1 Lombard Street
Mouthwatering selection of hearty, modern cooking in this brasserie, a former bank, with a huge glass dome. £££. Mon-Fri B,L & D. www.1lombardstreet.com. 1 Lombard St, EC3V 9AA. T: 020-7929 6611. D10. Station: Bank.
Situated in Theatreland, this venue’s interior and menu are inspired by central Europe’s grand cafés. Excellent breakfasts and fish dishes. ££££. Daily B,L & D. www.thedelaunay.com. 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB. T: 020-7499 8558. E8. Station: Temple.
Galvin at Windows
Michelin-starred restaurant serving modern haute cuisine, with excellent views. Booking essential; smart dress. £££. Mon-Fri & Sun L; Mon-Sat D. www.galvinatwindows.com. Hilton on Park Lane, W1K 1BE. T: 020-7208 4021. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
A firm favourite on London’s dining scene, and loved by celebrities, this stylish restaurant is good for a pre- or post-theatre dinner. £££-££££. Daily L& D (last orders midnight). www.the-ivy.co.uk. 1-5 West St, WC2H 9NQ. T: 020-7836 4751. D7. Station: Leicester Square.
Elegant restaurant on the River Thames with stunning views and excellent food – it is a perfect choice for special occasions. There is less formal dining in the brasserie, where you can hear live music. ££££. Daily L & D. www.oxotower.co.uk. Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, South Bank, SE1 9PH. T: 020-7803 3888. E9. Station: Waterloo.
Glamorous dining with beautiful river views. Try dishes such as spiced duck breast with heritage beetroot. ££££. Daily L & D. www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. T: 020-7654 7800. E8. Station: Waterloo.
Located on level 35 of The Shard, this superb restaurant serves European dishes with an Asian influence, plus panoramic views. ££££. Daily B,L & D. www.shangri-la.com/london. Shangri-La, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9QU. T: 020-7234 8108. F10. Station: London Bridge.