London restaurants best for... Counter dining

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Kricket Soho
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
12 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7HH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

After beginning life in a shipping container as one of the first restaurants in Pop Brixton, Kricket has come far. Inspired by Indian cuisine, they offer an ever-changing menu of Indian small plates. And they feature what may be one of our favourite snacks in town, the samphire pakora dish.

Barrafina Adelaide Street
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
10 Adelaide Street, London WC2N 4HZ
Critic reviews - total score 9 out of 10

One thing you know you're going to get at any branch of Barrafina is great food. The counter seats might be gone minutes after service opens, but that only proves that the early bird catches the milk fed kidneys.

The Manor
South London
148 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6BX
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

The Manor sees the Dairy's Dean Parker heading up the kitchen in this restaurant from the people behind Clapham's hugely popular The Dairy. As the new restaurant is just down the road from The Dairy, they'll still be able to use the produce from the rooftop garden and beehives, while Delicatessen will supply the homemade charcuterie.

Wright Brothers Spitalfields
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
8/9 Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EA
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

This is the third London opening for the oyster and seafood restaurant, following Soho and Borough Market. Expect a similar offering of seafood and oysters at this Spitalfields location - but with a huge seawater tank into the middle of the restaurant stacked with 10,000 shellfish allowing diners to choose their own live crab, lobster or oysters.

Cafe Murano
Mayfair, Belgravia
33 St. James's Street, London SW1A 1HD
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

This sees Angela Hartnett taking over the site in St James which used to hold Gordon Ramsay's original Petrus restaurant (and where she was Head Chef). Expect "regionally focused dishes, at an accessible price-point, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere – the kind of restaurant I would enjoy eating in every day".

10 Seymour Place, London W1H 5DB
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Donostia serves up Basque-style tapas and pintxos in this Marylebone restaurant (the sibling restaurant of Lurra, across the road). Here you'll find top pintxos, perfectly done tortilla, plenty of txakoli and more Basque delights.

Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PY
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Staffed by folk who previously worked at Hix in Clerkenwell, expect a small menu featuring the group's favourite dishes from around the world, created with seasonal British ingredients. Plus there's "bring your own vynyl" approach which lets you play your own tunes on the turntable.

J Sheekey Atlantic Bar
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
28-32 St. Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Fans of counter dining have long known that one of the best lunches in town was to be had up dining up at the bar in Sheekeys, if you could get a table. Happily the move sideways into an neighbouring building has allowed Sheekeys to create a brand new Oyster bar while seemlessly giving it the Sheekey magic touch.

Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
12 Archer St, London W1D 7BB
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

Jacob Kenedy's Soho Italian wins universal praise for its cuisine, a well-chosen wine list and for one of the most beautiful counters in town - a top counter dining spot.

Bar Boulud London
Mayfair, Belgravia
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Daniel Boulud is one of the top chefs in Manhattan, where his restaurant Daniel has been the favourite of many a critic. This is his London base and he was one of the trailblazers for non-UK restaurants making a base in London. Here it was all about getting things right - service is top notch, and the famed burgers are some of the best in town. Always a good bet in Knightsbridge.

Westminster, Strand, Victoria
5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DW
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

In an area of town more usually associated with after-office binge drinkers and faux American burger joints, the arrival of a new, cheerful Bistro offering great comfort food to the weary masses can only be a good thing.

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