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How to Find a Place to Eat

Anyone who says that finding a good place to eat in London is difficult or expensive probably hasn’t visited in the last seven years. It’s impossible to keep up with all the new top-quality affordable restaurants.

Top Tip: Check out our Cheap Lunch in London guides.

Here’s a quick guide to some of the best places to start your search:

How to find a restaurants, cafe or takeaway

Time Out website and magazine

The Time Out website is one of the best places to look for a restaurant, cafe or takeaway. You can narrow your search by area, cuisine and select the ‘Critics Choice’ option for their top recommendations.

If you want to browse a list of some of the best, you can’t go wrong with their list of London’s 100 best cheap eats or top 100 restaurants.

Time Out magazine, which is given out for free at central London tube stations on Tuesday mornings, has reviews of new restaurants and cafes.

The Evening Standard

The website of London’s free evening newspaper, The Evening Standard, has regular features on places to eat and reviews of new openings.

Food websites and blogs

Find some good tips on where to eat. Our favourites include:

New restaurant openings

Hot Dinners and London Eater are the best places to find out about new restaurants in London and general information about the London food scene.


The quality of food in London pubs varies and a good pub might not be the best place to eat. Time Out has a decent guide to gastropubs. If you’re more interested in the beer, try Fancy a Pint? for pub reviews and recommendations.

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