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Sharing is caring, right? And, there’s no denying us Londoners love sharing our food so it’s no surprise restaurants across the city have gone to town on the sharing plates, boards and platters. From flavour packed kebabs to charcuterie galore, to help you rummage through to find the very best, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favourite restaurants where sharing plates are at the forefront of the menu. Now, who wants the last bite of the charcuterie?

TOKii

Okay, don’t mean to alarm you or anything but we think we might have found our new favourite restaurant. Hidden inside London’s newest and finest Japanese-inspired hotel, The Prince Akatoki, TOKii follows suit with minimalist interiors and exquisite dining. And, if there’s one thing we know, the restaurant is all about its sharing plates. Dishes have been specially curated upon their robata grill and sushi counter. If you’ve got a few buck spare, the crowd pleaser is always going to the Japanese wagyu beef A5-150gr with spicy ponzu.

Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, W1H 7FD
Website: www.theprinceakatokilondon.com

Patri Hammersmith

All aboard! Driven by the aromas and flavours nuzzled amongst India’s iconic railway stations and on board these journeys, Patri Hammersmith will bring to life a slice of Indias finest snack side dishes. Made to order, prepare to dive into old Delhi classics, flavour packed kebabs and even a ‘boyfriend chaat’.

Where: 103 Hammersmith Grove, London W6 0NQ, UK
Nearest station: Goldhawk Road (0.5 miles)
Website: www.patri.co.uk

Robata

Another restaurant utilising the robata style grill is ROBATA. These guys have even got a specially curated sharing menu just for those days where you and your pals can’t decide on what dishes to order. Expect to be munching on crispy duck salads, spicy tuna rolls and wood flamed iberico port pluma.

Where: 56 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 4UE, UK
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.3 miles)
Website: www.robata.co.uk

Bankside Hotel

Eating out is all about indulging and where better to head than Art Yard Bar & Kitchen at Bankside Hotel. Hidden in their private dining room, gather your friends and family and opt for their sharing style menu. The interiors are timeless but not old-fashioned and the Private Dining Room itself, like the restaurant and the hotel, is full of eclectic art and handpicked furniture. What are you waiting for? Let’s dive right in.

Where: Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection, Blackfriars Road, Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Blackfriars (0.3 miles)
Website: www.artyardbarandkitchen.com

Blanchette Soho

Serving classic French cuisine, at Blanchette Soho you can expect to be snacking on charcuterie, cheese and honey, and dreamy croquet monsieur. And, the frites and béarnaise is an absolute must for the table.

Where: 9 D'Arblay Street, Soho, W1F 8DR
Website: www.blanchettesoho.co.uk

Sexy Fish

Get down and dirty as you dive into the dreamiest sharing dishes at London’s sexiest restaurant. Sexy Fish, one of Mayfair’s highest ranked restos, is certainly world renowned for its exceptional sushi, sashimi and robata grilled meats. Forget ordering for just yourself and order a whole whack for the table. And, don’t forget to snap up a picture for the ‘gram, the presentation is always spot on.

Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR, UK
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Website: www.sexyfish.com

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences

Indulge in style this festive season with bubbles at The Cellar Room at 51 Buckingham Gate. Enjoy superb glasses of Champagne, tantalising cocktails and a selection of tapas and canapé platters too. For the smaller groups, while away your evening at The Hamptons Bar and groove to the beat of the live music.

Where: 51 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: St. James's Park (0.3 miles)
Website: www.51-buckinghamgate.com

Kama By Vineet

When it comes to sharing plates, it doesn’t get better than thali. The Indian delicacy is made up of a selection of various dishes served on a seriously appetising platter. It’s colourful, it’s spicy and, if you’ve got cash to spare, nowhere does thali that’s quite as posh as KAMA by Vineet. Their Michelin-starred head chef has got The Handbook’s stamp of approval, and the accompanying cocktails are some of the best we’ve tried. The restaurant is housed in the Harrods food hall, so you can kill two birds with one stone and pick up any last minute Christmas shopping once you’re done!

Where: 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL
Website: www.harrods.com/kama-by-vineet

Tapas Brindisa Battersea

Disfrutar an evening of Spanish culture and tapas at Tapas Brindisa Battersea. Celebrating the freshest ingredients from across Spain and it’s legendary islands, as you can probably guess you’ll be dining on tapas style dishes championing different meats, cheeses and fish, all devised with an added Spanish flair.

Where: Unit 25, Circus Road West, Battersea, SW11 8EZ
Website: www.brindisakitchens.com

J Sheekey Atlantic Bar

You can’t go to J Sheekey Atlantic Bar without indulging in one of their shellfish platters and ordering a bundle of oysters for the table. The pièce de résistance is, of course, their ERDEM’s plateau de fruit de mer, an ensemble of oysters, tuna and salmon sashimi, cock crab claw, lobster, langoustine, Atlantic prawns, surf clams, cockles and mussels.

Where: 33-35 St Martin's Ct, London WC2N 4AL, UK
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)
Website: www.jsheekeyatlanticbar.co.uk

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

Boasting views of the London Eye, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar comes through with the sharing starters. Feast on homemade frazzles, ox cheek fritters and tear & share Yorkshire puddings while you um and ah over your mains.

Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
Website: www.gillrays.com

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Polpo

One place we’re head over heels for is Polpo. Order a bunch of dishes for you and your friends to graze on while you knock back a few Campari Spritz. Must-try dishes include the smoked mackerel & Carta di musica; lamb chops & anchovy; beef shin & mafaldine; and the crispy zucchini fries.

Where: Various Locations
Website: www.polpo.co.uk