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Busaba's Bird Street entrance

Busaba Eathai

My friends and I visit this luxurious yet informal Thai canteen more than any other restaurant.

Spinach, pine nuts and sultanas on flatbread © Hilary Perkins


Londoners happily queue for a seat at this slimline Soho tapas bar (but I’d just arrive early).

Baked chocolate mousse with prunes and armagnac

The Bull & Last

Definitely in the top two or three of London’s gastropubs, and not too restauranty.

Exquisite presentation


An international team of chefs serving some of the most exciting Japanese food in London.

Simple but colourful


Competition is hot in London for my favourite Italian restaurant, but this one just nabs it.

Intimate table settings ©  Sifu Renka

Locanda Locatelli

Italian haute cuisine from one of London’s most charismatic chefs.

In up-and-coming Shoreditch © James Kirkup


A sunny hangout for the better-heeled peeps of Shoreditch.

Rhubarb ravioli with buttermilk ice-cream © Elisabet S

The Ledbury

Two Michelin stars and topping many 'best of' lists, a table here is the hottest in the west.

Popular pavement tables © Ewan Munro

Great Queen Street

A laid-back restaurant that serves superb modern British food.

The bar area

National Dining Rooms

A British café-restaurant with sensational views of Trafalgar Square.