Restaurants

There are thousands of restaurants in London and it is possible to eat very well indeed. The old idea that food in England is poor is certainly out of date.

Because London is home to people from so many different countries it is an ideal place to try the food from different parts of the world.

It is not possible on this website to give details of all the different possibilities, although we have listed some of the most popular places below. The range and variety is enormous, both in terms of style of cuisine and also price. We have reference books and recommendations in the school so please come and talk to us and we will help as much as we can.

Tipping

It is still usual to tip in restaurants unless service is already included (this will usually be shown separately, but ask if it is, if necessary). If service is not included then leave 10-15% of the bill. If service is already included it is not necessary to leave anything.


You may also like to try these website for eating out ideas:

Opentable

London-Eating

Time Out - Restaurant page


Below you will find some restaurants that our course participants, staff and homestay families have enjoyed in the past and recommend. You can add your own comments about the restaurants in the reviews and comments box at the bottom of the page.

£= under £25
££= £25 - £35
£££= over £35
(Prices are approximate and do not include drinks)

Restaurants near Holland Park & Shepherds Bush

Blah Blah Blah (Vegetarian) £, 78 Goldhawk Road, W12 8HA

Patio (Polish) £, 5 Goldhawk Road , W12 8QQ

The Meat and Wine Co. (African) ££, Ariel Way, Westfield, W12 7GA

Belvedere (French) ££, Holland House, off Abbotsbury Road, in Holland Park

Pescheria Mattiucci (Fish & Seafood) £££
, 8 Blenheim Crescent, W11 1NN

Julie's Restaurant and Bar (British) £££, 135 Portland Road, W11 4LW

Restaurants near Notting Hill, Bayswater & Paddington

Churchill Arms (Thai) £, 119 Kensington CHurch Street, W8 7LN

Eat Tokyo (Japanese) £, 18 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR

Taqueria (Mexican) £, 139-143 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS

Mazi (Greek) ££, 12-14 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR

Polpo (Venetian) ££, 126-128 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3QG

Tom's Deli (Modern European) ££, 226 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH

The Ledbury (French) £££, 127 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ

Assaggi (Italian) £££, 1st floor, 39 Chepstow Place, W2 4TS

Restaurants near Acton & Ealing

Sushio Hiro (Japanese) £, 1 Station Parade, Uxbridge Road, W5 3LD

Lazeez (Lebanese) £, 253 Acton High Street, W3 9BY

Santa Maria (Italian) £, 15 St Mary's Road, W5 5RA

Charlotte's Place (European) ££, 16 St Matthews Road, W5 3JT

Piano (Iranian) ££, 80 - 82 Chiswick High Street Chiswick, W4 1SY

Ealing Park Tavern (Modern European) £££, 222 South Ealing Road, W5 4R

Restaurants near Chiswick & Hammersmith

Franco Manca (Italian) £, Chiswick High Road, W4 1PU

101 Thai Kitchen (Thai) £, 352 king street, W6 0RX

Diniva's Cafe & Deli £ (Italian), 369 King Street, W6 9NJ

Mahdi (Iranian) £, 217 King Street, W6 9JT

The Ritz Café (English Breakfast) £, 340a King St, W6 0RR

Haweli (Indian) ££, 357 King Street, W6 9NH

Carpenter's Arms (Modern European) ££, 91 Black Lion Lane, W6 9BG

Malabar (Indian) ££, 27 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TQ

Sam's Brasserie and Bar (Modern European) £££, 11 Barley Mow Passage, W4 4PH

The River Cafe (Italian) £££, Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, W6 9HA

Restaurants near Kensington, Earls Court & Fulham

222 Veggie Vegan (Vegetarian) £, 222 North End Road, W14 9NU

Best Mangal (Turkish) £, 104 North End Road, W14 9EX

Osteria Basilico (Italian) ££, 29 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU

Maggie Jones's (British) ££, Old Court Place, W8 4PL

Kensington Place (Modern European) £££
, 201-209 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LX

Clarke's (Modern European) £££, 124 Kensington Church Street, W8 4BH

Bunga Bunga (Italian) £, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA

Restaurants in Central London

Vapiano (Italian) £,19-21 Great Portland Street, W1W 8QB

Joy King Lau (Chinese) £, 3 Leicester Street, WC2H 7BL 

Goodman (North American)
 ££, 26 Maddox Street, W1S 1HQ

Sauterelle (French) ££, Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LR

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
 £££, 11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG

Aqua Nueva (Spanish£££, Fifth floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance in Argyll Street), W1B 3BR

Tempo Restaurant and Bar (Italian) £, 54 Curzon Street, W1J 8PG

Tsunami Restaurant (Japanese) £, 93 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PY


Pubs

The London pub (the name is short for 'public house') is an institution in its own right and you should find the time to visit a few while you are in London. After all, a lot of English people go to the pub and it can be a good way of meeting people and practising your English.

We often arrange some pub tours as part of the Social Programme.

Many pubs these days serve good food as well as alcohol, and also offer a wide selection of non-alcoholic drinks, so you can enjoy an evening in one without having to drink too much if you don't want to.

Remember that in pubs you have to go to the bar to get served - there is no waiter service unless the pub also has a restaurant (some pubs take orders for food at the bar; others may come to your table).

The English habit is for people to buy a 'round' of drinks - in other words they buy drinks for themselves and their friends all together. Then later another person buys a round.

All pubs and restaurants are smoke-free. 

It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to be served alcohol in a UK pub (and it is also illegal to purchase alcohol for someone else under the age of 18). Some pubs have a policy to ask for ID (identification) from anyone who looks under 21. It is a good idea to carry ID with you that proves your age, particularly if you look younger than 21 years old.

Below is a list of pubs that our students have enjoyed in the past. Most of them are near our schools, although there are a few that we recommend you try if you are exploring other parts of London.  If you have visited a pub that you think should be on this list email us and let us know.

Pubs near Notting Hill & Holland Park

Fashionable Notting Hill captivates visitors with its unique charm. Millions flock here every August for the Notting Hill Carnival, but there are also plenty pubs you can visit all year round. 

Hillgate, 24 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR

Castle, 225 Portobello Road, W11 1LU

Ladbroke Arms, 54 Ladbroke Road, W11 3NW

Sun in Splendour, 7 Portobello Rd, W11 3DA

The Earl Of Lonsdale, 277-281 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA

Pubs near Hammersmith & Chiswick

There are some brilliant pubs in this area, whether you want to sit by the Thames or stay away from the water.

Carpenter's Arms , 91 Black Lion Lane, W6 9BG 

Stonemasons Arms, 54 Cambridge Grove, W6 0LA,

The Dove, 19 Upper Mall, W6 9TA

The Old Ship, 25 Upper Mall, W6 9TD

City Barge, 27 Strand-on-the-Green, W4 3PH

Belushi’s in Hammersmith, 28 Hammersmith Broadway, W6 7AB

Pubs and Bars near Central London & Soho

Find the perfect place to take a break with a pint or a cocktail in the City. And Soho has some of the best pubs in the capital.

French House, 49 Dean Street, W1D 5BG

Vertigo 42, Tower 42 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ

1 Lombard Street 1 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AA

Counting House 50 Cornhill, EC3V 3PD

Rooftop Bars in London

Here are London's best rooftop bars — Get a taste of the high life with our pick of London's best spots to enjoy cocktails in the clouds.

Madison Rooftop Bar, One New Change, EC4M 9AF

Vista at Trafalgar Square, SW1A 2TS

Big Chill House 257-259 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL


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