Maybe it’s a glittering clientele with a sumptuous menu and a bar that is the talk of the town for its extravagant cocktails?
Either way, we’re going to find out – so pull up a pew and prepare to find out about London’s most talked about bars and restaurants. Dahling.
This legendary East End establishment plays host to the frontier of London’s hip arts crowd, so sashaying in wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase is going to get you some odd looks. Expect cutting-edge art opening parties and a variety of creative showcases that are never the same from one week to the next. As for food, this is a place to find tasty street food and hearty brunches to suit student budgets and those seeking comfort after a long night out.
Opium offers a delicious cocktail menu and delectable dim sum treats to the sophisticated city slicker. The kitchen is viewable from the bar area so you can satisfy your curiosity while you wait for your food, and the decor is modern and bright with a lot of contemporary Japanese flourishes. We love the colour scheme and their gorgeous lighting design – and you’d better dust off those heels, as the dress code is dressed-down cocktail attire.
The Ritz Restaurant:
This place is pure throwback Mayfair glamour. The Ritz Restaurant will blow your mind if you’re into baroque glamour, and its plush decoration and strict dress code is guaranteed to thrill. At the weekend, you can enjoy a four-piece live band as you dance the night away. Predictably, the menu is five-star British and French cuisine, and booking a table well in advance is advised.
This unique restaurant has stood the test of time and has thrived even through the recession. The mixed traditional Eastern European fayre is scrumptious, and the atmosphere is loud but cosy. Expect an adventurous crowd of Londoners and visiting tourists after a good time and full bellies. There’s even live music on certain nights of the week, so you can make Baltic a complete night out.
The Crooked Well:
This down-to-earth pub in a quiet part of London doesn’t compromise great food for lack of a trendy atmosphere. The interior is cosy, and the entire menu is full of delicious and highly-rated food that comes with a Michelin rating. There are also private rooms are available to rent for parties.
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George Peebles is a freelance writer living in London. He writes for many websites, including LampCommerce, who specialise in home interiors, culture and lifestyle.