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7 of London's Most Stylish Restaurants

By Malika Dalamal
September 2, 2013

We all know better than to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes we just want to dine out in style! Here are seven stylish London restaurants that will please your eyes as well as your taste buds. Consider it a feast for all your senses! 

  • China Tang

    Sir David Tang's slinky basement restaurant is inspired by the romantic art deco feel of pre-revolution Shanghai in the 1930s. Expect black lacquered surfaces, antique Chinese books and beautiful polished rosewood walls to go with your dim sum.

    Park Ln., W1K 1QA; 20 7629 8888
     

  • Casa Negra

    From the team behind La Bodega Negra, Casa Negra is a recently opened East London speakeasy-style Mexican restaurant that will make you feel as if you've stumbled upon the best-kept secret in London. The shabby chic look is created using coloured light bulbs dangling from wire, metal folding chairs and black painted walls.

    54-56 Great Eastern St., EC2A 3QR; 0207 033 7360
     

  • Hutong

    Putting aside the stunning panoramic views across London, this recently opened Chinese restaurant in the Shard is worthy of a stylish mention even if we keep the focus firmly on the inside. Low lighting, carved dark wood and a wonderful wall of red lanterns lit from the inside creates a romantic atmosphere.

    Level 33, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas St., SE1 9RY; 020 7478 0540
     

  • Lounge Lovers

    Once a meat-packing factory, this elaborately decorated space is now a cocktail bar filled with wacky objects like a giant disco ball, stuffed hippo head and a palm tree chandelier - all of which make excellent conversation starters. 

    1 Whitby St., E1 6JU; 020 7012 1234
     

  • The Dock Kitchen

    Overlooking the Grand Union Canal in Ladbroke Grove on the site of a former converted Victorian Wharf building, this experimental restaurant has kept the original brick arches and beamed ceilings but updated the space by displaying designer Tom Dixon's furniture and lighting (which are also for sale in the store below).

    Portobello Docks, 342-344 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU; 020 8962 1610
     

  • Little House

    Low lighting, thick blue-leather arm chairs, exposed-brick walls and a roaring fire in the winter create a warm and cosy atmosphere at the Soho House group's Mayfair club. The only thing we don't like? The members-only policy.

    2 Queen St., W1J 5PD; 020 7961 1200
     

  • The Wolseley

    The late David Collins ensured this grand European cafe/restaurant on Piccadilly stayed true to the spectacular, listed building it is housed in. As a result, The Wolseley exudes old-world decadence while remaining firmly in the 21st century.

    160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB; 020 7499 6996
     

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Places Mentioned

Food25 Decor26 Service25 Cost£114
 
 
 
China Tang At The Dorchester

Chinese • Mayfair

Food21 Decor24 Service21 Cost£70
 
 
 
The Wolseley

European • Piccadilly

Food23 Decor26 Service23 Cost£54
 
 
 
Casa Negra

Mexican • Shoreditch

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
 
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