Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Westminster
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Westminster restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 147 restaurants in Westminster and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Westminster restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain British, Modern restaurant in Westminster Millbank - SW1P
“Why go? The exceptional wines and the magnificent Whistler mural” provide most of the answer at the Tate’s “delightful” dining “oasis”: an “unexpected treat” by the standards of gallery venues, dating from 1927. It is true that its British cuisine “doesn’t match the liquid refreshment”, but it is generally “inviting”; and “the range and depth of wines on offer is reason alone to go”, providing “some gems and at fair prices” (“wine is purchased and laid down, more like a St James’s Club than a commercial restaurant”). “Satiated by stylish cooking and sensational wines – what better way to kick off a trip around the galleries upstairs…”
2. The Cinnamon Club Indian restaurant in Westminster Old Westminster Library, Great Smith St - SW1
“Still a classic” – this “elegant” destination in “Westminster’s lovely former library” has long been one of London’s most pre-eminent posh Indians; and its “interesting and idiosyncratic” cuisine has made it “something of an institution” (including amongst the politico classes – “being within division bell distance of Parliament, there’s a fair chance of spotting a well-known face or two”). Its enjoyment was “tempered by episodes of wobbly service” in the last survey, however, and those who found the staff “over-stretched” were more likely to judge it “too expensive”.
3. Caxton Grill British, Modern restaurant in Westminster 2 Caxton St - SW1
2018 Review: This hotel dining room, tucked away in Westminster, is still readjusting to Adam Handling’s departure in May 2016 and reports tend to include highs and lows. It’s a characterful space however, that’s worth remembering.
4. Gridiron, COMO Metropolitan London British, Modern restaurant in Westminster 19 Old Park Lane - W1K
Little survey feedback as yet on this late-autumn 2018 opening right on Park Lane – a contemporary ‘live fire’ steakhouse occupying the space which older hipsters may recall as the Met Bar. The Observer’s Jay Rayner felt it was a ‘so-nearly-but-not quite’ experience, but the team behind it is impressive with Richard H Turner (ex-Hawksmoor) and Colin McSherry (Nuala, Clove Club).
5. Lazeez Lebanese Tapas Lebanese restaurant in Westminster 29 Duke Street - W1U
Here at Lazeez Tapas we bring a sharing culture akin to that in Lebanon, serving up contemporary Lebanese cuisine with a Mediterranean twist in a great central London location right next to Selfridges department store in Oxford Street.We use the freshest of ingredients ...
6. Boxcar Baker & Deli Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Westminster 7a Wyndham Place - W1H
Your local bakery and deli, showcasing the best of British seasonal produce. Open every day for breakfast, lunch & afternoon snacks from 8am until 5pm (9am at weekends). From freshly baked pastries and healthy breakfast bowls to delicious salads and sandwich...
7. The Drawing Room at The Dukes Hotel Afternoon tea restaurant in Westminster 35 Saint James's Place - SW1A
Limited feedback on the eateries of this posh St James’s hotel, but its afternoon tea did catch reporters’ attention this year. Served in the “beautifully-decorated” drawing room or conservatory, it wins praise for its “very generous portions” and “exceptional service” (“staff treated my young nieces with such kindness, and really catered to their needs in a thoughtful manner”). Out with the girls? – go for the MarTEAni…
8. Il Teatro della Carne Steaks & grills restaurant in Westminster 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue - W1
“Quality Italian beefsteaks” – most notably from the Piedmontese Fassone breed – are showcased in style at Genovese owner, Roberto Costa’s, “unique” steakhouse group, where at each branch you “enter through the butcher’s shop” and “you can tell the staff which cut you want”. “The well-hung rump steak is absolutely delicious” and “a great selection of Italian wines” helps make it the perfect place to kill off an evening.
9. The Garden, Corinthia Hotel restaurant in Westminster Whitehall Place - WC2N
The inner courtyard at Corinthia has been furnished with retractable covers for al fresco dining, whatever the weather. Food comes under the management of André Garrett (there's a terrace upstairs that's being used by Kerridge's until 17 May.
10. The Pem British, Modern restaurant in Westminster Conrad London St. James, 22-28 Broadway - SW1H
With Sally Abé's recent arrival from the Harwood Arms, the Conrad St James's Hotel is clearly aiming to take its offering up a notch. This summer 2021 arrival is to be her main showcase within the hotel, offering an ambitious menu with classic British overtones. Did no-one tell Sally the unwritten rule that good British restaurants are just not allowed in Westminster? Perhaps she will at last break the mould! (See also The Blue Boar.)
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