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Best British Restaurants in London

British Cuisine in the Capital


British cuisine is way better than you first think - honestly! Traditional British cuisine is simple, hearty and wholesome. (You should check out About.com British Food.)

The best British Restaurants in London can be found here.

The Albemarle

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The Albemarle (formerly The Grill) is the fine restaurant at Brown's Hotel which specializes in quality British cooking. The chefs use the finest seasonal ingredients. An a la carte menu is available, as well as set lunches and a pre-theatre dinner menu. Brown's is London's oldest five-star hotel.

Porter's English Restaurant

Porter's English Restaurant was opened by the Earl of Bradford back in 1979 as a reaction to the overpriced fare at most restaurants at the time. Ever since he has been offering good quality, wholesome meals with popular English dishes such as Beer Battered Cod, Steak and Kidney Pudding and Spotted Dick for dessert.

Porters English Restaurant in Covent Garden is very child friendly. Children have their own menu and cocktail list!

Quality Chop House

The Quality Chop House was established in 1870 and has that welcoming atmosphere associated with working class eateries. The restaurant was refurbished in the 1980s but still retains much of the original Victorian decor. Located in Farringdon, EC1, The Quality Chop House has a reputation for serving quality British cuisine.


Roast offers British cuisine using the finest ingredients. The restaurant is located within the foodie heaven of Borough Market and diners can look down and watch the hub bub of the market below. Families are welcome and there is a children's menu and coloring books provided.

Rules - London's Oldest Restaurant

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Rules is the oldest restaurant in London. Established in 1798 by Thomas Rules, the restaurant specializes in traditional British food such as game, oysters, pies, and puddings. Rules actually owns a game reserve in the north of England giving them access to quality game birds (pheasant, partridge, etc), roe deer, and Belted Galloway beef.

S&M (Sausage and Mash) Cafe

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S&M Cafe is a traditional English café with authentic 1940's and 50's design, serving hearty portions of the down-to-earth meal: sausages, mashed potatoes and gravy (meat sauce).


Simpson's-in-the-Strand is one of London's most historic landmark restaurants and has been offering classic British dishes for over 170 years. Seasonal ingredients are used for a wide range of classical dishes, including possibly the best Roast Beef and Lamb in the country, and game in season. Roasts are carved at guests' tables, from antique silver-domed trolleys, by Simpson's Master Carvers in a perfect example of restaurant theater.

St. John

St. John specializes in 'nose to tail' dining which means no part of an animal is unworthy of eating. It certainly makes for an interesting menu! Diners may be a bit squeamish at first but once they start eating they know it's the right thing to do. St. John has two London restaurants. Find out more...


Opened in 1889, this is a favorite with city workers. They don't accept bookings so be prepared for a wait at busy times. Seating is in a dining hall style and to keep the customers moving they don't serve coffee. The trademark main course is fish (actually the menu is nearly all fish) and they have lovely English desserts such as Steamed Syrup Sponge.

39 Queen Victoria Street, EC4 Tel: 020 7248 3062

Open for weekday lunch only.

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