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Con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can dishes and wines in a Man­hat­tan-style set­ting. £££. Mon-Fri B,L & D; Sat brunch & D; Sun brunch only. www.av­enuer­estau­ 7-9 St James’s St, SW1A 1EE. T: 020-7321 2111. E7. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Chiltern Fire­house

This hip ho­tel restau­rant in an old fire sta­tion serves US-style dishes with a cre­ative twist. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.chiltern­fire­ 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.colony­grill­ 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 restau­ 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 man­restau­ 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. 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.hip­po­drome­ 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.­malon­ 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.oblixrestau­ 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY. T: 020-7268 6700. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

Planet Hol­ly­wood

This huge Lon­don branch has burg­ers, piz­zas and cock­tails, plus movie mem­o­ra­bilia. ££. Daily L& D (bar to 1am). www.plan­ethol­ly­wood lon­ 57- 60 Hay­mar­ket, SW1Y 4QX. T: 0207287 1000. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Rain­for­est Cafe

Busy all-day din­ing in a mock rain­for­est set­ting with an­i­ma­tronic an­i­mals and a fam­i­lyfriendly menu. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.therain forest­ 20 Shaftes­bury Av­enue, W1D 7EU. T: 020-7434 3111. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

STK Lon­don

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.

JW Steak­house

Top-qual­ity steak­house of­fer­ing dry-aged Amer­i­can USDA prime beef with a va­ri­ety of sides, starters and top­pings. £££. Daily B,L & D. www.jw­steak­ 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. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY. T: 020-3011 1256. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

But­lers Restau­rant

En­joy top English cui­sine in an ele­gent May­fair restau­rant, rec­om­mended for its Dover sole. £££. Daily B,L & D. www.chester­field­may­ 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 ho­ The Mile­stone Ho­tel, 1 Kens­ing­ton Court, W8 5DL. T: 020-7917 1000. Off map. Sta­tion: High Street Kens­ing­ton.

City So­cial

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.cityso­cial­lon­ 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 by­he­ 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.clar­ 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 mu­ 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.hol­born­din­ 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.oneald­ 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.rab­bi­trestau­ 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. 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. Up­per Con­course, St Pan­cras Sta­tion, Eus­ton Rd, N1C 4QL. T: 020-7870 9900. C8. Sta­tion: King’s Cross St Pan­cras.

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