Café in the Crypt
Underneath this landmark Palladian church, this vaulted café serves homely English dishes at reasonable prices. £. Mon-Sat B,L & D; Sun 11am-6pm. www.smitf.org. St Martin-in-the-Fields, corner of Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1158. D7. Station: Charing Cross.
Mews of Mayfair
Four-floored 18th-century mews house with a brasserie, lounge and cocktail bar, plus a cobbled courtyard and art gallery. £££. Daily L; Mon-Sat D. www.mewsofmayfair.com. 10 Lancashire Court, New Bond St, W1S 1EY. T: 020-7518 9388. E6. Station: Bond Street.
The Ritz Restaurant
Enjoy classic British dishes in one of London’s prettiest dining rooms, with top-notch service. Men should wear a jacket and tie. ££££. Daily B,L & D. www.theritzlondon.com. The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR. T: 020-7300 2370. E6/7. Station: Green Park.
Long-established plush restaurant where the likes of Charles Dickens ate, with hearty dishes such as rump steak and rib of beef. ££££. Daily L & D. www.rules.co.uk. 35 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7LB. T: 020-7836 5314. E8. Covent Garden.
Serpentine Bar & Kitchen
Enjoy seasonal classics such as fish and chips and wood-fired pizzas on a relaxing terrace overlooking the Serpentine lake. £. Daily B & L. www.benugo.com/restaurants/serpentine-barkitchen. Serpentine Rd, Hyde Park, W2 2UH. T: 020-7706 8114. E5. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar
In this bar-restaurant in Theatreland, try the excellent roast beef, steaks and terrine boards, plus pre- and post-theatre menus. ££. Daily L & D. www.sophiessteakhouse.co.uk. 29-31 Wellington St, WC2E 7DB (and Chelsea branch). T: 020-7836 8836. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
The magnificent dining room sets the scene for this brasserie, which is popular for its breakfast. £££. Daily B,L & D. www.thewolseley.com. 160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB. T: 020-7499 6996. E7. Station: Green Park.