La dolce vita
Everybody’s talking about Berkeley Street, one of London’s hottest dining areas and home to Bocconcino (p. 67), a stylish Italian restaurant from Russian restaurateur Mikhail Gokhner. Sleek yet homely and spacious, Bocconcino excels in Italian cuisine: top-quality ingredients, honest cooking, first-class service and exceptional Italian wine. Homemade pasta and wood-fired pizzas feature strongly, with classic dishes, such as linguine with cuttlefish and squid ink, as well as seafood and meat cooked over an open fire. Head here for a taste of Italy that is authentic and comforting.
Café in the Crypt
Underneath a landmark church, this award-winning café serves great English food prepared on site at reasonable prices. £. Mon-Sat from 8am; Sun 11am. www.smitf.org. St. Martin-in-the-Fields, corner of Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1158. D7. Station: Charing Cross.
Old Masters Carvery and Grill Room
Dine in aristocratic grandeur under ornate chandeliers and high ceilings in this popular buffetstyle carvery. ££££. Daily B, L & D. www.rubenshotel. com. The Rubens at the Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0PS. T: 020-7834 6600. F6. Station: Victoria.