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Across Europe and beyond, London has often developed somewhat of a reputation for not-so-good food. Anyone who actually lives in London will happily tell you that the opposite is true.

Granted, this wasn't always the case, but these days, London is filled with an incredible amount of award-winning restaurants, unique and exciting dining experiences, tasty food from all over the world, and critically acclaimed chefs. If you see 'London' and think of greasy fish and chips, stodgy pie and mash and Dickensian stews, then think again. London's fine dining scene offers a plethora of cuisines from all over the world at different price points.

In this post, we're going to talk you through some of our favourite spots in London for unique food and drink experiences.

Unknown Eats and Elegant Fine Dining

London is constantly evolving, with new restaurants opening every week. The following are some of our favourite fine dining hidden gems in the UK capital.

Maggie Jones

This crooked little restaurant in Kensington has been a favourite among locals for over 40 years, and with good reason. The charming French-countryside style interior matches perfectly with the generous menu of traditional, classic dishes such as Chicken in tarragon sauce, Stilton mousse, and what may very well be the world's best apple crumble. Originally opened as 'Nan's Kitchen', this restaurant changed its name after a very special celebrity diner, Princess Margaret, routinely booked under the alias Maggie Jones. If it's good enough for royalty, it's good enough for us.

Honey & Co.

Tucked away in the back streets of London's most famous shopping area, Oxford Street, is Honey & Co. This tiny, unassuming little restaurant serves great quality Middle Eastern food, perfect for fuelling up before you hit the shops. It may not look like much, but with winning dishes such as shakshuka at breakfast, prawn tagine for lunch and Feta & honey cheesecake for dessert, what this restaurant lacks in design, it more than makes up for in flavour.

Classic Eats

There are a few spots in London that have a reputation that precedes them. Known for consistently serving great, beautifully presented food, in a gorgeous setting with fantastic service, the following dining experiences in London are not just tasty, but places to go when you truly feel like being pampered. Celebrity hangouts and a-list hotspots, these restaurants are frequented by the rich and famous for good reason.

Chiltern Firehouse

Once an old fire station, now a star-studded hangout spot, the Chiltern Firehouse oozes British charm through it's cosy decor, comforting menu and extensive drinks list. Owned by André Balazs, who also owns the famous Chateau Marmont in California, this spot is known for great food and an exclusive clientele. Serving up dishes such as Exmoor Caviar and Grass-Fed Ribeye Steak to pop stars and politicians, Chiltern Firehouse is a must-visit for any foodies looking for a unique fine dining experience in the capital.

Sketch in London

Did you even go to London if you didn't go to Sketch? If you're interested in the dining scene in London, then you've probably heard of Sketch. With futuristic egg-pod toilets, lush pink velvet seating and decor designed by modern British artist David Shrigley, Sketch is about as trendy as it gets. People flock from up and down the UK to partake in their famous afternoon tea, which includes an array of dainty sandwiches, controversial foie grais tartlettes, and of course scones. A modern take on a British classic, the afternoon tea at Sketch is a great way to get a taste of the fine dining experience in London.

Winter Garden Restaurant

For a fine dining experience to remember, book a table at the Winter Garden Restaurant. European and Mediterranean cuisine is served within an eight-storey glass atrium, featuring a courtyard surrounded by palm trees for a tranquil dining experience. Enjoy the Winter Garden Restaurant's world-class cuisine within legendary surroundings, whether you are visiting for a champagne breakfast, leisurely lunch or evening meal.

Restaurant Story

Restaurant Story holds two Michelin stars and serves either a 7 or 10 course menu of ever-evolving dishes inspired by the seasons. Relax and look out over London's Tooley Street as you are served a series of tasting dishes from Restaurant Story's current menu. Owned and operated by head chef Tom Sellers, Restaurant Story is London fine dining at its very best.


Situated at the top of South Place Hotel, Angler looks out across the city and features a west-facing roof top terrace, perfect for soaking up the sun and watching the world go by. This Michelin star restaurant specialises in sustainable British seafood, including Orkney scallops, Devon crab and Cornish monkfish. They also cater for vegetarians too, so no need to miss out if you don't eat seafood. Book a terrace table to make the most of the view whilst you enjoy your meal.

The Ritz

No list of London fine dining would be complete without mentioning The Ritz. Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world, The Ritz features crystal chandeliers, marble columns and ornate brocade architecture. Enjoy afternoon tea within this iconic restaurant, or indulge in a champagne lunch on the terrace.

Elegant Fine Dining in London with tabl.

So there you have it, a quick round up of some of the best fine dining eateries in London. If you are planning a trip to London, why not book a food tour of the capital city's best eateries? At tabl, we have curated a list of the best food and wine tours that the city has to offer, and are on hand to help you make the most of your trip. Browse our website today and book a food and drink experience for your London trip.

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