The local guide to London's fanciest restaurants

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48 Brooksby's Walk, London E9 6DA, UK
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If you want an authentic English breakfast you have to try this place. It's not your fancy version of English food, it's the real deal. You will feel like you're in the school canteen with their orange decorations. Portions are quite generous, so make sure you're hungry.
Joao, 32 Graphic Designer, Musician, Guitar Nerd
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Crystal Cafe
Michał Szwed
192a Brick Ln, London E1 6SA, UK
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Definitely a place for hipsters! Cereal Killer Cafe is a cafe that only sells cereal. Too pricey for cereals but love the experience and retro atmosphere.
Elodie, 26 Trend Forecaster
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Cereal Killer Cafe
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139 Tooley St, London SE1 2HZ, UK
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This old converted firehouse serves excellent British food, in a quirky context. The restaurant is relatively pricey, but functions as a social enterprise and hires homeless people as apprentices (and then staff), so your money is well spent!
Emily, 32 Charity Worker & Queer Feminist
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The Brigade
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2, Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Rd, London EC1Y 1HQ, UK
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Okay, this is the best brunch that I have ever had. It was far from the typical greasy British fry-up. You'll leave feeling clean and fancy. Perfect for a girls day. They offer a bottomless brunch which is not cheap but with food as good as it is here it might just be worth the stay.
Kya, 27 Traveling Teacher
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Lantana Shoreditch
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34 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HG, UK
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Adam Handling's new delicious restaurant. A bit pricey and more upscale than his first venue.
Nawal, 30 Product Manager
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Frog by Adam Handling
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100-102 Hoxton St, London N1 6SG, UK
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The 100 Hoxton is a bit pricey, but the food is one of the best of East London as far as I am concerned! You find on the menu small fusion plates you can share. Among these, you'll find the soft shell crab Singaporean style, the crispy pork belly and so many others, all with amazing flavours. The desserts are on the same touch, surprising but as good!
Aude, 27 Actuary and foodie
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100 Hoxton
47 Denyer St, Chelsea, London SW3 2LX, UK
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A little on the pricey side cause again it's in Chelsea...but the fresh plates of mediterranean organic salads laid out deli-style is just irresistible. I always have such a hard time deciding what to get. (the roasted aubergines are delicious!)
Liz, 30 Co-Founder, Pelation
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Baker & Spice
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8 Plender St, London NW1 0JT, UK
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I love this restaurant, the staff are lovely! Food is great, and cheap (for London) I would highly recommend if you're not looking for anything fancy
Felisa, 26 Office Manager/Aspiring Burlesque Performer!
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Alexander The Great Restaurant
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22 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2NB, UK
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The food here is WONDERFUL. It's kind of modern British, some fusion. Mostly sharing plates. Especially order whatever risotto they have on the menu, and the French Toast! Or maybe just all the desserts...
Jen, 39 Food Consultant / Chocolate Expert
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The Ninth
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26-29 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3LL, UK
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Quo Vadis is a Soho classic. Recently purchased by the Hart brothers (see: Barrafina), it's a great place for a classy lunch or dinner, or even just a drink at their 20s-styled bar. The pre-theatre set menu is very reasonable in price, and the food well-done (if somewhat predictable). They also bake their own bread, and yes it is delicious. In summer, take a seat outside and watch Soho in action.
Callum, 24 Community Builder & Coffee Enthusiast
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Quo Vadis
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87 Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QR, UK
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Before or after a trip to Columbia Road flower market I like to come here for breakfast (always get the jazzy beans)
Grace, 31 Programme Manager, New London Architecture
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Little Georgia Cafe
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1 Tower Bridge, London SE1 2AA, UK
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I have to say that this place is spectacular. The menu is pretty much a solid bet for anyone, mixed with amazing interior and the absolute best view you can imagine of Tower Bridge and Tower of London on the opposite side. Come for a drink at least, but I would recommend the truffle arancini balls (HEAVENLY) Also the portions are a decent size, so don't worry about leaving hungry!!
Kate, 32 Designer, explorer, all-round creative
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The Ivy Tower Bridge
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District, London SW8 2LG, UK
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The perfect spot for a fancy dinner in an eclectic setting!
Elisa, 32 Studio Manager, Animation Studio
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brunswick house cafe
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33 King St, London WC2E 8JD, UK
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For a special evening out, or a celebration, check out this spot. Crazy romantic, beautiful decor and a delicious menu!
Anastasiya, 31 MBA Student
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Clos Maggiore
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Level 33, The Shard, 31 Saint Thomas Street, London SE19RY, UK
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For a fancier dinner, Hutong is great. It is on the 33rd floor of the shard and offers amazing views of London
Anastasiya, 31 MBA Student
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Hutong
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