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The Holborn Dining Room is a big and grand all-day restaurant inside the Rosewood Hotel, but the only things you should go there for are the pies.
Kerridge’s Bar and Grill near Embankment serves tarted up (and expensive) English classics, and nothing about it is hard to get on with.
Oslo Court is a restaurant in a block of flats in St John’s Wood, serving British classics in a room that doesn’t seem to have changed since the 80s.
The River Café is a long standing classic London restaurant that literally wrote the book on tasteful, authentic Italian food.
Leroy is an airy spot on a quiet corner in Shoreditch, serving small plates and an excellent selection of wine.
Granger and Co is a studiously inoffensive all-day Australian-style restaurant serving fresh tasting pizzettas, burgers, salads.
Morito is an energetic but corridor-like spot on Exmouth Market specialising in north African and Spanish inspired small plates.
Gökyüzü is an all-day, late-night Turkish spot in Harringay. It’s a Green Lanes landmark, and one of London’s best restaurants.
Maggie Jones’s is a romantic, character-filled restaurant off Kensington High Street, serving a menu of excellent quality British food.
St Leonards is a spot in Shoreditch, with an ice bar and a wood-burning hearth, but despite the odd standout vegetable dish, it’s not worth going to.
Quality Chip House is an excellent British restaurant in Clerkenwell that understands what makes a meal pleasurable.
Fish Central is an old school fish restaurant in Clerkenwell serving an excellent three course set dinner for under £20.
Kym’s is a lively and modern Chinese restaurant on Bloomberg Arcade in the City, specialising in small plates and meats.
The ten person counter at Berenjak, a corridor-like Iranian kebab and mazeh restaurant in Soho, makes it the perfect spot if you’re dining solo.
Supawan is an understated but excellent Thai restaurant near King’s Cross. It’s a spot you’ll come back to again and again.