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London Dining Guide by Food Critic Paul Levy

Expert pointers on where to sample and savor new British cuisine.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  As restaurateurs, like their customers, become more conscious of the carbon footprint what we eat leaves behind, the British are... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

In London, the finest oysters tend to be found in rarefied settings, at hyper-polished, clubby places like Wiltons and Bentley’s. The latter has been here since 1914—oh, the stories its marble bar must have been privy to over the years. Bentley’s ur-English fish pie is the stuff of legend, but oysters are the main event. Sit at the bar and let the... More

Change has come to the InterContinental London Park Lane. The hotel’s famously posh location— between Hyde and Green parks, with regal views of Buckingham Palace—is now matched by its interiors. The property recently emerged from a $118 million makeover, with rooms swathed in damask and linen. In one loftlike suite, floor-to-ceiling windows frame ... More

3. Le Café Anglais

What sets Rowley Leigh’s, restaurant apart is its classic French bourgeois cooking and—not least—a carpeted floor. Noise-shocked diners will want to murmur hosannas for this encouraging trend that makes it possible again to have a conversation while eating. The 175-seat room is enchantingly comfortable, make up of leather banquettes, booths that... More

In the newly hip Mayfair district, this landmark brick Victorian has reclaimed the glory of its golden era thanks to a $140 million renovation, creating a sophisticated throwback that no soulless Modernist hotel could ever hope to emulate. Classicist designer Guy Oliver supervised the preservation of burnished mahogany paneling, gilded scrollwork,... More

A follow-up to the wildly popular Arbutus, Wild Honey features surefire Franglais cooking: warm smoked eel with pear puree and delicious Scottish beef with baked onion. The menu depends on what’s fresh at the market—shin of veal, Elwy Balley lamb, rabbit. In his cut-rate set lunches, chef-owner Anthony Demetre (also of Arbutus) channels his love... More