Soho/Covent Garden

Restaurants in Soho/Covent Garden

Although the decor is nothing to write home about, the extensive selection of dim sum, accompanied by never-ending pots of jasmine tea, keeps the dining area bustling at the Jade Garden in Chinatown's Soho neighborhood two blocks from Piccadilly Circus.

A bit of Spain in the heart of London, Cigala was inspired by the owner’s mother, who lived in Granada for 30 years. A passion for Spanish food and cuisine is evident in the menu of tapas and desserts.

The traditional pub concept meets Thai at this Covent Garden spot. Formerly Devonshire Arms, the pub maintains some of its roots with British fare making an appearance in the upstairs’ menu.

Hidden behind an unassuming door just off Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia, this subterranean sensation from acclaimed restaurateurs Sam and Eddie Hart is adored for its scrumptious Spanish tapas as well as its fabulous bar menu that reads like an enticing novel.

Old Delhi’s 17th-century Mughal fortress, known as the Red Fort, is the inspiration for this acclaimed Indian restaurant in Soho.

Originally opened in 1939, Geales is a traditional fish and chips restaurant (affectionately known as a “fish and chippy”) that uses ingredients from sustainable sources within the UK. The specialty here is, of course, fish and chips, and it can be prepared using pollock, cod, haddock, or sole.

Yauatcha is a contemporary dim sum teahouse that opened in London in 2004. The restaurant offers an all-day grazing experience, specialising in modern authentic dim sum, as well as wok-friendly dishes and other 'small eats'.

Upon entering Sketch, patrons feel as if they’ve fallen down the rabbit’s hole into a charmingly bizarre fantasyland of neon lights, quirky-bordering-on-creepy statues, chipped gold-plated teacups, bread baskets built from Legos and space-age pod restrooms.

In the heart of Covent Garden, waiters dressed as monks scurry around the cavernous basement dining hall of Belgo Centraal serving pots of mussels, platters of spicy sausages with mashed potatoes, and halved spit-roasted chickens, accompanied by Belgian beers.

"Entree envy" is never a problem at this lively Venetian-inspired bacaro, where frenzied foodies share a smorgasbord of scrumptious, affordable cicheti (Italian snacks) paired with lovely Italian wines.

Hot on the heels of cheap-chic eatery Wagamama is another affordable (and decidedly better) Asian diner from the same owner: Alan “Hakkasan” Yau.

Hix Oyster & Chop House sits not far from London’s historic meat market, Smithfield. Originally a sausage factory, the Islington restaurant features wooden floors, a marble oyster bar, and tiled walls.

Inspired by the belief that there is no such thing as an all-encompassing “Indian cuisine,” this casual Soho eatery serves an affordable, ever-changing menu that features the dishes of three different Indian regions each season. From Punjab and Parsi to New Delhi and Madras, Chowki represents a t

Located inside the stylish SoHo Hotel in London’s West End, Refuel invites diners to relax and enjoy tempting modern European cuisine. The main dining room is decorated with clean-lined contempoary furnishings and ornate, flower-like light fixtures.