Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula
Fulfilling the need for more high-end dining options close to London’s O2, Craft presents the perfect choice for discerning foodies looking to indulge in excellent cooking before a concert or show at the iconic arena. Equally, it’s an excellent choice for City workers, offering a tranquil alternative to the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf. The project, conceptualised by Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon, combines a New British restaurant, café, cocktail bar and shop.
16 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden
Although found in Covent Garden, Spanish tapas bar Encant feels like it belongs in Andalucía. This intimate restaurant is a no-nonsense affair where diners are ushered into a buzzy, copper-hued room for innovative and beautifully presented dishes. You may be kept waiting for a space, you may even be squished into a corner but the food here is sensational. Originally a goblin-like mythological creature from Iberian folklore, the term “Duende” today translate as “having soul” – a characteristic this London eatery has in spades.
31 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill
This hidden gem brings guests into a sleek hideaway welcomed by a neon sign quoting ‘tequila is to wake the living, Mezcal is to wake the dead’. Sit up at the moulded concrete bar for light bites or book a table a t the back of the restaurant amongst the exposed brick and retractable skylights for a vibrant experience. For late night diners, the lights are dimmed and the DJ decks bring the Peyotito party to life, ensuring guests enjoy themselves through dinner, into cocktails and well into the night.
222 Portobello Road, Notting Hill
After coming to London 20 years ago and working in a variety of top Italian restaurants, brothers Franco and Valentino Ferro decided to go it alone with the opening of Saporitalia on Notting Hill’s famed Portobello Road. Expect a menu packed full with new recipes from their hometown of Sorrento – a coastal settlement in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples. Using original ingredients and fresh seasonal produce the brothers create home-made pasta, meat and seafood dishes that will transport you straight to Italy. They also make wood oven fire pizza using different toppings but the original is highly recommended: tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil and olive oil.
15 Micawber Street, Old Street
Opened in July 2016, Sardine (pictured above) serves up beautiful, fresh, honest plates of food inspired by the regions of Provence and Languedoc, and parts of northern Spain and Italy. Housed in an annexe next to the contemporary art gallery Parasol, just off the City Road, this is a buzzy, no-nonsense restaurant where you can enjoy the likes of Leg of lamb à la ficelle, with white beans and anchovy.
Buckingham & Lloyds