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8 Great London Restaurants to Try Now

Clove Club

Eight singular neighborhoods, eight great “New British” haunts.

Islington: Smokehouse is a modern-day boozer that happens to serve charred leeks with duck eggs and a pork rib eye with pancetta and lardo—and blimey, what treasures on tap! $$$

Shoreditch: Inside the Shoreditch town hall, the Clove Club (pictured; from rising star Isaac McHale) goes Noma-esque with small bites of locavore esoterica, such as gull’s eggs with lovage. $$$$

Fitzrovia: At his urban-rustic Newman Street Tavern, Peter Weeden dry-ages Galloway beef, butchers whole Scottish Blackface sheep, and bakes super-voluptuous onion tarts $$$

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Soho: Watch street life from a window seat at Damson & Co., a homey deli-café devoted to strictly-British deliciousness: farmhouse cheeses, goose salami, and daily “soused fish” (ceviche to you). $$

Bermondsey: Tom Sellers’s Restaurant Story snagged a Michelin star just months after opening. Prepare yourself for candles that melt into beef drippings and smoked eel sandwiched within squid-ink “Storeo” cookies. $$$$

Notting Hill: With only 14 seats, tiny Marianne packs outsize flavors into Anglo-Mediterranean dishes such as sweet Cornish scallops with artichoke and dusky jamón. $$$$

Brixton: The three-course lunch at Salon—a minimalist gem in the happening Brixton market—is London’s best bargain at the moment, at just $26. $$$

Hackney: Affordable, soulful, and quietly inventive (anyone for duck with pickled carrot and hazelnut purée?), the blond-wood-paneled Mayfields has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. $$$

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

Appeared as “95 Places to Eat Like a Local: Insider’s London” in T+L Magazine

Related Links:
Best Places to Eat Like a Local
London's Coolest New Attractions
London’s Best Restaurants

Photo by Carol Sachs

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