Soho/Covent Garden

Restaurants in Soho/Covent Garden

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.

Sketch is far from a simple place to come and dine. French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz created the space in a historic Mayfair building for more than fine dining: there's a whirlwind entertainment center spread out on two rambling floors.

This very well may be central London’s most romantic restaurant.

A short stroll from Soho, Chinatown is home to this cozy Chairman Mao–themed noodle and dumpling house. Szechuan cuisine is served up hot and spicy in dishes like the chili-oil-slick spicy beef noodle soup and dan-dan noodles with preserved vegetables.


Situated in Queens Park, this small Italian trattoria is known for its authentic hand-rolled pastas. The restaurant is run by husband-and-wife team Avi and Simonetta Reichenbach, both of whom have Italian roots.

Situated in the theatre district, this award-winning Japanese restaurant draws an eclectic, celeb-spotted crowd with its stylish glass-and-wood design, lively atmosphere, and robatayaki cuisine (cooked over an open charcoal grill).

From the creators of the famed London gastropub Anchor & Hope comes this eatery in Covent Garden. The no-frills interior includes red-hued walls and plain wooden tables amid dim lighting, but seating is also available at the bar.

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.