Holiday abroad been cancelled? We’ve rounded up 14 restaurants that’ll mentally transport you somewhere with sunnier climes, sandy shores and fruity cocktails without having to fork out for a hefty plane fare out of London.
From our favourite Italian inspired trattoria in London to the Portuguese restaurant that delivers on both the food and interiors front, here are 14 restaurants to get your holiday fix here in London.
Treehouse Hotel London has been hot on everyone’s lips since arriving at the beginning of the year, and rightly so, it’s fun, quirky and literally inspired by the humble treehouse.
Inside it’s adorn with whimsical interiors, foliage overhead and an exceptional modern Mexican restaurant that’ll whizz you off to the country powered by chilli and spice. Not to mention their hip rooftop bar too, just perfect for a summer cocktail overlooking London’s skyline.
14-15 Langham Place, Marylebone W1B 2QS
Circolo Popolare is a firm favourite among the foodie set, from restaurant reviewers raving about the authentic Italian fare to influencers getting the perfect ‘gram shot of their 20,000 spirit bottles lining the walls. Part of the Big Mamma Group, the Fitzrovia restaurant brings big energy through its dinner service and al fresco dining area that’s both cosy and quirky, bursting with the typical Big Mamma Group styled interiors.
As soon as you step out onto the outdoor dining area you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped foot into a traditional Italian restaurant on the Amalfi Coast. Settle in for big bowls of creamy spaghetti, cured meats and a big helping of mozzarella loaded pizza.
40-41 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia W1T 1HX
Amazónico arrived onto the scene just last November, bringing with them bold, flavour packed dishes that’ll transport you on a sensory journey through Brazil, Colombia, Peru, as well as noting influences from Japan, China and India. Their signature Ensalada Amazonico, made with fresh mango, confit tomatoes, avocado and kalamansi citrus, is a must try.
Inside the interiors are entirely rainforest inspired, with scattered peacocks, water features and hanging foliage overhead. As soon as you step foot inside the restaurant, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported thousands of miles from the grey, dreary London weather you’ve left outside.
International holidays may be off the cards but book into COYA Mayfair for your very own Peruvian holiday experience in the heart of London.
Their flagship Mayfair restaurant has recently undergone a huge revamp, bringing with it a sense of adventure explored through the designed interiors, bold flavours and exotic cocktails. Sample one of their signature pisco cocktails before tucking into small Pervuian plates designed by Chef Director Sanjay Dwivedi in partnership with COYA Mayfair’s head chef Alessandro Scala.
118 Piccadilly, Mayfair WIj 7NW
Forget your dream Tuscany holiday this summer and settle in for an authentic slice of Italian paradise here in the heart of the city at Alto by San Carlo.
Tucked atop of Selfridges rooftop, the restaurant will make you feel as though you’ve stepped foot inside a traditional Italian trattoria. Expect lemon vines overhead, sun soaring through the wooden beams and a beautiful Italian style feast. The menu itself is filled with light bites, including grilled artichokes with mint sauce; fritto misto; panzerotto pugliese; and carpaccio of Angus beef.
THE ROOFTOP, SELFRIDGES, OXFORD STREET W1A 1AB
Travel the world in 80 bites at The Cellar, the restaurant tucked inside West London’s members’ space Kindred.
Head chef Romulo Silva has created a menu inspired by ‘London fusion’, showcasing a range of dishes that blend diverse flavours and ingredients from different communities across London. Travel through the flavours and visit everywhere from the Amalfi Coast through the affogato with speciality roasters Limini Coffee to Mexico with their sharing board of chipotle pulled pork nachos. Plus, Kindred is taking part in the EOTHO scheme throughout August so you’ll be able to enjoy these flavours for a fraction of the price.
With holidays abroad off the cards this summer, reunite with loved ones in style at Sea Containers London. The hotel’s rooms reopened last weekend, bringing with them five new specially designed Patio Room packages perfect for families and friends to reconnect after the lockdown months apart. All of the rooms come equipped with their own ivy-clad patio and outside seating, just perfect for al fresco dining (and pretending you’re sipping on cocktails in the Med).
The restaurant boasts views overlooking the Thames and St Paul’s, both inside and out on the terrace, and serves up an all-day dining menu that celebrates seasonality and ingredient-led cooking.
Both the bedrooms and Sea Containers Restaurant have reopened. 12th Knot and Lyaness reopening dates are TBC.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PD
Forget your jungle adventure holiday to the Amazon, head on over to Zuaya for an unforgettable Latin American experience.
The restaurant is abrim with tropical trees, hanging plants and the occasional hidden monkey, and the menu follows suit thanks to its exotic flavours and cocktails that pack in a punch. Settle in for an indoor adventure and try a selection of their seasonal dishes; their lamb tacos are a favourite in The Handbook office.
35B Kensington High Street, Kensington W8 5EB
If your holiday to Japan got cut short, head on over to Showaken, the Tokyo retro bar hidden above the Japan Centre on Panton Street. Enjoy an authentic taste of Japanese cuisine with their Tokyo style miso ramen with chicken broth before exploring the best of the Japan Centre.
Enjoy an authentic slice of Portuguese interiors and cuisine when you dine in at Bar Douro. Expect traditional blue and white tiling to be adorning the walls and the counter bar, all of which pairs perfectly with the Portuguese wines and tapas-style menu. Menu highlights include grilled octopus with blistered peppers and onions; grilled lamb rump with rainbow chard and migas; and their signature bifana, a traditional Portugeuse sandwich made with pork shoulder, white wine and fermented pepper sauce, served in a bola rustica with fennel and savora mustard mayonnaise. It’s traditionally served from roulotes and tascas across the country.
Known best for its electrifying Radio Rooftop with soaring views over London’s skyline from Tower Bridge to the Houses of Parliament, ME London is the perfect spot for a summer staycation in the city.
The rooms are sleek and contemporary. Stop off at their in house steak restaurant, STK for the best steak in London before heading on up to the rooftop for a cocktail with a view.
Strand, London WC2R 1HA
If you’re partial to a holiday with all of the dazzle minus the hassle, head on over to Great Fosters, the countryside retreat that’s got the bubbly, pool views and butler service on tap this summer.
They’ve recently launched their summer pool series that’s packed full of glasses of Nyetimber on arrival, poolside views, holistic treatments, summer lunches and personal butler service. Boasting over 50 acres of ornate gardens, 43 tudor-style suites and bedrooms and one of the UK’s smallest Michelin Star restaurants, Great Fosters is slotted just outside of London, making it the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway or summer staycation with the kids or the perfect excuse for a bit of ‘me’ time.
Stroude Road, Egham TW20 9UR
A hotel that feels like it’s nuzzled inside its own little village, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences is home to a mix of culinary delights and rooms, all with hints towards the hotel’s Indian heritage. Level up your staycation and bed in for a night in the Cinema Suite, which plays homage to the rich history of Hollywood and Indian cinema and is a true delight for any film buffs out there. Book in for a Michelin-star experience at Quilon and sample fine Indian South West coastal cuisine.
51 Buckingham Gate, Westminster SW1E 6AF
Book in for a cosy holiday experience at 11 Cadogan Gardens, the five-star boutique hotel located just off the iconic Sloane Square. Enjoy an al fresco dining experience at their on-site restaurant, Hans’ Bar & Grill and tuck into small plates and sharing plates with friends. Plates include ham hock and duck croquettes with apple puree and Waldolf salad; Brixham crab and mango with chilli, avocado, puffed wild rice and coriander; and crisp scampi prawns in a tempura batter with spring onion, garlic and red chilli.
11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea SW3 2RJ