The terrace bar and restaurant at the Oxo Tower has been around forever, and it’s even nicer than it’s ever been after a recent kit-out. The terrace is big and while you’ll still pay a fair amount for so-so food, let’s not kid ourselves by saying that we’re there for anything but the view - it’s probably the best one you can have of the river and St Paul’s in London. It’s a nice spot to take your parents for brunch or afternoon tea, and equally a good spot for a drink when the weather’s nice.
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Hixter is a plush, modern British restaurant close to Tate Modern that’s excellent for dinner and drinks with a group. Get involved at the bar, too.
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.
Native is a casual fine-dining spot in Southwark. It’s trying to be different, and it’s good at it.
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Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild is all about the Scottish pursuit of wild food. The menu uses venison and haggis as the basis for some fantastic cooking.
Blixen isn’t the best food in Spitalfields, but it’s where you go for a simple, crowd-pleasing group dinner or brunch.
Lyle’s is a grown-up but not stuffy British restaurant in Shoreditch. Come for lunch when you can order a la carte.
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Sea Containers is the very cool-looking restaurant inside the Mondrian Hotel. It’s great for breakfast and lunch meetings, and group dinners.
The Table Café
The Table has one of the best brunches in Southwark, and is great for coffee and lunch too. It’s usually busy, but calms down in the afternoon.
Depending on how much you enjoy porn star martinis, you’ll either love or hate Radio, the rooftop bar and lounge in the ME London hotel on the Strand.
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