7 Top London Restaurants Now

Published January 8, 2023, in my Medium column:

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught July 19, 2022, chefs collab feast

Visiting London multiple times since backpacking around Europe as a girl in 1999, I’ve seen it go through massive changes, including becoming the most international dining scene in the European continent. While still very different from the biggest U.S. cities I grew up in which were steeped since inception with every race and culture possible, London has come to feel a bit more like “home” when it leans on diversity, to its benefit. More than any of its neighboring countries, London is the city where you can find creative Indian, Sri Lankan or African restaurants alongside authentic Japanese or Middle Eastern.

As I am the W50 Academy Chairperson for W. North America, I was back in London July 2022 for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, hosted by the one and only Stanley Tucci. In addition to all the special events and meals surrounding W50B awards, I did the usual: packed in a number of restaurants and bars for research. I’ll outline top bars in another publication this year, but here, the 7 restaurant standouts this return to London.

Article Here: https://medium.com/@virginiamiller_29308/7-top-london-restaurants-now-77d3762e6232

Clove Club’s lobster course
Chishuru’s entrees
KOL’s langoustines taco

In this article:
Superb London Fine Dining with Warm Vibes: Clove Club
Farm to Table Treasure in Hackney: Silo
Epic Feast from One of the World’s Great Female Chefs: Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
West African Treasure: Chishuru
Modern Sri Lankan: Paradise Soho
Mexican-Inspired Tasting Menus with British Ingredients: KOL
Ottolenghi Does It Again: ROVI

Paradise Soho’s gilthead bream crudo
Silo Hackney’s courgette course

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— Weekend-ing: Japanese Food & Drink + Cultural Events at New Sunnyvale Hotel
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— Hawai’i’s BIG ISLAND: 2022 Eat, Drink & Stay Guide
— Honolulu Guide 2022, Part Two: 10 Top Restaurants + Where to Stay
— Honolulu Guide 2022, Part 1: Coffee, Bites, Bakeries & Bars with Good Food
— Los Angeles Travel: Spring 2022 Restaurant & Food Guide
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— Support Our Beloved Wine Countries, Healdsburg Edition
— Staycations, Santa Cruz Edition: Where to Eat, Stay & Drink Now
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— Harvest Season Staycations: Support Our Beloved Wine Countries, Sebastopol Edition