s far as classic, good-for-everything establishments go, it’s hard to beat the Wolseley. The breakfasts here are an essential London experience, and you’ll get brownie points for life if you take the in-laws here for afternoon tea. It’s an impressive space, all high ceilings and marble columns, which is also part of the fun. If you’ve never been, definitely go for the pastries (the Cannelés Bordelais cakes are winners) or the omelette Arnold Bennett.
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Gymkhana is the best Indian restaurant in London, an upscale establishment serving elevated classics and an incredible biryani.
Scully serves fantastically OTT food in a sober St James’s setting. The flavours are a slap around the face, in a good way.
Kitty Fisher’s is a great restaurant in Mayfair serving hedonistic plates of simple, rich, and delicious British food.
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Kitchen Table is a swish counter-only restaurant in which you sit around an open kitchen of chefs cooking interesting, fine dining dishes.
Bright is an excellent restaurant and wine bar in London Fields from the people behind Clapton wine-shop P. Franco.
Pollen Street Social
Pollen Street Social is an excellent fine dining spot in Mayfair, but it feels like the kind of restaurant you want to go to all the time.
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E. Pellicci is an old-school classic in Bethnal Green. It’s warm and welcoming, and if you don’t get a Full English breakfast, you did it wrong.
Afternoon tea at Sketch is like being on an Alice In Wonderland-themed spaceship in Mayfair. It’s slightly insane, but in a good way.
The Delaunay is the restaurant you want to be in when you just want to feel good. Sit in the amazing dining room or hit the cafe for a quick one.
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