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Featured London Area Restaurants

Al Forno - Kingston
1-2-3 Townsend Parade, Surrey KT1 1LY
Al Forno Restaurant has a warm traditional Italian feel. The extensive menu offers freshly cooked food including 33-inch pizzas, pasta, fish, meat, and a selection of vegetarian dishes. (Description provided by
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Asia de Cuba — London
45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4HX
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33 Dover Street, London W1S 4NF
With a conceptual premise of fusing London's pleasure-seeking social appetite with New York's inimitable style, Automat is an American Brasserie that draws on those facets of New York's cultural and social life so beloved by Londoners, presenting a brand new venue for relaxed, stylish dining. (Description provided by
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23-27 Wadeson Street, London, E2 9DR
Bistrotheque is housed in a converted clothing factory in the East End. Upstairs is a Minimalist dining room serving a mix of classic French Bistro and Modern British cuisine under the watchful eye of head chef Tom Collins. Downstairs is an Antique mahogany bar serving classic cocktails and a 50 cover Cabaret Room with a varied program of events covering drag, comedy, music and film. (Description provided by
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Boulevard Brasserie
40 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7BD
Boulevard Brasserie offers great food and drinks at an affordable price in an informal atmosphere with pleasant smiling service — a very simple but successful formula that has worked very well since 1991. In good weather, Boulevard's frontage is opened to create an al fresco brasserie atmosphere. Boulevard is located 200 metres from Covent Garden piazza and right in the heart of theatre land — minutes from most of London's top theatres and just down the road from the Royal Opera House. (Description provided by
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Cafe Spice Namaste
16 Prescot Street, London, E1 8AZ
Cafe Spice Namaste, in the city of London, offers a relaxed, contemporary, vibrant Pan-Asian cuisine. The restaurant also offers outdoor catering, take-away, sandwiches, pickles & chutneys, a corporate meeting room, master classes and cookery demonstrations. (Description provided by
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Champor Champor
62-64 Weston Street, London, SE1 3QJ
Champor-Champor offers a unique & creative Malay-Asian (Asian fusion) dining experience. Chef Adu Amran's innovative award-winning cuisine is complemented by friendly but efficient service in a striking yet cozy ambience. (Description provided by
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Covent Garden Grill
16 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QH
Hip and modern without pretensions, Covent Garden Grill is a terrific modern grill with an international menu right where you want it, in the midst of giddy Covent Garden. The cool interior is done in shades of taupe and mocha, with swooshy big artworks and smart detailing. The bar and ground floor dining attract a pleasant hubbub, while the downstairs restaurant, equally groovy, is more exclusive in feel. (Description provided by
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Ditto Bar & Restaurant
55-57 East Hill, London, SW18 2QE
Ditto Bar & Restaurant provides modern European Cuisine in an informal and homelike setting. The relaxed atmosphere, seasonal menu and attentive service are highlights. (Description provided by
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85 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NB
With decor by top designer Emily Todhunter, Diverso has a comfortable, rather rustic setting. With an enticing wine list and a beautifully prepared Italian menu, Diverso satisfies from antipasti to dolci. Favourites include pappardelle with wild duck and porcini sauce and fagottino, which are veg-stuffed pasta parcels with tomato sauce. (Description provided by
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14 Blenheim Crescent, London, W11 1NN
e&o in Notting Hill is one of the benchmarks for the new wave of Pan-Asian restaurants in London. Opened in 2001, e&o enjoys a healthy reputation for serving excellent cocktails and exciting, eclectic Asian food in an incredible atmosphere, everyday of the week. Drop in for fabulous dim sum and cocktails in the bar or book ahead to enjoy the unique experience and vibrant atmosphere of the e&o dining room. (Description provided by
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Eight Over Eight
392 Kings Road, London, SW3 5UZ
Following its sibling E&O, Eight Over Eight brings high quality, inventive Pan Asian food to Chelsea. Set in chic, comfortable surroundings, the restaurant and bar provide fabulous cocktails, friendly and knowledgeable service and an eclectic wine list. Eight Over Eight provides a complete dining experience in a vibrant environment. (Description provided by
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85 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NB
Modern Lebanese restaurant with a seductively lit bar, lounging section of chocolate suede banquettes and formal dining area of stained oak and stone grays complemented by a panoramic view of Green Park. (Description provided by
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Lanes Restaurant & Bar
109-117 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JS
In the heart of the city near Liverpool Street Station lies Lanes Restaurant & Bar. Ex Marco Pierre White chef Hayden Smith has created an acclaimed Modern European menu that earned him Remy Martin's best newcomer to London 2004, served with faultless style by the two owners James Robertson, Hamish Smith & their front of house team (4th best service in London — Hardens). Great for business lunch with a superb bar in the evening. (Description provided by
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Lilly's Restaurant Bar and Grill
75 Wapping High Street, London, E1W 2YN
Situated just down the road from Tower Bridge, Lilly's Restaurant Bar and Grill specialises in using the finest ingredients and cooking them simply. (Description provided by
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33 King Street, London, WC2E 8JD
Maggiore is a romantic restaurant in Covent Garden. Carefully styled on the smarter country inns of Provence and Tuscany, the summer affords "al fresco" dining with a large sliding glass conservatory style roof in surroundings adorned in apple blossom. To enhance the experience in the colder months, a roaring fire guarantees a romantic, cosy atmosphere. Maggiore features internationally acclaimed modern European cuisine and spot on service. Maggiore's was awarded the prestigious Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" in 2002, and has since gone on to win the "Best of Award of Excellence" for a further two consecutive years (2003 and 2004). The wine list covers most of the world's major wine regions, with around 2000 wines to choose from and some of the best wines the world has to offer. Moreover the restaurant really is value for money with the set lunch and pre-/post-theatre set menus. (Description provided by
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Memories of China - Ebury Street
65-69 Ebury Street, London SW1 W
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New Mill Restaurant
New Mill Road, Near Wokingham, RG27 0RA
The New Mill is a converted grade II listed watermill set in an idyllic location on the River Blackwater in the heart of the Thames Valley midway between Reading and Camberley and just 10 minutes from both the M4 and M3 Motorways. With its traditional menus and Award Winning wine list it also makes a perfect location for special events, private parties, functions and wedding receptions. (Description provided by
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Porters English Restaurant
17 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QH
Porters English Restaurant was established in 1979 by Lord Bradford, who stated that "Porters would serve good quality traditional English food at affordable prices." The policy of keeping standards high and prices low is still very much the order of the day. Porters English Restaurant specializes in fresh homemade food, the best sellers including steak and mushroom pie, beer battered fish and chips, not to mention wonderful puddings such as steamed syrup sponge and spotted dick. (Description provided by
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Savarona Cocktail Bar & Restaurant
66 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JT
If you think that Turkish food is limited to kebabs and taramasalata, you will be surprised and swept off your feet by the City's latest offering. Taking the connoisseur delights of the Ottoman Empire, Savarona is proof that the best of Turkish cuisine can rival the world's gourmet nations. Savarona, named after the most opulent and largest yacht ever built. It is a restaurant that serves the best, most delicate and desired of Ottoman dishes, in an environment that blends the luxury of the palaces with the glamour of the 1930s (when the famous Savarona yacht was built) with a final touch of chic 21st century design. All Savarona's food is cooked in virgin olive oil and, although spices & herbs are used for flavour, the emphasis is on letting the authentic taste of the ingredients shine through. Recently awarded four stars by the London daily newspaper The Metro, Savarona is minutes' walk from Old Street & Liverpool Street. (Description provided by
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50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG
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The Bean Tree
20A Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2HU
The Bean Tree in central Harpenden offers high quality contemporary French cuisine in a relaxed and intimate setting together with great service. Situated in a converted 18th century coach house, the restaurant is well located near to the station and the town centre. The walled terrace garden is the perfect setting for a Summer lunch or dinner. Complementing the food is an excellent wine list. Live music is a feature of Wednesday evenings during the summer. (Description provided by
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The Percy Arms
75 Dorking Road, Guildford, GU4 8NP
The Percy Arms steakhouse allows customers to choose their own steaks from the restaurant's butcher counter. The restaurant also offers a large varied menu of fish, vegetarian and traditional dishes. The Sunday Carvery features a choice of 5 meats. (Description provided by
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Shanghai Blues
193-197 High Holborn, London, WC1D 7BD
Situated in the Grade II building that formely housed the St Giles Library, Shanghai Blues offers some of London's finest Chinese cuisine courtesy of Executive Head chef, Hong Qiu Feng. Acclaimed within Chinese government circles, he brings an immense wealth of experience and unique culinary influences, creating a menu for serious dim sum lovers, which focuses on a modern regional cuisine from Shanghai. (Description provided by
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St. John
26 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY
St. John opened in 1994 in a former smoke house just north of Smithfield, London's main meat market. The restaurant has been awarded Best British Restaurant at The Evening Standard Awards and was recently placed at 10th in the Restaurant Magazine poll of the Worlds' Top 50 Best Restaurants. Famed for it's Nose to Tail Eating approach to cooking and preparing ingredients, both the bar and dining room menu feature cuts of meat others may neglect. Roast Bone Marrow and Parsley Salad and Rolled Pig's Spleen & Bacon feature along with Roast Beef, Lemon Sole and vegetarian dishes. The bakery sells loaves from the Spitalfields bakery as well as baked goods and desserts. St. John's British cuisine celebrates the best of indigenous produce, emphasising the finest of what is in season at the appropriate time. (Description provided by
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St. John Bread and Wine
94-96 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LZ
Bread & Wine is situated opposite Spitalfields Market in east London. The restaurant opens seven days a week for breakfast and lunch and Monday to Saturday for supper. The menu, which celebrates seasonal British ingredients, changes as the day rolls along and diners can select to follow a traditional three-course structure or choose and share a series of plates. The bakery sells bread and baked goods to take home and offers self-sourced wines at off sale prices, either by the bottle or the case. Bread & Wine recently won Best British Restaurant of the Year at The Evening Standard Restaurant Awards. (Description provided by
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The Sun Inn
London Road, Rake, GU33 7PQ
The Sun Inn's butcher counter features steaks and tailor-made burgers, and the Sunday carvery offers an array of succulent meats and side dishes. The menue features seafood, steak, chicken, pasta, pies, sandwiches, burgers, vegetarian specialties, and more. (Description provided by
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1 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5NP
The chic sophistication of the interior matches the inspired flavors of the menu. A ground breaking restaurant. (Description provided by
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Canary Wharf Restaurants

34 West Ferry Circus; Canary Wharf, London E14 8RR England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7719 7800
Peruvian-Japanese celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa has lent his nickname, spelled backwards, to this new addition to London's culinary mix.

Covent Garden Restaurants

Asia de Cuba
St Martins Lane Hotel, 45 St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4HX England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7300 5588
Underground: Covent Garden
Stylish, contemporary fusion of Latin and Asian cuisine in a Philippe Starck-designed room with library books, dangling light bulbs and satin-wrapped pillars.

Axis Restaurant & Bar
One Aldwych Hotel, 1 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4RH England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7300 0300
Underground: Covent Garden
Updated European classics in the theatre district. Pre- and post-theatre menus. Serves lunch and dinner 6 days (closed Sundays) and on Saturday, when the last seating extended until 11:30.

28 - 32 St Martin's Court, London WC2 4A England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7240 2565
Underground: Leicester Square
A cozy, old style theatre district British fish restaurant, frequented by celebrities and thesbians, with staples including Dover sole, fish pie and seabass.

The Ivy
1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ England; Tel. +44 (0)207 836 4751
Underground: Leicester Square
A theater district favorite in the 1990s, The Ivy restaurant was a pioneer in the British culinary revival, serving updated comfort classics and catering to a clientele that was stalked by paparazzi.

Salieri Restaurant
376 Strand, London, WC2R 0JF England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7836 1318
Gold velvet, theatre-themed Mediterannean / Italian restaurant across from The Savoy hotel.

Smollensky's Bar and Restaurant
105 The Strand, London, WC2R 0AA England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7497 2101
Underground: Embankment or Covent Garden
American-style restaurant on London's West End with more than 50 cocktails on its menu. Open 7 days, and serves late.

Knightsbridge Restaurants

Boxwood Café
The Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7235 1010
This Gordon Ramsay cafe serves a seasonal menu emphasizing British ingredients. Sea bass, shaved artichokes and suckling pig loinw ith cocotte potatoes and mustard sauce are typical of the dishes served at Boxwood Cafe.

Mayfair (West London) Restaurants

Angela Hartnett at The Connaught
Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1Y 6AL England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7592 1222
Michelin star recipient Angela Hartnett at The Connaught, a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, presents a contemporary British menu replete with favorites like rabbit, ham hocks and pudding while drawing in Italian and other international influences. Jackets are the preferred male attire in this 70-seat, non-smoking room.

25 Heddon Street, W1B 4BH London; Tel. +44 (0)20 7434 4040
Underground: Piccadilly Circus
A romantic and elegant Moroccan restaurant.

9 Old Park Lane, London W1K 1LB England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7447 4747
Underground: Hyde Park Corner
Nobuyuki Matsuhisa's London restaurant is the jewel of Nobu's expanding, celebrity-studded global dining enterprise. Signature dishes include a delicious black cod with miso, sea urchin tempura, toro yaki and a number of spicy Peruvian fusion creations.

The Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge, London, SW1 England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7235 1200
Named after the celebrated French wine Petrus, David Collins has created a buzz with this high-style culinary effort. Dishes include frogs' legs ravioli sautéed with foie gras and rabbit terrine with cabbage and leeks. Jackets suggested.

16 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AJ England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7930 6767
Underground: Green Park
This lively, flashy Terence Conran brasserie helped kick off the British culinary revival in the late 1980s.

Rasa W1
6 Dering Street, Mayfair, West London W1R 9AB; Tel. +44 0871 075 6313
Award winning vegetarian Indian cuisine, with meat dishes from Northern Kerala a more recent addition.

The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7499 6996
Highly regarded restaurant opened in 2004 by The Ivy's former owners a a beautiful building once occupied by the Wolseley car dealership, next to the Ritz hotel. Cameras and cigars are not permitted, though cigarette smoking is welcomed. Go figure.

15 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL England; Tel. +44 (0)20 7494 8888
High end Central London Chinese restaurant where waiters wear uniforms designed by the Oscar-winning costume designer of the outfits worn in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

London's Best Indian Restaurants

Vama - The Indian Room
438 King's Rd. (Sloane Sqaure), London UK SW10; Tel. 020.7565.8500
A stylish and superb London Indian restaurant in Chelsea serving creative North Indian cuisine. Reservations at this busy London restaurant are paramount on the weekends.

197-199 Replingham Rd. (Southfields), London UK SW18; Tel. 020.8870.1483
What Sarkhel's lacks in atmosphere, it makes up for in truly transcendental Indian food. In Southfields, this London Indian restaurant still attracts diners from all over London.

20 Queen St. (Green Park), London UK W1; Tel. 020.7629.3561
Expensive, even for London dining, London's Tamarind restaurant is an adventure in Indian cuisine, and well worth the price if sensual, spicy Indian cuisine in London is your Southern Asian fancy.

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