Eating & Drinking inLondon

Whatever the political weather, London remains a global gastronomic titan – its restaurant scene representing every continent, its community of chefs as dynamic as it is diverse. 

A glance at The Good Food Guide’s Top 10 shows four London restaurants at the vanguard. Core by Clare Smyth climbs to the number two spot as it enters its third year, while long-established institutions – Pollen Street Social and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – maintain their momentum.

Just as athletes limber up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, fresh takes on Japanese food are winning over London diners. Izakaya-style dishes earned Peg in Hackney our Best New Entry in the capital. Endo at the Rotunda is a similarly small operation with big ideas, elevating sushi to dizzy new heights on top of the former BBC Television Centre building.

There’s further evidence of creative forces heading eastwards: Da Terra in Bethnal Green, Jolene in Newington Green and Bright in Hackney counting among the brightest lights rising in the east. Meanwhile, dining in redeveloped King’s Cross has been coming of age: an ever-evolving scene now includes Coal Office, The Drop, Vermuteria and a new outpost of tapas favourite Barrafina.

But if there’s anything to be gleaned from London's culinary landscape, it's that diners are open to dishes from all-comers, be it Ecuadorian comfort food at Islington's El Inca Plebeyo or outrageously moreish Taiwanese dumplings from Bao Borough.

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