Below are a selected list of restaurants in London that offer online booking some of which have special offers:
1 Lombard Street - Restaurant, London One of the most stunning restaurants in the City of London, 1 Lombard Street Restaurant is close to the hearts of its lucky locals. It’s not only the spectacular interior of this Grade II Listed building with its Pietro Agostini neo-classical glass domes and sinuously curving banquettes that makes 1 Lombard Street so popular, but the fact that this all day venue really is so flexible. Indeed whether it’s a business breakfast at the break of day or a romantic tête-à-tête as the sun goes down, the restaurant at 1 Lombard Street delivers just the right ambience and food. The seasonal, sophisticated menu is modern European with British touches, accompanied by an unforgettable wine list and delectable cocktails.
12 Temple Place Restaurant, London Situated inside the stylish Swissôtel The Howard, 12 Temple Place is always buzzing with local City workers who drop in for business lunches and after-work meals. The minimalist dining room features glass-topped tables, quirky candelabras and stunning designer patchwork furniture, giving the restaurant a colourful and trendy atmosphere. In the summer months, the sunny garden courtyard is perfect for alfresco dinner dates. With the Chef's exquisite British menu and afternoon tea on offer, dining here is a real treat for your tastebuds. We love the assiette of suckling pig with crackling, celeriac, apples and grain mustard; the pea and crab mousse with marjoram, poached crayfish and bisque foam; and the roast buccleuch beef fillet, oxtail and bone marrow pie.
Amphitheatre Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, London The Amphitheatre Restaurant is the grand dame of pre-theatre London dining. Set inside the iconic Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, this theatrical dining room is the favourite haunt of lush luvvies and old-school socialites who adore the splendid setting and superb modern Euro menu. Decorated with plush ruby-red velvet seating, fresh flowers and ebony accents, the Amphitheatre is only open to ticket holders in the evenings but anyone can pop in at lunchtime for the excellent set menu. Several ballet and opera themed rooms are available for private dinner parties, and true aficionados will adore the afternoon teas available combined with a backstage tour.
Apsleys - a Heinz Beck Restaurant, London Apsleys - a Heinz Beck Restaurant in London’s iconic Lanesborough Hotel at Hyde Park Corner has scaled the culinary heights under the direction of the three Michelin-starred German chef and gained its own Michelin star. Together with Executive Chef Massimiliano Blasone, Beck has created a menu that focuses on lighter Mediterranean-inspired dishes like sea bass cannolo, roast pigeon with pearl onion and mustard seed sauce and potato gnocchi with shellfish broth – very attuned to the way we like to dine in the 21st century. Apsleys' stunning Venetian-style dining room, with its glass roof and plush upholstery, is one of London’s most beautiful dining spaces, an elegant setting for any occasion. At lunchtime, Apsleys' ‘Menu del Giorno’ is popular with local business people, while Beck’s seven course tasting menu is ideal for celebratory dinners. The well-spaced tables give a subdued ambience and afternoon tea here is a delight. The wine list has enormous depth and includes some of the rarest cognacs in the world.
Benihana, London An always popular restaurant on the style-forward Kings Road in London’s Chelsea, Benihana offers an exciting take on Japanese dining. A concept originated way back in the 1960s over in the Big Apple, Benihana brings together food and performance, pioneering ‘eatertainment’. Ideal for families, Benihana is sleek and stylish with a modern interior, but chances are you won’t be paying much attention to your surroundings – most diners are too busy being charmed by the tableside teppan-yaki cookery which sees the chefs create real drama before your very eyes. In addition to the delicious personally created dishes cooked and served at your table, Benihana also offers eat in and lunchtime take away sushi.
Blue Elephant, London Blue Elephant restaurant in lively Fulham Broadway in West London has long held a place in the hearts of lovers of Thai cuisine and those who delight in a great night out. When you step into the Blue Elephant in Fulham Broadway, you step into a delight for all the senses. Enter through a lush tropical jungle, cross an arching bridge over a picturesque stream and find yourself among a cloud of fresh flowers in one of London’s most romantic Thai restaurants. A parade of classic royal Thai favourites is on offer, as well as healthy 600 calorie menus and traditional herbal medicinal menus. The international wine list includes some intriguing Thai labels. Blue Elephant is also home to one of the capital’s most lavish Sunday lunches, complete with entertainment for the kids. The service could not be more professional or more welcoming. Do note, parking in the area is difficult, and you are advised to use public transportation.
Bonds Restaurant, London Just a few hundreds yards from the Bank of England in the City of London, Bonds restaurant provides investment-grade dining. A relaxed but sophisticated escape for City types looking for a cocktail and some high quality French cuisine is exactly what you’ll find at Bonds. Whether you’ve made or lost a million today, the bar at this City bar and restaurant, with its interior featuring subtle lighting and rich colours, is the perfect place to unwind over cocktails. Drinks range from old favourites to more unusual concoctions such as the Chocolate and Pear Mojito with mint leaves, fresh pear, chocolate liqueur and Havana Especial - a five year aged rum. Michelin-starred head chef, Barry Tonks, brings invention, confidence and inspiration to the French menu. Bonds’ sourcing of ingredients is impeccable, too, and the attention to detail is superb. Bonds is part of The Eton Collection’s Threadneedles Hotel, so you can expect a high quality experience from start to finish.
Brew Wharf, London Brew Wharf is a restaurant and micro-brewery in London’s Bankside that is a great place to dine, bask in the sunshine (seasonal) and, if you’re lucky, catch a view of the brewers at their art. Set under soaring railway arches by Borough Market and Vinopolis, the dining rooms and terrace are casual, modern, well-designed spaces with so much vertical space you’ll feel light-headed. Or maybe that’s the superb brew, including Brew Whar’s own Wharf Best and seasonal offerings. Brewing takes place about every other Tuesday and beers can be taken away for home consumption. Oh the food! Modern European with a special emphasis on fish, like beer-battered fish and chips.
Café Mode, London Café Mode restaurant in London's Covent Garden is a little Med-inspired gem, as cosy and comforting as your favourite fleece. The décor is a simple mix of dark wood and apricot walls and large mirrors, and the warm atmosphere, reasonable prices and delightfully friendly service have made this handily-placed café a word-of-mouth hit. Start with calamari fritti, served with dill mayonnaise dip, then tuck into a juicy sirloin steak or one of the justifiably famous pizzas. Puddings tend towards the deliciously sinful, from tiramisu to strawberry cheesecake. If you’re meeting friends in Covent Garden, share the secret of Café Mode – they’ll love it, and you’ll feel all smug and clever.
Caffé Concerto, London A unique venue in the glamorous Westfield shopping centre, Caffé Concerto brings together live music with brasserie dining. A sophisticated dining room with a strong music policy, Caffé Concerto presents a stunning calendar of events with regular live performances of jazz, soul and funk from high quality acts in the evenings and a piano/saxophone duo providing a smooth accompaniment to lunch. Surrounding the gleaming grand piano is a number of tables populated with both shoppers and those who have made the visit solely to dine on the fine Italian menu. Here you’ll find Caffé Concerto’s kitchen focuses on favourites of the Italian table, from carbonara to chicken Milanese, accompanied by top quality classic wines. Bar snacks are also available.
Camden Brasserie, London A favourite London restaurant with everyone from local businessmen to politicos and celebrities, Camden Brasserie is a family-run restaurant with plenty of charm. Simple and classy, the Camden Brasserie is a place where customers return time and time again, celebrating landmark occasions with loved ones in a restaurant they know they can trust. Very near Camden Lock and Camden Stables Market and perfect before, during, or after a day of exploring the shops and stalls of the area, Camden Brasserie is decorated in quirky wallpapers and mid-century style furniture. Food is modern European cuisine with a uniquely international touch, and dishes are available in both large and small portions. The menu has changed little over the years because the regulars complain when it does, though the fresh, seasonal specials are a delight. The friendly, professional service is locally famous and the whole Camden Brasserie experience is complemented by a fabulous wine list to linger over in comfort.
Catch at Andaz, London Situated inside the ultra-chic Andaz Hotel, Catch is a must-try for City-based seafood lovers and fish fanatics. Just a stones throw from Liverpool Street station, the dining room is a glamorous space with stunning stained glass windows, crisp white linen and glistening crustacea displays. Head Chef Martin Scholz insists on the finest sustainable fish and adds a contemporary flourish to classic dishes without over-complicating the flavours. Start with a glass or two from the excellent wine list and feast on oysters, smoked salmon and octopus salad. Then move on to the catch of the day or popular dishes like lemon sole with brown shrimp butter and traditional fish and chips. After dinner, why not visit the Champagne Bar next door for a suitably decadent end to the evening?
Chettinad Restaurant, London Named after a prosperous banking and business district in Southern Tamil Nadu, Chettinad Restaurant in London’s West End specialises in Southern Indian food cooked traditionally and authentically. Attractively sleek and neutral, Chettinad is a warm, comfortable restaurant with a contemporary look and feel and invitingly friendly service from experienced and efficient staff. The menu here at Chettinad is based around the famed culinary region of the aforementioned Tamil Nadu, a land bordered by the Arabian sea and the mountainous Western Ghats, resulting in a wide array of produce and flavours particular to the area. Chettinad draws on many specialties of Tamil Nadu, using fresh, flavoursome ingredients to recreate the grain and vegetable heavy dishes as well as the famed masala dosa, doubtless the signature dish of the region. A change from the usual tandoori style Indian cookery found in London, Chettinad provides locals and visitors with an opportunity to further explore the cuisine of India in chic surroundings under the guidance of talented chefs and knowledgeable waiting staff.
Chinese Cricket Club, London Set within the sleek The City Crowne Plaza, Chinese Cricket Club is modern, stylish and decadent with golds, reds and lime greens setting the scene for a night of Chinese dining with added sophistication. The attentive service and little thoughtful touches – pre-dinner nibbles, a jug of water on your table – prove that at the Chinese Cricket Club the customer is royalty. A blessedly concise menu - a rare thing for any Chinese restaurant - continues the chic, mindful theme with flair and innovation added to East Asian inspired dishes such as tea smoked duck salad and lobster steamed in Sichuan butter. Unusually the Chinese Cricket Club’s wine list is comprehensive and an effort is made to match drinks to food. If you’re looking for the future of the Chinese restaurant we may have just found it for you.
Chino Latino, London A sleek, modern restaurant on London’s Albert Embankment, Chino Latino has earned an international reputation as a leader on the fusion dining scene. Situated within the luxurious Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel, Chino Latino boasts understated elegance and bang-up-to-date urban styling in its gunmetal, cream and crimson interior. Multi-award-winning and named one of the fifty best restaurants in Europe, Chino Latino is much more than just a cool city hangout. Indeed, the famous Chino Latino menu, bringing together Asian and South American flavours for a red hot cuisine unlike any other has been much copied around the world. Experience the original and the best right here on the South Bank.
Oxford Cambridge Boat Race
(Fri 31st Mar, 2017)
Annual boat race along the river Thames between Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The Boat Race was founded in 1829 but has become an international sporting occasion drawing millions of viewers from around the world.
(Fri 21st Apr, 2017)
The London Marathon is a popular road marathon that has been held each year in London since 1981, usually in April. The race is currently sponsored by Virgin.
City Of London Festival
(Sat 24th Jun, 2017)
Each summer the City of London Festival brings the City's unique buildings and outdoor spaces to life with an extensive artistic programme of music, visual arts, film, walks and talks, much of it free to the public.