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The best London restaurants open on Monday

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Monday is one of the most underrated days to explore London’s culinary scene; you can grab seats at the hottest places, avoid the crowds and enjoy a completely different vibe to busier parts of the week. If you've been working over the weekend, fancy taking advantage of hard-to-get restaurant availability or simply want to start the week strong, here's our pick of where to go. 

 

Where the food is the focus

Some of London's best-rated restaurants are open on a Monday - if you've had trouble getting in on a busier night, this might be your chance.

Manteca

MantecaShoreditch - 49-51 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT

Fully settled down in its permanent Shoreditch home after a few years of site hopping, this British/Italian restaurant focuses on whole-animal butchery along with hand-rolled pasta. They even make their own cured meats and salamis in-house.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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The Hero

The HeroMaida Vale - 55 Shirland Rd, London W9 2JD

This is the Maida Vale pub that's been taken over by the same team as The Pelican. Right now, they're serving up a menu in the pub only (with a grill restaurant to come). Expect their own approach to classic pub grub, including scotch eggs or ham egg and chips alongside more elevated takes like a whole quail.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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Lita

LitaMarylebone - 7 Paddington St, London W1U 5QE

An immediate surprise hit, chef Luke Ahearne's cooking made Lita a very big deal, very quickly. Billed as a neighbourhood bistro, there's a focus on live-fire cooking and there are some truly exceptional small plates here. A busy place at the best of times, so if you have trouble getting a booking, Monday's a good bet.  

Open: Dinner only

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Roe

RoeCanary Wharf - Five Park Drive, Wood Wharf, London E14 9GG

From the team behind Fallow, this sees them bringing their sustainably-focused cooking to Canary Wharf for a much bigger restaurant and with a completely new menu. The banana parfait is a must-have and when they start breakfasts soon, this will be the place for a decent start to the week in Canary Wharf. 

Open: Lunch and dinner

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Chishuru

ChishuruFitzrovia - 3 Great Titchfield St., London W1W 8AX

One of London's hottest new Michelin-starred restaurants, Adejoké Bakare's Chishuru has a modern West African menu that's absolutely worth seeking out and great for a Monday visit. It's a set menu affair, and a pretty affordable one for lunchtime too. 

Open: Lunch and dinner

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Josephine

JosephineChelsea - 15 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QH

Claude Bosi's latest opening is a neighbourhood affair, so caters to locals by opening every day of the week. Expect an elevated take on a classic French bistro with a few Lyonnaise touches. And look out for their daily changing specials too. 

Open: Lunch and dinner

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The Devonshire

The DevonshireSoho - 17 Denman Street, London W1D 7HW

Both pub and restaurant are open at this hotter-than-hot pub and while bookings are notoriously hard to get, Monday might be a little easier. Ashley Palmer Watt's menu is focused around their huge wood-ember grill, and make sure to order the lamb chops.  

Open: Lunch and dinner

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Cadet

Stoke Newington - 57 Newington Grn, London N16 9PX

Top wine bar Cadet has started opening on Mondays, with a baked St Cera cheese on the menu alongside, of course, an excellent wine list. And if it's available, you must not leave before trying their pate en route.  

Open: Dinner

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Sessions Arts Club

Sessions Arts ClubClerkenwell - 24 Clerkenwell Grn, London EC1R 0NA

If you're looking for a spectacular dining room to kick off the week, you won't do much better than the stripped back beauty of Sessions Arts Club. Here, you'll find a regularly changing seasonal menu of British, French and Italian cooking from top chef Florence Knight and a notably great wine list too. 

Open: Dinner

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Mountain

MountainSoho - 16-18 Beak St, London W1F 9RD

Tomos Parry's restaurant in Soho is one of the most popular in London, so Monday might just be an easier day to grab yourself a table. Expect a menu that takes inspiration from Spain and produce from Wales with cheese and bread made in-house too. If they're on, make sure to order the excellent red prawns on fresh cheese. 

Open: Dinner

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107 Wine Shop and Bar

107 Wine Shop and BarClapton - 107 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0NP

Formerly P Franco, the space was rescued by GM William Gee and relaunched as 107, but it essentially remains P Franco in a slightly different guise. Monday is one of the quieter times to see what wonders their resident chef is cooking up on the hobs at the back while working through the wine recommendations of Gee.

Open: Lunch and Dinner

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Mangal II

Mangal IIDalston - 4 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XN

Ferhat and Sertaç Dirik's Dalston restaurant has swiftly become a chef's favourite, so it's little surprise that it's open on a Monday, when more hospitality folk are off work and can actually visit. They bring the humble ocakbasi to new heights with an ever-changing menu and a great wine list. 

Open: Dinner only

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Ikoyi

IkoyiStrand - 180 Strand, Temple, London WC2R 1EA

Now in its new home on The Strand, Ikoyi is a much larger affair and one of the few multi-Michelin-starred restaurants that's open on a Monday. So if you're a fan of Jeremy Chan's food and want to check out their new digs, Monday may be the day. 

Open: Dinner only

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Brat

BratShoreditch - 4 Redchurch St, London E1 6JL

Chef Tomas Parry’s Shoreditch restaurant combines great food cooked over an open fire with a strong wine list from the Noble Rot team. Go big with a whole turbot or Galician steak or work your way through the superlative small plates.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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BAO

BAO SohoSoho - 53 Lexington St, Carnaby, London W1F 9AS

The OG Bao is a good one to hit up on Monday for a Taiwanese steamed bun or three, not least because, along with their Shoreditch noodle outpost, it’s actually open. They’re particularly welcoming of solo diners so take the time to enjoy your meal here and end with a fried Horlicks bao for dessert.

Open: Lunch and dinner

More about BAO Soho

 

Honey & Co

Honey & CoBloomsbury - 54 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LW

"Come for the mezze, stay for the meatballs," they say. Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich's belovod Middle Eastern restaurant has firmly settled into its new home in Bloomsbury. It's the perfect spot to head to on a Monday night for their sharing menu so you don't have to fight over which of the mezze dishes to order, you get a bit of all of them.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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Kiln

KilnSoho - 58 Brewer St, London W1F 9TL

Sit up at the counter at this Soho spot for some of the best Thai food to be had in London. Using open-fire cooking, Kiln takes inspiration from the countries bordering Thailand so expect Burmese, Yunnanese and Laos spicing and flavours here too.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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Koya

KoyaCity, Soho, Hackney

Renowned for its homemade noodles, this udon bar now has three branches across the city all of which are excellent places to perch and polish off a bowl of udon using dashi made freshly on site. It’s also got quite the reputation for its breakfast bowls which are a great way to start the day.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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Lahpet West End

Lahpet West EndCovent Garden - 21 Slingsby Pl, London WC2E 9AB

With their original Shoreditch restaurant closed on Mondays, the only place you can be sure of getting some tea leaf salad or mohinga in London on a Monday is Lahpet’s Covent Garden branch. Try new dishes or opt for their popular signatures like the coconut noodles with chicken.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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Rochelle Canteen

Rochelle CanteenShoreditch - 16 Playground Gardens, London E2 7FA

Once you’ve actually found this hidden-away restaurant (hint, look for the buzzer by the door in the wall) you’ve found lunch nirvana on a Monday. Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson’s ‘canteen’ is more of a gastronomy Mecca for foodies looking for superb seasonal produce cooked sympathetically.

Open: Lunch only

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St John

St JohnSmithfield - 26 St John St, Barbican, London EC1M 4AY

Fergus Henderson’s world-renowned restaurant is a perfect place to hit up on a Monday whether you’re popping in for a coffee and Eccles cake in the morning or going the whole nose-to-tail hog with a dish of Crispy Pig Cheek served up with dandelion and roast shallots for dinner.

Open: All-day

More about St John

 

Also open

Fallow (St James) - Fallow runs big on sustainability, so everything is super seasonal and focuses mainly on British and Irish produce. They also do an extremely good breakfast. 

Elis (Bethnal Green) - Italian and Brazilian food combine in this restaurant from the chef behind two-Michelin-starred Da Terra

The Tamil Prince (Islington) - Top South Asian cuisine in an Islington pub

Bubala (Soho and Spitalfields) - The Soho outpost of the Middle-Eastern-inspired vegetarian restaurant

Elliot's (Borough) - Neighbourhood restaurant with a focus on natural wine

Leroy (Shoreditch) - Michelin-starred wine bar and restaurant

Morito Hackney and Morito Exmouth Market) - Whether it's for a small or big occasion, both Moritos are offering up tapas and mezze all day long

Ombra (Hackney) - Top Italian food

Pizarro (Bermondsey) - Jose Pizarro's main Spanish restaurant 

Smokestak (Shoreditch) - for BBQ and smoked meats action

Smoking Goat (Shoreditch) - Top Thai small plates

Trullo (Islington) - Sister restaurant to Padella and serving up some amazing Italian food

Sam's Riverside (Hammersmith) - For a meal that overlooks the Thames 

 

For a special occasion

Whether it's for a birthday or another special occasion, these restaurants should fit the bill.

Murano

MuranoMayfair - 20 Queen Street, London, W1J 5PR

This is the flagship Angela Hartnett restaurant (more upmarket than the Cafe Muranos which are also open on Monday), this Italian restaurant has recently had a big refurb. A perfect place to go for some of the most accomplished Italian food in the capital. 

Open: Lunch and dinner

More about Murano

 

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

Bentley's Oyster Bar & GrillMayfair - 11-15 Swallow St, London W1B 4DG

Chef Richard Corrigan’s piscine palace just off Piccadilly is renowned for its oyster platters and superb seafood. If you’re looking for a pint of Guinness (or glass of Champagne) and half a dozen native oysters, there’s no better place to go.

Open: Lunch and dinner

More about Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

 

Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley

Cedric Grolet at The BerkeleyKnightsbridge - Wilton Pl, London SW1X 7RL

For sweet-toothed patisserie lovers, the perfect place to treat yourself on a Monday is this shiny new bakery and cafe from Parisian chef Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge. Pop in for a not-so-simple pain au chocolat or book for the full dessert tasting menu experience.

Open: Morning through to early supper

More about Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley

 

The Delaunay

The DelaunayCovent Garden - 55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB

This popular all-day spot on the Aldwych has just unveiled its new look Delaunay Counter serving up an Alpine menu of traditional treats like fondue and tarte flambées. It’s an easy place to pop in and graze if you’re out running errands or to stay longer and catch up with friends.

Open: All-day

More about The Delaunay

 

The Guinea Grill

The Guinea GrillMayfair - 30 Bruton Pl, London W1J 6NL

While you can always opt for a scotch egg and perfectly poured pint in the pub here, the real fun at this Mayfair spot comes with a full-blown lunch or dinner in the restaurant, where you can peruse the steaks before they head to the grill or opt for one of their superb traditional pies.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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Gymkhana

GymkhanaMayfair - 42 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JH

Even celebrities need somewhere to go on a Monday and if you’re an A-lister out on the town at the beginning of the week this Indian restaurant in Mayfair is the perfect celeb spot. Here, you can order the signature dish of kid goat methi keema and a pink gin while dodging the paparazzi.

Open: Lunch and diner

More about Gymkhana

 

The River Cafe

The River CafeHammersmith - Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, London W6 9HA

This self-styled canteen down by the Thames under the auspices of Ruth Rogers sends out exquisite platefuls of amazing Italian food - at prices to match. A Monday meal here would be a strong start to any week.

Open: Lunch and dinner

More about The River Cafe

 

Also open

Mount St Restaurant (Mayfair) - Dine on modern British cooking surrounded by real modern art

Bellamy's (Mayfair) - A favourite restaurant of the Royal family

Hunan (Pimlico) - For high-end Chinese cuisine

J Sheekey (Soho) - Perfect for seafood and for pre/post any Monday theatre visit

The Wolseley - The grand cafe on Piccadilly is open from very special Monday breakfasts through to dinner 

 

Looking for a big night 

Just because it's a Monday, you may still be up for a proper night out and any of the following will fit that bill nicely.

Arlington

ArlingtonMayfair - 20 Arlington St, St. James's, London SW1A 1RJ

Given just how popular Jeremy King's Arlington (aka Le Caprice 2.0) is, a Monday biking may be the best way to get a table at this restaurant. Last-minute bar counter bookings are your best bet. Perch up there with an ice-cold martini and you can be sure of an old-school Mayfair scene at this hotspot. 

Open: All-day

More about Arlington

 

Balans

BalansSoho - 34 Old Compton St, London W1D 4TS

There are two Balans on Old Compton Street, and while the one at No 60 is bigger and buzzier, it’s the original site on the corner of Old Compton and Frith Street that you want on a Monday, when it’s open until the early hours of the next morning. Join the Soho regulars and hospitality workers who pile in here to enjoy the all-day brunch option.

Open: All-day

More about Balans

 

Chotto Matte

Chotto MatteSoho - 11, 13 Frith St, London W1D 4RB

This vibey Soho restaurant serves up a fun mix of strong cocktails alongside its Nikkei cuisine - a mixture of Peruvian and Japanese influences. Enjoy sushi alongside ceviche before working your way through the robata grill options.

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Chotto Matte

 

Paradise

Paradise  Soho - 61 Rupert St, London W1D 7PW

Enjoy the favours of Sri Lanka at this minimalist London restaurant, inspired by owner Dom Fernando’s family roots in Colombo. There’s a particularly interesting wine list along with cocktails like jackfruit bellinis and the whey-brined Leicestershire paneer is unmissable.

Open: Dinner only

More about Paradise

 

Noble Rot

Noble RotSoho/Bloomsbury/Mayfair

Whether you’re visiting the Soho, Bloomsbury or the new Mayfair location, Mondays at Noble Rot are always going to be a good idea. Peruse one of the best wine lists in London while enjoying the slip soles or perfectly wobbly panna cotta. The set lunch is a great deal too. 

Open: Both open lunch and dinner

More about Noble Rot

 

The Plimsoll

The PlimsollFinsbury Park - 52 St Thomas’s Road, London N4 2QW

Securing a table at this white-hot popular North London pub is always hard, but Monday might just be the best option. Hit up their Instagram account to find out what’s on the regularly changing menu, but the cheeseburger is always a win.

Open: Dinner only

More about The Plimsoll

 

Porte Noire

Porte NoireKing's Cross - Gasholder 10, unit A, London N1C 4BY

Co-owned by Idris Elba, this King’s Cross wine bar has been a hit from day one. Better book ahead, as it’s super popular with locals wanting to pop in for a glass of the bar’s own-label Champagne and amazing charcuterie platters.

Open: Afternoon and dinner only

More about Porte Noire

 

Also open 

Sunday in Brooklyn (Notting Hill) - ideal if you're after a boozy brunch on a Monday

 

Looking for something wallet-friendly

For great food and great value all at once, you can't beat these restaurants.  

Padella

PadellaBorough, Shoreditch

Factor in virtual queueing time to this perennially popular Borough Market pasta spot. You can hardly blame everyone for wanting to eat here when the prices for top-quality Italian food are this good.

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Padella

 

Dumplings Legend

Dumplings LegendChinatown - 15-16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JE

A Chinatown standout, as the name suggests the dumplings are the things to come for, we suggest their xiao long bao and crispy belly pork. Service is brisk, the prices keen and the food is always excellent.

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Dumplings Legend

 

Joe Allen

Joe AllenCovent Garden - 15-16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JE

This long-running Covent Garden restaurant (now in its second location) has a brasserie menu that's surprisingly good value for the area - and there's a chance you'll see the odd celeb here too. Make sure you order their excellent burger (it's not listed on the menu - you have to be in the know).

Open: Dinner only

More about Joe Allen

 

Market Halls

Market HallsOxford Street/ Victoria/ Canary Wharf

Market Halls have two central London food hall locations, by Victoria Station and just off Oxford Street. Both are fun, buzzy places where you can try dishes from a range of interesting vendors and they have outside space too if you’re craving alfresco time. The dosas and dhal from Gopals and rainbow dumplings by Baozilnn are both must-haves.

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Market Halls

 

Roti King

Roti KingEuston / Battersea

One of London’s great cheap eats, this classic Euston spot serves up the best Malaysian food bar none at great prices. The roti canai are to die for and, coincidentally, a great reviver if you had a full-on Sunday. The newer restaurant in Battersea is also open on Mondays. 

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Roti King

 

Seven Dials Market

Seven Dials MarketCovent Garden - 35 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LD

Run by the KERB market team, this indoor food hall has a rotating offering of food and drink vendors, perfect for an indecisive group Current highlights include BBQ treats by From The Ashes, Filipino food from Bong Bong’s and the freshest doughnuts by Longboys.

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Seven Dials Market

 

 

Tried and trusted

These are small restaurant groups where you always know you'll get a good meal whatever branch you head to. 

Dishoom

DishoomKensington, Covent Garden, Shoreditch, King’s Cross, Carnaby

This Indian street food spot is a massive hit most of the time, so try Mondays for the best day to grab a table. All the London restaurants are open for their legendary bacon naan, small plates and house black daal.

Open: Lunch & Dinner

More about Dishoom

 

Flat Iron

Flat IronCovent Garden, Tottenham Crt Road, Marylebone, Spitalfields, King’s Cross, Soho, Shoreditch, London Bridge, Borough

All the Flat Irons are open on a Monday, so if you’re after a steak restaurant but are minding your budget, then head here. As well as the titular flat iron steaks, you’ll find more cuts, their special burger and more. Many have a site-specific special, so watch out for those too.

Open: All Lunch & Dinner

More about Flat Iron

 

Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor Air Street, Borough, Guildhall, Knightsbridge, Spitalfields, Canary Wharf, Seven Dials

If you’re looking for a Monday steak dinner that’s a little more of a treat, then a trip to Hawksmoor is definitely something to consider. Start with an excellent cocktail in their bars before going all-in on steak (but note that their seafood options are on-point as well).

Open: All open for dinner, Seven Dials open for lunch too

More about Hawksmoor

 

Tonkotsu

TonkotsuVarious locations across London

If you’re looking for proper ramen on a Monday, then Tonkotsu is the place for you. All the London locations are open all day and they also serve some of the best chicken kara-age in town (not to mention amazing dumplings.

Open: All Lunch & Dinner

More about Tonkotsu

 

Also open

Gunpowder (Soho, Spitalfields, Tower Bridge) - The excellent Indian small plates restaurants

Sam's Riverside (Hammersmith) - Sam Harrison's Thames-side cafe

 

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