Local fare + TESTING WORD restaurants

Marksman Public House

No stopping the geezer gentrification of London’s East End: Wonderful design and delicious food at this gastropub.

The Ivy Market Grill

Can’t get into celebrity fave The Ivy? No slebs but the same good British comfort food at this Covent Garden Market offshoot.

Holborn Dining Room

Glam and grandiose, this brasserie at the five-star Rosewood might just warrant a trip into London’s ‘Midtown’.

Newman Street Tavern

Pretty, pricey and with a stellar team, a Fitzrovia go-to hotspot when cost isn’t an issue but impressing is.

Quo Vadis

Modern British meals on the menu at this Soho legend with Jeremy Lee in the kitchen.


Life imitates art at Mark Hix’s Shoreditch restaurant where Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde tank doubles up as a reminder of the menu.

Princess of Shoreditch

Giving Eastenders somewhere to feel like royalty, this cosy gastropub does grub downstairs and Gallic gastronomy above.


Twisted British fare and fan-favourites from Mark Hix in Soho.

The Ivy

Brit-fare for the famous. Despite the hype and slavish celebrity fans, a surprisingly unpretentious menu of British favourites including fish and chips.


Fabulous fish and celebrity chips. Fish & chips gone glam thanks to its spacious interiors and ‘see-and-be-seen’ celebrity clientele.


A trip to the seaside - sans sand. This ‘posh chippy’ packs the Kensington crowd in with its superb menu of traditional fishy fare and beautifully designed interiors.

The Eagle

Known as ‘The original London gastropub’, with a hardcore following of folks who like a smoky, old-man’s pub and simple Mediterranean cuisine.


Pub-grub grows up. Too clean and put together to pass as a proper British boozer, but then in trendy Hoxton, this might be as close as it gets.

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