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London’s Best Casual Dining

London’s gastronomic map can be a challenge to navigate, particularly if you’re new to the city. One of the top-ranked locations in the world for fine dining, you’ll have plenty of choices when it’s time for your daily refection. 

Where to start? For an authentic, luxurious taste of the British capital, there are certain things to look out for when you’re choosing a place to dine. Consider the location, the menu’s flair and appeal, and the reputation of the head chef. Think you’ve found a spot that ticks all the boxes? To make your time in London a little easier, we’ve spoken to our concierge – an expert in the city’s most luxurious offering – to bring you our selection of London’s excellent restaurants.

Wild Honey St James 

Revered chef Anthony Demetre evolves his hugely successful Wild Honey Mayfair in the recently opened Wild Honey St James. Adjoining Sofitel St James, one of London’s premier luxury hotels, Anthony’s newest conception is a re-imagination of its Michelin-starred Mayfair predecessor with a laid-back and understated atmosphere. 

Modern European menus showcase Anthony’s distinctive style. The elegant café restaurant combines refined French culinary techniques with the finest British produce, offering seasonally inspired breakfast, lunch, and à la carte dinner menus. Café and early supper menus provide additional dining options. 

Wild Honey’s dishes are served in the atmospheric new dining room, which has been considerately designed by Jim Hamilton. Choose a soft upholstered booth or a spacious table in the heart of the restaurant; sink into your winged leather chair and prepare for an evening of comfortable luxury.

For more secluded business or leisure, Wild Honey’s sleek 16-seater private dining room is the perfect location. The private space is minimal, set aside from the main restaurant with soft lighting and contemporary art scattered around the walls.

For an indulgent beginning or end to your meal, slip into the adjacent St James Bar, a speakeasy-style spot which has also undergone a recent transformation. Enjoy a glass of wine or champagne from the carefully curated selection or choose a cocktail from the impressive list. To complement your tipple, Anthony has created a light bar menu, featuring a selection of oysters, cheese and charcuterie, and deserts, as well as light snacks and larger dishes.

Suitable for business or leisure, Wild Honey St James tops our list of London’s casual dining restaurants. One to watch in an unbeatable location on the corner of Pall Mall and Waterloo Place, Wild Honey is a must-visit on any luxurious stay in the city.

Hide, Piccadilly

Next on our list of London’s best restaurants; Hide. Set over three floors, Hide bathes in natural light throughout the day, and is an equally atmospheric location when the sun goes down. 

The brainchild of Hedonism Wines and Ollie Dabbous, Hide is a relaxed yet refined gem that’s suitable for any sophisticated occasion.

Hide Above, which occupies the top floor of the venue, boasts views over peaceful Green Park. Food is light and elegant, offered as a set menu or tasting option. Choose wine flights to complement your meal and elevate your experience. Hide Ground, on the central floor, is a warm, comforting space to enjoy tranquility away from the busy city. In the basement, Hide Below provides diners and drinkers with the opportunity to enjoy a perfectly balanced cocktail or bottle of wine from the walk-in wine cellar. Hide Below is also home to the establishment’s three private dining rooms.

Corrigan’s, Mayfair

Richard Corrigan, acclaimed celebrity chef, redefines British and Irish cuisine at his Mayfair restaurant and namesake, Corrigan’s. In a timeless combination, well-sourced seasonal produce and culinary flair come together to create ever-changing menus that are inspired by Richard’s rural upbringing.

The interiors are tasteful, the team are knowledgeable, and the four private dining spaces are well considered. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Corrigan’s is an excellent choice.

GBR (Great British Restaurant), St James 

This all-day spot is favoured for simple-yet-brilliant menu and comfortable, contemporary-yet-traditional interior. The airy space is the stage for Nigel Mendham’s accessible British menus, which feature unique adaptations of classic dishes. Expect the likes of Trealy Farm charcuterie with pickled vegetables, Isle of Gigha halibut with clams, red wine and foraged sea herbs, and treacle sponge with custard and roasted banana.

GBR’s semi-private dining space maintains the atmosphere of the shared restaurant for up to 12 guests – the perfect location for friends, family, or business partners to get together.

Enhance your time in London when you book your stay with Sofitel. Sofitel St James occupies a magnificent Grade II listed building in elegant St James, offering guests a luxurious stay from the very first moment.

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