Restaurants in England

Though the cuisine is Japanese, this menu is diverse. Here you can find a simple but perfectly grilled rib eye or lobster tempura, and know there are few, if any, wrong turns to be made.

Tom's Kitchen now has four locations in London, but this flagship is the one that we keep going back to. The man behind the concept, Tom Aikens, earned a Michelin star for his more formal eponymous restaurant, and applies similar techniques to this more casual alternative.

Ruth Rogers (one half of the River Café; the other is Rose Grey) has taught half the chefs in London, and is a local legend—and the same goes for the River Café. They've put out three bestselling cookbooks sharing the light, fresh fare for which the restaurant is known.

Restaurants that live smack in the center of the city typically have a name and it's not a nice one: "tourist trap." So it's it all the more rewarding when you a find a spot just off London's heaving Shaftsbury Avenue that offers an authentically buzzing atmosphere paired with even better food.

The list of awards the Ledbury has garnered is lengthy: two Michelin stars, number 20 on the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant list in 2014, and best restaurant in the U.K. by the Observer Food Monthly that same year, to name but a few.

Filled to the brim with a stylish set of scenesters, they clamor to share the large and generous plates of grilled pork cheecks or gnocchi with mushrooms and pumpkinvin the rustic, homey setting.

A smooth blend of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian flavors, Sushi Samba has one of the city's most inspired menus paired with show-stopping views. They could charge guests to simply whoosh up the 38-story elevator and peer out across London.

Everything about the aesthetic of Skye Gyngell's latest food venture Spring is enviable. The décor is crisp, clean, and white, yet it still manages to be warm and not austere.

A resplendent 13-foot alligator designed by Frank Gehry scales the wall at the latest restaurant from Richard Caring's Caprice Holdings group. Art is an important element to this establishment, and it is rumored to be the most expensive collection of art in any London restaurant.

A healthy restaurant that gets it right. The three principles by which Roots and Bulbs lives by are honesty, transparency, and quality. The Marylebone headquarters is small, with only one indoor table and a few weather-permitting outdoor additions.

Pizza East now has three London outposts: Shoreditch, Kentish Town, and Portobello.This is not an end-of-night greasy pizza joint, but a destination restaurant with daily specials. The menu offers a great selection of fresh antipasti, while the wood-oven pizzas are the cornerstone.

Moro is proof that a restaurant does not need to be a new hot thing to be worth visiting time and time again. It opened in 1997 and remains a stalwart. The creation of husband and wife team Sam and Sam, it looks to Morocco and the Southern Mediterranean for its influences.

When he first started brainstorming career options, Spanish native Jose Pizarro had settled on dental technician. Moments before enrolling, he decided to pursue his real passion, cooking, and in 2011 opened Jose, a small but noteworthy tapas and sherry bar in Bermondsey.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden is one of the most exquisite enclaves of London. With a New England feel of vibrant blue striped furnishings and green tentacles from potted plants tumbling every which way, it could be a cover for Martha Stewart magazine.


Mark Hix spent 17 years at the helm of Caprice Holdings. There is perhaps not a better education available for wholesome, homey, high-caliber cooking, which is exactly where Hix excels.