Central London boasts a huge selection of restaurants – from high-end venues serving fine-dining taster menus, to affordable food stalls offering exotic street food from around the world. The area also has an impressive variety of drinking venues on offer and the high-end bars of central London are frequented by celebrities, royalty, and wealthy clientele. Here, you can find some of the best cocktails in the capital and the country. Let’s look at some of the best food and drink options in central London.
Mews Cocktail Bar – This is one of central London’s most exclusive drinking venues and can be found in the affluent area of Mayfair. The bar can only be accessed via a secret door where guests can enjoy world-class cocktails and beverages, served by waistcoat clothes bartenders in luxe surroundings. The stunning venue also offers a luxuriously decorated Hummingbird room for private events, as well as several exciting cocktail making classes.
Hiba Express – This popular restaurant offers the perfect quick and affordable lunch and serves up some delicious Lebenese cuisine. Popular choices include falafel, hot and cold meze, and traditional Lebenese soups. The lively restaurant offers a great value lunch deal where you can get a main, side, and a drink for just £6.25. You can even bring your own alcohol for only £1.50 per bottle.
The Albert in Westminster – This traditional British pub is best known for its striking Victorian decor, great selection of local beverages, and friendly atmosphere, making it the perfect after-work drinking spot. The impressive Grade-11 listed building is over 150 years old and is the only remaining building from the original Victoria Street development of 1862. As well as drinks, guests can also enjoy a great selection of traditional British pub food with dishes like pie and mash and fish and chips on offer until 10pm.
Hide – This is one of the most talked about new additions on the central London restaurant scene. The Michelin Star restaurant is spread over three floors and features luxe interiors, stunning city views, and a decadent 9-course tasting menu that is perfect for special occasions. There are a number of delicious and unique dishes on offer such as Cornish lobster baked in fig leaves over charcoal; and baked cauliflower mushroom, summer vegetables and lemon thyme for vegans. The restaurant and bar is open until 1am everyday except Sunday, making it the perfect place for a stylish night out on the town.
Nobu – This well-known restaurant chain has become one of the most widely recognised names in Japanese cuisine. You can find three Nobu restaurants in central London, all of which offer delicious Japanese style cuisine served in modern surroundings. The Mayfair restaurant even offers amazing views over Hyde Park. There is a great value lunchtime bento box on offer and the service is extremely efficient, making this one of the best lunch spots in the capital.
Corazon Taqueria – This is Soho’s premier Mexican restaurant which transforms into a lively drinking spot in the evening. There is an impressive cocktail menu on offer featuring a wide range of delicious hand-made classic cocktails like frozen margaritas, as well as some unique beverages with a twist. During the day, the restaurant has a fantastic lunchtime deal where you can enjoy two courses for just £16.