St John Bread and Wine takes the food at the legendary St John restaurant in Farringdon, and transfers it into an informal canteen-style dining room close to Spitalfields Market. The British food here is, as ever, excellent. The menu changes all the time, but literally everything is good, whether you’re a fan of nose-to-tail cooking or not. Don’t miss the freshly baked madeleines for afters, and you can grab their fantastic donuts to take away as well. It’s a good place for a casual small group dinner, or for long overdue catch ups, and they also serve what is arguably the best bacon sarnie in all of London.
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Hawksmoor Spitalfields was one of the first steakhouses in town, and it’s still one of the best. Finishing with toffee pudding is mandatory.
If you’re looking for serious meats, Smokestak in Shoreditch is your answer. The Southern barbecue, especially the brisket, is the best in London.
Marksman is a pub/restaurant with excellent, elevated British food in Shoreditch. It’s good anytime, but don’t miss the Sunday roast.
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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.
BBQ restaurant Pitt Cue is all about eating your body weight in smoked and slow-cooked meat. It’s close to the City for perfect after-work eats.
Portland is a great restaurant in the vein of so many in London that focus on simple ingredients and offer a reasonably priced tasting menu.
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