Eating & Drinking inLondon

The English capital’s population may fall shy of the 10 million required for megacity status, but London’s vibrant, dynamic restaurant scene places it firmly alongside - if not above - many of the world’s greatest.

Its reputation as a global food hotspot has been cemented by top-end restaurants such as Core by Clare Smyth, and Claude Bosi at Bibendum, as well as a diverse mix of cultures of which A. Wong, our Restaurant of the Year, is a prime example.

But the city is about approachable prices too, even in the high-rent central zones. In Soho, you can find easy-on-the-pocket eateries including Mexican Breddos, hand-made pasta at Pastaio, and good-value sushi at Jugemu.

Not to be outdone, Covent Garden delivers keenly priced seafood at The Oystermen and Parsons, and even Mayfair offsets its sky-high bills with Bombay Bustle, a more modest alternative to Jamavar.

Away from the thrum of the centre, hip businesses are pushing out into less gentrified neighborhoods. Tom Brown’s extraordinary Cornerstone in Hackney Wick and the brilliant Westerns Laundry in the hinterland between Highbury, Islington and Holloway are among the most talked-about new places to eat. They join latest sensations Brat and St Leonards in the more established Shoreditch.

But it is only when you venture further afield, for example to tiny Kudu on a gritty stretch of Peckham’s Queens Road, or to vegetarian Ceremony in Tufnell Park that you realise London’s culinary coming-of-age is a citywide phenomenon.

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