The best restaurants for lunch in London

The best restaurants for lunch in London

Whether you’re enjoying a leisurely day out in London or you’re after something quick on your break from work, there are lots of places where you can find a delicious lunch. Ranging from speedy bites to lengthy, luxurious meals, foodies in the capital have plenty of choice all over the city. The number of options out there can make it tough to decide where to go but we’re here to help! We don’t want you going hungry in the middle of the day so we’ve compiled this list of the best lunch restaurants in London.

In this guide
  1. The best lunch restaurants in London
    1. Barrafina – Luxurious tapas
    2. Noble Rot – Lunch in a wine bar
    3. Pollen Street Social – Michelin-starred menus
    4. Trullo – Italian icon
    5. El Pirata – Popular set lunch menu
    6. Aqua Shard – Dining at The Shard
    7. Secret Sandwich Shop – Try a Japanese sandwich
    8. Paul Rothe & Son – Timeless sandwich shop
    9. Gymkhana – Michelin-starred lunches
    10. Tongue & Brisket – Generous deli sandwiches
    11. Scott's – A-list seafood restaurant
    12. St. John – Daily-changing lunch menu
    13. Hereford Road – Stylish British bistro
    14. Ducksoup – Wine and small plates
    15. Spring – Dining at Somerset House
    16. The Quality Chop House – Weekday and Sunday lunches
    17. Brasserie Zédel – Grand Parisian brasserie in London
    18. Sweetings – Classic seafood lunches
    19. Lima – Vibrant Peruvian flavours
    20. Veeraswamy – London's oldest Indian restaurant
    21. Dinings SW3 – Sophisticated sushi and sashimi
    22. Fallow – Sustainable British cuisine
    23. City Caphe – Popular Vietnamese recipes
    24. Hakkasan – Cantonese dim sum
    25. Ikoyi – Imaginative and modern cuisine
    26. Scandinavian Kitchen – Light bites for lunch
    27. Kerridge's Bar & Grill – British food and art
    28. L'Escargot – Classic French dishes
    29. Trishna – Michelin-starred Indian tasting menus
    30. Cecconi's Pizza Bar – Pizza and cocktails on tap
    31. Benita Bakery – Bakery-fresh sandwiches
    32. Grab & Go – No-frills salad buffet
    33. Ganapati – Easy Indian lunches
    34. Atis – Fresh food for lunch
    35. 40 Maltby Street – A sandwich by the river
    36. The Maine – Glam New England dining
    37. Pastaio – Contemporary pasta place
    38. Pockets – Instagram-friendly falafel
    39. Chatsworth Bakehouse – Sought-after small-batch bakes
    40. The Gunmakers – Midday Mexican food
    41. The Kati Roll Company – Indian street eats
    42. Koshari Street – Vibrant dishes inspired by Egypt
    43. Banh Mi Hoi-An – Authentic Vietnamese sandwiches
    44. Island Poké – Tropical lunching
    45. Wok to Walk – Vibrant stir-fries
    46. Bibi's – Fresh-daily salads
    47. Kai – Lunch with a Michelin star
    48. Malevo – Argentinian lunch flavours
    49. Pasero – Cosy North London lunch place

The best lunch restaurants in London

These are the best lunch places in London

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Luxurious tapas

Barrafina is a sought-after location for quick bites at lunchtime or longer, more indulgent meals. This sophisticated restaurant serves top-notch tapas alongside a variety of Spanish wines and sherries. Try out tapas at this sleek venue, seated at the counter to watch the chefs at work.

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    26-27 Dean Street, Soho
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    2 Dirty Lane, Southwark
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    43 Drury Ln, Covent Garden
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    10 Adelaide St, Covent Garden
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Lunch in a wine bar

Noble Rot is a wine bar with a kitchen that gives off an exclusive feel. Expect fine British and European cuisine, including a daily-changing set lunch option. Choose from 2 or 3 courses. Snacks are also available at the bar for lighter bites. There's also an extensive range of unusual and hard-to-find wines from across the world.

  • 51 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury 5 Trebeck Street, Shepherd Market, Mayfair 2 Greek St, Soho
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Pollen Street Social – Lunch restaurants
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Michelin-starred menus

Pollen Street Social was awarded a Michelin star in its first 6 months that it still retains more than 10 years later. Tasting and a la carte menus are available, as is a 3 course set lunch for a sociable meal. You can expect contemporary British dishes like lemon sole with scallop and seaweed mousse. More indulgent extended lunch menus and a chef's counter lunch are also on offer.

Trullo

Italian icon

Islington restaurant Trullo is a mainstay of Italian dining in the capital. This contemporary neighbourhood eatery is a popular place for a traditional Italian lunch. On the menu you'll see antipasti, pasta recipes, and dishes fresh from the charcoal grill. The menu here changes regularly and everything is made from seasonal and sustainable produce.

El Pirata

Popular set lunch menu

El Pirata is a much-celebrated Mayfair tapas restaurant that's recognised in particular for its set lunch menu. Enjoy your choice of two tapas with bread, aioli, and a soft drink for a satisfying midday meal. There's also a Saturday brunch, a large main menu of classic tapas, and more than 140 Spanish wines available.

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Dining at The Shard

Aqua Shard is on the 31st floor of The Shard and offers panoramic views of London. A 3 course menu is available every day at lunchtime, making this restaurant a popular venue for a special meal. As well as the main menu, you can enjoy afternoon tea and weekend brunches here. Private dining is also available.

Secret Sandwich Shop

Try a Japanese sandwich

Secret Sandwich Shop is actually pretty well-known, despite the name. Tucked away from the street, this place feels exclusive. Londoners come here for soft and and fluffy Japanese sandos made with shokupan bread. A choice of fillings are offered from simple tuna mayo to the signature sando with seven different veggies.

Paul Rothe & Son

Timeless sandwich shop

Open since 1900, Paul Rothe & Son is a classic Marylebone lunch spot. The timeless exterior is a hit on Instagram and the menu is ideal for midday cravings. Simple fillings including meats, cheeses, and plant-based ingredients are on offer, sandwiched in your choice of bread. Baked potatoes and two types of soup are also available each day.

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Gymkhana

Michelin-starred lunches

Two Michelin-starred eatery Gymkhana evokes the feel of elite colonial members clubs in India. This luxury restaurant includes a number of spaces and specialises in northern Indian cuisine. An indulgent lunch menu is available with the option to add dessert and wine. Try dishes like chicken tikka and Goan prawn curry here.

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Generous deli sandwiches

Tongue & Brisket serves generous deli sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Choose between bagels, rye bread, and white bread with homemade fillings like salt beef, smoked salmon and cream cheese, or chopped liver. Soups, salads, and other snacks are also on the menu here, with vegetarian options and a vegan bagel available too.

  • 24-26 Leather Lane, Holborn 199 Wardour St, Soho 23 Goodge St, Fitzrovia
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    24-26 Leather Lane, Holborn
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    199 Wardour St, Soho
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    23 Goodge St, Fitzrovia
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A-list seafood restaurant

Scott's attracts an A-list clientele with its luxurious seafood menu and sleek venue. Here you can enjoy caviar, oysters, shellfish, and other main meals for an indulgent lunch. Whilst seafood is the focus there are plenty of plant-based choices available too. A varied choice of wines and cocktails is offered from the bar.

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St. John

Daily-changing lunch menu

Opened in 1994, St John is a renowned British restaurant that has held a Michelin star for more than 10 years. Lunch is served every day, with a new menu every time to make each visit a unique experience. Expect traditional flavours like whole bone marrow, rabbit, and sweetbreads. There’s a bar menu too for sandwiches and quick lunches.

Hereford Road

Stylish British bistro

Specialising in British cooking, Hereford Road Restaurant is a smart but relaxed bistro that's housed in a Victorian butcher's shop. Menus change daily and for lunch there's a set 2 or 3 course offering. Expect meaty dishes like kidneys and roast pork, plus a large wine list.

Ducksoup

Wine and small plates

Ducksoup is an intimate Soho wine bar and restaurant, serving bar snacks, meals, and desserts. A selection of small plates are available - a couple of choices makes a fulfilling lunch or you can choose even more for a dinnertime feast. Wines are available by the glass and there's a focus here on natural wines.

Spring

Dining at Somerset House

Set within Somerset House, Spring offers seasonal menus that change every day. There's a commitment to serving quality produce and there's a set lunch menu available that includes 2 or 3 courses. Spring is also a restaurant with a conscience, with campaigns to reduce food waste and plastic usage.

The Quality Chop House

Weekday and Sunday lunches

The Quality Chop House began life in 1869 and has evolved into a contemporary British restaurant and shop. Menus change daily - as well as the main menu there's a set lunch option on weekdays and a Sunday lunch menu offering 2 or 3 courses. Vegetarian choices are available too.

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Grand Parisian brasserie in London

Brasserie Zédel brings the grand Parisian brasserie to London with art deco interiors and a classic French menu. Grab a sandwich from the café menu for a quick lunch or try the plat du jour or set menus for a more filling meal. At Brasserie Zédel you can also sample classic French wines and aperitifs.

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Sweetings

Classic seafood lunches

Sweetings is a classic seafood restaurant that only opens for lunch. At this traditional British venue you'll find a broad choice of fish and seafood, including oysters, caviar, and fish meals. Favourite homemade British desserts are also on the menu. Accompany your lunch with wine, available by the glass or bottle.

Lima

Vibrant Peruvian flavours

At Lima you can discover the vibrant tastes of Peruvian food. Combining traditional ingredients from South America with British produce, there are a la carte and tasting menus as well as an express option for flavour-filled lunches. You can also choose from a selection of South American and European wines.

Veeraswamy

London's oldest Indian restaurant

Opened in 1926, Veeraswamy is London's oldest Indian restaurant and it has gained a Michelin star for its charm and tradition. A light business lunch menu is on offer when you need a satisfying working lunch, or choose from a special menu of dishes served for lunch at the weekends.

Dinings SW3

Sophisticated sushi and sashimi

Sushi is a popular choice for lunch and Dinings SW3 offers sophisticated sushi, sashmi, and fusion food. A modern take on a Japanese izakaya, you can expect attentive service and a contemporary menu. Daily specials are available every day too. Wine, sake, and cocktails are available to complete your meal.

Fallow

Sustainable British cuisine

Fallow is focused on creative, sustainable, and well-balanced food that you can enjoy throughout the day. There’s a set weekday lunch menu, offering 3 courses at an affordable price. The food here is contemporary British cuisine, including plant-based options on the main and set menus. Seating is available indoors or on the heated terrace.

City Caphe

Popular Vietnamese recipes

City Caphe is a popular destination for hungry city workers - it can get busy so be prepared to queue! It serves authentic Vietnamese dishes made to traditional family recipes. Try out noodle soup or rice or cold noodles with your choice of toppings for a satisfying lunch.

Hakkasan

Cantonese dim sum

Hakkasan is a modern Chinese restaurant in Mayfair. The restaurant offers tasting menus that take you on an experience through Cantonese cuisine but there's also a special menu of dim sum that's available for lunch at the Mayfair location. Complete your lunch with wine, champagne, or cocktails from the bar.

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Ikoyi

Imaginative and modern cuisine

Ikoyi serves up its own unique cuisine that has earned it an impressive two Michelin stars. Heavily influenced by the flavours of West Africa, Ikoyi aims to develop innovative new dishes that focus on sustainable ingredients and rich spices. As well as a tasting menu, a fixed menu is available for lunch.

Scandinavian Kitchen

Light bites for lunch

Forget your usual lunchtime sandwich and try an open sandwich from Scandinavian Kitchen. Close to Oxford Circus, this modern Nordic restaurant serves sandwiches, salads, and hot food for breakfast and lunch. Coffee, cake and pastries are also served. Plus, Scandinavian Kitchen houses a Scandinavian grocery store selling hundreds of products.

Kerridge's Bar & Grill – Lunch restaurants
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British food and art

At Kerridge’s Bar & Grill you can enjoy traditional British dining surrounded by a specially commission and curated art collection. Expect elevated cuisine, with a 2 or 3 course menu du jour available for both lunch and dinner each day, plus a wide variety of drinks. On Sundays an indulgent Sunday roast is served.

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L'Escargot

Classic French dishes

L'escargot is a Soho venue with a rich history, serving up classic French dishes. Enjoy meals like foie gras pâté or French onion soup in this refined and unique environment - choose the set menu for lunch or pre-theatre. Naturally, escargot are on the menu in large or small portion sizes. There's also a large choice of French wines.

Trishna

Michelin-starred Indian tasting menus

Trishna serves Michelin-starred Indian cuisine in a comfortable neighbourhood restaurant. Dishes like biryani, Tandoori meals, and curries are available alongside a lengthy wine list. Tasting menus are on offer for a full experience of Trishna's cuisine, including a 3 or 4 course lunch option. Takeaways are available too.

Cecconi's Pizza Bar

Pizza and cocktails on tap

Cecconi’s Pizza Bar is a smart and relaxed Soho restaurant, serving pasta and wood-fired pizza. The set menu is a convenient choice for lunch or choose from the all day or late night menus. Complete your meal with an Italian wine or a cocktail, including some much-loved cocktails on tap!

Benita Bakery

Bakery-fresh sandwiches

Benita Bakery is a modern café and bakery that's a top spot for lunch. Freshly-baked products are available every day, and the pizza, quiche, and sandwiches are ideal for a midday meal. Sandwiches on offer include a croque monsieur or goat's cheese and fig relish, made with the bakery's fresh bread.

Grab & Go

No-frills salad buffet

For a fresh and healthy lunch, try Grab & Go in Westminster. This is an informal and affordable self-serve salad buffet, with pricing based on the size of container you choose. Take your pick from salads, vegetables, bread, and hot items like falafel. The hummus here is not to be missed!

Ganapati

Easy Indian lunches

Grab an affordable lunch full of Southern Indian flavours from Ganapati in Peckham. The dining room is simple but it is full of vibrancy and colour, plus there's outdoor seating. The lunch offering includes a choice of thali meals and other set dishes, including one vegetarian and two vegan options.

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Fresh food for lunch

Try Atis for a fresh and healthy lunch that's good for your body and soul as well as our planet. This place serves healthy and powerful bowls in a crisp and clean setting, as well as providing catering services. Choose a salad, grain, or seasonal bowl, or build your own with all your favourite ingredients.

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40 Maltby Street

A sandwich by the river

It's takeaway-only for lunch at 40 Maltby Street so grab your lunch and relax at the riverside. This cosy spot has menus written on chalkboards and serves an ever-changing menu made with British produce. At lunchtime the focus is on sandwiches with tempting fillings like roast aubergine and goat's curd.

The Maine

Glam New England dining

The Maine celebrates the cuisine of New England in a sophisticated venue that's brimming with refined style and classic looks. It's a glamorous spot with indoor and outdoor tables. At lunchtime you can choose from à la carte dishes or go for the prix fixe menu. Expect plenty of seafood, oysters, and steak.

Pastaio – Lunch restaurants
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Pastaio

Contemporary pasta place

A plate of pasta at Soho restaurant Pastaio makes a delicious meal at any time of day. This friendly restaurant is bold and modern with a colourful wall mural. The pasta here is freshly-made and served with a choice of sauces including carbonara and slow-cooked tomato sauce. Antipasti is also available to add to your meal.

Pockets

Instagram-friendly falafel

If you're willing to queue for lunch, head to Mentmore Terrace and get a pitta loaded with falafel and fillings from Pockets. This bustling store has a real buzz around it and dishes up Instagram-friendly eats. The freshly-steamed breads are overflowing with crunchy falafel, salads, pickles, and sauces. The place often sells out early so be quick!

Chatsworth Bakehouse – Lunch restaurants
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Chatsworth Bakehouse – Lunch restaurants
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Chatsworth Bakehouse

Sought-after small-batch bakes

Small-batch bakery Chatsworth Bakehouse started in lockdown but is serving up some of the most in-demand sandwiches in town. You'll have to order in advance to secure yours. The bread, sweet bakes, pizza, and sandwiches here are constantly changing but one of the generously-filled gourmet sandwiches is a great lunchtime treat.

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The Gunmakers

Midday Mexican food

The Gunmakers might look like a typical pub but the specialities here are cocktails and Mexican street food. The venue blends traditional style with contemporary touches and there's a friendly but peaceful atmosphere. It's popular for drinks after work as well as for lunches with its menu of tacos, tostadas, and sharing plates.

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Indian street eats

Get a portable lunch from The Kati Roll Company. This vibrant street food spot is cosy and offers food to eat-in or take away. The speciality is loaded hot wraps made with an Indian paratha packed with flavoursome ingredients ranging from chicken tikka to potato and veg patties. Indian soft drinks like lassi are served as well.

  • 24 Poland Street, Soho 7 Artillery Ln, Shoreditch/The City/City of London
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Koshari Street

Vibrant dishes inspired by Egypt

Sample Egyptian street food that's ideal for a speedy lunch at Koshari Street. This modern eatery serves vibrant bowls based on the Egyptian national dish, an exciting mix of pasta, rice, lentils, and tomato sauce. The classic option is vegan-friendly but you can add extras like chicken, lamb, or spicy potatoes.

Banh Mi Hoi-An

Authentic Vietnamese sandwiches

Try Banh Mi Hoi-An if you're having lunch in Hackney. This Vietnamese spot is a simple but bustling sandwich shop that's only open for lunch. Try a classic banh mi baguette served with a variety of fillings or choose a rice bowl full of traditional flavours. You can get a takeaway or eat-in to soak up the atmosphere.

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Tropical lunching

Island Poké brings Londoners a taste of Hawaii with its tropical bowls and there are locations throughout the city. These relaxed and informal eateries offer set recipes as well as the option to craft your own ideal bowl with a choice of bases and extra toppings. Poké bao buns are on the menu as well.

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Vibrant stir-fries

Open from lunchtime til late, Wok to Walk is a vibrant spot serving tasty custom meals for any time of day. These casual places are all about stir-fries and you're free to create your perfect mix. Choose a base from rice, noodles, or mixed veggies before adding extra ingredients, sauces, and toppings for a hot meal that's just right.

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Fresh-daily salads

Check out Bibi's if you favour a fresh and healthy lunch. Freshly-prepared salads are the focus at these cute and contemporary venues, and the tasty mixes on offer often sell out quick. You can mix and match your favourites to create your perfect salad box. Drinks and fresh savoury bakes are on offer here as well, plus catering services are available.

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Kai

Lunch with a Michelin star

Enjoy a Michelin-starred Chinese lunch at Kai in Mayfair. For lunch you can try the restaurant's elegant à la carte dishes at reduced prices, paired with cocktails and global wines, including bottles from China. This upmarket spot has a sophisticated look with distinctive wall art and metallic details. Private dining is also available here for an even more special meal.

Malevo

Argentinian lunch flavours

Centrally-located restaurant Malevo Tower Bridge serves Argentinian dishes and has plenty of options that are ideal for lunch. Whether you want something light and affordable or an indulgent meal, this vibrant restaurant full of original art will satisfy. Special lunch dishes here include empanadas served with salad, Argentine sandwiches, and grill platters to share.

Pasero

Cosy North London lunch place

A supper club turned permanent eatery, Pasero in South Tottenham starts the day off with coffee and fresh pastries, continues with eat-in or takeaway lunches, and finishes the day as a fully-fledged restaurant and wine bar. Expect small plates of seasonal European fare from the mind of head chef Pip MacDonald, formerly of J Sheekey, Merchants Tavern and Scott's, among others.

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