   www.bibendum.co.uk
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   16GBP
Three-course lunch from:  29GBP

Bluebird, 350 King?s Cross Road, Chelsea, SW3
The enterprising Terence Conran has paid tribute to the markets of France and Italy with this attractive complex set in a former garage. In addition to the restaurant, which is upstairs, there?s a gourmet shop, a flower stand, a cafe, and a housewares store on the main level. The restaurant itself is cavernous, but just as stylish as you?d expect. The menu is international with goodies like carpaccio, duck rillettes, and specialties from the wood-burning oven. As at Bibendum, there?s a huge selection of fresh shellfish. This is a good spot for Sunday brunch.
Phone:  7559.1000 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Noon to 3PM and 6PM to 11PM Monday through Friday: 11AM to 3:30PM and 6PM to 11PM Saturdays; 11AM to 3:30PM and 6PM to 10PM Sundays
Web:   www.conran.com
Credit cards accepted:  
Two-course meals from:   17GBP
Three-course meals from:  22GBP

Bombay Brasserie, Bailey?s Hotel, SW7
Since the early 1990s, Bombay Brasserie has been one of the best -- and most popular -- Indian restaurants in a city with hundreds of Indian restaurants. The lunch buffet is a good deal and a good way to sample lots of dishes. The cooking here is first-rate and they even serve dishes from Goa, the Portuguese colony on the subcontinent.
Phone:  370.4040 Reservations required
Hours:  12:30PM to 3PM and 7:30PM to 11:30PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   15GBP
Lunch buffet:  16GBP

Bow Wine Vaults, 10 Bow Churchyard, EC4
Not far from St. Paul?s Cathedral on trendy, pedestrian-only Bow Street, the Bow Street Wine Vaults are a pleasant spot for a glass of wine and a before-theater snack.
Phone:  248.1121 Reservations recommended
Hours:  11AM to 11PM Monday through Friday
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   7GBP

Cantina Vinopolis, 1 Bank End, SE1
In addition to the restaurant at Vinopolis, there?s a wine bar that serves light meals. Understandably, Cantina Vinopolis has the largest wine list in the country, and you can try more than 100 wines by the glass in the bar.
Phone:  7940.8333
Hours:  Noon to 3PM and 6:30PM to 10:30PM; noon to 4PM Sundays; the bar is open from 11AM to 11PM Monday through Friday and closes at 9PM Saturdays and Sundays
Web:   www.vinopolis.co.uk
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Cheese plate:   3.25GBP
Main courses from:  8.95GBP

Clarke?s, 124 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, W8
Each evening, Sally Clarke prepares a different four-course meal based on what?s most appealing at market. There?s no choice, what she creates is what you get. But few are disappointed because everything that comes out of the kitchen is sensational. She?s one of the best chefs in town. Clarke cooked in California before coming to London and the influence is apparent -- lots of char-grilled fish and meats, with plenty of herbs and exotic vegetables. At lunch, there?s a choice of well-priced items. Service is exceptional too.
Phone:  7221.9225
Hours:  12:30PM to 2PM and 7PM to 10PM Monday through Friday
Web:   www.sallyclarke.com
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   24GBP
Fixed Price menu from:  49.50GBP

fish!, Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1
This American style diner serves great seafood. There are now more than one and generally, they?re fun and inviting.
Phone:  7836.3236
Hours:  11:30AM to 2:45PM and 5:30PM to 10:30PM Monday through Saturday; noon to 3:30PM Sundays
Web:   www.fishdiner.co.uk
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   8.50GBP

Joe Allen, 13 Exeter Street, WC2
The London outpost of the New York favorite is a great place for a before- or after-theater dinner. The menu is kind of Italian, kind of Californian, and not too challenging with barbecued ribs, corn muffins, and black bean soup. The Sunday brunch is very good.
Phone:  836.0651 Reservations required
Hours:  Noon to 12:45AM Monday through Saturday; noon to midnight on Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main courses from:   11GBP
Pre-theater dinner from:  12GBP

L?Oranger, 5 St. James?s Street, SW1
This sophisticated neighborhood bistro is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Kamel Benamar, who cooked at La Gavroche and in Paris before landing here. He uses the finest, freshest ingredients to prepare French-Mediterranean dishes like ravioli of lamb and tomato and pan-fried John Dory. The skylit dining room is lovely and the service is faultless. The conservatory room is a romantic place to dine.
Phone:  839.3774 Reservations essential
Hours:  Noon to 3PM Monday through Friday; 6PM to 11:15PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Fixed price lunch from:   20GBP
Fixed price dinner from:  34GBP

La Gavroche, 43 Upper Brook Street, W1
This Michelin two-star restaurant serves the finest classical French food in London. Chef Michel Roux, following in his father Albert?s footsteps, turns out traditional favorites like papillote of smoked salmon and mouselline of lobster. The fixed-price lunch is a good value and is a good way to dine here if you?re not on an expense account. If money?s no object, the menu exceptionnel gives everyone at the table the chance to sample four or five courses and a couple of desserts.
Phone:  408.0881 Reserve well in advance
Hours:  Noon to 2PM and 7PM to 11PM Monday through Friday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   29GBP
Menu exceptionnel:  78GBP

La Tante Claire, The Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, SW1
Nothing?s changed but the location. It was so hard to get tables before, that Chef Pierre Koffman packed up and moved into The Berkeley. Expect great food and service. The fixed price lunch is a real bargain.
Phone:  7823.2003 Reserve well in advance
Hours:  12:30PM to 2PM and 7PM to 11PM Monday through Friday; 7PM to 11PM Saturdays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   25GBP

Le Pont de la Tour, 36D Shad Thames, Butler?s Wharf, SE1
Right on the Thames River next to the Tower Bridge, Le Pont de la Tour is the most formal of Terence Conrad?s restaurants. Sea Bream, Duck Breast, and Lamb are all winners here. And there?s the requisite shellfish. Those who?d like to spend less time -- and money -- may dine in the Bar & Grill. The views of bustling Thames riverlife are terrific and there?s a pre- and post-dinner menu. On a fine day, the outside tables are heavenly.
Phone:  403.8403 Reservations essential
Hours:  Noon to 3PM Monday through Friday; 6PM to 11:30PM Monday through Saturday; 12:30PM to 3PM and 6PM to 11PM Sundays; bar and grill are open from 11:30AM to midnight daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   18.50GBP
Three-course lunch from:  28.50GBP

Mirabelle, 56 Curzon Street, W1
Since taking the helm, Marco Pierre White has transformed Mirabelle and it?s once again one of the best restaurants in the city. The Art Deco dining room is lavish. And the French food, with Italian influences, is consistently great. Expect some surprises -- like steak and snails and pork cheeks with ginger -- and some traditional favorites.
Phone:  7499.4636
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 6PM to midnight daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main courses from:   15GBP
Fixed price lunch:  16GBP

Museum Tavern, 49 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1
Good Ploughman?s Lunch and other cold fare at this pub that dates from 1703. Popular with students and researchers from the British Museum, across the street.
Phone:  7242.8987
Hours:  1AM to 11PM Monday through Saturday; noon to 10:30PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  
Meals from:   5GBP

North Sea Fish Restaurant, 7-8 Leigh Street, Bloomsbury, WC1
Phone:  7387.5892
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 5:30PM to 10:30PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Dinners from:   8GBP

Portrait?s Restaurant, National Portrait Gallery, WC2
This restaurant on the top floor of the National Portrait Gallery offers some of the most glorious views in London. You?ll look out over Trafalgar Square and see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye. The menu includes char-grilled meats.
Phone:  7306.0055
Hours:  11:45AM to 2:45PM Saturday to Wednesday; 5:30PM to 8:30PM Thursdays and Fridays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main Courses from:   10.75GBP

Quaglino?s, 16 Bury Street, St. James?s, SW1
The original Quaglino?s opened in 1929 and catered to European swells for decades. Terence Conran bought the place in 1993 and completely transformed it. It?s huge and dramatic, with staircases at either end and the ceiling supported by eight columns painted by different artists. The menu has everything from fish and chips to braised lamb. But no one comes here for the food -- unless its the ubiquitous Conran crustaceans, which are displayed here on an "altar." It's loud, packed, and a fun place to ogle.
Phone:  7930.6767
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 5:30PM to midnight Monday though Thursday; noon to 2:30PM and 5:30PM to 1AM Fridays and Saturdays; noon to 2:30PM and 5:30PM to 11PM Sundays; bar open open from 11:30AM until late daily
Web:   www.conran.com
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   14GBP
Three-course meals from:  15GBP

Red Lion Pub, 48 Parliament Street
The original pub, which was mentioned in Dicken?s "David Copperfiled," was built in 1733. This one dates from 1899 and it?s popular with Members of Parliament.
Phone:  7930.5826
Hours:  11AM to 11PM Monday through Saturday; noon to 10:30 Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Meals from:   5GBP

Ship Hispaniola, Victoria Embankment, WC2
Docked at Victoria Embankment, the Hispaniola offers some of the best views of the Thames in London. You can sit outside in the Upper Deck Bar where tapas are served, or in the nicely decorated dining room. The food?s actually better than you?d expect.
Phone:  839.3011 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 6:30PM to 11PM Monday through Thursday; open Fridays and Saturdays until 11:30PM; 12:30PM to 3PM and 6:30PM to 10PM Sundays in summer
Web:   www.hispaniola.co.uk
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   11.90GBP
Three-course dinner from:  24.75GBP

Sugar Club, 21 Warwick Street, Soho, W1
Fabulous food drawing inspiration from everywhere to create taste-bud busting flavors. Sugar Club migrated here from Wellington, NZ and it brought many elements along for the ride -- notably the Kiwis? penchant for combining Asian, Indian, and Mediterranean influences. If you like ethnic food and exotic flavors, you?ll love it here. The ambience is very appealing, and there are lots of goodies for vegetarians.
Phone:  7437.7776
Hours:  Noon to 3PM and 6PM to 10:30PM Monday through Saturday; 12:30PM to 3PM and 6PM to 10PM Sundays
Web:   www.thesugarclub.co.uk
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   14GBP

The Admiralty Restaurant, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2
At the top of recently restored 18th-century Somerset House, Admiralty is the latest venture of star restaurateaur Oliver Peyton. The cuisine is French rustic. The decor is colorful and striking and the views of the Thames -- particularly from the boffo river terrace -- make dining here especially memorable.
Phone:  7845.4646
Hours:  Noon to 3PM and 6PM to 11PM Monday through Saturday; noon to 3PM Sundays; river terrace open noon to midnight during summer
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   15GBP
Fixed price menu from:  17GBP

The Anchor, 34 Park Street, SE1
This pub was rebuilt in 1676 after being destroyed in the Great Fire. Dr. Johnson was a regular and Tom Cruise had a beer here in Mission Impossible. Great views from the riverside terrace.
Phone:  7407.1577
Hours:  11 AM to 11PM Monday through Saturday; noon to 10:30PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V

The Ivy, 1 West Street, Covent Garden, WC2
One of the most popular restaurants in the theatre district, this West End favorite has been going strong since 1911. The decor is actually rather glamorous. And the food is very nicely prepared, though a little pedestrian with dishes like corned beef hash and fish cakes. The English desserts, notably puddings, are wonderful. A great spot for an after-theatre dinner.
Phone:  7836.4751 Reserve well in advance
Hours:  Noon to 3PM and 5:30PM to midnight Monday through Saturday; Noon to 3:30PM and 5:30PM to midnight Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   11GBP
Three-course lunch:  15GBP

Wagamama, 101 A Wigmore Street, Marylebone, W1
This noodle house has outposts in London, Dublin, and Amsterdam. It?s wildly popular and consequently, there?s usually a queue. But if you have a jones for gyoza (dumplings), katsu prawns, skewers of char-grilled chicken on a bowl of ramen, or noodle-based salads, this is the place. Great for vegetarians and good value for money.
Phone:  7409.0111
Hours:  Noon to 11PM Monday through Saturday; 12:30PM to 10PM Sundays
Web:   www.wagamama.com
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   5GBP

Zafferano, 15 Lowndes Street, Belgravia, SW1
Zafferano?s is the place in London for sophisticated, impeccably prepared Italian food. Service is first-rate and the wine list is terrific, especially the Italian selections.
Phone:  7235.5800 Reservations required
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 7PM to 11PM Monday through Saturday; noon to 2:30PM and 7PM to 10:30PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Two-course lunch from:   18.50GBP
Three-course dinner from:  35.50GBP