Every Londoner has a love-hate relationship with Piccadilly Circus. On the one hand, it’s exclusively for tourists, and thus embarrassing to be seen there by any self-respecting veteran. On the other hand, it’s an incredibly convenient stop, and the gateway to the West End and Soho

We choose to embrace the circus, and direct you to all the incredible dining options that are just a five minute walk from the station. From the best Persian food in London and hyped upstairs dining rooms to Thai barbecue, here are the best restaurants near Piccadilly Circus tube. 

Berenjak

This Iranian staple is one of Soho’s best restaurants, specialising in sharing plates inspired by traditional family gatherings. The hole-in-the-wall joint is as close to sampling the tastes of Tehran as you can get in London.

From hot, fluffy freshly made bread and juicy spiced kebabs to a colourful carousel of small plates, the food is vibrantly full of spices, dips, pickles, and herbs.

where: 27 Romilly St, London W1D 5AL

website: berenjaklondon.com

Brasserie Zedel

From hole-in-the-wall to a grand art deco dining room, Brasserie Zedel is loud, boisterous, and classically French. It makes a perfect pre-theatre spot and is priced at just £16.95 for two courses and £19.75 for three courses – there are few better deals near Piccadilly.

In addition, the building also plays host to ZL Café, a casual pavement-level café, an authentic American Cocktail Bar, Bar Américain, and a live music and cabaret venue, Crazy Coqs.

WHERE: 20 SHERWOOD ST, LONDON W1F 7ED

WEBSITE:BRASSERIEZEDEL.COM

Mountain

Tomos Parry, the buzzy chef behind Brat, opened Mountain last year to great fervour. It instantly established itself as one of the city’s hottest spots and received a Michelin star within six months. So, it’s not a bad start, then.

The food is stunning, the sort that is undeniable. Think fire-roasted red mullet, organic Sobrasada sausage on toast with honey and guindilla peppers, and torrija, a cinnamon caramelised brioche soaked in buttermilk custard with blackberries.

WHERE: 16-18 BEAK ST, LONDON W1F 9RD

WEBSITE: MOUNTAINBEAKSTREET.COM

Rita’s

The first iteration of Rita’s was its beloved deli, selling some of the best sandwiches in London. Sadly, the bodega closed last year, but its restaurant more than makes up for it.

Here, modern American dining meets seasonal British ingredients. Choose from barbecued sea bass, duroc pork milanese, or a sunchoke and shiitake lasagne. The best thing? In true American fashion, it’s the perfect spot for late diners, as last orders run all the way to 10:45pm.

where: 49 Lexington St, Carnaby, London W1F 9AP

website: ritasdining.com

Kiln

Often considered one of the city’s best Thai restaurants, Kiln is known for its trademark open kitchen, wood burning, and noodles.

The menu is regularly on the move, but the Thai barbecue concept remains ever-present. Their curry’s are simply outstanding, including braised beef shin curry, jungle curry with smoked kippers, and Chak Som sour curry with grey mullet. The dining area is small, and the counter runs on a walk-in, first come first serve basis, so be speedy.

where: 58 Brewer St, London W1F 9TL

website: kilnsoho.com

Quo Vadis

A Soho staple that embraces the colourful history of the area and the building that it occupies. Formerly a brothel and a home to Karl Marx – though not at the same time, rest assured – now it is one of the most unmissable of London bucket list restaurants.

Some of the dishes created by Chef Jeremy Lee and his team have entered London folklore –  if you go make sure to try the smoked eel sandwich, one of the most famous dishes in the city. 

WHERE: 26-29 DEAN ST, LONDON W1D 3LL

WEBSITE: QUOVADISSOHO.CO.UK

Fallow

Fallow has one of the best restaurant Instagram pages in the game, giving a behind-the-scenes look at how a restaurant is run, from POV’s during service to meetings with suppliers.

Its menu is full of character and innovation, with a strong focus on sustainability. Signature dishes include smoked cod’s head with sriracha butter and breed pork loin with cabbage, glazed with ‘nduja. Expect explosive flavour and eye-catching presentation.

where: 52 Haymarket, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4RP

website: fallowrestaurant.com

The French House

‘Upstairs at The French House’ just has an iconic ring to it, like the cult film Weekend at Bernie’s or underrated Yazoo album Upstairs at Eric’s.

This pub is steeped in history – Charles de Gaulle is said to have written his rousing WWII speech “À tous les Français” here. Upstairs, they run a restaurant which was first opened by Fergus and Margot Henderson, and is still one of London’s very best. The menu changes daily, and is handwritten on a chalkboard – the very best of old-school Soho.

where: 49 Dean St, London W1D 5BG

website: frenchhousesoho.com

Farzi

Indian food in London is a deep and competitive market, which means they all have to be on top of their game. Located in the vibrant Haymarket, Farzi definitely is just that and serves a delicious mix of vegetarian and meaty dishes.

Begin with starters like the chicken karage with chili walnut emulsion and the mallard shami kebab, before diving into mains like chicken tikka masala, Rajasthani laal maas, and kadhai paneer and aubergine salad with peanut and coconut sauce. 

WHERE: 8 HAYMARKET, LONDON SW1Y 4BP

WEBSITE: FARZILONDON.COM

The Devonshire

Rarely has a place opened to such a fever pitch as The Devonshire. Aided by a recent surge in Guinness popularity, it supposedly does the best pint in town. However, the real jewel is the restaurant upstairs.

Focusing on British produce, the ember grill restaurant serves Scottish beef, dry-aged and butchered on-site, creel-caught langoustines from Oban and fresh day boat fish, lobster, and hand-dived scallops from Devon. There are also classic desserts, including sticky toffee and bread and butter puddings.

where: 17 Denman St, London W1D 7HW

website: devonshiresoho.co.uk

100 Wardour Street

If you’re looking for more of a classic Soho night out than a low-key dinner, 100 Wardour has you covered. Perfect for those either starting their night – or looking to continue – this is a fun blend of gastronomy and live entertainment.

As well as great brunches and dinners, 100 Wardour Five transforms into a live music venue for five nights a week. If you’re looking for dinner and a show, look no further.

where: 100 Wardour St, London W1F 0TL

website: 100wardourst.com


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