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Top Places to Eat in London - Your Favourite London Restaurants

  • There are so many places to eat in London, it can be hard to know which café, restaurant or bar to choose. Over on our Hostelworld.com Facebook page, we asked you about your favourite restaurants in the British capital, with the best answers winning a free Hostelworld.com Gold Card worth $10. And here’s what you told us...
  • 1. Spicy Basil

    Miranda Mayo says:

    Spicy Basil in Kilburn...only locals know about it, and its super cheap Thai food

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Spicy Basil serves generous portions of cheap Thai food including favourites like dumplings, spring rolls, curries and Pad Thai. Fresh ingredients are visible behind the glass counter and you can watch as the staff prepare your meal from scratch. The restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol but you can bring your own wine for a small corkage fee.

    Location: 165 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn.
    Opening hours: Daily 10am-11pm.

  • 2. Sapori

    Irina Stanescu says:

    It's "Sapori" in London. Small and cosy. Best pizza in London. 43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London. It's very close to Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The staff is always smiling and willing to serve you. I first got there after attending a performance at the Opera one night. And you know what? Some members of the cast were there, dining, laughing and having a good time. Wow. That was amazing. I'll go to Sapori every time I get to London!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    An informal restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere, Sapori serves a wide selection of Italian dishes. On the menu here you’ll find old favourites like meatballs, spaghetti and lasagne, alongside a selection of pizzas with a variety of different toppings. Tempting desserts and a comprehensive wine list are also offered.

    Location: 43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm & 5.30pm-11.30pm.

  • 3. Stockpot

    Anita P Rusdihardjo says:

    The legendary Stockpot in the west end area. You get quality food, quality wine at an atmospheric cafe/restaurant for such a good price!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This long-running Soho institution serves up good value dishes in the old-school British tradition. From fish and chips to jelly and ice-cream, Stockpot is a favourite with visitors to London, as well as locals of all ages.

    Location: 18 Old Compton Street, Soho.
    Opening hours: Mon-Tues 11.30am-11.30pm, Wed-Sat 11.30am-12am, Sun 12pm-11.30pm.

  • 4. Mildreds

    Vaishali Vyas says:

    Mildreds in Soho....amazing veggie restaurant loved even by my meat eating friends.....huge portions too :)

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Opened in 1988, this restaurant serves a large selection of vegetarian and vegan options. These include cous cous, burritos, curries, burgers, dumplings, risotto, tostadas and salads. Many of the dishes use organic ingredients, with organic smoothies and soft drinks also available.

    Location: 45 Lexington Street, Soho.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm.

  • 5. Cafe Pacifico and La Perla

    Vaishali Vyas says:

    Oh and Cafe Pacifico, Covent Garden. The best Mexican ever, its sister chain 'La Perla' is great too.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Both of these Mexican restaurants offer a top-notch variety of authentic dishes for both lunch and dinner. From nachos and chilli to fajitas and chimichangas, the menu here is filled with lots of delicious options. Cafe Pacifico’s well-stocked drinks menu includes favourites like margaritas and mojitos plus lots more.

    Location: Cafe Pacifico: 5 Longley Street, Covent Garden; La Perla: 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden.
    Opening hours: Cafe Pacifico: Mon-Sat 12pm-11.45pm, Sun 12pm-10.45pm; La Perla: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm.

  • 6. Dragon Palace

    Priscilla Lee says:

    Dragon Palace in Earl's Court Road. One of the great Chinese restaurants. Delicious Dim Sum, amazing food.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Here you’ll find a vast selection of authentic Chinese dishes to sample, including the popular dim sum, ride and noodle dishes, soups and more. Specially prices set menus are available and include various vegetarian options.

    Location: 207 Earls Court Road, Earls Court.
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-11.15pm, Sun 12pm-11pm.

  • 7. Lahore Kebab House

    Mitch Seiden says:

    Ignore Brick lane curry houses and eat where the locals do, just down the road at Lahore Restaurant on Commercial road

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Serving up top-notch Pakistani cuisine, the Lahore Kebab House has been in business for over 40 years. Some of the authentic dishes on offer here include tikka masala, korma, biryani and more. Meat, seafood and vegetarian options are provided, with a list of desserts also available for you to choose from.

    Location: 2-10 Umberston Street, off Commercial Road.
    Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-1am.

  • 8. Indali Lounge

    Farzad Fathinia says:

    Indali Lounge have very delicious and finely prepared food. The staff is very friendly and helpful in explaining their recipes and the whole atmosphere gives you a remarkable moment to enjoy. The only con is the price which is not student friendly. But worth a visit at least for a snack!!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Offering healthy Indian cuisine, none of the food served in the Indali Lounge is made using butter or cream. Some of the slowly cooked dishes on the menu include paneer, curry and biryani. Brunch is served on Sundays, while on Monday to Friday the restaurant’s Happy Hour offers 30% off your total bill.

    Location: 50 Baker Street, Marylebone.
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11.30pm, Sat 6pm-11.30pm, Sun 12pm-3pm & 6.30pm-11pm..

  • 9. Belgo Centraal

    Cipriano Batista says:

    Belgo !! Good mussels and Beer.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    There are a couple of Belgo bars and restaurants in London, with the most central one located in Covent Garden and offering a top-notch selection of Belgian beers and foods. Mussels are the house speciality here, with steaming bowls, pots and platters all available. Other dishes on the menu include salads, rotisserie chicken and frites. Thanks to the Beat the Clock menu, between 5pm and 6.30pm you only to pay an amount that’s the same at whatever time is on your food order.

    Location: 50 Earlham Street, Covent Garden.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm.

  • 10. Strada

    Sandra Mulhall says:

    Strada Italian restaurant..mmmm! d memories!

    With a variety of locations across the city, notably in Covent Garden, South Bank and St. Pauls, these are a popular chain of Italian restaurants. At Strada, you'll find a great selection of traditional Italian fare including pizzas, spaghetti, risotto and more. A fixed price lunch menu is also available.

    Location: Various locations across London.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm, Sun 11.30am-10.30pm.

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  • There are so many places to eat in London, it can be hard to know which café, restaurant or bar to choose. Over on our Hostelworld.com Facebook page, we asked you about your favourite restaurants in the British capital, with the best answers winning a free Hostelworld.com Gold Card worth $10. And here’s what you told us...
  • 1. Spicy Basil

    Miranda Mayo says:

    Spicy Basil in Kilburn...only locals know about it, and its super cheap Thai food

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Spicy Basil serves generous portions of cheap Thai food including favourites like dumplings, spring rolls, curries and Pad Thai. Fresh ingredients are visible behind the glass counter and you can watch as the staff prepare your meal from scratch. The restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol but you can bring your own wine for a small corkage fee.

    Location: 165 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn.
    Opening hours: Daily 10am-11pm.

  • 2. Sapori

    Irina Stanescu says:

    It's "Sapori" in London. Small and cosy. Best pizza in London. 43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London. It's very close to Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The staff is always smiling and willing to serve you. I first got there after attending a performance at the Opera one night. And you know what? Some members of the cast were there, dining, laughing and having a good time. Wow. That was amazing. I'll go to Sapori every time I get to London!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    An informal restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere, Sapori serves a wide selection of Italian dishes. On the menu here you’ll find old favourites like meatballs, spaghetti and lasagne, alongside a selection of pizzas with a variety of different toppings. Tempting desserts and a comprehensive wine list are also offered.

    Location: 43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm & 5.30pm-11.30pm.

  • 3. Stockpot

    Anita P Rusdihardjo says:

    The legendary Stockpot in the west end area. You get quality food, quality wine at an atmospheric cafe/restaurant for such a good price!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This long-running Soho institution serves up good value dishes in the old-school British tradition. From fish and chips to jelly and ice-cream, Stockpot is a favourite with visitors to London, as well as locals of all ages.

    Location: 18 Old Compton Street, Soho.
    Opening hours: Mon-Tues 11.30am-11.30pm, Wed-Sat 11.30am-12am, Sun 12pm-11.30pm.

  • 4. Mildreds

    Vaishali Vyas says:

    Mildreds in Soho....amazing veggie restaurant loved even by my meat eating friends.....huge portions too :)

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Opened in 1988, this restaurant serves a large selection of vegetarian and vegan options. These include cous cous, burritos, curries, burgers, dumplings, risotto, tostadas and salads. Many of the dishes use organic ingredients, with organic smoothies and soft drinks also available.

    Location: 45 Lexington Street, Soho.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm.

  • 5. Cafe Pacifico and La Perla

    Vaishali Vyas says:

    Oh and Cafe Pacifico, Covent Garden. The best Mexican ever, its sister chain 'La Perla' is great too.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Both of these Mexican restaurants offer a top-notch variety of authentic dishes for both lunch and dinner. From nachos and chilli to fajitas and chimichangas, the menu here is filled with lots of delicious options. Cafe Pacifico’s well-stocked drinks menu includes favourites like margaritas and mojitos plus lots more.

    Location: Cafe Pacifico: 5 Longley Street, Covent Garden; La Perla: 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden.
    Opening hours: Cafe Pacifico: Mon-Sat 12pm-11.45pm, Sun 12pm-10.45pm; La Perla: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm.

  • 6. Dragon Palace

    Priscilla Lee says:

    Dragon Palace in Earl's Court Road. One of the great Chinese restaurants. Delicious Dim Sum, amazing food.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Here you’ll find a vast selection of authentic Chinese dishes to sample, including the popular dim sum, ride and noodle dishes, soups and more. Specially prices set menus are available and include various vegetarian options.

    Location: 207 Earls Court Road, Earls Court.
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-11.15pm, Sun 12pm-11pm.

  • 7. Lahore Kebab House

    Mitch Seiden says:

    Ignore Brick lane curry houses and eat where the locals do, just down the road at Lahore Restaurant on Commercial road

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Serving up top-notch Pakistani cuisine, the Lahore Kebab House has been in business for over 40 years. Some of the authentic dishes on offer here include tikka masala, korma, biryani and more. Meat, seafood and vegetarian options are provided, with a list of desserts also available for you to choose from.

    Location: 2-10 Umberston Street, off Commercial Road.
    Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-1am.

  • 8. Indali Lounge

    Farzad Fathinia says:

    Indali Lounge have very delicious and finely prepared food. The staff is very friendly and helpful in explaining their recipes and the whole atmosphere gives you a remarkable moment to enjoy. The only con is the price which is not student friendly. But worth a visit at least for a snack!!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Offering healthy Indian cuisine, none of the food served in the Indali Lounge is made using butter or cream. Some of the slowly cooked dishes on the menu include paneer, curry and biryani. Brunch is served on Sundays, while on Monday to Friday the restaurant’s Happy Hour offers 30% off your total bill.

    Location: 50 Baker Street, Marylebone.
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11.30pm, Sat 6pm-11.30pm, Sun 12pm-3pm & 6.30pm-11pm..

  • 9. Belgo Centraal

    Cipriano Batista says:

    Belgo !! Good mussels and Beer.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    There are a couple of Belgo bars and restaurants in London, with the most central one located in Covent Garden and offering a top-notch selection of Belgian beers and foods. Mussels are the house speciality here, with steaming bowls, pots and platters all available. Other dishes on the menu include salads, rotisserie chicken and frites. Thanks to the Beat the Clock menu, between 5pm and 6.30pm you only to pay an amount that’s the same at whatever time is on your food order.

    Location: 50 Earlham Street, Covent Garden.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm.

  • 10. Strada

    Sandra Mulhall says:

    Strada Italian restaurant..mmmm! d memories!

    With a variety of locations across the city, notably in Covent Garden, South Bank and St. Pauls, these are a popular chain of Italian restaurants. At Strada, you'll find a great selection of traditional Italian fare including pizzas, spaghetti, risotto and more. A fixed price lunch menu is also available.

    Location: Various locations across London.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm, Sun 11.30am-10.30pm.

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3 Comments

  • Anita Saturday, February 13th, 2010, 8:24am

    Wow just realised that my comment is among the 'best answers'. Thanks, Hostelworld!! Another place I'd whole-heartedly recommend is the Brick Lane Beigel Bakery in Brick Lane area serving the best tasting beigel in the whole of London and the queue reflects this (but not the price!! :)) Open 24hrs daily.

  • leanne Thursday, January 14th, 2010, 5:40pm

    Certainly need to add ' La Porchetta' on Old Compton St in Soho for fantastic traditional italian food served in huge portions. Wan Kei restaurant in chinatown for the best hot roast duck with plum sauce and pickled veg i've ever tasted. Always packed, always noisy and always great food. They also give you unlimited free jasmine tea. Spitfire: Polish restaurant on hammersmith broadyway. Massive portions of traditional polish food from this great little restaurant. Fabulous beetroot soup and superb pork knuckle with spices. The 70's decor is great too.

  • Lisa Holmes Thursday, November 5th, 2009, 5:44am

    Definitely need to include Souk Medina at Covent Garden - like being in a Marrakech Souk, rather than Central London. Also, Haz Turkish near Liverpool Street Station. Agree with Lahore Kebab on Commercial Road as an absolute must, and along with this, just off Brick Lane is the Lebanese Lounge. London is a great place for food - personally I would ignore chain restaurants such as Strada when there is so much better Italian around.

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