Editor's' Picks

Editor’s Picks…BY AREA

Our favourites, by area, all in one place. 

These are the restaurants that we’d tell our mates to visit. Click on the links for more in-depth info…

If there’s no link, we’re either still writing the review, never got round to writing a review (sometimes we have a night off!) or have heard great things from those in the know.


£ = Cheap as Chips

££ = Mid-range, but won’t break the bank.

£££ = Bit more of a special occasion


Favourite restaurants EAST Crummbs

Shoreditch / Hoxton / Old Street / The City / Bethnal Green




Blacklock City – The City

British chops & cocktails

The Clove Club

No. 26 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants, One Michelin Star

Bleecker – Spitalfields

Best burgers in town

Black Rock – The City

Late night, basement whisky bar.

Duck & Waffle – Liverpool St

Open 24/7, on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower. Awesome views & cocktails.

CLAW – Broadgate Circus

Sustainable seafood

Ceviche – Old Street


HKK – The City

Impeccable service, modern Chinese. One Michelin Star

Flat Iron – Curtain Road

£10 Steak

Cub Restaurant – Hoxton

Zero-waste set menu.

Lyle’s – Shoreditch

One Michelin Star.

Pizza East – Shoreditch

Pizza, duh

The Gibson – Old St

Inventive Cocktails, No. 21 in World’s 50 Best Bars

Radio Alice – Hoxton Sq

Organic Pizza

Gunpowder – Spitalfields

Indian small plates

Shoreditch Grind – Old St

Espresso Martinis

Hawksmoor – Spitalfields

A sexy meat den



Hoi Polloi – Shoreditch

Brunch with live music


Hot Box – Spitalfields



James Cochran EC3 – The City



The Jones Family Project – Shoreditch

Steak and Sunday Roasts


Madame D’s – Spitalfields

Himalayan small plates (from the team behind Gunpowder)


Palatino – Old Street

Pasta of dreams


Petit Pois – Hoxton Sq

Romantic French bistro.


Rok Smokehouse – Shoreditch

Nordic smokehouse & bar


Rochelle Canteen – Shoreditch

Café/restaurant institution.


Sager + Wilde Paradise Row – Bethnal Green

Wine, pasta and cocktails.


Smokestak – Shoreditch



Som Saa – Spitalfields

Best Thai in London


Strut & Cluck

Middle Eastern




Clapton / Dalston / Haggerston / Hackney / London Fields / Stoke Newington

£ ££ £££
46b Espresso Hut – Chatsworth Rd

Cheese toasties so good we used a photo of one for our business cards.

Andi’s – Stoke Newington

Joyful goodness bowls and brunch.

Perilla – Stoke Newington

European, seasonal set menus

Bernsteins – Chatsworth Rd

Jewish small plates, cakes and biodynamic wine

Del 74 – Clapton

Tacos & Tequila

Pidgin – Hackney

£45 for four courses

Café Miami – Hackney Baths

Pastel palace – brunch

Berber & Q – Haggerston

Middle eastern BBQ

The Chesham – Hackney

You can’t order food in this traditional pub, but Yard Sale Pizza will deliver.

The Good Egg – Stoke Newington

New York/Middle Eastern, great for brunch or dinner.

Chick ‘n’ Sours – Haggerston

Fabulous fried chicken & banging cocktails.

The Laughing Heart – Hackney Rd
Sexy wine bar/restaurant
Clapton Craft – Clapton

For all your craft beer needs.

Legs – Hackney

Small plates and superb wine by the glass

Crate Brewery – Hackney Wick

Pizza’s on the canal.

Morito – Hackney Rd

Middle Eastern small plates, great wine.

The Crooked Billet – Clapton

Our local and favourite pub – best beer garden, cheese toasties and frozen cocktails.

P Franco – Clapton

My joint favourite wine bar.

Dom’s Place – Clapton

Cheap & cheerful Turkish wraps.

Sager + Wilde – Hackney Rd

My joint favourite wine bar.

E5 Bakehouse – London Fields

Best bread in London

Untitled ££

Crazy serious bar

L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele – Stoke Newington

Cheap as chips pizza.

Lion Coffee + Records – Clapton

Espresso martinis

Morty & Bob’s at NT’s – London Fields

Best for brunch

My Neighbour the Dumplings – Clapton

Excellent value, cocktail bar downstairs.

Sodo – Clapton

Serious Sourdough Pizza

Uchi – Clapton


Yard Sale Pizza – Clapton

Fun Silly Pizza to eat in or takeaway – get the TSB



West End / Soho / Covent Garden / Mayfair

£ ££ £££
Blacklock – Soho

Chops, Sunday Roast, Cocktails

10 Greek Street – Soho

Seasonal & small

Berners Tavern – Fitzrovia.

Atherton’s upmarket Modern British. Good for Business.

Covent Garden Grind – Covent Garden

Espresso Martini’s & small plates

Balthazar – Covent Garden

Busy, buzy – good for Afternoon Tea but open all day.

Chiltern Firehouse – Marylebone

We’re saving this for when Idris Elba wants to take us out for dinner.

Flat Iron – multiple locations

£10 Steak

The Barbary – Covent Garden

From the guys behind The Palomar.

Clos Maggiore – Covent Garden

Most romantic dining room in London.

Barrafina – Soho

Tapas. One Michelin Star

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – Knightsbridge

Two Michelin Stars. Worth every penny.

Bocca di Lupo – Soho


Fancy Crab – Marylebone

Fancy seafood and cocktails.

Ceviche Soho – Soho

Peruvian, fun, buzzy

Fera at Claridges – Mayfair

One Michelin star but also offers a great value set menu.

Cinnamon Bazaar – Covent Garden

Bib Gourmand. Indian, great cocktails.

Gymkhana – Mayfair

Indian.One Michelin star

Dean Street Townhouse – Soho

Good for brunch.

The Ninth – Fitzrovia

Romantic, French/ Mediterranean. One Michelin Star.

Dishoom – Multiple Locations

Popular Indian.

Pied a Terre – Fitzrovia

French, Two Michelin stars.

El Pirata – Mayfair

Great value, authentic tapas.

Spring – The Strand

Stunning dining room in Somerset House.

Hawksmoor Seven Dials – Covent Garden

Favourite steak.

The Wolseley – St James’s

Afternoon Tea

Hoppers – Soho

Sri Lankan – expect to queue.

The Ivy Soho – Soho

Cocktails & brunch

Kiln – Soho

Burmese small plates.

Lobos Meat & Tapas – Soho


Noble Rot – Bloomsbury

Sexy wine bar/restaurant.

The Palomar – Soho

Modern day Jerusalem – one of our all-time faves.

Tandoor Chop House – Covent Garden

Fab, fun Indian, from the guys behind The Hoxton.

Temper – Soho

Tacos & BBQ





Exmouth Grind

Really fun, small plates and cocktails.

Breddos Tacos

Tacos & Tequila!

St John

Nose to Tail Dining – good for business lunches.


Great value fried chicken or steak.

Granger & Co

Australian, beautiful décor


Super romantic Italian.


The Zetter Bar & Townhouse

Cocktails & snacks



Kings Cross




Caravan King’s Cross

Great for brunch.

Granger + Co

Australian, beautiful décor

The Gilbert Scott


Plum + Spilt Milk

Elegant, Modern British.



South Bank/London Bridge

£ ££ £££

Best pasta, so cheap

El Pastor

Tacos, expect to queue.


Best Bar, so sexy. LOVE.

London Grind

For when you need one more espresso martini for the road.


Angel/Highbury & Islington

£ ££ £££
Brewery Below

Hosts guest chefs – check who’s on


Romantic Italian.




Tiny, seasonal, great.



£ ££ £££
Naughty Piglets – Brixton

Seasonal, natural wines.

Begging Bowl – Peckham

Thai ‘street food’

Mr Bao – Peckham

Neighbourhood Bao.

Pedler – Peckham

Seasonal, neighbourly, good cocktails.

Smoke & Salt  – Brixton

Excellent small plates at Pop Brixton



Favourite restaurants - West

£ ££ £££
The Ledbury

2 Michelin Star, No 27 in World’s 50 Best