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Where to eat in London: 5 best restaurants to visit in autumn 2022

A city like London is great for many reasons – not least because it offers a plethora of fantastic spots to dine out With so many top restaurants in the capital, one is never stuck for ideas of where to go out to eat.

However, there is most certainly such a thing as too much choice – even if you narrorw things down to your favourite cuisines, London boasts a variety of Japanese restaurants or good places to grab brunch on the weekend.

If you’re someone who is struggling to choose where they next grab a bite to eat, why not scroll through our carefully curated selection below, to help plan your next meal. Follow your stomach (and our words of wisdom), people…

Top restaurants to book in London

Papa L’s Kitchen, Piccadilly

Originally designed to be a pop-up, Papa L’s Kitchen is putting African cuisine on the map, with founder Lawrence Gomez boasting head chef of The Ivy Covent Garden and working at Sexy Fish as some of his accolades.

Launching a new winter menu for the season, it’s the best time to visit. A pioneer of modern African cuisine, signature dishes include spiced plantain and red mullet stew.


If you eat fish and you don’t order the grilled King tiger prawns, I have no words, nope, nothing sees me make sense of that choice, sorry. Papa’s lamb chobs, in a delightfully sweet and sticky barbecue sauce, are also a triumph.


Hām, West Hampstead

It’s not too often that a British menu catches the eye but Hām offers it up with a modern twist.

Still keeping things simple, standout dishes include ricotta dumplings with cavolo nero and pecorino sardo, as well as the beetroot with goats curd. It’s also worth noting that the restaurant’s suppliers include Lake District Famers, for meat, and Henderson for seafood.

Designed to be a cosy neighbourhood go-to, the restaurant’s passion for good food and wine makes it sure to be a staple among the residents and visitors of West Hampstead.


Obicà, multiple locations

Mozzarella fans, pay attention because this is the forté of this restaurant that first opened in Rome in 2004.

From a mozzarella tasting menu (featuring classic, smoked, ricotta and burrata) to dishes incorporating the blessed cheese, there’s plenty for guests to choose from as they dine at one of London’s three restaurants.

Our top picks would have to include the fried mozzarella bits (because who can say no to fried cheese?), as well as the squid ink pasta with prawns and the beef tagliata.


JOAN, Shoreditch

This all-day modern Mediterranean restaurant is a great spot to enjoy a meal or drinks in East London.

Drawing inspiration from Niko Kontogiannatos’ (ex-head chef of Caravan Fitzrovia) native Greece, while putting an electric spin on the food, expect dishes such as braised octopus with skordalia in a chilli lime dressing and roasted aubergine with rose harissa and rocket.

For mains, indulge in the slow cooked lamb shank and creamy mash potato or opt for the sea bass with roasted courgette and pumpkin. Dessert can come in the form of the peanut butter and coconut mousse – or an espresso martini.


Nine Lives, Bermondsey

Tacos are not just for Tuesday, and some of the best in the city can be found at Nine Lives bar.

The team at Tigre Tacos are working tirelessly in the truck to provide the likes of octopus tostadas and prawn tacos.The baja fish is very tasty and there are a selection of vegetarian options too – all with the same spicy kick.


Wash it all down with a spicy margarita or one of the other excellent cocktails made by the bartenders at Nine Lives.