Top restaurants for Designers

Top restaurants for Designers

Looking to impress your friends or have the best meal ever? Here are our favourite restaurants in London, make sure you book a table to not miss out…


A 70’s Capri-style & all-day long Trattoria in the middle of Shoreditch. Featuring an explosive menu, mixing old Italian classics, with amazing products direct from 180 small producers in Italy – plus a few fun twists from Chef Armando. From the outrageous Cacio e Pepe, to the Neapolitan Pizza heated in the gigantic Marana oven and even the Italian gelato made with love, Bronte pistachio. Everything they do is 100% fresh and homemade.

When it comes to drinks, the bar team has created a killer cocktail menu and in the warm and cosy wine room, you’ll find 50 Barolo’s from the best winemakers of Piemonte like Marco Parusso or GD Vajra. Joyful and lush by day, the place gets funky at night, with house made playlists and a cosy vibe downstairs. We recommend booking it in advance as it gets busy! 

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Address: 54-56 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3QR

Mercato Mayfair

Deconsecrated in 1974, St Mark’s on North Audley Street is now offering sustainable authentic food, offering two floors of worldwide cuisine, a rooftop terrace, wine cellar and a community space. Maintaining the Mercato ethos, ingredients are fresh, artisanal and sustainably sourced as far as possible. A place like no other, don’t miss out on visiting this very special restaurant that revived the building’s heritage old stained glass sanctuary. 

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Address: St. Mark's Church, N Audley St, London W1K 6ZA

Chiltern Firehouse

One of London’s most exclusive restaurants. The restaurant is part of a five-star hotel in Marylebone’s grade II listed Victorian fire station. When it opened back in 2014, it was outrageously exclusive and nobody without an Oscar could get in. A few years on, it’s (marginally) easier to get a table, and – on the plus side – you’ll finally get a break from all those paps.

As you’d expect from a grandiose 1889 building, the interiors are pretty impressive. The sprawling dining room is a stylish marriage of upmarket brasserie (studded leather banquettes, antique pendant lighting, Bentwood bar stools) and as a Victorian fire station, with the original glazed wall tiles, fire doors and firemen’s poles left intact. Outside, you’ll also find a secluded dining terrace, with monochrome striped awnings, plush seating, and an outdoor fireplace crackling with heat in the colder months.

Make sure to call up in advance to book a table. 

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Address: 1 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PA


Michelin-starred Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias merges the Spanish cuisine of his family with his love of Mexico for his debut London restaurant. Expect lots of flavour - Gambas Rojas, mezcal cocktails, and a dramatically different tortilla. Situated on the 10th-floor of The Standard Hotel, Decimo is uniquely positioned with floor-to-ceiling windows and dramatic views across the London skyline and is accessible by its exterior red-pill lift. 

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Address: The Standard, 10th Floor, 10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG


This is one of the quirkiest venues in London – and one which lays a solid claim to being the most beautiful, too. You’ll immediately feel your feet being drawn into each step along the hopscotch court painted onto the floor. But keep your eyes up, or you’ll miss the glitter-smothered portrait of Her Maj just to your left, or the hypnotic mechanical sculpture down the stairs at the back.

Sketch London is fuelled by art. It’s infused in the walls, the floors, the bathrooms, and in the food itself. It makes for a venue that looks like nowhere else in the city. 

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Address: 9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG

Riding House Fitzrovia

Riding House Café really does have a bit of everything. You can sit at individual settings, or on the grand candelabra-lit communal dining table; in the more secluded dining room, or on low chairs in the lounge – or soak up the action at the buzzing bar. There are antiques, curios (wall lamps made from stuffed squirrels, for instance) and architectural salvage from around the globe.

You could drink a coffee, a pre-dinner cocktail, a Riding House mocktail, something from the wide-ranging wine list, or a beer. You might eat full-sized brasserie dinners, tapas-like sharing plates, or bar snacks. Come for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, Sunday roast, or anything in between.

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Address: 43-51 Great Titchfield St., London W1W 7PQ

Darwin Brasserie

London’s highest rooftop brasserie overlooking the Thames on Level 36. Darwin is a lively all-day dining location inspired by the very best of British cuisine.

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Address: Level 36, Sky Garden Walk, 1, London EC3M 8AF


The first restaurant from Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, founders of Frieze Art Fair, Toklas’s Mediterranean-inspired menu is as artful and elegant as one would expect.

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Address: 1 Surrey Street, London, WC2R 2ND

Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Most Londoners will have heard of Hawksmoor. Since the first opened, back in 2006, it’s been the darling of the steak scene. Set in a big, buzzy basement, with low, flattering lighting, it’s great for a long lunch, a birthday dinner, a hot date and everything in between. A converted brewery, it's hugely atmospheric, with plenty of original features including the gently arched brick ceilings and cast-iron columns.

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Address: 11 Langley St, London WC2H 9JG

Maison François 

An all-day French brasserie in St James. The menu is a la carte and has the kind of classic French dishes that you might expect, with dishes such as gougeres, celeriac remoulade, pate en croute and lemon tart. It looks the part too, all banquettes with wooden screens as well as an open kitchen.

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Address: 34 Duke Street St James's, St. James's, London SW1Y 6DF

Dishoom Shoreditch

This is the go-to place for anyone who wants to eat Indian food in this city, both locals and tourists alike. There’s a nice verandah with wicker chairs that’s made for warm days and nights, and the booths overlook the busy Shoreditch High Street and the skyscrapers of the City in the distance. It’s more spacious than the original Covent Garden location, it’s cooler than the Kings Cross, and the waits tend to be a bit shorter than in Soho.

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Address: 7 Boundary St, London E2 7JE

Bob Bob Ricard Soho

This iconic London restaurant, serves classic British & French menu to an eclectic clientele in London’s most glamorous all-booth dining room. Equipped with a “Press for Champagne” button at every table, it is famous for pouring more champagne than any other restaurant in Britain.

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Address: 1 Upper James St, London, W1F 9DF

Honey & Smoke

This one is for the lovers of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, these ex-Ottolenghi chefs will blow your mind and taste buds. Everyone leaves charmed with the authenticity of this reimagined Middle Eastern grill house. 

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Address: 216 Great Portland Street W1W 5QW.


Inspired by the army mess bars of India, where military regiments go to eat, drink and socialise, Brigadiers accommodates 140 covers internally with a further 28 on an outdoor terrace. Encouraging socialising and camaraderie, live sport is shown on demand in selected rooms, whilst pool and classic card games are offered for those who wish to play while they eat and drink. 

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Address: 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR


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