Café in the Crypt
Located underneath a landmark church. £. Mon-Sat B; daily L. 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 under chandeliers in this buffet-style carvery. ££££. Daily B& D; Mon-Fri L. www.rubenshotel.com. The Rubens at the Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0 PS. T :020-78346600. F 6. Station: Victoria.
Located in the Royal Garden Hotel London, this restaurant overlooks Kensington Gardens. ££££. Daily B, L& D. www.parkterracerestaurant.co.uk. 2-24 Kensington High St, W8 4PT. T: 020-7937 8000. Off map. Station: High Street Kensington.
The Ritz Restaurant
One of London’s prettiest dining rooms. Men should wear a jacket and tie .££££. Daily B, L& D. www.theritzlondon.com. The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, W1J 9 BR. T :020-73002370. E 6/7. Station: Green Park.
Long-established restaurant where the likes of Charles Dickens ate (p. 62). Hearty appetites are needed! ££££. Daily L & D. www.rules.co.uk. 35 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7LB. T: 020-7836 5314. E8. Covent Garden.
Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar
Relaxed bar-restaurant in Theatreland. Try the Aberdeen Angus roast beef. £££. 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 famous brasserie. Its breakfast is legendary. £££. Daily B, L& D. www.thewolseley.com. 160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB. T :020-74996996. E 7. Station: Green Park. Wonderful, top-notch Cantonese and Shanghai dishes in a sophisticated setting. £££. Daily L & D. www.brightcourtyard.co.uk. 43-45 Baker St, W1U 8EW. T: 020-7486 6998. D6. Station: Baker Street.
Located on the fifth floor of world-famous department store Harrods, this modern restaurant serves dishes made with luxury ingredients. £££. Daily L; Mon-Sat D. www.chaiwu.co.uk. 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-3819 8888. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
Multi-award-winning restaurant and bar with modern Chinese cuisine. ££££. Daily L& D; Thur-Sat last orders 12.30am. www.hakkasan.com. 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HF (and Mayfair branch). T: 020-7927 7000. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Glorious Sichuan cuisine and leafy views. ££££. Daily L & D. www.minjiang.co.uk. Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington High St, W8 4PT. T: 0207361 1988. F3. Station: High Street Kensington.
Royal China Club
This huge Cantonese restaurant is especially popular for its dim sum. ££. Daily L & D. www.royalchina group.co.uk. 24-26 Baker St, W1U 3BZ (and branches). T: 020-7487 4688. D6. Station: Baker Street.