Planning a shopping trip to Oxford Street? Here are a few places on and off the main drag where you can pop in for a bite to eat when you lose the will to do any more shopping or simply want to escape the crowds.
Where: 16 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London W1G 9DD
The people behind Parisian restaurant Taillevent brought this spin-off Les 110 de Taillevent to London. It focuses on food and wine pairings and is named after the 110 wines available by the glass. Each of the 30 dishes is matched by one of four selected glasses.
Where: 15-17 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2NE
This is a "wine workshop and kitchen" on Marylebone Lane. Once part of a group, it's now a solo wine bar with European food in Marylebone nnd a nice spot to perch yourself up at the counter if you're waiting for someone else to finish shopping..
Where: 6 Princes Street, London W1B 2LG
This Oxford Circus restaurant does what it says on the tin - pretty much everything here features avocado from the cocktails through to the desserts. It's not just a gimmick though, the dishes are both insta-friendly and delicious.
Where: 42 North Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 6ZR
Within minutes of Selfridges this new Indian restaurant has been an instant success, marrying the best of British produce in serving up 'impactful' Indian food. Whether you're sitting up at the bar or manage to nab a booth, you'll be sure of an amazing meal here.
Where: 5 Princes St, London W1B 2LQ
Pop into this Mayfair spot for a street food tour of India. From their butter paneer bomb to their haddock pakoras it's a great place whether you only need a light meal or want to spend more time sharing food with your friends or family
Where: 26-28 Binney Street, London W1K 5BN
Previously Smack Lobster, this has now morphed into another branch of the popular upmarket chain serving exactly what it says on the tin - yes burgers and lobster rolls.
Where: 3 Chapel Place, London W1G 0BG
Goodman, the people behind the incredibly successful Burger & Lobster opened this restaurant which is focused purely around steak and king crab. Expect communal tables, sides, a big wine list and a limited spirit list too.
Where: 22-23 Woodstock Street, London, W1C 2AR
This is the newest location for Chisou (which relocated from Princes Street in 2018) and it's handy for both Oxford and Regent Streets. Expect modern Japanese cooking and a chef's table sushi bar.
Where: 10 Seymour Place, London W1H 5DB
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.
Where: 30-34 James Street, London W1U 1EU
This Italian restaurant is the sister restaurant to Harry’s Dolce Vita and 'inspired by' the private members club of the same name in Mayfair. All are owned by Richard Caring's Caprice Holdings (who's behind The Ivy).
Where: 3-5 Barrett Street, St Christopher’s Place, London W1U 1AY
Tucked in off the main drag on St Christopher's Place, Isola is a Sicilian-inspired grand cafe from the San Carlo Group. Think lobster spaghtti and truffle ravioli in a beautiful space, with a large terrace for alfresco dining.
Where: 62 Seymour Street, London W1H 5BN
Formerly known as Bernardi's this casual Italian bar and restaurant serves up classic Italian dishes and cocktails. There's also a handy wraparound terrace for if you're looking to eat alfresco.
Where: 9 Seymour Place, London W1H 5BA
This is from the people behind Donostia - and it's just across the road from their sibling. It's a much larger restaurant and there's a big emphasis on the aged Galician beef, which they import themselves (and supply other restaurants with too). An excellent place to try Basque-style steak in London - and they've a lovely private courtyard.
Where: 14 North Audley Street, London W1K 6WE
As you might be able to tell from the name, this is Mayfair's own Fish and Chip shop. So if you're really in the mood for cod and chips, this really is the place to head for. Fast food done well.
Where: 37-38 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1G 0JF
They expanded from a pop-up, roaming outlet to become one of the biggest burger restaurants in London. Their first restaurant was in W1 and has now been replaced with this even bigger venue. There are burgers, hot dogs, lethal cocktails and - most usefully - a very late licence.
Where: St Mark's, North Audley St, London W1K 6ZA
This is the second huge market from the same folk who opened Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant & Castle - and both markets have a particular Italian feel to them. And it just happens to be in a deconsecrated church.
Where: 41 N Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 6ZP
The North Audley Canteen is a Mayfair bistro and cocktail bar serving a great line in French sharing plates. Founded by childhood friends it's one of Mayfair's classic lunch spots.
Where: 6 Dering St, Mayfair, London W1S 1AD
While Rasa W1 does serve meat and fish, it's slowly become legendary for its vegetarian and vegan feasts. So if you fancy a veg-only break from shopping, head to this South Indian restaurant.
Where: 54 James St, Marylebone, London W1U 1HE
This was the first Patty & Bun restaurant in London, just off Oxford Street, where they started serving up their hugely popular burgers like the 'Ari Gold' cheeseburger and 'Jose jose' chilli burger.
Where: 18 Weighhouse St, London W1K 5LU
The DE in question stands for Deliciously Ella, the owner of this vegan cafe just by Bond Street station. They pride themselves on making everything in house from the vegan butter to walnut 'parmesan'. It's a handy all day spot if you need breakfast to bolster you before shopping or somewhere to drop after.
Where: 3-4 Portman Mews South, London W1H 6HS
An Indian street cafe with an urban London feel with small Indian bites including "bun tikka" and "bun kebab" - essentially Indian styled burgers- and a larger restaurant with bigger plates downstairs.
Where: 3-4 Portman Mews South, London W1H 6HS
This pub (with an upstairs cocktail bar) is run by the people behind Chase Brewery so you can be sure that the cocktails are on point. But if you're after food, then the Lobster Croissant sounds like it should revive anyone.
Where: 15 Langham Pl, Marylebone, London W1B 3DE
Part of The Langham hotel, this is run by Michel Roux Jr but it's much more like a standalone gastropub - and as such is one of the handiest drinking dens in the area. That said, the food is well worth a look - the pies and masala scotch egg particularly.
Where: 9 Duke Street, London W1U 3EG
Chef Patron Diego Jacquet is in charge of the food here. Expect the very best of Argentine cuisine using both the best British ingredients as well as Argentine beef (of course). If you can, get a seat in the basement at the counter that surrounds the kitchen - it's super cosy.
Where: 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB, London W1B 3BR
Not only does this Japanese restaurant have a large heated terrace but it's also a very useful place to know about if you fancy a bento box lunch. They also do a good kids menu at the weekends.
Where: 64 Eastcastle St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8NQ
As the name suggests, multiple Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Quique Dacosta's first London restaurant has a big focus on rice with loads of paella on the menu. But it's not ALL rice and there's a cracking bar upstairs as well.
Where: 7 - 8 Market Place, London W1W 8AG
This handy spot is tucked in away from Oxford Circus and comes from the Caso do Frango team who've joined forces with TA TA Eatery for the food. Think Cuban dishes and drinks with foot long pork chicharrones just the ticket to revive weary shoppers.
Where: 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP
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.
Where: 187 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8ZB
The people behind Chick n' Sours are in charge of this fast-food fried chicken spot CHIK'N. Expect their usual top class fried chicken sandwiches and some excellent sides too.
Where: 40-41 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HX
The Big Mamma Group's second opening in London saw them hit up Fitzrovia with a massively OTT slice of Mediterranean charm and flavour. Expect queues.
Where: 60-61 Berwick Street, London W1F 8SU
Recently refurbed, this restaurant comes from the people behind Salt Yard and takes its inspiration from the rural Basque and Italian methods of smoking and grilling over charcoal. The menu is almost entirely cooked on a custom-built charcoal-fired grill.
Where: 38 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7LY
More fish and chips to choose from, this is a highly rated chippy with a retro look. Expect sustainably fished seafood with a simple menu featuring cod, plaice and more. Obviously you'll be wanting chips with that.
Where: 8 Hanway Place, London W1T 1HD
This is the original Hakkasan and if you feel you really deserve it after all that shopping (and still have plenty of money left) this would be a very luxe way to recover. Expect high-end Michelin starred Chinese food and plenty of bling.
Where: 92 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3EZ
Coming from a family of well known Hainanese chefs it's no wonder head chef Danny knows his way around a good laksa. They also have a special vegan menu.
Where: 31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1JH
This Peruvian restaurant is from Virgilio Martinez, former Executive Chef at Astrid y Gaston, listed on the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list. It aims to "integrate Peruvian traditional cuisine with a modern and contemporary twist."
Where: Treehouse London, 14-15 Langham Pl, London W1B 2QS
If you're in the West End shopping with kids and you want a place that'll serve you and them equally well, this pizzeria by LA chef Nancy Silvrton is the place to go. Enjoy trad and contemporary pizzas and the desserts are to die for.
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Where: 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB
Caprice Holdings - the people behind The Ivy restaurants, Sexy Fish and lots more - are behind this in-your-face restaurant at Selfridges. And, like Sexy Fish, this has a big old Damen Hirst installation front and centre.
Where: 300 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1C 1DX
On the top of John Lewis, there's a roof garden that's well worth seeking out. Right now the current residency is from Giz 'n' Green's Pizza Pies. There are bookable cabins and a wide range of cocktails on offer too.
Where: 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB
Inside the Selfridges food hall, you'll find a mini version of Tonkotsu, serving up their signature mix of ramen, dumplings and more. Counter dining only, it's well worth grabbing a stool here.
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