St John Bread and Wine takes the food at the legendary St John restaurant in Farringdon, and transfers it into an informal canteen-style dining room close to Spitalfields Market. The British food here is, as ever, excellent. The menu changes all the time, but literally everything is good, whether you’re a fan of nose-to-tail cooking or not. Don’t miss the freshly baked madeleines for afters, and you can grab their fantastic donuts to take away as well. It’s a good place for a casual small group dinner, or for long overdue catch ups, and they also serve what is arguably the best bacon sarnie in all of London.
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Leroy is an airy spot on a quiet corner in Shoreditch, serving small plates and an excellent selection of wine.
Wright Brothers Spitalfields
You can get a shellfish tower or a posh seafood dinner at Wright Brothers Spitalfields. Or, you can get oysters for a quid a pop, 3-6pm every day.
Smoking Goat Shoreditch
Smoking Goat in Shoreditch serves regional Thai food. It satisfies rather than stuns, but it’s ideal for sharing.
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Core By Clare Smyth
Core is an excellent fine dining restaurant in Notting Hill. It’s fine dining for people who actually want a proper meal.
Mildred’s is a classic vegetarian restaurant in Soho, with an excellent atmosphere and an even better mushroom pie.
Roganic in Marylebone is a ‘let me take a moment to explain the menu’ kind of place featuring foraged ingredients. That said, it’s really very good.
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