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Moro
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
34 - 36 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Back in 1997 when Moro first opened, Exmouth Market was still a scruffy Clerkenwell street and this restaurant with its implausibly good looking bar staff and open kitchen was the second most exciting thing to happen to the area food-wise since The Eagle threw open its doors. Run by the marvellously-monikered Sam and Sam Clark, it's still turning out great food in a room that's packed every day of the week. Grab a glass of sherry up at the bar, or nab one of the more sought-after window tables and enjoy a lazy, boozy afternoon here.

Spring
Westminster, Strand, Victoria
Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Spring is Skye Gyngell's first solo venture, who had such a big success at Petersham Nurseries. She has set up shop in the "new" wing of Somerset House which hasn't been open to the public for 150 years and serving fair like Grilled langoustine with seaweed butter and Roasted turbot with porcini and bone marrow.

Fischer's
Marylebone
50 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 5HN
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

This is Corbin and King's Marylebone outpost (the people behind the Wolseley, Brasserie Zedel and The Delaunay). This restaurant is intended to be evocative of early 20th Century Vienna". Expect the menu to have an Austrian style -schnitzels, strudels and more are the order of the day, alongside the trademark Corbin and King service.

Brasserie Gustave
Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge
4 Sydney Street, London SW3 6PP
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

This Chelsea brasserie has a lot of respected restaurant folk behind it who have worked at Brasserie St Jacques, The Greenhouse, Brown’s Hotel, The Ritz Hotel, Harry’s Bar and The Arch. Expect classic French brasserie dishes with a lot of trolley service too.

otto
The City
182 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Want to be looked after to within an inch of your life? Well, this is the restaurant you come to. Properly old-school French, Otto's has carved out a niche for itself because of a serious bit of kit called the duck press. This dish sees the breast sliced, then the rest of the duck (bar the legs) pressed in the special screw press giving a juice to which Cognac and duck liver are added before it's poured over the rare slices which finish cooking in the sauce. Both very rich and very pricey but, by all accounts, like nothing else in town.

merchants2
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
36 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PG
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Situated in a revamped Victorian warehouse this Shoreditch spot is all about the super seasonal, with a regularly changing menu that combines European influences with British produce. There's a large bar area too that doesn't get too packed, making it a godsend in these parts.

Aqua Shard
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
Level 31 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

This is Aqua's brand new concept for London, with a focus on contemporary British cuisine from exec chef Anthony Garlando, who has created a menu which combines British ingredients with "Garlando’s innovative international cooking techniques". Expect the cocktails to reflect the British focus too.

bernersnew
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

This is the main restaurant at the London Edition and Jason Atherton is in charge of things. Expect a more upmarket affair to some of Atherton's other spots and a frankly jaw-dropping room too.

Osteria Tufo
North London
67 Fonthill Road, London N4 3HZ
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
hutong2
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

The Aqua group picked The Shard for their first European branch of Hutong - Yeo's Hong-Kong based restaurant which is known for serving up fiery Northern Chinese food. The duck is always wonderful and the red lantern crispy soft shell crab with chilli is always on the menu and worth ordering. Oh the views aren't bad either.

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The City
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4A
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Duck and Waffle has a well-earned reputation as being one of the best restaurants with a view in London - and what a view. It's almost worth a visit for the elevator ride alone. The restaurant has much to recommend besides the view, including the signature Duck and Waffle itself.

Rules
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7LB
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

One of London's oldest restaurants, there has been a Rules serving food in and around this part of Covent Garden since 1798. Here is where you come if you're after history and classic British dishes, served well. The upstairs cocktail bar is legendary.

Quo Vadis
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
26-29 Dean Street, London, W1D 3LL
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Quo Vadis has Jeremy Lee in the kitchen and he's been cooking up a wonderfully British menu. Alas, the restaurant isn't quite what it used to be - with over two-thirds of the space given up to Barrafina. But the food is still great and if you're a member, there's an excellent upstairs restaurant too.

angler2
The City
South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

D&D London, are behind this restaurant which is part of the South Place Hotel in the City. This restaurant sits on the top of the hotel and, as you can imagine from the title, does have a focus on fish. Expect a fine fining experience which has gained the restaurant a Michelin star.

Brasserie Zedel
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED

Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Set in a revamped space just off Piccadilly (where the old Regent Palace Hotel used to be), this is a Parisian café/brasserie with an Art Deco interior as well as cocktail and jazz bars. It's an all-day restaurant with a focus on value for money, so expect something a bit more mid-range than the Delaunay, also from Corbin & King.

Odette's
North London
130 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 8XL
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
goringnew
Westminster, Strand, Victoria
Beeston Place, London SW1W 0JW
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

The Goring has been a London institution for over 100 years. It's around the corner from Buckingham Palace and the Queen has been known to pop in from time to time, so if you're lucky you might see a royal or two. Here you'll find high-end Michelin-starred dining. Don't miss out on the eggs drumkilbo - they were a fave of the Queen Mother.

The Savoy Grill
Westminster, Strand, Victoria
The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2R 0EU
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Gordon Ramsay launches the new Savoy Grill, with head chef Stuart Gillies in charge and now with an added champagne bar.

Trullo
North London
300 - 302 St Paul's Road, London N1 2LH
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Probably Islington's most famous (and hard to get into) restaurant, this Italian affair sees Jordan Frieda, formerly front-of-house at The River Cafe teaming up with chef Tim Siadatan - one of the original trainees at Fifteen. Expect superlative Italian cuisine. If you're having trouble getting into Padella, from the same team, then booking a table here will help you avoid that queue.

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.

chapelle
The City
35 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin run this restaurant, set in the frankly stunning St Botolph's Hall. Think fine, French, Michelin-starred food in historic surroundings.

The Bull and Last
North London
168 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 1QS
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

It takes a lot to make yet another gastropub opening stand out from the crowd in London but the Bull and Last appears to have stuck to the tried and tested formula of serving simply fantastic food. They call themselves a Pub and Kitchen, but reviewers felt the food surpassed usual gastropub fare to be truly gourmet.

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