Circolo is from the same people as Gloria and just like its loud, proud, and Aperol-fuelled sister, this Italian trattoria is a restaurant to party in. It’s a Disney-ish take on the Italian riviera, with thousands of bottles of booze (yes, they’re real and unsecured) lining the walls, fake plants hanging, and enough chintzy crap to make an Antiques Roadshow superfan faint. The food is a backup dancer. But that doesn’t really matter, because the courgette flowers are crunchy, the lasagne tastes decent enough, the meringue pie is great, and you’re not really here to eat anyway.
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Koba is a swish spot that’s perfect for giving friends an intro to the joys of Korean barbecue.
Having dinner in Berners Tavern feels like eating inside the Sistine Chapel, or at least a really, really rich guy’s house.
Kyseri is a cute and stylish restaurant in Fitzrovia, serving refined modern Turkish food.
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La Mia Mamma
La Mia Mamma is a restaurant in Chelsea where Italian ‘mammas’ serve excellent food as if you were visitors to their home.
Elliot’s is a class act, from the drinks and food to the service. Their cheeseburger is also one of the best burgers in London.
Ciao Bella in Bloomsbury is an old school Italian restaurant where the spaghetti doesn’t matter as much as the story you’re listening to.
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