London is home to over 15,000 restaurants – and it is quite overwhelming for a visitor to decide which ones to try. The restaurants follow two themes – either there are no reservations and you need to queue for anywhere between 30 mins – an hour, or you need to book early to get a table – at least 3 weeks in advance.
Here are the top 5 restaurants / bars that are worth a visit on your first trip to London:
For a showstopping experience: Sketch
Think pink furniture and wall to wall art, along with spaceship toilets. The food at Sketch is between good and very good (not to die for), but the space makes up for that. It really is a “wow” interior and ambiance, and makes for an extremely memorable meal
For dinner with a view: Duck and Waffle
Situated on the 30 something floor of a building in East London, Duck and Waffle’s glass walls offer panoramic views of London, along with a menu that impresses – the feature dish, naturally, being duck and waffle!
For a blissful brunch: Granger & Co
Australian chef Bill Granger has created a brunch haven in trendy Notting Hill. This is a no reservations spot so you need to queue, but the ricotta pancakes and buzzing vibe make it all worth it
For delicious pasta: Padella
Padella is situated just off Borough Market, and also has a no reservations policy. This is a very much “in and out” type of spot, you’ll sit counter top style, and choose from a small menu of 5-6 pasta dishes – all traditionally Italian, made with the freshest ingredients. You won’t taste pasta like this anywhere else, and the price tag is quite affordable too
For drinks and live music: Oriole
Nightlife in London is incredible – there are so many bars and nightclubs to choose from. For a very unique experience, head to Oriole in Clerkenwell. Reservations are a must for this plush, underground bar, with ingenious cocktails and sumptuous live music.