AMERICAS (NORTH & SOUTH) BRITISH (MODERN)
Contemporary American dishes and wines in a Manhattan-style setting. £££. Mon-Fri B,L & D; Sat brunch & D; Sun brunch only. www.avenuerestaurant.co.uk. 7-9 St James’s St, SW1A 1EE. T: 020-7321 2111. E7. Station: Green Park.
This hip hotel restaurant in an old fire station serves US-style dishes with a creative twist. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.chilternfirehouse.com. 1 Chiltern St, W1U 7PA. T: 020-7073 7676. D6. Station: Baker Street.
The Colony Grill Room
The wood-panelled dining room evokes the 1920s. £££. Daily B,L & D. www.colonygrillroom.com. The Beaumont, 8 Balderton St, W1K 6TN. T: 020-7499 9499. D6. Station: Bond Street.
A great place for succulent Argentine steaks, with a wine bar, supper lounge and live entertainment. ££££. Daily L& D (and branches). www.gaucho restaurants.co.uk. 25 Swallow St, W1B 4QR. T: 020-7734 4040. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Premium New York steakhouse with dry-aged US and British beef, plus dishes including lobster tail with garlic butter. £££. Mon-Sat L & D. www.good manrestaurants.com. 26 Maddox St, W1S 1QH. T: 020-7499 3776. E6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Hard Rock Cafe
London’s original burger joint is more than 40 years old – it has plenty of rock memorabilia, a funky décor and a fun atmosphere. ££. Daily L & D. www.hardrock.com. 150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB. T: 020-7514 1700. E8. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Heliot Steak House
Hippodrome Casino’s restaurant, over the main gaming floor, serves British classics and USDA beef. £££. Daily L & D. www.hippodromecasino.com. Leicester Square, 42-43 Cranbourn St, WC2H 7JH. T: 020-7769 8888. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
Michelin-starred contemporary Peruvian cuisine. £££. Tue-Sun L; Daily D. www.limalondon.com. 31 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JH. T: 020-3002 2640. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Sophisticated New York-style rotisserie/grill with stunning views from the 32nd floor of The Shard. £££. Daily L & D. www.oblixrestaurant.com. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY. T: 020-7268 6700. E10. Station: London Bridge.
This huge London branch has burgers, pizzas and cocktails, plus movie memorabilia. ££. Daily L& D (bar to 1am). www.planethollywood london.com. 57- 60 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QX. T: 0207287 1000. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Busy all-day dining in a mock rainforest setting with animatronic animals and a familyfriendly menu. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.therain forestcafe.co.uk. 20 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EU. T: 020-7434 3111. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Dine on British and American prime steaks, with DJs playing nightly. ££££. Daily D. www.stkhouse. com. ME London Hotel, 336 Strand, WC2R 1HA. T: 020-7395 3450. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Top-quality steakhouse offering dry-aged American USDA prime beef with a variety of sides, starters and toppings. £££. Daily B,L & D. www.jwsteakhouse.co.uk. Grosvenor House Hotel, 86 Park Lane, W1K 7TL. T: 020-7399 8460. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner. Contemporary British cuisine matches the fantastic views at this slick restaurant on The Shard’s 32nd floor – reservations recommended. £££. Daily B,L & D. www.aquashard.co.uk. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY. T: 020-3011 1256. E10. Station: London Bridge.
Enjoy top English cuisine in an elegent Mayfair restaurant, recommended for its Dover sole. £££. Daily B,L & D. www.chesterfieldmayfair.com. 35 Charles St, W1J 5EB. T: 020-7491 2622. E6. Station: Green Park.
Intimate restaurant serving tasty British in a classic dining room. £££. Daily B,L & D. www.milestone hotel.com. The Milestone Hotel, 1 Kensington Court, W8 5DL. T: 020-7917 1000. Off map. Station: High Street Kensington.
Jason Atherton’s award-winning restaurant and bar boasts a creative menu plus stunning views of the city and beyond. £££. Mon-Fri L& D, Sat D. www.citysociallondon.com. Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, EC2N 1HQ. T: 020-7877 7703. D11. Station: Liverpool Street.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
This is the first London restaurant for the superchef, known for his creative cuisine, offering a menu influenced by historic British gastronomy. ££££. Daily L& D; booking essential. www.dinner byheston.com. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightbridge, SW1X 7LA. T: 020-7201 3833. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
Fera at Claridge’s
Creative British dishes from local, organic dishes are served in a beautiful Art Deco restaurant. ££££. Daily L & D. www.claridges.co.uk/fera. Claridge’s Hotel, Brook St, W1K 4HR. T: 020-7107 8888. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Great Court Restaurant
Enjoy lunch or afternoon tea above the museum’s iconic Reading Room. ££. Daily L; Fri D. www.british museum.org. British Museum, Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG. T: 020-7323 8990. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road/Holborn.
Holborn Dining Room
Smart brasserie adjoining the Rosewood hotel serving classic British dishes with a twist. £££. Daily B,L & D. www.holborndiningroom.com. 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN. T: 020-3747 8633. D8. Station: Holborn.
All-day restaurant serves British dishes that are entirely gluten and dairy-free. ££-£££. Daily B& D; Mon-Fri L. www.onealdwych.com. One Aldwych hotel, 1 Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ. T: 020-7300 1000. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Locally sourced ingredients for a meat-rich menu. £££. Mon D; Tue-Sat L& D; Sun L. www.rabbitrestaurant.com. 172 King’s Rd, SW3 4UP. T: 0203750 0172. Off map. Station: Sloane Square.
Rex Whistler Restaurant
Dine on dishes such as Gressingham duck breast in a dining room with a whimsical 100-year-old mural. ££. Daily L. www.tate.org.uk. Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG. T: 020-7887 8825. G8. Station: Pimlico.
St Pancras Grand
British brasserie-style dishes in an ornate Searcys’ dining room. ££-£££. Daily B,L & D. www.searcys. co.uk. Upper Concourse, St Pancras Station, Euston Rd, N1C 4QL. T: 020-7870 9900. C8. Station: King’s Cross St Pancras.