London’s hottest restaurants

BREDDOS TACOS, Clerkenwell
Finally, these street food taco aficionados have got themselves an actual restaurant. The vibes are set to full and the tacos, made in house don’t y’know, are some of the best around. Extras like this pork chop are also worth ordering.
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This guy created the Cronut® (a croissant donut hybrid) and he’s brought it over from NYC to his new shop in Victoria. Sure, the Cronut® pastries are insane but it’s this shot glass made of cookie filled with vanilla milk that you’re going to fall in love with.
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EL PASTOR, Borough Market
London has gone taco mad – and for good reason. This one comes from the Quo Vadis / Barrafina brothers. It’s in a narrow arch in the heart of the market (look for the neon sign) with good times guaranteed.
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Phil Howard’s latest restaurant (where Tom Aikens‘ fine dining spot was) is a real looker. The menu has a light touch but it was this hand rolled linguine with ceps and Parmesan that really got us going.
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HAI CENATO, Victoria
Meaning ‘have you had dinner?’ this is the new one from serial restaurant opener Jason Atherton and it’s in a new development called Nova which hopes to make Victoria good again. The menu is varied but stick with pasta and pizza and you’ll be happy as Larry.
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KILN, Soho
Prepare for some of the spiciest food you’ve ever eaten – along with some of the best. It’s counter seating (try and get the kitchen end if you can) with curries and clay pots galore. The lamb and cumin skewers are insane.
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You could argue it’s more Piccadilly than Soho but who cares. The Indian small plates at this place are insane. Get the Keralan fried chicken, drink a beer, sit at the counter, oggle at the handsome chefs and leave content.
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LUCA, Clerkenwell
This is the next one from those clever guys at The Clove Club. They’re going for ‘Britalian’ (that’s a British / Italian mix) and it’s quite marvellous indeed. Get the parmesan fries and you’ll be the happiest of crappies.
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PERILLA, Newington Green
From pop up to restaurant, these two lads have proved they know how to make great food. Our advice: get the tasting menu, it’s only £38 and features these fatty lamb ribs. FATTY LAMB RIBS.
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RADIO ALICE, Shoreditch
These two brothers have a string of successful pizzerias in Italy called Berbere but this is their first flurry in the UK. They’re lovely chaps and the pizza (they bake their dough first then add the toppings) is unlike anything else.
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Radio Alice

RALPH’S COFFEE & BAR, Regent Street
Based in the Ralph Lauren store, this has got to be the most beautiful bar cum coffee shop I’ve ever stepped foot into. We went for breakfast, had a flat white, a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel and admired the beauty.
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SMOKESTAK, Shoreditch
They were a hit selling their street food smoked meats and their first bricks and mortar site takes things up a gear. Super cool, super friendly, super everything. These pig tails are INSANE. Don’t miss the sticky toffee pudding either.
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This place is cray cray – the staff wear straitjackets, the food is served on giant sheets of paper and the cocktails come in ceramic hearts. Unique, fun and very memorable.
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It used to be Rasoi, but after a refurb and a shake up of the menu this Chelsea townhouse is serving some really fun and inventive Indian food. Currently evenings and tasting menus only.
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