Hutong is the Shard’s ultra-swish Chinese restaurant, and if we were going to throw down on a pricey dinner with a view, this would be on our list. There’s no sesame chicken on the menu, but instead you’ll get polished version of Northern Chinese dishes like crispy shredded beef and chilli, Hunan-style lobster, and one of the best Peking ducks anywhere in town. Dim sum is also a highlight, and for extra-special occasions, they also have excellent private dining rooms so other diners can be spared your mate Chiara’s f-bomb-laden speech.
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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.
Gunpowder Tower Bridge
Gunpowder Tower Bridge serves the same excellent and inventive Indian sharing plates as their original Spitalfields spot.
Call Me Mr Lucky
The bar downstairs at the Breakfast Club is good to keep on hand for things like dates and impromptu drinks.
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Joy King Lau
Joy King Lau is one of the more relaxed restaurants in Chinatown, and one to head to if you have a meal with your parents or relatives in the diary.
Dimsum & Duck
Dim Sum & Duck makes second-to-none handmade dumplings, glistening roasted meats, and will become your new go-to from your very first bite.
Yipin is an upscale Chinese spot in Islington. The menu has a lot of options, but you should focus on the Sichuan and Hunan dishes.
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