As far as Soho institutions go, it doesn’t get much more classic than Quo Vadis. It’s a great spot to escape the chaos of the street outside, and to eat excellent British food in a highly British environment. Unfortunately, since it recently downsized to just one room and bar, Quo Vadis has lost a crucial part of what made it so special. The service and food, however, remain exceptional, and you’ll be reminded of how good a simple soup or roast can be. We like to pay it a visit as an upmarket lunch spot from time to time, and it’s still worth dropping in for the legendary smoked eel sandwich and a glass of wine.
The Best Restaurants in Soho
There are almost too many places to eat in Soho. Here are our pick of the best restaurants to hit up in London’s greatest neighbourhood.
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Social Eating House
If you like fine dining done Soho-style, you’ll like Social Eating House. The low-lit room is a great place to relax with a drink and some food.
Brasserie Zédel is a classic all-day brasserie, serving steak frites and moules in a stunning Art Deco room. The adjoining bar is excellent, too.
L’Escargot is a classic French spot in Soho. In fact it’s an institution. It has velvet drapes, uses lots of butter, and serves a well-priced lunch.
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The Riding House Café
The Riding House Cafe is a smart brasserie that’s Perfect For Literally Everyone, and almost every occasion.
The Ivy Restaurant
You might come to The Ivy Covent Garden to see Kate Moss, but the experience is more than that - come for service, ambience, and nice food.
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.
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J Sheekey is a classic West End post-theatre hang where you might spot a celebrity and will be guaranteed to have a great meal.
Ikoyi is a casual fine dining restaurant in St James Market serving a Modern European take on West African cuisine.
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