Victoria wasn't always the best place to have a bite to eat - but years of re-development have transformed the area bringing a myriad of different options. So if you work nearby, if you're commuting through or even if you're visiting one of the big theatres, there's definitely something that should fit the bill. And if you head into the quiet streets of Pimlico, there's even more to discover.
This Michelin starred Chinese restaurant is the flagship for Andrew Wong (who is also behind Kym's in the City). In a pared-back room, the menu travels the broad spectrum of Chinese cooking and has a lunchtime dim sum menu that's absolutely worth crossing town for.
Aster comes from D&D restaurants, who also run the German Gymnasium in King's Cross, Sartoria in Mayfair and Launceston Place in South Kensington (among many other restaurants). Part of the big Nova complex, this is a two-level restaurant with a cafe downstairs and a more traditional restaurant upstairs. With this restaurant, they've gone Nordic for their influences.
Bleecker are in the upper echelons of what's already a pretty damned good burger scene in London. Originally starting out on the street-food market, they've slowly become established across town. The cheeseburgers are great but if the Blecker Black is on offer - with extra black pudding - that should be your go-to burger.
Ansel is best known as the inventor of the cronut - which caused huge queues at the original New York location. This is his first London bakery and yes, there are plenty of cronuts on offer. But there's much more besides, serving up some of the most unique cakes, pastries and sweets in town.
Jason Atherton's restaurant is in the Nova development in Victoria, and this time it's an Italian - something he's been wanting to open for a while. Expect a mix of pasta dishes, pizzas from the huge open oven and more besides. There's takeaway and also a separate bar upstairs. And keep an eye our for the special pizzas he runs in collaboration with London's top chefs.
Hunan is rated as one of London's best Chinese restaurants, rated extremely highly by chefs and critics alike. As the name suggests, you can expect Hunanese cooking here - so there's heat going on, but you'll be asked if you want them to dial it back, if needed.
This restaurant in Victoria has an ex-sommelier from River Cafe and a chef from Brawn, so expect a particularly good wine list and a Modern British seasonal menu to match with it. It's rated as one of the best in Victoria and there are two options if you're heading down - have a quick bite at the bar or head to the dining room for a longer dinner.
Market Hall is on a mission to change the image of food courts in London. They're gathering some top names - many who have never done anything outside their main restaurants - all under one roof. It's a good way to see the real breadth of food in London all in one place. Just order your food, grab a pew and they'll buzz when it's ready. And repeat. And repeat.
With London being the strongest it's ever been for high-end Indian restaurants, the Quilon has been one of the longest serving in the city - and its kept its Micheli star too. It's also the sister restaurant of Bombay Brasserie. Expect south west coastal Indian cuisine with a high-end feel.
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. Expect high-end Michelin=starred dining and the eggs drumkilbo that have been on the menu in some form for ages - and were a fave of the Queen Mother.
Naughty Piglets has been a big hit in Brixton and caught the eye of none other than Andrew Lloyd-Webber. He brought them to The Other Place Theatre for their second restaurant. It's all about sharing plates and there's a big focus on their strong natural wine list too.
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