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HOTTEST DINING SPOTS IN london RIGHT NOW

In London, there’s always an exciting restaurant opening to look forward to. A city brimming with creative energy and innovation, it has more new restaurants launching per year than any other city. The official gourmet capital of the world, with so many high-level eateries, it’s hard to know where to beeline for the best. From the most beautifully designed to the ground-breaking culinary innovation, here’s 10 of the most buzz-worthy bookings.

1 SEXY FISH

SEXY FISH

With shimmering red and gold interiors- rumoured to cost £15 million- Sexy Fish is still a great place to see and be seen. From the hand-printed linen ceiling panels by Michael Roberts (Vanity Fair’s Style Editor-At-Large) to multiple Frank Gehry pieces or the resident DJ til 2am (Thurs-Sat) and a constant stream of paparazzi outside, there's never a dull moment here. It has one of the largest whiskey lists in the world and two of the biggest coral reef tanks ever to be designed.

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2 LONDON NOBU HOTEL, SHOREDITCH

Pollen Street Social

Jason Atherton, the first British chef to work in Spain's prestigious El Bulli restaurant, has been spicing up London's dining scene with hip haunts ever since he returned to the capital city 5 years ago. Pollen St Social, however, remains the jewel in his crown and the Michelin-starred flagship. Using fresh British seasonal produce, there's inspired dishes from Colchester crab to Baccleuch beef and even a vegan menu too.

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3 KITTY FISHER’S

KITTY FISHER’S

Hot on the back of winning GQ’s restaurant of the year award, Kitty Fisher’s is still a hot restaurant reservation to snag. With only 6 tables and list of celebrity clientele which ranges from ex-Prime Minister David Cameron (and wife Samantha) to celebrity-chef Nigella Lawson who tweeted she had just eaten “about everything on the menu.” It’s billed as the best steak in town with high-quality British ingredients grilled in the back.

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4 FRENCHIE

The Ned Hotel

The Ned is the latest London offering from the Soho House group. A grande and sprawling 1920s building, there's 8 restaurants in total here and all of them are fun & trendy. From Soho House's signature Cecconi's to the member's only rooftop bar, or the hip and healthy Malibu Kitchen.

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5 CAFE MONICO

Skygarden

An oasis in the heart of the City, this beautiful venue caused an Instagram phenomenon when it launched back in 2015. It still remains a draw a crowd and bookings can only be taken 3 weeks in advance and are always hard to come by. At the top, you'll find yourself in a public garden with some truly spectacular urban views amidst lush South African and Mediterranean plants. While there are 4 dining options to choose from, the restaurant boasts the best views.

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6 ANGLO

ANGLO

With 40 seats and simple decor, this recently-opened low-key restaurant could have easily been overlooked. Until the city’s most influential food critic Grace Dent asked “is this the best food in London?” Queue an Instagram flurry and a jam-packed reservation list. With a menu that changes daily (a la carte by day, a seven course tasting menu by night) it’s not one for fussy eaters who want their dressing on the side, rather an all out adventure into British feasting for those who are happy to trust a great chef.

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7 SOSHARU

J Sheekey

A West-end institution, a reservation at J Sheekey's is always a hot ticket and perfect for a pre-theatre bite. What began as an oyster bar in 1896 is still famous for its shellfish. Crab, prawns, plateaux de fruits de mer and, of course, oysters are what it does best.

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8 PARK CHINOIS

PARK CHINOIS

There are certain names that cause a buzz in London no matter what they do. Restauranteur Alan Yau, founder of the Wagamamma food chain and high-end eatery Hakkasan, is one of them. After ten years (at least) in the making, his new Mayfair restaurant Park Chinois hails back to the glamour of 1930s Shanghai and is like dining on a film set. The food is special too- don’t miss the Park Carbonara or duck pancakes served with caviar.

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9 PHARMACY 2

The Lecture Room & Library, Sketch

Sketch's two Michelin starred gastronomic restaurant, has been decked out by leading Interior Designer Gahban O Keeffe and is a visual feast. There's often hot lunch deals too so check the website for details.

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10 BERBER & Q

BERBER & Q

If you want to immerse yourself in London’s hipster scene, then your Saturday morning must consist of 1) a trip to Broadway Market 2) a walk round London Fields 3) food at this converted railway arch in Haggerston. The coolest brunch in London right now, it’s inspired by flavors across Africa and the Ottoman. The meat is smoked and marinated in-house, then open grilled on their specialized clay oven. Mouthwatering flavors combine from pomegranate molasses to date syrup short rib. They take no reservations, so be prepared to queue or go mid-week and just skip the hipsters altogether.

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