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5 Things You Should Know About the New Frenchie Covent Garden in London

5 Things You Should Know About the New Frenchie Covent Garden in London


This is the first outpost of the Parisian cult-classic, Frenchie.

The original 20-seater Frenchie in the Sentier neighborhood of Paris has turned gourmand heads since 2009 and is still one of the toughest bookings in the French capital. Though the new Henrietta Street venue has more than thrice the seating of the Parisian original, it isn’t at all plausible to believe the new location will too be everlastingly booked.

The décor is a visual feast.

Emilie Bonaventure, responsible for the Parisian Frenchie’s design, keeps the larger, 68-seat space intimate and impeccably outfitted with restrained modern glamour…think retro copper and brass accents, whitewashed walls, and exposed brickwork. The first-level bar with plush gray stools, marbled tabletop, and art deco-inspired lighting might be the coolest spot to drink and/or eat in the venue. Diners downstairs enjoy front-row sights of the chefs at work in their open kitchen.

Chef Marchand has more British ties than one might think.

Frenchman Marchand is far from out of touch on British dining culture.

Marchand has lived in London for years to refine his chef skills at the Savoy Grill, Electric Diner, and Mandarin Oriental. And, alas, it is famous British chef Jamie Oliver that’s indirectly responsible for the restaurant name; while working for Jamie at his Fifteen restaurant in London (he became head chef at one point), he endearingly nicknamed him “Frenchie,” and a star was born.

Don’t miss the bacon scones or the heritage carrots.

Though a mere starter item (labeled as “bites”), the bacon scones might be one of the tastiest things you’ll eat this year. The small but moreish pair of salty and sweet scones are served warm and accompanied with clotted cream; they are a bonafide hit for a reason. For a meatless main, ordering the roasted heritage carrots- a colorful assortment with a sweet carrot puree, barley, sweet Medjool date and a curry-like vodouvan spice- makes a fabulous gourmet treat.

Book right now; it’s one of the most anticipated restaurant debuts of 2016.

The Frenchie brand’s reputation has definitely preceded itself before its London arrival, and will most likely remain a popular haven for those that can’t schlep to Paris (or book an ever-so-elusive seat). If not pressed for a dinner sitting, take advantage of the lunch menu to beat the crowds and enjoy a more affordable set menu.


Best restaurants in London: 26 of the coolest dinner spots in the city to book now

Looking for an interesting and unique dining spot for your next night out? These cool restaurants in London offer something different and make for some of the best dinner spots in the city.

Trying to find the perfect dining spot is never easy, especially when we’ve waited so long to be able to dine inside once again. In fact, researching where to eat can be harder than choosing a film on Netflix, b but don’t give up the search and fall back on your tried-and-tested favourite or unenthusiastically pile into the nearest possible establishment just to put an end to the ceaseless bickering.

Now that restrictions are easing, we want to explore and have as many new experiences as possible. We’ve found an eclectic mix of 26 bars and restaurants across London that all have that certain je ne sais quoi. So, whether you’re having an overdue catch up with old friends, celebrating getting through another week, or getting back in the dating game, any one of these city-based venues are bound to make for a unique, interesting and cool setting for your evening.

Rondo

Cosy lighting, comfy booths and a generous menu, Rondo has the hallmarks of a neighbourhood restaurant except it’s in a prime location bang slap in the middle of Holborn.

The menu is seasonal so return again and again to see what new delights the chefs, lead by Chris Gillard formerly of St John, can offer you. Right now, though, you’ll find dishes such as succulent roast ‘Sutton Hoo’ chicken with moreish creamed corn or baked aubergine with chickpea and rocket.

The staff are genuinely lovely and very attentive, we’d recommend asking them for their favourite sharing bites and starters and even letting them pick a few for you.

This is the kind of place you can while away the evening, warmed by the amber glow of the bistro-style lamps, enjoying the gentle buzz of other diners and exploring the wine menu. But don’t forget about the cocktails either, they’re absolutely delicious so make sure you treat yourself to both.

Address: 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Sketch London

Sketch is somewhat of an institution in our fair city of London. With a prime spot just off Regent Street, it attracts people from all over the world because of its unique charms.

Stepping into this restaurant and bar is to step out of reality and into a fabulous, eccentric fantasy. From the hopscotch at the entrance to the egg shaped toilet pods, the wonderful weirdness of this place makes it an experience in itself.

There are four dining rooms to choose from including the regal-looking private room, colourful parlour, enchanted glade and millennial pink gallery. It is here that art and food meet in one of the most stylish settings most have ever encountered. Apart from the blindingly obvious all-pink theme, this room is famous for the rows of David Shrigley artwork that sit on the walls. His pieces are famous for not only being comedic, but making shrewd comments on society and thanks to the restaurant’s interactive new app you can watch them come to life, dancing and playing in front of you. It’s the kind of innovative move that only Sketch would make.

Which brings us nicely onto the food. Sketch is not only experiential in the visual sense, the service of the staff is worthy of five stars which makes booking a meal here even more pleasurable. Pick from decadent dishes such as duckling with bitter chocolate or roasted scallops, and make sure to finish off with a big, creamy cake.

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Rüya London

If you thought Turkish cuisine only included kebabs, thin pizza and Turkish delights, a visit to Rüya London is a must.

The restaurant, located in Mayfair, is spacious yet cosy. The brass and dark wood accents, the plushy seats and the traditional oven occupying the middle of the room creates a warm atmosphere that perfectly matches the sharing spirit of the menu.

There is so much to try, going with a large group is the best way to experience this Anatolian gem in the heart of London. From the traditional and delicious Börek (filo pastry wrapped feta with carrot, courgette and walnut) to six different types of kebaps to enjoy with a side of crunchy fried okras and pistachio rice.

Make sure you leave some space for dessert. Their traditional Künefe – a cheese based sweet treat – is the perfect end to a delicious night.

Address: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH

Fischer's

Fischer’s feels old school, in the best possible way. Tucked away on one of Marylebone’s prettiest streets – with plenty of opportunities for a spot of shopping before dinner – even the restaurant’s facade, with its ornate iron railings and gold-foiled windows, looks worthy of being in a Wes Anderson film.

Inside, Fischer’s cinematic quality only intensifies. Butter yellow tiles cover the walls, interspersed with period portraits and typically Austrian scenes, which together have an eccentric but charming touch. This is only complemented by the flurry of vintage lamps that are dotted are around, each one giving off its own golden glow.

In keeping with the restaurant’s Viennese theme, the menu is filled with traditional dishes that are often laden with cheese, butter and cream. In other words, bloody delicious. From the Käsespätzle – which is a mini bowl of Austrian pasta in cream, bacon and covered in melted cheese – to the selection of schnitzels, the dishes are rich so make sure you come hungry and get stuck it.

Address: 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN

Circolo Popolare

The Big Mamma restaurant group, which is already a household name in Paris, is infiltrating London’s food scene at breakneck speed. After launching the very popular Gloria in Shoreditch earlier this year, the second site in Fitzrovia, Circolo Popolare, has punters queuing around the block.

The decor is a mix-match of kitsch Italian-themed tat (in the best possible way), fairy lights, indoor foliage and glowing alcohol bottles, stacked up to the ceiling. The staff are also all Italian, and the menu is packed full of authentic Sicily-style fare with showstoppers like juicy pizzas and creamy tiramisu, so go hungry.

If you’re looking for a place to take your friends that is definitely in-vogue, this is the spot. Since it opened, it’s been all over our Instagram feeds, becoming a right of passage for anyone who considers themselves in the know.


Best restaurants in London: 26 of the coolest dinner spots in the city to book now

Looking for an interesting and unique dining spot for your next night out? These cool restaurants in London offer something different and make for some of the best dinner spots in the city.

Trying to find the perfect dining spot is never easy, especially when we’ve waited so long to be able to dine inside once again. In fact, researching where to eat can be harder than choosing a film on Netflix, b but don’t give up the search and fall back on your tried-and-tested favourite or unenthusiastically pile into the nearest possible establishment just to put an end to the ceaseless bickering.

Now that restrictions are easing, we want to explore and have as many new experiences as possible. We’ve found an eclectic mix of 26 bars and restaurants across London that all have that certain je ne sais quoi. So, whether you’re having an overdue catch up with old friends, celebrating getting through another week, or getting back in the dating game, any one of these city-based venues are bound to make for a unique, interesting and cool setting for your evening.

Rondo

Cosy lighting, comfy booths and a generous menu, Rondo has the hallmarks of a neighbourhood restaurant except it’s in a prime location bang slap in the middle of Holborn.

The menu is seasonal so return again and again to see what new delights the chefs, lead by Chris Gillard formerly of St John, can offer you. Right now, though, you’ll find dishes such as succulent roast ‘Sutton Hoo’ chicken with moreish creamed corn or baked aubergine with chickpea and rocket.

The staff are genuinely lovely and very attentive, we’d recommend asking them for their favourite sharing bites and starters and even letting them pick a few for you.

This is the kind of place you can while away the evening, warmed by the amber glow of the bistro-style lamps, enjoying the gentle buzz of other diners and exploring the wine menu. But don’t forget about the cocktails either, they’re absolutely delicious so make sure you treat yourself to both.

Address: 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Sketch London

Sketch is somewhat of an institution in our fair city of London. With a prime spot just off Regent Street, it attracts people from all over the world because of its unique charms.

Stepping into this restaurant and bar is to step out of reality and into a fabulous, eccentric fantasy. From the hopscotch at the entrance to the egg shaped toilet pods, the wonderful weirdness of this place makes it an experience in itself.

There are four dining rooms to choose from including the regal-looking private room, colourful parlour, enchanted glade and millennial pink gallery. It is here that art and food meet in one of the most stylish settings most have ever encountered. Apart from the blindingly obvious all-pink theme, this room is famous for the rows of David Shrigley artwork that sit on the walls. His pieces are famous for not only being comedic, but making shrewd comments on society and thanks to the restaurant’s interactive new app you can watch them come to life, dancing and playing in front of you. It’s the kind of innovative move that only Sketch would make.

Which brings us nicely onto the food. Sketch is not only experiential in the visual sense, the service of the staff is worthy of five stars which makes booking a meal here even more pleasurable. Pick from decadent dishes such as duckling with bitter chocolate or roasted scallops, and make sure to finish off with a big, creamy cake.

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Rüya London

If you thought Turkish cuisine only included kebabs, thin pizza and Turkish delights, a visit to Rüya London is a must.

The restaurant, located in Mayfair, is spacious yet cosy. The brass and dark wood accents, the plushy seats and the traditional oven occupying the middle of the room creates a warm atmosphere that perfectly matches the sharing spirit of the menu.

There is so much to try, going with a large group is the best way to experience this Anatolian gem in the heart of London. From the traditional and delicious Börek (filo pastry wrapped feta with carrot, courgette and walnut) to six different types of kebaps to enjoy with a side of crunchy fried okras and pistachio rice.

Make sure you leave some space for dessert. Their traditional Künefe – a cheese based sweet treat – is the perfect end to a delicious night.

Address: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH

Fischer's

Fischer’s feels old school, in the best possible way. Tucked away on one of Marylebone’s prettiest streets – with plenty of opportunities for a spot of shopping before dinner – even the restaurant’s facade, with its ornate iron railings and gold-foiled windows, looks worthy of being in a Wes Anderson film.

Inside, Fischer’s cinematic quality only intensifies. Butter yellow tiles cover the walls, interspersed with period portraits and typically Austrian scenes, which together have an eccentric but charming touch. This is only complemented by the flurry of vintage lamps that are dotted are around, each one giving off its own golden glow.

In keeping with the restaurant’s Viennese theme, the menu is filled with traditional dishes that are often laden with cheese, butter and cream. In other words, bloody delicious. From the Käsespätzle – which is a mini bowl of Austrian pasta in cream, bacon and covered in melted cheese – to the selection of schnitzels, the dishes are rich so make sure you come hungry and get stuck it.

Address: 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN

Circolo Popolare

The Big Mamma restaurant group, which is already a household name in Paris, is infiltrating London’s food scene at breakneck speed. After launching the very popular Gloria in Shoreditch earlier this year, the second site in Fitzrovia, Circolo Popolare, has punters queuing around the block.

The decor is a mix-match of kitsch Italian-themed tat (in the best possible way), fairy lights, indoor foliage and glowing alcohol bottles, stacked up to the ceiling. The staff are also all Italian, and the menu is packed full of authentic Sicily-style fare with showstoppers like juicy pizzas and creamy tiramisu, so go hungry.

If you’re looking for a place to take your friends that is definitely in-vogue, this is the spot. Since it opened, it’s been all over our Instagram feeds, becoming a right of passage for anyone who considers themselves in the know.


Best restaurants in London: 26 of the coolest dinner spots in the city to book now

Looking for an interesting and unique dining spot for your next night out? These cool restaurants in London offer something different and make for some of the best dinner spots in the city.

Trying to find the perfect dining spot is never easy, especially when we’ve waited so long to be able to dine inside once again. In fact, researching where to eat can be harder than choosing a film on Netflix, b but don’t give up the search and fall back on your tried-and-tested favourite or unenthusiastically pile into the nearest possible establishment just to put an end to the ceaseless bickering.

Now that restrictions are easing, we want to explore and have as many new experiences as possible. We’ve found an eclectic mix of 26 bars and restaurants across London that all have that certain je ne sais quoi. So, whether you’re having an overdue catch up with old friends, celebrating getting through another week, or getting back in the dating game, any one of these city-based venues are bound to make for a unique, interesting and cool setting for your evening.

Rondo

Cosy lighting, comfy booths and a generous menu, Rondo has the hallmarks of a neighbourhood restaurant except it’s in a prime location bang slap in the middle of Holborn.

The menu is seasonal so return again and again to see what new delights the chefs, lead by Chris Gillard formerly of St John, can offer you. Right now, though, you’ll find dishes such as succulent roast ‘Sutton Hoo’ chicken with moreish creamed corn or baked aubergine with chickpea and rocket.

The staff are genuinely lovely and very attentive, we’d recommend asking them for their favourite sharing bites and starters and even letting them pick a few for you.

This is the kind of place you can while away the evening, warmed by the amber glow of the bistro-style lamps, enjoying the gentle buzz of other diners and exploring the wine menu. But don’t forget about the cocktails either, they’re absolutely delicious so make sure you treat yourself to both.

Address: 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Sketch London

Sketch is somewhat of an institution in our fair city of London. With a prime spot just off Regent Street, it attracts people from all over the world because of its unique charms.

Stepping into this restaurant and bar is to step out of reality and into a fabulous, eccentric fantasy. From the hopscotch at the entrance to the egg shaped toilet pods, the wonderful weirdness of this place makes it an experience in itself.

There are four dining rooms to choose from including the regal-looking private room, colourful parlour, enchanted glade and millennial pink gallery. It is here that art and food meet in one of the most stylish settings most have ever encountered. Apart from the blindingly obvious all-pink theme, this room is famous for the rows of David Shrigley artwork that sit on the walls. His pieces are famous for not only being comedic, but making shrewd comments on society and thanks to the restaurant’s interactive new app you can watch them come to life, dancing and playing in front of you. It’s the kind of innovative move that only Sketch would make.

Which brings us nicely onto the food. Sketch is not only experiential in the visual sense, the service of the staff is worthy of five stars which makes booking a meal here even more pleasurable. Pick from decadent dishes such as duckling with bitter chocolate or roasted scallops, and make sure to finish off with a big, creamy cake.

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Rüya London

If you thought Turkish cuisine only included kebabs, thin pizza and Turkish delights, a visit to Rüya London is a must.

The restaurant, located in Mayfair, is spacious yet cosy. The brass and dark wood accents, the plushy seats and the traditional oven occupying the middle of the room creates a warm atmosphere that perfectly matches the sharing spirit of the menu.

There is so much to try, going with a large group is the best way to experience this Anatolian gem in the heart of London. From the traditional and delicious Börek (filo pastry wrapped feta with carrot, courgette and walnut) to six different types of kebaps to enjoy with a side of crunchy fried okras and pistachio rice.

Make sure you leave some space for dessert. Their traditional Künefe – a cheese based sweet treat – is the perfect end to a delicious night.

Address: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH

Fischer's

Fischer’s feels old school, in the best possible way. Tucked away on one of Marylebone’s prettiest streets – with plenty of opportunities for a spot of shopping before dinner – even the restaurant’s facade, with its ornate iron railings and gold-foiled windows, looks worthy of being in a Wes Anderson film.

Inside, Fischer’s cinematic quality only intensifies. Butter yellow tiles cover the walls, interspersed with period portraits and typically Austrian scenes, which together have an eccentric but charming touch. This is only complemented by the flurry of vintage lamps that are dotted are around, each one giving off its own golden glow.

In keeping with the restaurant’s Viennese theme, the menu is filled with traditional dishes that are often laden with cheese, butter and cream. In other words, bloody delicious. From the Käsespätzle – which is a mini bowl of Austrian pasta in cream, bacon and covered in melted cheese – to the selection of schnitzels, the dishes are rich so make sure you come hungry and get stuck it.

Address: 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN

Circolo Popolare

The Big Mamma restaurant group, which is already a household name in Paris, is infiltrating London’s food scene at breakneck speed. After launching the very popular Gloria in Shoreditch earlier this year, the second site in Fitzrovia, Circolo Popolare, has punters queuing around the block.

The decor is a mix-match of kitsch Italian-themed tat (in the best possible way), fairy lights, indoor foliage and glowing alcohol bottles, stacked up to the ceiling. The staff are also all Italian, and the menu is packed full of authentic Sicily-style fare with showstoppers like juicy pizzas and creamy tiramisu, so go hungry.

If you’re looking for a place to take your friends that is definitely in-vogue, this is the spot. Since it opened, it’s been all over our Instagram feeds, becoming a right of passage for anyone who considers themselves in the know.


Best restaurants in London: 26 of the coolest dinner spots in the city to book now

Looking for an interesting and unique dining spot for your next night out? These cool restaurants in London offer something different and make for some of the best dinner spots in the city.

Trying to find the perfect dining spot is never easy, especially when we’ve waited so long to be able to dine inside once again. In fact, researching where to eat can be harder than choosing a film on Netflix, b but don’t give up the search and fall back on your tried-and-tested favourite or unenthusiastically pile into the nearest possible establishment just to put an end to the ceaseless bickering.

Now that restrictions are easing, we want to explore and have as many new experiences as possible. We’ve found an eclectic mix of 26 bars and restaurants across London that all have that certain je ne sais quoi. So, whether you’re having an overdue catch up with old friends, celebrating getting through another week, or getting back in the dating game, any one of these city-based venues are bound to make for a unique, interesting and cool setting for your evening.

Rondo

Cosy lighting, comfy booths and a generous menu, Rondo has the hallmarks of a neighbourhood restaurant except it’s in a prime location bang slap in the middle of Holborn.

The menu is seasonal so return again and again to see what new delights the chefs, lead by Chris Gillard formerly of St John, can offer you. Right now, though, you’ll find dishes such as succulent roast ‘Sutton Hoo’ chicken with moreish creamed corn or baked aubergine with chickpea and rocket.

The staff are genuinely lovely and very attentive, we’d recommend asking them for their favourite sharing bites and starters and even letting them pick a few for you.

This is the kind of place you can while away the evening, warmed by the amber glow of the bistro-style lamps, enjoying the gentle buzz of other diners and exploring the wine menu. But don’t forget about the cocktails either, they’re absolutely delicious so make sure you treat yourself to both.

Address: 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Sketch London

Sketch is somewhat of an institution in our fair city of London. With a prime spot just off Regent Street, it attracts people from all over the world because of its unique charms.

Stepping into this restaurant and bar is to step out of reality and into a fabulous, eccentric fantasy. From the hopscotch at the entrance to the egg shaped toilet pods, the wonderful weirdness of this place makes it an experience in itself.

There are four dining rooms to choose from including the regal-looking private room, colourful parlour, enchanted glade and millennial pink gallery. It is here that art and food meet in one of the most stylish settings most have ever encountered. Apart from the blindingly obvious all-pink theme, this room is famous for the rows of David Shrigley artwork that sit on the walls. His pieces are famous for not only being comedic, but making shrewd comments on society and thanks to the restaurant’s interactive new app you can watch them come to life, dancing and playing in front of you. It’s the kind of innovative move that only Sketch would make.

Which brings us nicely onto the food. Sketch is not only experiential in the visual sense, the service of the staff is worthy of five stars which makes booking a meal here even more pleasurable. Pick from decadent dishes such as duckling with bitter chocolate or roasted scallops, and make sure to finish off with a big, creamy cake.

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Rüya London

If you thought Turkish cuisine only included kebabs, thin pizza and Turkish delights, a visit to Rüya London is a must.

The restaurant, located in Mayfair, is spacious yet cosy. The brass and dark wood accents, the plushy seats and the traditional oven occupying the middle of the room creates a warm atmosphere that perfectly matches the sharing spirit of the menu.

There is so much to try, going with a large group is the best way to experience this Anatolian gem in the heart of London. From the traditional and delicious Börek (filo pastry wrapped feta with carrot, courgette and walnut) to six different types of kebaps to enjoy with a side of crunchy fried okras and pistachio rice.

Make sure you leave some space for dessert. Their traditional Künefe – a cheese based sweet treat – is the perfect end to a delicious night.

Address: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH

Fischer's

Fischer’s feels old school, in the best possible way. Tucked away on one of Marylebone’s prettiest streets – with plenty of opportunities for a spot of shopping before dinner – even the restaurant’s facade, with its ornate iron railings and gold-foiled windows, looks worthy of being in a Wes Anderson film.

Inside, Fischer’s cinematic quality only intensifies. Butter yellow tiles cover the walls, interspersed with period portraits and typically Austrian scenes, which together have an eccentric but charming touch. This is only complemented by the flurry of vintage lamps that are dotted are around, each one giving off its own golden glow.

In keeping with the restaurant’s Viennese theme, the menu is filled with traditional dishes that are often laden with cheese, butter and cream. In other words, bloody delicious. From the Käsespätzle – which is a mini bowl of Austrian pasta in cream, bacon and covered in melted cheese – to the selection of schnitzels, the dishes are rich so make sure you come hungry and get stuck it.

Address: 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN

Circolo Popolare

The Big Mamma restaurant group, which is already a household name in Paris, is infiltrating London’s food scene at breakneck speed. After launching the very popular Gloria in Shoreditch earlier this year, the second site in Fitzrovia, Circolo Popolare, has punters queuing around the block.

The decor is a mix-match of kitsch Italian-themed tat (in the best possible way), fairy lights, indoor foliage and glowing alcohol bottles, stacked up to the ceiling. The staff are also all Italian, and the menu is packed full of authentic Sicily-style fare with showstoppers like juicy pizzas and creamy tiramisu, so go hungry.

If you’re looking for a place to take your friends that is definitely in-vogue, this is the spot. Since it opened, it’s been all over our Instagram feeds, becoming a right of passage for anyone who considers themselves in the know.


Best restaurants in London: 26 of the coolest dinner spots in the city to book now

Looking for an interesting and unique dining spot for your next night out? These cool restaurants in London offer something different and make for some of the best dinner spots in the city.

Trying to find the perfect dining spot is never easy, especially when we’ve waited so long to be able to dine inside once again. In fact, researching where to eat can be harder than choosing a film on Netflix, b but don’t give up the search and fall back on your tried-and-tested favourite or unenthusiastically pile into the nearest possible establishment just to put an end to the ceaseless bickering.

Now that restrictions are easing, we want to explore and have as many new experiences as possible. We’ve found an eclectic mix of 26 bars and restaurants across London that all have that certain je ne sais quoi. So, whether you’re having an overdue catch up with old friends, celebrating getting through another week, or getting back in the dating game, any one of these city-based venues are bound to make for a unique, interesting and cool setting for your evening.

Rondo

Cosy lighting, comfy booths and a generous menu, Rondo has the hallmarks of a neighbourhood restaurant except it’s in a prime location bang slap in the middle of Holborn.

The menu is seasonal so return again and again to see what new delights the chefs, lead by Chris Gillard formerly of St John, can offer you. Right now, though, you’ll find dishes such as succulent roast ‘Sutton Hoo’ chicken with moreish creamed corn or baked aubergine with chickpea and rocket.

The staff are genuinely lovely and very attentive, we’d recommend asking them for their favourite sharing bites and starters and even letting them pick a few for you.

This is the kind of place you can while away the evening, warmed by the amber glow of the bistro-style lamps, enjoying the gentle buzz of other diners and exploring the wine menu. But don’t forget about the cocktails either, they’re absolutely delicious so make sure you treat yourself to both.

Address: 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Sketch London

Sketch is somewhat of an institution in our fair city of London. With a prime spot just off Regent Street, it attracts people from all over the world because of its unique charms.

Stepping into this restaurant and bar is to step out of reality and into a fabulous, eccentric fantasy. From the hopscotch at the entrance to the egg shaped toilet pods, the wonderful weirdness of this place makes it an experience in itself.

There are four dining rooms to choose from including the regal-looking private room, colourful parlour, enchanted glade and millennial pink gallery. It is here that art and food meet in one of the most stylish settings most have ever encountered. Apart from the blindingly obvious all-pink theme, this room is famous for the rows of David Shrigley artwork that sit on the walls. His pieces are famous for not only being comedic, but making shrewd comments on society and thanks to the restaurant’s interactive new app you can watch them come to life, dancing and playing in front of you. It’s the kind of innovative move that only Sketch would make.

Which brings us nicely onto the food. Sketch is not only experiential in the visual sense, the service of the staff is worthy of five stars which makes booking a meal here even more pleasurable. Pick from decadent dishes such as duckling with bitter chocolate or roasted scallops, and make sure to finish off with a big, creamy cake.

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Rüya London

If you thought Turkish cuisine only included kebabs, thin pizza and Turkish delights, a visit to Rüya London is a must.

The restaurant, located in Mayfair, is spacious yet cosy. The brass and dark wood accents, the plushy seats and the traditional oven occupying the middle of the room creates a warm atmosphere that perfectly matches the sharing spirit of the menu.

There is so much to try, going with a large group is the best way to experience this Anatolian gem in the heart of London. From the traditional and delicious Börek (filo pastry wrapped feta with carrot, courgette and walnut) to six different types of kebaps to enjoy with a side of crunchy fried okras and pistachio rice.

Make sure you leave some space for dessert. Their traditional Künefe – a cheese based sweet treat – is the perfect end to a delicious night.

Address: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH

Fischer's

Fischer’s feels old school, in the best possible way. Tucked away on one of Marylebone’s prettiest streets – with plenty of opportunities for a spot of shopping before dinner – even the restaurant’s facade, with its ornate iron railings and gold-foiled windows, looks worthy of being in a Wes Anderson film.

Inside, Fischer’s cinematic quality only intensifies. Butter yellow tiles cover the walls, interspersed with period portraits and typically Austrian scenes, which together have an eccentric but charming touch. This is only complemented by the flurry of vintage lamps that are dotted are around, each one giving off its own golden glow.

In keeping with the restaurant’s Viennese theme, the menu is filled with traditional dishes that are often laden with cheese, butter and cream. In other words, bloody delicious. From the Käsespätzle – which is a mini bowl of Austrian pasta in cream, bacon and covered in melted cheese – to the selection of schnitzels, the dishes are rich so make sure you come hungry and get stuck it.

Address: 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN

Circolo Popolare

The Big Mamma restaurant group, which is already a household name in Paris, is infiltrating London’s food scene at breakneck speed. After launching the very popular Gloria in Shoreditch earlier this year, the second site in Fitzrovia, Circolo Popolare, has punters queuing around the block.

The decor is a mix-match of kitsch Italian-themed tat (in the best possible way), fairy lights, indoor foliage and glowing alcohol bottles, stacked up to the ceiling. The staff are also all Italian, and the menu is packed full of authentic Sicily-style fare with showstoppers like juicy pizzas and creamy tiramisu, so go hungry.

If you’re looking for a place to take your friends that is definitely in-vogue, this is the spot. Since it opened, it’s been all over our Instagram feeds, becoming a right of passage for anyone who considers themselves in the know.


Best restaurants in London: 26 of the coolest dinner spots in the city to book now

Looking for an interesting and unique dining spot for your next night out? These cool restaurants in London offer something different and make for some of the best dinner spots in the city.

Trying to find the perfect dining spot is never easy, especially when we’ve waited so long to be able to dine inside once again. In fact, researching where to eat can be harder than choosing a film on Netflix, b but don’t give up the search and fall back on your tried-and-tested favourite or unenthusiastically pile into the nearest possible establishment just to put an end to the ceaseless bickering.

Now that restrictions are easing, we want to explore and have as many new experiences as possible. We’ve found an eclectic mix of 26 bars and restaurants across London that all have that certain je ne sais quoi. So, whether you’re having an overdue catch up with old friends, celebrating getting through another week, or getting back in the dating game, any one of these city-based venues are bound to make for a unique, interesting and cool setting for your evening.

Rondo

Cosy lighting, comfy booths and a generous menu, Rondo has the hallmarks of a neighbourhood restaurant except it’s in a prime location bang slap in the middle of Holborn.

The menu is seasonal so return again and again to see what new delights the chefs, lead by Chris Gillard formerly of St John, can offer you. Right now, though, you’ll find dishes such as succulent roast ‘Sutton Hoo’ chicken with moreish creamed corn or baked aubergine with chickpea and rocket.

The staff are genuinely lovely and very attentive, we’d recommend asking them for their favourite sharing bites and starters and even letting them pick a few for you.

This is the kind of place you can while away the evening, warmed by the amber glow of the bistro-style lamps, enjoying the gentle buzz of other diners and exploring the wine menu. But don’t forget about the cocktails either, they’re absolutely delicious so make sure you treat yourself to both.

Address: 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Sketch London

Sketch is somewhat of an institution in our fair city of London. With a prime spot just off Regent Street, it attracts people from all over the world because of its unique charms.

Stepping into this restaurant and bar is to step out of reality and into a fabulous, eccentric fantasy. From the hopscotch at the entrance to the egg shaped toilet pods, the wonderful weirdness of this place makes it an experience in itself.

There are four dining rooms to choose from including the regal-looking private room, colourful parlour, enchanted glade and millennial pink gallery. It is here that art and food meet in one of the most stylish settings most have ever encountered. Apart from the blindingly obvious all-pink theme, this room is famous for the rows of David Shrigley artwork that sit on the walls. His pieces are famous for not only being comedic, but making shrewd comments on society and thanks to the restaurant’s interactive new app you can watch them come to life, dancing and playing in front of you. It’s the kind of innovative move that only Sketch would make.

Which brings us nicely onto the food. Sketch is not only experiential in the visual sense, the service of the staff is worthy of five stars which makes booking a meal here even more pleasurable. Pick from decadent dishes such as duckling with bitter chocolate or roasted scallops, and make sure to finish off with a big, creamy cake.

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Rüya London

If you thought Turkish cuisine only included kebabs, thin pizza and Turkish delights, a visit to Rüya London is a must.

The restaurant, located in Mayfair, is spacious yet cosy. The brass and dark wood accents, the plushy seats and the traditional oven occupying the middle of the room creates a warm atmosphere that perfectly matches the sharing spirit of the menu.

There is so much to try, going with a large group is the best way to experience this Anatolian gem in the heart of London. From the traditional and delicious Börek (filo pastry wrapped feta with carrot, courgette and walnut) to six different types of kebaps to enjoy with a side of crunchy fried okras and pistachio rice.

Make sure you leave some space for dessert. Their traditional Künefe – a cheese based sweet treat – is the perfect end to a delicious night.

Address: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH

Fischer's

Fischer’s feels old school, in the best possible way. Tucked away on one of Marylebone’s prettiest streets – with plenty of opportunities for a spot of shopping before dinner – even the restaurant’s facade, with its ornate iron railings and gold-foiled windows, looks worthy of being in a Wes Anderson film.

Inside, Fischer’s cinematic quality only intensifies. Butter yellow tiles cover the walls, interspersed with period portraits and typically Austrian scenes, which together have an eccentric but charming touch. This is only complemented by the flurry of vintage lamps that are dotted are around, each one giving off its own golden glow.

In keeping with the restaurant’s Viennese theme, the menu is filled with traditional dishes that are often laden with cheese, butter and cream. In other words, bloody delicious. From the Käsespätzle – which is a mini bowl of Austrian pasta in cream, bacon and covered in melted cheese – to the selection of schnitzels, the dishes are rich so make sure you come hungry and get stuck it.

Address: 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN

Circolo Popolare

The Big Mamma restaurant group, which is already a household name in Paris, is infiltrating London’s food scene at breakneck speed. After launching the very popular Gloria in Shoreditch earlier this year, the second site in Fitzrovia, Circolo Popolare, has punters queuing around the block.

The decor is a mix-match of kitsch Italian-themed tat (in the best possible way), fairy lights, indoor foliage and glowing alcohol bottles, stacked up to the ceiling. The staff are also all Italian, and the menu is packed full of authentic Sicily-style fare with showstoppers like juicy pizzas and creamy tiramisu, so go hungry.

If you’re looking for a place to take your friends that is definitely in-vogue, this is the spot. Since it opened, it’s been all over our Instagram feeds, becoming a right of passage for anyone who considers themselves in the know.


Best restaurants in London: 26 of the coolest dinner spots in the city to book now

Looking for an interesting and unique dining spot for your next night out? These cool restaurants in London offer something different and make for some of the best dinner spots in the city.

Trying to find the perfect dining spot is never easy, especially when we’ve waited so long to be able to dine inside once again. In fact, researching where to eat can be harder than choosing a film on Netflix, b but don’t give up the search and fall back on your tried-and-tested favourite or unenthusiastically pile into the nearest possible establishment just to put an end to the ceaseless bickering.

Now that restrictions are easing, we want to explore and have as many new experiences as possible. We’ve found an eclectic mix of 26 bars and restaurants across London that all have that certain je ne sais quoi. So, whether you’re having an overdue catch up with old friends, celebrating getting through another week, or getting back in the dating game, any one of these city-based venues are bound to make for a unique, interesting and cool setting for your evening.

Rondo

Cosy lighting, comfy booths and a generous menu, Rondo has the hallmarks of a neighbourhood restaurant except it’s in a prime location bang slap in the middle of Holborn.

The menu is seasonal so return again and again to see what new delights the chefs, lead by Chris Gillard formerly of St John, can offer you. Right now, though, you’ll find dishes such as succulent roast ‘Sutton Hoo’ chicken with moreish creamed corn or baked aubergine with chickpea and rocket.

The staff are genuinely lovely and very attentive, we’d recommend asking them for their favourite sharing bites and starters and even letting them pick a few for you.

This is the kind of place you can while away the evening, warmed by the amber glow of the bistro-style lamps, enjoying the gentle buzz of other diners and exploring the wine menu. But don’t forget about the cocktails either, they’re absolutely delicious so make sure you treat yourself to both.

Address: 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Sketch London

Sketch is somewhat of an institution in our fair city of London. With a prime spot just off Regent Street, it attracts people from all over the world because of its unique charms.

Stepping into this restaurant and bar is to step out of reality and into a fabulous, eccentric fantasy. From the hopscotch at the entrance to the egg shaped toilet pods, the wonderful weirdness of this place makes it an experience in itself.

There are four dining rooms to choose from including the regal-looking private room, colourful parlour, enchanted glade and millennial pink gallery. It is here that art and food meet in one of the most stylish settings most have ever encountered. Apart from the blindingly obvious all-pink theme, this room is famous for the rows of David Shrigley artwork that sit on the walls. His pieces are famous for not only being comedic, but making shrewd comments on society and thanks to the restaurant’s interactive new app you can watch them come to life, dancing and playing in front of you. It’s the kind of innovative move that only Sketch would make.

Which brings us nicely onto the food. Sketch is not only experiential in the visual sense, the service of the staff is worthy of five stars which makes booking a meal here even more pleasurable. Pick from decadent dishes such as duckling with bitter chocolate or roasted scallops, and make sure to finish off with a big, creamy cake.

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Rüya London

If you thought Turkish cuisine only included kebabs, thin pizza and Turkish delights, a visit to Rüya London is a must.

The restaurant, located in Mayfair, is spacious yet cosy. The brass and dark wood accents, the plushy seats and the traditional oven occupying the middle of the room creates a warm atmosphere that perfectly matches the sharing spirit of the menu.

There is so much to try, going with a large group is the best way to experience this Anatolian gem in the heart of London. From the traditional and delicious Börek (filo pastry wrapped feta with carrot, courgette and walnut) to six different types of kebaps to enjoy with a side of crunchy fried okras and pistachio rice.

Make sure you leave some space for dessert. Their traditional Künefe – a cheese based sweet treat – is the perfect end to a delicious night.

Address: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH

Fischer's

Fischer’s feels old school, in the best possible way. Tucked away on one of Marylebone’s prettiest streets – with plenty of opportunities for a spot of shopping before dinner – even the restaurant’s facade, with its ornate iron railings and gold-foiled windows, looks worthy of being in a Wes Anderson film.

Inside, Fischer’s cinematic quality only intensifies. Butter yellow tiles cover the walls, interspersed with period portraits and typically Austrian scenes, which together have an eccentric but charming touch. This is only complemented by the flurry of vintage lamps that are dotted are around, each one giving off its own golden glow.

In keeping with the restaurant’s Viennese theme, the menu is filled with traditional dishes that are often laden with cheese, butter and cream. In other words, bloody delicious. From the Käsespätzle – which is a mini bowl of Austrian pasta in cream, bacon and covered in melted cheese – to the selection of schnitzels, the dishes are rich so make sure you come hungry and get stuck it.

Address: 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN

Circolo Popolare

The Big Mamma restaurant group, which is already a household name in Paris, is infiltrating London’s food scene at breakneck speed. After launching the very popular Gloria in Shoreditch earlier this year, the second site in Fitzrovia, Circolo Popolare, has punters queuing around the block.

The decor is a mix-match of kitsch Italian-themed tat (in the best possible way), fairy lights, indoor foliage and glowing alcohol bottles, stacked up to the ceiling. The staff are also all Italian, and the menu is packed full of authentic Sicily-style fare with showstoppers like juicy pizzas and creamy tiramisu, so go hungry.

If you’re looking for a place to take your friends that is definitely in-vogue, this is the spot. Since it opened, it’s been all over our Instagram feeds, becoming a right of passage for anyone who considers themselves in the know.


Best restaurants in London: 26 of the coolest dinner spots in the city to book now

Looking for an interesting and unique dining spot for your next night out? These cool restaurants in London offer something different and make for some of the best dinner spots in the city.

Trying to find the perfect dining spot is never easy, especially when we’ve waited so long to be able to dine inside once again. In fact, researching where to eat can be harder than choosing a film on Netflix, b but don’t give up the search and fall back on your tried-and-tested favourite or unenthusiastically pile into the nearest possible establishment just to put an end to the ceaseless bickering.

Now that restrictions are easing, we want to explore and have as many new experiences as possible. We’ve found an eclectic mix of 26 bars and restaurants across London that all have that certain je ne sais quoi. So, whether you’re having an overdue catch up with old friends, celebrating getting through another week, or getting back in the dating game, any one of these city-based venues are bound to make for a unique, interesting and cool setting for your evening.

Rondo

Cosy lighting, comfy booths and a generous menu, Rondo has the hallmarks of a neighbourhood restaurant except it’s in a prime location bang slap in the middle of Holborn.

The menu is seasonal so return again and again to see what new delights the chefs, lead by Chris Gillard formerly of St John, can offer you. Right now, though, you’ll find dishes such as succulent roast ‘Sutton Hoo’ chicken with moreish creamed corn or baked aubergine with chickpea and rocket.

The staff are genuinely lovely and very attentive, we’d recommend asking them for their favourite sharing bites and starters and even letting them pick a few for you.

This is the kind of place you can while away the evening, warmed by the amber glow of the bistro-style lamps, enjoying the gentle buzz of other diners and exploring the wine menu. But don’t forget about the cocktails either, they’re absolutely delicious so make sure you treat yourself to both.

Address: 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Sketch London

Sketch is somewhat of an institution in our fair city of London. With a prime spot just off Regent Street, it attracts people from all over the world because of its unique charms.

Stepping into this restaurant and bar is to step out of reality and into a fabulous, eccentric fantasy. From the hopscotch at the entrance to the egg shaped toilet pods, the wonderful weirdness of this place makes it an experience in itself.

There are four dining rooms to choose from including the regal-looking private room, colourful parlour, enchanted glade and millennial pink gallery. It is here that art and food meet in one of the most stylish settings most have ever encountered. Apart from the blindingly obvious all-pink theme, this room is famous for the rows of David Shrigley artwork that sit on the walls. His pieces are famous for not only being comedic, but making shrewd comments on society and thanks to the restaurant’s interactive new app you can watch them come to life, dancing and playing in front of you. It’s the kind of innovative move that only Sketch would make.

Which brings us nicely onto the food. Sketch is not only experiential in the visual sense, the service of the staff is worthy of five stars which makes booking a meal here even more pleasurable. Pick from decadent dishes such as duckling with bitter chocolate or roasted scallops, and make sure to finish off with a big, creamy cake.

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Rüya London

If you thought Turkish cuisine only included kebabs, thin pizza and Turkish delights, a visit to Rüya London is a must.

The restaurant, located in Mayfair, is spacious yet cosy. The brass and dark wood accents, the plushy seats and the traditional oven occupying the middle of the room creates a warm atmosphere that perfectly matches the sharing spirit of the menu.

There is so much to try, going with a large group is the best way to experience this Anatolian gem in the heart of London. From the traditional and delicious Börek (filo pastry wrapped feta with carrot, courgette and walnut) to six different types of kebaps to enjoy with a side of crunchy fried okras and pistachio rice.

Make sure you leave some space for dessert. Their traditional Künefe – a cheese based sweet treat – is the perfect end to a delicious night.

Address: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH

Fischer's

Fischer’s feels old school, in the best possible way. Tucked away on one of Marylebone’s prettiest streets – with plenty of opportunities for a spot of shopping before dinner – even the restaurant’s facade, with its ornate iron railings and gold-foiled windows, looks worthy of being in a Wes Anderson film.

Inside, Fischer’s cinematic quality only intensifies. Butter yellow tiles cover the walls, interspersed with period portraits and typically Austrian scenes, which together have an eccentric but charming touch. This is only complemented by the flurry of vintage lamps that are dotted are around, each one giving off its own golden glow.

In keeping with the restaurant’s Viennese theme, the menu is filled with traditional dishes that are often laden with cheese, butter and cream. In other words, bloody delicious. From the Käsespätzle – which is a mini bowl of Austrian pasta in cream, bacon and covered in melted cheese – to the selection of schnitzels, the dishes are rich so make sure you come hungry and get stuck it.

Address: 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN

Circolo Popolare

The Big Mamma restaurant group, which is already a household name in Paris, is infiltrating London’s food scene at breakneck speed. After launching the very popular Gloria in Shoreditch earlier this year, the second site in Fitzrovia, Circolo Popolare, has punters queuing around the block.

The decor is a mix-match of kitsch Italian-themed tat (in the best possible way), fairy lights, indoor foliage and glowing alcohol bottles, stacked up to the ceiling. The staff are also all Italian, and the menu is packed full of authentic Sicily-style fare with showstoppers like juicy pizzas and creamy tiramisu, so go hungry.

If you’re looking for a place to take your friends that is definitely in-vogue, this is the spot. Since it opened, it’s been all over our Instagram feeds, becoming a right of passage for anyone who considers themselves in the know.


Best restaurants in London: 26 of the coolest dinner spots in the city to book now

Looking for an interesting and unique dining spot for your next night out? These cool restaurants in London offer something different and make for some of the best dinner spots in the city.

Trying to find the perfect dining spot is never easy, especially when we’ve waited so long to be able to dine inside once again. In fact, researching where to eat can be harder than choosing a film on Netflix, b but don’t give up the search and fall back on your tried-and-tested favourite or unenthusiastically pile into the nearest possible establishment just to put an end to the ceaseless bickering.

Now that restrictions are easing, we want to explore and have as many new experiences as possible. We’ve found an eclectic mix of 26 bars and restaurants across London that all have that certain je ne sais quoi. So, whether you’re having an overdue catch up with old friends, celebrating getting through another week, or getting back in the dating game, any one of these city-based venues are bound to make for a unique, interesting and cool setting for your evening.

Rondo

Cosy lighting, comfy booths and a generous menu, Rondo has the hallmarks of a neighbourhood restaurant except it’s in a prime location bang slap in the middle of Holborn.

The menu is seasonal so return again and again to see what new delights the chefs, lead by Chris Gillard formerly of St John, can offer you. Right now, though, you’ll find dishes such as succulent roast ‘Sutton Hoo’ chicken with moreish creamed corn or baked aubergine with chickpea and rocket.

The staff are genuinely lovely and very attentive, we’d recommend asking them for their favourite sharing bites and starters and even letting them pick a few for you.

This is the kind of place you can while away the evening, warmed by the amber glow of the bistro-style lamps, enjoying the gentle buzz of other diners and exploring the wine menu. But don’t forget about the cocktails either, they’re absolutely delicious so make sure you treat yourself to both.

Address: 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Sketch London

Sketch is somewhat of an institution in our fair city of London. With a prime spot just off Regent Street, it attracts people from all over the world because of its unique charms.

Stepping into this restaurant and bar is to step out of reality and into a fabulous, eccentric fantasy. From the hopscotch at the entrance to the egg shaped toilet pods, the wonderful weirdness of this place makes it an experience in itself.

There are four dining rooms to choose from including the regal-looking private room, colourful parlour, enchanted glade and millennial pink gallery. It is here that art and food meet in one of the most stylish settings most have ever encountered. Apart from the blindingly obvious all-pink theme, this room is famous for the rows of David Shrigley artwork that sit on the walls. His pieces are famous for not only being comedic, but making shrewd comments on society and thanks to the restaurant’s interactive new app you can watch them come to life, dancing and playing in front of you. It’s the kind of innovative move that only Sketch would make.

Which brings us nicely onto the food. Sketch is not only experiential in the visual sense, the service of the staff is worthy of five stars which makes booking a meal here even more pleasurable. Pick from decadent dishes such as duckling with bitter chocolate or roasted scallops, and make sure to finish off with a big, creamy cake.

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Rüya London

If you thought Turkish cuisine only included kebabs, thin pizza and Turkish delights, a visit to Rüya London is a must.

The restaurant, located in Mayfair, is spacious yet cosy. The brass and dark wood accents, the plushy seats and the traditional oven occupying the middle of the room creates a warm atmosphere that perfectly matches the sharing spirit of the menu.

There is so much to try, going with a large group is the best way to experience this Anatolian gem in the heart of London. From the traditional and delicious Börek (filo pastry wrapped feta with carrot, courgette and walnut) to six different types of kebaps to enjoy with a side of crunchy fried okras and pistachio rice.

Make sure you leave some space for dessert. Their traditional Künefe – a cheese based sweet treat – is the perfect end to a delicious night.

Address: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH

Fischer's

Fischer’s feels old school, in the best possible way. Tucked away on one of Marylebone’s prettiest streets – with plenty of opportunities for a spot of shopping before dinner – even the restaurant’s facade, with its ornate iron railings and gold-foiled windows, looks worthy of being in a Wes Anderson film.

Inside, Fischer’s cinematic quality only intensifies. Butter yellow tiles cover the walls, interspersed with period portraits and typically Austrian scenes, which together have an eccentric but charming touch. This is only complemented by the flurry of vintage lamps that are dotted are around, each one giving off its own golden glow.

In keeping with the restaurant’s Viennese theme, the menu is filled with traditional dishes that are often laden with cheese, butter and cream. In other words, bloody delicious. From the Käsespätzle – which is a mini bowl of Austrian pasta in cream, bacon and covered in melted cheese – to the selection of schnitzels, the dishes are rich so make sure you come hungry and get stuck it.

Address: 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN

Circolo Popolare

The Big Mamma restaurant group, which is already a household name in Paris, is infiltrating London’s food scene at breakneck speed. After launching the very popular Gloria in Shoreditch earlier this year, the second site in Fitzrovia, Circolo Popolare, has punters queuing around the block.

The decor is a mix-match of kitsch Italian-themed tat (in the best possible way), fairy lights, indoor foliage and glowing alcohol bottles, stacked up to the ceiling. The staff are also all Italian, and the menu is packed full of authentic Sicily-style fare with showstoppers like juicy pizzas and creamy tiramisu, so go hungry.

If you’re looking for a place to take your friends that is definitely in-vogue, this is the spot. Since it opened, it’s been all over our Instagram feeds, becoming a right of passage for anyone who considers themselves in the know.


Best restaurants in London: 26 of the coolest dinner spots in the city to book now

Looking for an interesting and unique dining spot for your next night out? These cool restaurants in London offer something different and make for some of the best dinner spots in the city.

Trying to find the perfect dining spot is never easy, especially when we’ve waited so long to be able to dine inside once again. In fact, researching where to eat can be harder than choosing a film on Netflix, b but don’t give up the search and fall back on your tried-and-tested favourite or unenthusiastically pile into the nearest possible establishment just to put an end to the ceaseless bickering.

Now that restrictions are easing, we want to explore and have as many new experiences as possible. We’ve found an eclectic mix of 26 bars and restaurants across London that all have that certain je ne sais quoi. So, whether you’re having an overdue catch up with old friends, celebrating getting through another week, or getting back in the dating game, any one of these city-based venues are bound to make for a unique, interesting and cool setting for your evening.

Rondo

Cosy lighting, comfy booths and a generous menu, Rondo has the hallmarks of a neighbourhood restaurant except it’s in a prime location bang slap in the middle of Holborn.

The menu is seasonal so return again and again to see what new delights the chefs, lead by Chris Gillard formerly of St John, can offer you. Right now, though, you’ll find dishes such as succulent roast ‘Sutton Hoo’ chicken with moreish creamed corn or baked aubergine with chickpea and rocket.

The staff are genuinely lovely and very attentive, we’d recommend asking them for their favourite sharing bites and starters and even letting them pick a few for you.

This is the kind of place you can while away the evening, warmed by the amber glow of the bistro-style lamps, enjoying the gentle buzz of other diners and exploring the wine menu. But don’t forget about the cocktails either, they’re absolutely delicious so make sure you treat yourself to both.

Address: 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Sketch London

Sketch is somewhat of an institution in our fair city of London. With a prime spot just off Regent Street, it attracts people from all over the world because of its unique charms.

Stepping into this restaurant and bar is to step out of reality and into a fabulous, eccentric fantasy. From the hopscotch at the entrance to the egg shaped toilet pods, the wonderful weirdness of this place makes it an experience in itself.

There are four dining rooms to choose from including the regal-looking private room, colourful parlour, enchanted glade and millennial pink gallery. It is here that art and food meet in one of the most stylish settings most have ever encountered. Apart from the blindingly obvious all-pink theme, this room is famous for the rows of David Shrigley artwork that sit on the walls. His pieces are famous for not only being comedic, but making shrewd comments on society and thanks to the restaurant’s interactive new app you can watch them come to life, dancing and playing in front of you. It’s the kind of innovative move that only Sketch would make.

Which brings us nicely onto the food. Sketch is not only experiential in the visual sense, the service of the staff is worthy of five stars which makes booking a meal here even more pleasurable. Pick from decadent dishes such as duckling with bitter chocolate or roasted scallops, and make sure to finish off with a big, creamy cake.

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Rüya London

If you thought Turkish cuisine only included kebabs, thin pizza and Turkish delights, a visit to Rüya London is a must.

The restaurant, located in Mayfair, is spacious yet cosy. The brass and dark wood accents, the plushy seats and the traditional oven occupying the middle of the room creates a warm atmosphere that perfectly matches the sharing spirit of the menu.

There is so much to try, going with a large group is the best way to experience this Anatolian gem in the heart of London. From the traditional and delicious Börek (filo pastry wrapped feta with carrot, courgette and walnut) to six different types of kebaps to enjoy with a side of crunchy fried okras and pistachio rice.

Make sure you leave some space for dessert. Their traditional Künefe – a cheese based sweet treat – is the perfect end to a delicious night.

Address: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH

Fischer's

Fischer’s feels old school, in the best possible way. Tucked away on one of Marylebone’s prettiest streets – with plenty of opportunities for a spot of shopping before dinner – even the restaurant’s facade, with its ornate iron railings and gold-foiled windows, looks worthy of being in a Wes Anderson film.

Inside, Fischer’s cinematic quality only intensifies. Butter yellow tiles cover the walls, interspersed with period portraits and typically Austrian scenes, which together have an eccentric but charming touch. This is only complemented by the flurry of vintage lamps that are dotted are around, each one giving off its own golden glow.

In keeping with the restaurant’s Viennese theme, the menu is filled with traditional dishes that are often laden with cheese, butter and cream. In other words, bloody delicious. From the Käsespätzle – which is a mini bowl of Austrian pasta in cream, bacon and covered in melted cheese – to the selection of schnitzels, the dishes are rich so make sure you come hungry and get stuck it.

Address: 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN

Circolo Popolare

The Big Mamma restaurant group, which is already a household name in Paris, is infiltrating London’s food scene at breakneck speed. After launching the very popular Gloria in Shoreditch earlier this year, the second site in Fitzrovia, Circolo Popolare, has punters queuing around the block.

The decor is a mix-match of kitsch Italian-themed tat (in the best possible way), fairy lights, indoor foliage and glowing alcohol bottles, stacked up to the ceiling. The staff are also all Italian, and the menu is packed full of authentic Sicily-style fare with showstoppers like juicy pizzas and creamy tiramisu, so go hungry.

If you’re looking for a place to take your friends that is definitely in-vogue, this is the spot. Since it opened, it’s been all over our Instagram feeds, becoming a right of passage for anyone who considers themselves in the know.