Where are the best places to eat in London? When we say best we mean the best value in any given category. One must consider price range, service, atmosphere, and the quality and presentation of the food.
London is a very cosmopolitan city and, as such, offers a wide variety of international cuisine from around the world. You will, of course, find most of the usual American fast food franchises in London, but there are also a good number of home grown chains that offer some excellent value for your money.
As with most large cities, you will often find that you get the least value for your money at restaurants that are located in, or very close to major tourist attractions and sometimes hotels.
If you are on vacation in London try to get a little ways away from the major attractions when looking for a good place to eat. This is pretty easy to do if you are using the Tube or buses to get around. Generally speaking, you will find it most expensive to eat in the district of Westminster, an area concentrated with tourist attractions and the centre of government for England. Neighbouring South Kensington-Chelsea are also quite expensive overall, however there are some exceptions.
You will find some of the best value for your eating dollar by heading into the Mayfair, Marylebone, Soho, Leicester Square, and Covent Garden districts.
The following, are some of our recommended Central London restaurants which all serve very good food with above average service for their price range.
Pizzeria Malletti is a local chain with 3 pizzeria’s in Central London that are a great place to grab some delicious, yet inexpensive take-out, but try to avoid the peak hours if you don’t want to spend too much time waiting in line. Mooli’s is a new Indian restaurant offering a selection of incredibly tasty rotis for under £5.
Fernandez & Wells is a great place for a fabulous cup of coffee along with excellent pastries, sandwiches and cakes – ideal for breakfast or lunch. If your in the mood for some Thai food, check out Rosa’s for great food and service at a very reasonable price.
For Mediterranean cuisine check out Hummus Bros., a chain specializing in a variety of different toppings served on top of hummus. Their cuisine and service are super for this price range.
If you are longing for a really good hamburger try one of the many Byron locations.
We won’t leave out a British favourite like Fish and Chips. For good fish and chips try Golden Hind, a great chippy in Marylebone.
Due to their popularity with locals, many of the restaurants that provide great value also have ‘great’ queues, especially during peak periods. If you can plan your meals to avoid peak hours, you can avoid the worst of the long lines.
For many more London dining suggestions, visit the dining section of our guide to London at the link below. You will find specific recommendations for great dining options, at a variety of price ranges, for all of the districts around Central London.
Visit our London dining section for our recommendations on the best places to eat in London at a variety of price points for all of the districts around Central London.