Over the years I’ve tried a whole host of restaurants in London, some which sadly are no more *waves to Tramshed* and I guess I’ve developed a high standard for good food and good service.

So if you are looking for a delicious first meal out of lockdown then here are the ones I always look forward to going to and end up going back to, which therefore I’d say get the title of best restaurants in London.

BOB BOB RICARD

Re-opening on July 21st Bob Bob Ricard is luxury dining in the heart of Soho. Renowned for their iconic ‘press for champagne’ button and their BBR Signature Chocolate Glory which no doubt you will have seen on Instagram with its melting gold covered chocolate dome. I’m also a lover for the Eton Mess dessert which has a similar idea. Their English meets Russian menu is presented beautifully as well as being delicious and the service is spot on. This is the place to have a birthday dinner or just splash out on a post lockdown lunch.

Book now at Bob Bob Ricard

BARRAFINA

I’d be surprised if you have ever walked past Barrafina and not seen a queue outside. The Spanish tapas restaurant are now currently taking reservations for the first time ever. I love their selection of authentic Spanish dishes on their menu as well as a host of specials on the chalkboard which are always amazing. Sit round the marble topped bar as you watch the chefs in the kitchen. They have four restaurants with two in Covent Garden, Adelaide Street and Drury Lane, in Central London Soho’s Dean Street and lastly the most recent opening in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross.

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IVY ASIA

Caprice Holdings known for the popular Ivy restaurants opened up Ivy Asia at the end of last year in St Paul’s. I was lucky enough to visit and absolutely loved what I saw and tried. The food is an Asian fusion mix and I would recommend the Black Miso Cod as well as their K-Pop Passion cocktail. The interior is vibrant with a beautiful blossom tree on entrance as you overlook St Paul’s Cathedral. They are now reopen for bookings.

Book now at The Ivy Asia

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HAKKASAN

Hakkasan has been a favourite in London with me for quite some time and I’ve even tried their restaurants in Las Vegas and Mykonos, all of which was met with a high standard. The menu of modern Chinese food has me excited before I even get to my table. My favourite dish has to be the Roasted Silver Cod in Champagne and Honey or the Roasted Chicken in Satay Sauce. They have two restaurants in London, one in Mayfair and one in Hanway Place.

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CIRCOLO POPOLARE

You might have already heard of Gloria from the Big Mamma Group, but Circolo Popolare was one of London’s brand new restaurant additions last year. It brings a Sicilian trattoria to Fitzrovia with an interior to envy all restaurants with its beautiful fairy lights and colourful drink bottle walls. The food is pizza, pasta and all things Italian. The lemon meringue pie dessert is for those with big eyes and hungry bellies and every detail isn’t overlooked, just look at the wine menu and you’ll see what I mean.

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FLESH AND BUNS

In Covent Garden you’ll find Flesh & Buns, where the menu is filled with Japanese food and of course plenty of meat and buns. My favourites include the crispy piglet belly and also their own take on fried chicken JFC – Japanese Fried Chicken. They also offer a selection of sushi and poke dishes and the custard doughnuts for dessert should not be missed, those and the S’mores which you make at your table over a portable hot fire pit.

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SAN CARLO ALTO

The famous San Carlo Italian restaurant in London brought us Alto at Selfridges rooftop and in Summer it was decked out with beautiful lemons for that true Italian feel. The food is Cicchetti, order dishes to share amongst yourselves or just a few for yourself, whatever you want. I’m obsessed with the calzone pizza and the zucchini fritti as well as the lamb chops and meatballs, theres just too many good choices. Bookings are always required and entrance is on the bottom floor of Selfridges via the lifts opposite Chanel.

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