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 on our radar right now. (Photo credit: Eloise Ambursley, Unsplash)

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If you are not eating carbs you might want to look away. Padella is the new restaurant from the same owners of London's perennially cool Trullo in Highbury and this time it's dedicated to the art of pasta. The menu is short and to the point – four starters, six small pastas, a pudding, bread- with plates averaging around £7. There's no reservations but it is (always) worth the wait.

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A favourite among the high-end art set in Hong Kong, Duddell’s has taken over a historic St Thomas' Church in Southwark, London and it makes for a stunning weekend lunch spot. Heading up the kitchen is Chef Daren Liew who was previously Executive Sous Chef with the Hakkasan Group- from the most Instagrammable dimsum in town to Duddell’s Peking Duck, it's all rather memorable.

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It sounds more Hackney than Kensington; all exposed brick, industrial finishes and raw concrete. A new gem that's popularity spread like wildfire through word-of-mouth on London's social scene, it just won Tatler's restaurant of the year. To eat, you'll find rustic sourdough, to-die-for beef short rib and sweet potato ice cream. Be warned: it is already a total headache to get a table at.

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The Ned Hotel

While you have to book well in advance, the Sunday Feast at Millie's in the lobby of The Ned (London's latest offering from the Soho House group) won't disappoint. A literal buffet feast of lobster tails, shucked oysters, fresh prawns, smoked salmon, Yorkshire pudding, beef and exquisite mini deserts - it's best to go hungry. £44 per person.

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Accessible via a narrow alleyway off the eastern side of Green Park, The Game Bird offers seasonal and locally sourced British food in an elegant setting (there's even an artisan smoked fish trolley and a Lyle’s Golden Syrup sponge with custard for pudding). It has the air of an exclusive private members club, and a Champagne Bar makes a rather lovely hideaway spot if you want to escape the rain outside.

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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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There are places in London that cause a buzz that never seems to peter out. Palomar's perennially trendy bar and dining room in Soho is one of those places- no-one has a bad word to say about it. Everything is top notch.

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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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If you like to keep up-to-date with London’s hipster scene, then this low-key yet seriously yummy Thai grill is a must. One of the coolest spots in town and the second hit opening from self-taught chef Ben Chapman (who also fathered hip Shoreditch eatery The Smoking Goat) the Thai fusion food is out of this world. Sit up at the counter for great atmosphere.

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An oasis in the heart of the City, this beautiful venue caused an Instagram phenomenon when it launched and still remains a popular haunt. Bookings can only be taken 3 weeks in advance and are always hard to come by. But once you're at the top, you'll find yourself in a public garden with some truly spectacular urban views amidst lush botanicals. There are 4 dining options to choose from but the restaurant boasts the best views.

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