It’s been a while since we’ve had the pleasure of settling ourselves down for a meal inside a restaurant. Finally, this month, restaurants will again open back up entirely – and this means there’s never been a better excuse to discover some of London’s most beautiful. From interiors popping with cherry blossom, to swanky spaces that sparkle from top to toe: we’ve rounded up London’s most beautiful restaurants…. really worth heading inside for, whatever the weather!
Apple Butter, Seven Dials
Tucked away on Monmouth Street is Apple Butter: places to eat in London as beautiful as it sounds delicious. A heart-warming eatery that offers an oasis of calm away from the circus of Seven Dials, step into this Garden of Eden set with a large apple tree in the centre and surrounded by a verdant sea of foliage, for a blissful escape away from city life. Far more than just a beautiful restaurant, visit Apple Butter for dishes as colourful as its interior. These include gourmet salads, specialty coffees and homemade Middle Eastern inspired desserts.
Bob Bob Ricard, Soho
Take a step back in time to this iconic art deco, Russian inspired deluxe restaurant for a glamourous all-booth dining experience. With the downright dangerous ‘press for champagne’ button in every booth, sip on bubbles whilst seated in the gorgeous, vintage, blue and gold interiors. Take your pick from the extensive menu full of delicious seafood, truffle and meat options and make sure not to miss waffle and Bellini hour!
Maggie Jones’s, Kensington
A favourite among Kensington locals, is this cosy, rustic and incurably romantic restaurant with a hearty, stripped back atmosphere. Tucked away in a little cul-de-sac, Maggie’s is an old barn themed, delectable eatery that serves a British farmhouse-style menu. Roast pork belly and stilton mousse are some of the tasty options they offer on the set menu for two or three courses. This character filled restaurant is not one to be missed, so get booking!
Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden
Take a seat in Covent Garden’s modern French restaurant in London known for the stunning flower-filled conservatory and log fire. Influenced by the stylish country inns of Provence and Tuscany, this cherry-blossomed oasis is the perfect place to escape the busy streets of London life. Chef Patron, Roxanne Lang creates French dishes inspired by her memories into her creative cooking process. Enjoy dishes such as pan roasted wild halibut before finishing with an oozing dulcey chocolate tart.
Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia
Glamourous is the only way to describe this Sicilian trattoria in the heart of the lively Fitzrovia district. Opulently decorated with 20,000 bottles and fairy lights, Circolo Popolare is fabulously over the top. Open seven days a week, this eatery is enriched with an Italian menu created by Chef Francesco with pizzas by the metre and desserts up to the outrageous size of XXL.
Linnaean, Nine Elms
Part beauty salon, part café, Linnean has the subtle yet beautiful balance of pastel colours and floral décor. Hanging wisteria with plants left, right and centre, this unique little eatery is focused on nutrition, wellness and beauty, showcasing sustainability, seasonality and zero waste. Take a seat to try a predominantly plant-led menu that strikes a balance between plant based with clean dining. What’s it going to be: a quinoa tabbouleh or a pineapple, basil and cinnamon biscuit trifle?
Beach Blanket Babylon, Notting Hill
Established in 1990, this Rococo-styled bar and vaulted cellar restaurant in a Georgian townhouse is not one to miss. The sublime interiors of Beach Blanket Babylon include golden chairs, velvet sofas, ornate fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and faux French windows for a restaurant filled with character. Check out the inventive cocktail list or the regularly changing menu with delectable dishes such as vodka cured salmon and braised lamb shank.
Modelled on the hole-in-the-wall eateries of Tehran, hidden behind a curtain, you’ll find this cosy Persian inspired hideaway. Lavishly decorated with plants, authentic Persian rugs and mosaic floors, you’ll instantly be transported away from the streets of Soho. Specialising in small mazeh style sharing plates and charcoal grilled kebabs with seasonal British produce make Berenjak the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a feast. The drinks offering marries together the food and social spirit of the restaurant, with their take on traditional sharbats- served with sparkling water and swizzled with sabzi and fresh herbs.
Berners Tavern, Berners Street
With historical charm and sophistication, this restaurant is a must see. Surrounded by gorgeous paintings and shining glassware, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped onto the set of a James Bond movie. Berners Tavern offers all-day dining with a menu of seasonal, contemporary British cuisine, beautifully crafted by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. In this effortlessly worldly restaurant start with a cured Loch Duarte salmon, devilled egg and finish it off with an almond butter choux bun with a sour cherry compote.