Mayfair and Soho

Chic Mayfair and vibrant Soho in Central London are famous for shopping, theatre shows, bars, restaurants, clubs, and.. hundreds of millions of tourists. It’s an amazing area but it can be a bit daunting if you don’t know where to go. On this page we share our favourite places, providing you with some insight info. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do. As this is always a busy area, we recommend to book your table in advance if possible, even on weekdays.

10 Greek Street
10 greek street
A new mini restaurant in Soho that can be added to the list of small unpretentious little places in that area that are always a good pick for a cozy dinner for two or a relaxed evening with some friends….(other options; Ceviche, Duck Soup, Polpo, Spuntino etc.) There is no fuzzy decor at 10 Greek Street. They choose to have a simple interior with wooden tables, a blackboard menu on the wall and a tiny little bar in the back. It’s very small, quite cozy in the evenings and buzzy. We also had a delicious meal! They have a no reservation system that I am usually not specifically keen on but they take your name and number and call when the table is ready. I advise you to go early if you don’t want to be disappointed. 10 Greek Street | Tube; Tottenham Court Road | +442077344677 | £££ | Map | Website

American Bar – Stafford Hotel
Stafford Hotel American Bar
I love to take people here for the ultimate English experience. You could combine this with a visit to Buckingham Palace or a high tea at the Wolseley which is just a 5 minutes walk. The American Bar in the Stafford hotel is a chic hotel bar with an overflow of memorabilia hanging on the walls and ceiling. It’s not cheap but the staff is attentive without being pretentious. They also serve delicious complimentary savouries (olives, nuts, crisps). Go here for  glass of wine before having dinner and feel pampered… 16-18 St. James’s Place, St. James’s | London | +442074930111 | ££££  | Tube: Green Park | Website

Andrew Edmunds
Andrew Edmunds
This is an intimate, romantic little restaurant in a really nice part of Soho. The restaurant has a Bohemian charm with a friendly no-nonsense staff. The two rooms are so tiny that you really have to like the person you are having dinner with because you will practically sit on his / her lap…  You can sit downstairs or upstairs. I would probably ask to sit upstairs but my dinner-date liked downstairs better so I guess it’s just a matter of taste. 46 Lexington Street |tube: Oxford Circus | +4420 7437 5708 | ££ | Website

Automat – Currently closed for refurbishment! 
Automat London
I love to have breakfast here. Also good for lunch and dinner. Especially on weekdays. It’s full of young professionals that work in the area. The Ceasar Salad with Chicken is to die for… 33 Dover Street | Tube: Green Park | +442074993033 | ££ | Website

Berners Tavern London Edition Hotel
Berners Tavern London Edition Hotel
This restaurant that is part of the Edition Hotel is situated in an impressively beautiful large space with gold framed paintings covering all of the super high walls. It’s very overwhelming and glamorous, but it doesn’t feel stiff – although we did feel a little underdressed. We arrived early for our dinner reservation to have a drink at the bar first which was also an experience. We were taken to a bar in a massive hall next to the restaurant where extremely nice waiters helped us choose cocktails (and charge our phones). For dinner we were sat in one of the corner booths with a great view of the rest of the restaurant. We chose burgers and a lobster salad from the British menu and weren’t blown away but maybe we were expecting too much because of the surroundings?! They also do brunch which I would love to check out. 10 Berners Street | Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Rd | Tel: +44(0)20-7908 7979 | Website | £££

Blanchette | London
Blanchette

Personally I think that we will never get tired of these sort of places. Blanchette is a  super trouper cozy French restaurant in the middle of Soho. There is an urban feel to the interior; bare brick walls and funky lamps combined with a rustic, country French kind of atmosphere. The sharing dishes are simple and nice, the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic night out (candles, dimmed lights and at the moment a beautiful Christmas tree) and its not that hard to get a reservation but the restaurant is quite popular so you do have to book a week in advance for a Friday/Saturday night! 9 D’Arblay St, London |+20 7439 8100 | Tube: Oxford Circus / Tottenham Court Road | ££ | Website

 

Bob Bob Ricard
Bob Bob Ricard
This is a Russian owned English restaurant with an interior inspired by 30′s glamour and old train interiors. Mirrored ceilings, niches with red leather seatings, mosaic flooring and attentive staff in pink jackets and turquoise waistcoats.There is a ‘Press for Champagne’ button on each table… Which I didn’t press (but it was hard to resist!!) The food is traditionally British with a twist. When I couldn’t get a table at the time I asked for, they offered us to wait for the table at the retro basement bar which was just fabulous. The bar looks super chic and sophisticated and I didn’t mind waiting there for a table at all. A note to make is that they have another space on the right when you get in which is apparently a lot less nice! So when you book, make sure you get a table in the main part. 1 Upper James Street, Soho, London |Tel: +4420 3145 100 | Tube: Piccadilly Circus | ££££ | Website

Bocca di Lupo
Bocca di luppo
A few of my friends were raving about this place so I was excited to check it out. After trying a couple of times (the place is always fully booked) I managed to get a table for 4 – when you’re with 2 they will seat you at the bar, which is also nice. At first, I was afraid it was going to be too pretentious as the surroundings felt a little over the top glamorous (for an Italian), but it turned out to be an honest, lovely and buzzing place. We chose to share a selection of small dishes as starters and for our main course as we couldn’t decide what to get from the enticing menu. My favourites were the Crudita di Mare and Baccala (salted pollack fish). Exceptional food and wine, superfriendly host and waiters.  I’m planning on coming back soon. 12 Archer Street | Tube: Piccadilly Circus | Tel: +442077342223 | Website | £££

The team behind Bocca di Lupo also have a little shop called Gelupo where they sell proper gelato, as well as olives, self made pasta and sauces, a selection of cheeses, fresh fish and wines. It’s located on the other side of the road of their restaurant and too good to miss out on. 7 Archer Street | Website

Bodega Negra Restaurant

Ok so apart from the fact that we were sitting next to Prince Harry, I really enjoyed this restaurant. It all starts with the entrance, a peep show/porn shop facade on Old Compton Street. Then, when you head downstairs, you enter the restaurant which feels like a cosy candlelit sort of cave. It’s divided in 3 different areas. Tim Burton inspired wall art on one side, bar in the middle and a dining room with randomn upside down piano on the other. The busy bar area serves amazing tequila based cocktails. Food is Mexican and we opted to share loads of different small plates. My absolute favourite was the Scallop Ceviche! A few things on the menu are the same as the Bodega Negra Cafe, but the restaurant is definitely the more expensive option. Lastly, I really loved every single song the dj played. It’s rather loud though, so probably not a such a good place to bring your parents. It’s also a great place for a late night dinner and drinks. We were not kicked out until 2am! If you want to check it out yourself, make sure to reserve a table. They are booked up for weeks ahead. 9 Old Compton Street | Tube: Leicester Square | 0207 758 4100 | Website | £££


Boheme Kitchen and Bar – BKB has now closed, but the people behind Soho House Group have opened Soho Diner – new restaurant review to follow soon!
Boheme Bar and Kitchen
I was able to get a last minute dinner reservation for a group of 7 on a Saturday night. When we arrived we had to wait 20 minutes for our table which I didn’t think was too much of a problem at all. We went for a drink at the bar and received 2 bottles of wine free of charge from the manager, to make up for the wait! Menu offers tasty American influenced food, think Ceasar Salad, burgers and chips. On weekends the music is turned up quite a bit and the lighting turned down. Relaxed vibe. Staff is super friendly. Towards the end of the night it got really busy. Great restaurant for a night out in Soho. 19 – 21 Old Compton Street | Tube: Piccadilly | +4420 7734 5656 | ££ | Website

 

Le Boudin Blanc
Boudin Blanc London
A classic french restaurant hidden in the middle of Mayfair. The interior, the waiters and the food make you feel you escaped from hectic London to a bistro in romantic Paris. We arrived at 9pm on Friday night when the restaurant was busy and buzzing. By 11pm most of the people were leaving so probably best to book for 8pm. P.S. The Market Tavern on 7 Shepherd St is nice for drinks. 5 Trebeck Street | Mayfair | +442074993292 | Tube: Green Park | £££ | Website

Cafe Boheme
Cafe Boheme London
Love going to this place on the weekends. It’s always busy and buzzing. Not too hipster and crazy expensive, just relaxed. I find this hard to find in Soho sometimes. Perfect for a group of friends on a big night out (or if you are looking for a post-theatre dinner). Appreciate the fact that dinner reservations don’t have to be made weeks in advance – but that might just be not always wanting to plan ahead in order to have a good time. Kitchen is French and the Steak Frites has never let me down here. Prices are also reasonable considering the location. 13 Old Compton Street | Tube: Piccadilly | +442077340623 | ££ | Website

Cay Tre Soho
Cay Tre
6 years ago I went to Vietnam with a group of 16 friends and I loved the country so much! Not just the surroundings, people and beauty of the country itself but also the FOOD. My goodness what a blast… Anyway last week I discovered this restaurant in Soho and I was back in Vietnam for a few hours. Delicious food… really delicious… The look of the place is okay. Very airy, modern, light, spacious, noisy. Not super trouper cosy but  the quality of the food makes this restaurant special. Try the Squid & Green Mango Salad and the Slow Cooked Mekong Catfish. They have a bar waiting area as well. 42-43 Dean Street | Tube: Tottenham Court Road/Oxford Circus | +442073179118 | Website | ££

Cecconi’s
Cecconis
Great buzzing Italian restaurant to have lunch. It’s quite chic and elegant but fun and buzzing at the same time. Make a reservation! 5a Burlington Gardens | Tube: Piccadilly | +442074341500 | £££ |  Website

Ceviche

One of my favourites in Soho (after Bodega Negra!)… is a Peruvian restaurant in the heart of Soho. Ceviche is a popular seafood dish in the coastal regions of South America and you will notice directly that all the dishes in this venue are made with love. I never ate Peruvian food before but I found the dishes original, fresh and absolutely delicious. Loved the Ensalada de Quinoa amongst many other things. We asked our (charming and good-looking) waiter if he could recommend some dishes which he did with eagerness. We had about 7 small sharing dishes. The interior is very Soho; a bar area at the front leads to the main dining area at the back. Wooden tables, partly coloured walls and some posters and photographs on the wall. It’s cosy. They take reservations but they also keep some tables free for walk-ins. Love it! 17 Frith Street, London | +442072922040 | ££ | Tube: Tottenham Court or Leicester Square | Website

Chotto Matte
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A place in Soho that actually takes bookings and has a big open bar space where you can have drinks before dinner. Especially good for groups as sometimes it can be a struggle to find a nice (not too) crowded place for pre dinner drinks and to know that your table is ready without having to stress and change locations. The kitchen is Japanese and Peruvian fusion which sounds a little weird but there are some really nice dishes! Make sure you get a table upstairs near the open kitchen. I find it’s a really good spot to get your Thursday or Friday night started in Soho with a group of friends. Music is quite loud and food is light so you’ll want to go out afterwards.. Trust me 😉 11-13 Frith Street | +4420 7042 7171 | Tube: Piccadilly Circus |Website | £££

Coya
Coya Restaurant
A new exotic restaurant in London!  This Peruvian restaurant is located in a basement on Piccadilly near Hyde Park Corner.  The only time I come in that part of town is when I cycle to work or go for a long run in the weekends; But it is a very grand , monumental part of Piccadilly and so is the building in which the restaurant is located. The food is Peruvian with Japanese influence and so delicate and divine that it’s worthwhile going for just the food alone. The dishes are small and meant  for sharing and the bill is painfully high, so do keep that in mind before you book. The restaurant and bar are in two adjacent very spacious spaces which makes it ideal to go to with a large group of people. The bar looks very smart and stylish and the ambience is the restaurant is noisy, exotic, dark and buzzing. I am more a fan of Ceviche in Soho (also Peruvian food) because it is small, cozy, loud and laid back (and I love small, noisy and cozy) but this restaurant definitely wins in terms of kitchen. Enjoy! 118 Piccadilly | Tube: Hyde Park Corner or Green Park | +44207042 7118 | ££££ | Website | Map

Comptoir – Libanais

Fun place to go for lunch when you’re out and about (shopping) in the Oxford Circus area. The space is bright and colourful. Nothing fancy, very simple. Me and my friend shared the Baba Ganoush (freshly made with pommegranate on top) with some mezze and a Falafel wrap which tasted great. We also enjoyed their healthy carrot-apple-and-ginger juices. While it’s not a place to go for a 2 hour lunch, it’s perfect when you are looking for a quick and tasty Lebanese lunch. 65 Wigmore Street W1U 1PZ | Tube: Bond Street | +44 0207 935 1110 | ££ | Website

Dean Street Townhouse

The hotel / restaurant in this historic Georgian building in the middle of Soho is charming, cozy and chic at the same time. Red leather seating, drawings by famous artists on the walls, chandeliers and wooden floors. The place is perfect for dinner, perfect for drinks without dancing. I often go here to have an Espresso Martini at their bar after I had dinner somewhere in Soho. I love the atmosphere and the crowd that comes here. I also love the fact that they serve ice water without your request (very New York). Last but not least, the food is good and British. 69 – 71 Dean Street, London | +442074341775 | Tube; Tottenham Court Road | £££ | Website

Ducksoup

I really like this tiny little unpretentious place in Soho. The menu is scribbled on a piece of paper, the edgy bare lightbulbs are hanging from the ceiling and there is a vintage record player playing vinyl. Very cool. No reservations are taken and you can be seated at the bar or at one of the few tables they have. Food was good. Liked the Fritto Misto.. When popping down to go to the loo I discovered they have a whole floor downstairs with loads of tables too. Apparently they open that part of the restaurant on Thursdays and Fridays. Anyway…. a perfect simple restaurant in a perfect little street in Soho!! 41 Dean Street | Tube; Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square | +442072874599 | £££Website

Flat Iron
Flat Iron
A new spot in Soho that I love!! Concept is simple; steak in a simple raw NY style setting. Large wooden sharing tables, bare brick walls, industrial lamps and a choice out of a few side dishes and sauce to go with your steak. The steak is crazy good… (£10,-) and I found the staff super attentive and nice. The space consists of three floors. The basement is a waiting area with a bar and the ground and first floor are for seated dinner. They do not take reservations (grrrr…) BUT I went to have lunch here and was seated immediately and assume the waiting for dinner can’t be too long because they only serve one dish… If you do have to wait then the bar in the basement is perfect to have some pre dinner cocktails!! 17 Beak Street, | +441234 567891 | Tube; Piccadilly circus | £££ |Website Map

Franco’s
Franco's
If you just bought some Crocket & Jones shoes across the road, or visited Christie’s and feel like really good Italian food, go to Franco’s for lunch. Fabulous food and service. The decor may be a little stiff for a quick easy lunch but it’s so buzzing with people that the atmosphere is relaxed. Also perfect for work related lunch. 61 Jermyn Street | Tube: Green Park | +44207499211 | £££ | Website

Guinea Grill
guinea grill
I had dinner in this fabulous looking pub near Berkely Square last night. The atmosphere is fantastically cosy and the staff very friendly and attentive. The food they serve is of very high quality. I had a delicious fillet de boeuf with crispy haricot verts and excellent mash potatoes. They found a really good balance between the atmosphere of a traditional pub and a chic restaurant. All tables have elegant white cloth on them with silver cutlery and the waiters are in formal uniform. This pub/restaurant is absolutely a new favorite of mine! 30 Bruton Place | Tube: Green Park | +448719716858 | £££ | Website

Hakkasan
Hakkasan
This is a super trendy place in London that has now also a second restaurant in Mayfair. I prefer the Hanway place one but the one in Mayfair does have a nicer waiting area. Hakkasan has a Fusion kitchen that is mouth-wateringly good. Is it for sure the place I like to bring my friends / tourists too when they are visiting. Delicious food, funky atmosphere and exquisite decor is great if you are looking to impress people with trendy London… They play quite loud music that is usually pretty funky.. Love it, love it, love it and I dream of their Crispy Duck Salad.. It is the most delicious thing / dish I have ever eaten in London (I swear..)
8 Hanway Place | Tube: Tottenham Court Rd | +442079277000 | £££ | Website

Hoxton Hotel / Hubbard & Bell
Hubbard & Bell restaurant Hoxton Hotel HolbornThere is something I love about hanging out at hotels lately.. Especially when they have an open space bar for all day drinks, good work/laptop area and coffees (Soho Grind is next door) and 2 really nice restaurants options situated within the hotel for when you get hungry. You basically have no reason to leave this place. We only tested the Hubbard & Bell restaurant which is on the ground floor, open plan and sort of connected to the bar area so you feel you’re right in the midst of the action (above pic is of the H&B). The other restaurant is the Chicken Shop in the basement – by the owners of Soho House. It tends to slow down a little over the weekends compared to Tuesday-Friday when the after work crowd takes over. Oh and they have a great event/party space called the Apartment – I had a sneak peek and am already thinking of a reason to throw a party. 199-206 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD | Tube: Holborn | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7661 3000 | Website | ££

J Sheekey
J Sheekey
A lovely restaurant hidden in the midst of the many Westend theatres and close to Leicester Square. It’s a fish and seafood brasserie style restaurant offering amazing oysters, great wines and lots of other fruits de mer. You can choose between the Oyster Bar and the J Sheekey restaurant (I particularly loved the Oyster Bar!). 28-34 St Martins Court | Tube: Leicester Square | +442072402565 | £££ | Website

North Audley Cantine (N.A.C) London

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Completely excited about this relatively new restaurant in Mayfair. Just a few steps away from Roka Mayfair actually (very different food, atmosphere and price range though!) This is a great French Bistro restaurant to go to for lunch during business hours but it looks so good that I think it will probably also be really nice in the evenings or for drinks in the afternoon. The interior style is contemporary and industrial with very cool light fixtures and it looks light and fresh during the day. I Loved their tableware so much that I now have the same tableware at home and I also found their salads original and fresh.
In their basement they have a very cool looking cocktail bar. 41 North Audley Street, London | Tube: Bond Street | +4420 7493 3443 | ££ |Website

 

Pitt Cue Co. | This cute little restaurant has become a big restaurant and has moved to East London… Not checked out yet but will soon!

A true barbecue meat feast just off Carnaby Street. After their street food success story in 2011, the team behind Pitt Cue decided to open up a proper restaurant. It’s pretty small and they decided therefore not to take any bookings (‘not because they want to be cool’, as stated on their website). If you don’t mind waiting for a bit at the upstairs bar, sitting cheek to cheek with the other guests and BBQ sauce all over face and hands, you have to go. The food, primarily meat, is amazing. We LOVED the beef ribs – perfectly juicy, sweet and salty – with their creamy mash). Tip: Take a mate. Sticky BBQ sauce everywhere can make it hard to impress a first date 😉 1 Newburgh Street, London W1 | Tube: Oxford Circus | Tel: +4420 7287 5578 | Website | £

Senor Ceviche
Last night I had dinner is this buzzing, loud, funky open plan kitchen in Soho. Awesome place!! I love ceviche and theirs is mouthwateringly good. It rains Sea Bream in classic Peruvian combinations on their menu which is good and I believe I had at least three Pisco Sours (they were even better).

Don’t go here with your grandparents or poor hearing friends because the volume of the music is turned on full power but the atmosphere is absolutely great. Señor Ceviche is located in a food hall in the middle of Soho; a different experience than a place off the street but a great wining, dining, food destination where you are sure to find something that suits your needs (from hamburgers to healthy smoothies) The restaurant itself looks funky with coloured wooden tables, industrial lamps and chairs, bright coloured posters, colourful tiles and a professional looking open plan kitchen. The interior is completely inspired on Lima’s market life and it seriously felt like being on holiday while having dinner here so I guess they did great a great job in terms of vibe. Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London | Tube: in between Picadilly Circus and Oxford Circus | £££ | hola@senor-ceviche.com | Website

 

Social Eating House
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This place has got everything for a great Friday/Saturday night out in Soho! Great food, great location, great dark & vintage decor, great prices… It was launched by the people behind the Pollen Street Social and Little Pollen so you know you’re in good hands food-wise. I feel as though this new venture has a more laid back attitude compared to the others without compromising so much on the fresh British style menu. I suggest to book a table at the restaurant in advance, especially for a weekend spot as it gets booked up quickly. Start your evening at the Blind Pig bar upstairs, get the ‘Dill or no dill’ cocktail and you’re all set for a perfect evening. Oh, and the basement has a hidden ‘employees only’ space for 15 people if you’re looking for a private dinner party venue. 58 Poland Street | 02079933251 | Tube: Oxford Circus | Website | £££

 

The Palomar Restaurant | London

The Palomar Restaurant
Yes! I managed to get a reservation by trying the waitlist and it worked. Currently this place is bloody popular and I now understand why the waitlist was the only option to get a table asap. Love this place. It’s small and cozy with blue leather boots, dark wooden tables, floors and panelled walls and mosaic details. There is a counter / bar where they do life cooking and the music is turned up. This makes you want to order an Espresso Martini after dinner instead of Fresh Mint Tea. The food they serve is modern day Jerusalem and is out of this world. We basically asked the nice guy serving us if he could recommend some dishes and followed all his advice without regret. Unfortunately we had so much of the delicious polenta that we really had no space left for dessert. Regrettably, because they looked great.  I just love this kitchen with their interesting combination of flavours and spices. My personal favorites were: Kubaneh, fattoush salad, beetroot carpaccio (see below), Polenta Jerusalem Style (with truffle OMG). Wish I could go back every week. 34 Rupert Street, London  | +4420 7439 8777 | Tube: Piccadilly Circus / Leicester Square | £££ | Website

 

Polpetto

In the past couple weeks I have visited all sister restaurants of this place already. So I thought; why not go here to finish what I started? Just like Polpo and Spuntino, you can’t make a reservation but I think it’s worth the 45 minute wait. You can have a few beers while you wait. They make a note of your phone number and text you when your table is ready so you can also go for a stroll in this buzzing area. The menu consists of small dishes just like the other two restaurants. I didn’t really like the beetroot pizza, but all other dishes I ordered where simple, original and delicious. 11 Berwick Street, Soho, London  | £££ | +4420 7439 8627 | Website

Polpo

Polpo is one of my favourite little restaurants in Soho as it’s always super crowdy but nice and cosy at the same time. You can’t make reservations so make sure you get there on time. It usually takes a while to be seated but you can have a drink at the bar in the meantime. Food is Italian served on small plates. Prices are really good, especially for this part of town. 41 Beak Street | Tube: Oxford Circus | +442077344479 |££ | Website

Randall & Aubin
Randall & Aubin
Yes, a new favorite in Soho! If you feel like a funky dinner, great fish dishes and are into loud dance music go here… Buzzy, delicious seafood and good looking staff. You can’t make a reservation but it’s so worth queueing… The restaurant is tiny and has bar stool seating but it’s still comfortable and the atmosphere will definitely make me go back here often. 16 Brewer Street | Tube: Piccadilly | +442072874447 | ££ | Website

The Ritz
for High Tea.. no jeans allowed.
150 Piccadilly, tube: Piccadilly, 020 7493 8181 – £££

Ronnie Scott’s
Ronnie Scotts
Basically THE place to be for jazz in London. With only top class perfomances, decor with distinctive red lamp shades and black-and-white portraits of the great musicians, the experience is amazing. I really enjoyed the Sunday afternoon Jazz lunch, but evenings should be fun too. Besides the fact that the food wasn’t great (don’t get the Ceasar Salad; it’s tiny and doesn’t taste special at all), the only thing missing is cigar smoke..  47 Frith Street | Tube: Piccadilly | +442074390747 | £££ (depending on the act) | Website

Roka
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In my opinion better and more exciting than Hakkasan. I know it’s a bold thing to say, but I absolutely LOVED this place! A good Italian friend of my took me here because it’s his favourite place, and you know how picky Italians are about their food ;) We didn’t book and got a table at the bar which was great (if it’s only 2 of you). I loved the spicy edamame to start with and all the dishes after that! You can really taste everything is extremely fresh. And it’s fun seeing the team at work prepping all the dishes.

Shoshu bar is downstairs where you can get drinks distilled especially and exclusively. Madonna has hers sitting there.. It’s pretty strong so I’d suggest sampling some of the shoshu liquors and getting a proper cocktail from the menu. They’re very good! And the staff is friendly as well. Great to have drinks before or after dinner upstairs. 37 Charlotte St | Tube: Goodge Street | Tel: 020 7580 6464 (try to get a reservation if you’re with more than 2) | Website | £££

The Rose Bakery

Well, when you bump into your ultimate favorite rock star in a lunch place it is surely quite understandable that I am going to say that I like this place (A LOT)! Elton John Oh Yeah! Luckily I am still standing because of the delicious lunch I had so I can tell you all about it. The bakery originates from Paris and has great salads, quiches, soups and cakes on the menu that are all freshly made. The bakery sits on the Top floor at Dover Street Market in the middle of a designers clothes shop. It gets pretty crowdy (people queue to be seated) so I would advise you to go early. They squeeze everyone next to eachother on big sharing tables so don’t go here if you have delicate things to discuss…  17-18 Dover St, London (lift to top floor) |+44207518 0680 | ££ | Website | Map

Sketch
Sketch
Uber trendy place for high tea, dinner and drinks. Price winning toilets (you really don’t want to miss that). I like this place but I think it’s too expensive for dinner… Also it tends to get too touristic in the weekends and is maybe slightly overrated. 9 Conduit Street | Tube: Oxford Circus | +442076594500 | £££ | Website

Spice Market
Spice Market
I am totally excited about this new South-East Asian inspired place in Chinatown London. I had an incredible diner here last night and before this a drink in their smart looking bar. The restaurant and bar are kept over two flours at the W Hotel on Wardour Street and have a smart, trendy but casual feel.  The staff was very attentive and nice and the Tuna Sashimi starter was exquisite… I was overall more impressed by their starters then by their mains.. It’s a perfect place to go if you want to have cocktails pre and / or post dinner and don’t want to move around the city too much. Hakkassan is still my #1 Fusion but I would still definitely recommend this place. 10 Wardour Street | Tube: Piccadilly | +442078513228 | ££££ | Website

Spuntino
Photography by Kang L
I had dinner in this super nice, super tiny restaurant in Soho last night. They don’t take reservations but the wait is usually not that long (max of 30 minutes) They serve small sharing dishes like little hamburgers and stuffed olives. I really likes their courgette mini pizza. The waiters are very attentive and the atmosphere of the place is great. It reminded me a little bit of New York (which is always good). Also, if you like Polpo and Polpetto in Soho you will probably like this restaurant too (same owner). 61 Rupert Street | Tube: Piccadilly | £££ | Website

Wahaca
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If you fancy something simple and inexpensive on a weekday, and you love Mexican market/streetfood, this is just the place to go. You can’t make any dinner reservations so you have to either be on time (before 7pm) or wait and have a drink at the bar. Wahaca is a chain and I quite like the one on Wardour Street best. The interior is so cleverly done, it’s fun and fresh. Food is lovely. I especially like the street food dishes to share and the MSC Ceviche Tostadas in particular. Perfect with a Corona or a home made Mojito. 80 Wardour Street | Tube: Piccadilly | £ | Website

Wheelers | Now closed down 😦
Wheelers restaurant
I have been going to this place for four years but I forgot to write about it on our blog because it’s such a regular for me. Last week I had the most amazing Cosmopolitan here with a friend and decided that they have to be mentioned on Our Little Black Book. It’s a great place to go for a business lunch or business related drink. The place has a front part with a smart looking 1930′s style brasserie and bar. The back of the restaurant is in a more formal setting. The whole place is very spacious and looks quite glamorous. I especially like the front part of the restaurant and their bar. The cocktails they serve are amazing and the British food on their menu is quite expensive but good too.  72-73 St James’s Street | Tube: Green Park | +442074081440 | £££ | Website

Wolseley
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Right next to the Ritz on Piccadilly is this great place for High Tea or a more formal lunch. The interior of this place is beautiful and you will be welcomed by a traditional doorman with hat and gloves. It’s an old car garage. The place will give you a real English experience and has one of the best High/Afternoon Tea of London (the scones with cream and strawberry cream are simply DIVINE!). 160 Piccadilly | Tube: Green Park | +442074996996 | £££ | Website

Yauatcha
Yauatcha
Sister restaurant of Hakkasan. Fusion kitchen. Also really trendy and cool. You HAVE to sit downstairs because upstairs is really dull. 15 Broadwick Street | Tube: Oxford Circus | +44207494888 | £££ | Website

Clubs

The Box
The Box London
One of the craziest, sexiest and bizar clubs in London. Originally from the Lower East Side in NYC, this club is taking night life to whole other level. The space is dark, the vibe is exciting and the music is great. Throughout the night you can expect everything from burlesque shows including dwarf acrobats, animals, transgender strip acts, to dancers dressing up in giant vagina’s and anything else weird, sexual and crazy. It’s definitely fun, and you have to have been there at least once. Getting in with a big group can be a hassle. Tables start at 3000 quid if you’re feeling rrrrrich. I managed to get in with a few friends a couple of times. Sometimes they make you pay 50, other times no charge.. It’s weird, and not straight forward, just like the club itself I guess! 11-12 Walker’s Ct | Tube: Piccadilly | +4420 7434 4374 | £££ | Website

The Cuckoo
Cuckoo London
A club we really like to go to. Possible to have dinner there. You have to spend a minimum of £40 a person and I wouldn’t really recommend the food. However, getting in the club will cost you £20 a person so you might as well have dinner there and stay. They have a great dancefloor downstairs and the atmosphere is always good. Swallow Street (just off Regent Street)

Mahiki
Mahiki London
I like this club as it has a different atmosphere to it. It’s set over two floors. There is one ‘treasure island’ floor where you can have drinks and snacks (snacks are quite disgusting so don’t go here for ‘dinner’). The decor has an Hawaiian feel to it. They have tropical cocktails and hand made ‘bamboo kinda’ chairs. On the other floor you can go for a dance. 5-7 Dover Street, 1 Dover Street | Tube: Green Park | +44871 971 5050 | Website

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33 thoughts on “Mayfair and Soho

  1. I am off to the south of England in a few weeks to visit my in laws and we always try and take an extra day in London before flying out just for ourselves. We have done all the touristy things and since my hubby grew up there, he really can’t stand the tourist attractions in London- so now we just eat and drink and take it all in! I love your blog and all the great descriptions. We are staying in Mayfair and I think I am going to try a few places that you suggest. We’ll be there Sunday late night until Tuesday afternoon. I’m thinking we’ll try Automat for breakfast, the Ritz for High Tea, Market Tavern for drinks followed by Le Boundin Blanc for dinner. Would love a suggestion for afternoon pints?

    • Hi Christina! Elsje here! How cool that you are using our website to plan your day in London!! Automat is a very good choice for breakfast in London! It serves everything you can dream off and is very central.
      Ritz for High Tea is great and so is the Wolseley which is right next door of the Ritz and also has very very good and traditional high tea. Be reminded that the Ritz does not accept you to wear jeans! Pretty inconvenient…
      I would maybe go to soho for dinner because it much more buzz then around Le Boudin Blank and Market Tavern (even though they are of course also great options). Dean Street, Beak Street etc are really buzzing and fun streets to find lots of restaurants in! Or you could go there after you had dinner in Le Boudin Blanc. That is only a short walk.
      Afternoon pints in that area; The Guinea Grill (near berkeley square), The Punch Bowl is fantastic (farm street), The Audley (Mount Street).. More chic drinks: Novikov (very expensive), Wheelers, Wolseley..
      Hope this helps! Do not hesitate to ask for more tips if you need them!

      Cheers,
      Elsje

      • Hi Elsje,
        I am from Amsterdam and will be in London next Saturday, Sunday and Monday with my boyfriend. We are in our late twenties and would like to have dinner in romantic places with a vibe and cool people. Any suggestions? Many thanks in advance

      • Hi Renate, not sure if you speak Dutch or English but I will keep it English just to be sure…
        I will give you a list of my favorite places so you have something to choose from. I always really like to go to Hakkassan if my friends from Holland visit me as it is very trendy, very smart, very romantic but also very expensive… Another restaurant that is quite new and very trendy is Bodega Negra.. I think you may find it hard to get a reservation here (bit late perhaps) Last one that is also very cozy, very English but trendy is Deanstreet Townhouse. It’s more traditional and located in one of my favo neighbourhoods in London (Soho) and also nice to go for a drink beforehand.
        If you would like to have a little less expensive dinner but see the good crowd and enjoy soho I would go to one of these; Cerviche, Polpo, 10 Greek Street, Duck Soup, Randall & Aubin. They are all my favorites in Soho.

        Last but not least, my own neighbourhood notting hill is great to go to as well;
        lunch; 202, pizza east Portobello, Granger & Co (all very nice)
        dinner; The Oak (great bar upstairs, insanely good pizza’s), E&O (very good drinks beforehand as well as superb food, more expensive), Osteria Basilico (very romantic. Italian and cozy)

        Let me know if you have more questions because there is so much!!

        Have fun!!

  2. Thank you for such a speedy and elaborate response! It made my day! Great tips and I appreciate the offer to ask more questions! (you may regret that! haha!) I love a ‘real persons’ take on a place over guide books and top 10 lists. I find it always makes for a better experience when looking to just kick back and see where the day takes you. Cheers!

  3. Hi Elsje, many thanks voor jouw tips en razendsnelle reactie! Deze bevatten zo te zien echt hele leuke adresjes. Zoals je zegt is het aanbod inderdaad huge. Ik maak graag van je aanbod gebruik om meer vragen te stellen: 1. heb je ook tips voor plekken waar je overdag cosy en romantic echt hele goede koffie kunt drinken met een modetijdschrift in de hand, bij voorkeur in een fauteiul ofzo, bistroachtig mag ook, maar dus geen starbucks 😉 ? In A’dam vind ik bijvoorbeeld de koffiesalon leuk, le pain quotidien aan de cornelis schuyt of de joffers, of de coffee company naast hotel de l’europe. 2. heb je ook tips voor een hele leuke lounge of eetcafe ‘that turns into a club’, zoals bijvoorbeeld bar22 in de jordaan of bo5, liever niet iets dat als ‘pick up’ plek bekend/berucht is. 3. Wat zijn de Jimmy Woo’s in London, zeg de top 3, en is het doenlijk om daar binnen te komen?

    Heel veel dank alvast

    • Hi Renate,
      Ik was nogal druk vandaag en heb daarom Guus ff ingeschakeld. Die zegt her volgende en ik ben het volledig met haar eens:
      1. Ok voor koffie vind ik Respiro heel leuk in NH, of Kitchen & Pantry (ook in NH) maar dat wordt in het weekend wel heel druk. Je hebt daar wel meer banken en fauteuils enzo. Veel leuke winkels in de buurt. En de 202 misschien? Pizza East (in Notting Hill of East) is ook altijd goed. Of de nieuwe Jamie’s bij NH gate (zit naast tube station)? In Soho dacht ik aan Riding House Café (kan je ook heel leuk eten). Maar ook Deanstreet Townhouse is goed daarvoor. In East denk ik aan de Royal Oak op Colombia Road market en er zitten er nog een paar daar. Er zijn zoveel van dit soort tentjes!
      2. Ik denk niet dat je echt zoiets hebt in London, behalve dan dat je bij de meeste posh clubs kan eten en daarna het een club wordt. Lucky Pig is top voor bar die in ‘club’ verandert, en tot relatief laat open (2 geloof ik), misschien in combinatie met Bodega Negra? Verder heb je de Tamanjan, daar ben ik weleens geweest. Is meer aziatisch en wat duurder, wat meer pretentious, maar dat is eerst restaurant en wordt daarna club.
      3. The Box, Annabels, en Maggies… Raffles op de Kingsroad..

      Nog wat toevoegingen van mij
      In Oost London (is echt top om uit te gaan) Je kan drankjes drinken in Callooh callay (is coole bar) en daarna eten in Tramshed om vervolgens af te reizen naar de Nightjar (is onwijs kikke underground NY style bar)

      Maggie’s is relatief makkelijk binnenkomen (£20), Annabelle ongeveer onmogelijk en voor de Box zou ik ook proberen op de lijst te staan!!

      Laatste tip is Gordons Wine Bar, daar kan je super cool in een soort kelder wijntjes drinken!!

      • Hi Guusje, Elsje, sorry for stalking you girls. Last call. We postponed our trip to to London so would welcome any recommendations you have for a cosy, young crowded, viby, hot pot located, good breakfast having hotel. The London match of for instance Amsterdam’s College Hotel. Please advise. And many many thanks again!

  4. Hi Renate, een beetje last minute maar ik heb nog een tip! Bodo Schloss is een bar, restaurant en club in 1 en zit in South Ken, op High Street Kensington om precies te zijn. Ik was er toevallig gister om het uit te checken en ze hebben het heel leuk gedaan. Beetje Oostenrijks ski gevoel maar wel hip zeg maar. Je moet denk ik wel reserveren, zat aardig vol gister! Veel plezier!! 2-24 Kensington High St, 020 7937 5506

    • Hi Guusje, Elsje, sorry for stalking you girls. Last call. We postponed our trip to to London so would welcome any recommendations you have for a cosy, young crowded, viby, hot pot located, good breakfast having hotel. The London match of for instance Amsterdam’s College Hotel. Please advise. And many many thanks again!

  5. Hi Elsje en Guusje, you are truly amazing! Last question voorlopig: welke hotels zouden jullie recommenden waar je voor enigszins normale prijzen (zeg rond de 200 pond per night) kunt verblijven? Cosy, leuke en jonge crowd, goede ligging en goed ontbijt. Zoals bijvoorbeeld in Amsterdam het College Hotel aan het Roelof Hartplein.

    Many thanks alvast, alweer

  6. Hi Elsje,
    Thanks so much for an amazing review of the Soho area! I am trying Hakkasan Hanway Place tomorrow night with a friend and cannot wait to try all the other restaurants!

  7. Just found your blog while trying to plan a trip to London from Manchester and it’s awesome! We’re booked in for dinner at Gymkhana on Albermale St in Mayfair amd wondered if you had any tips for some cool bars nearby? I like cocktails but my bf is into real ales! It’s a tall order but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • Hi Ruth, sorry for our late reply! We were traveling and missed some comments because of it.. Anyway, do you still need the tips? There are so many things in Mayfair but the area is I would say more for cocktails then ales… Try Wheelers, Duke’s Hotel, The Wolseley, Novikov, The Connaught Hotel or Hakkassan Mayfair for cocktails (all not cheap options but you are in Mayfair after all) and for beers you could go to The Guinea Pig or Punch Bowl. Have fun and let me know if you need more tips!

  8. Hi,
    My wife and I are staying in Deans Street Townhouse in early February for two nights (Thurs and Friday) and were looking for suggestions of where to eat and drink over our stay.
    Many thanks.
    Iain

    • Dear Lain, we’re so sorry but I think your comment got lost in our spam filter!! I hope you found some good places to eat and drink near Dean Street Townhouse – love that hotel btw. All of the places on this page are recommended 😉 Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any other questions. We will try to get back to you earlier! Guusje

  9. Hi
    Love your blog, know quite a few of the places so sold on the fact you guys have good taste!! Would love your help though…
    I’m in charge of organising an ‘office day’ at work (approximately 30 people) and want to find a great place to have dinner..
    Our office is in belgravia so we are looking for something not to far away.
    Would you recommend Hakkasan?
    Also do you know of any surprise/fabulous places I could take them for a drink?
    Any help much appreciated:)

    Love your blog!!!

    • Hi Bjork!
      Thank you for your comment. We are sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We hope it’s not too late.
      About your office day. Can you tell us a little bit more? What kind of company do you work for, what type of people are joining, and what vibe are you after? Do you need to be able to have a ‘serious’ talk or do you prefer something more casual? You can email us at ourlittlebb@gmail.com and we’re more than happy to help you out!

      Guusje x

  10. Thank you so much for your fab reviews! I’m an Australian that lived in london but didn’t get to experience half of these places. I’m heading back to try to visit a ‘friend’ in a few months time – where can I take a very successful 33 year old man for his birthday, when he’s lived in London for 10 years and seems to have already been everywhere??! I’m dying for some suggestions… price isn’t everything, i just want to find somewhere sophisticated but funky, and with amazing food! Anything from Japanese to Italian…. any suggestions would be most welcome 🙂

  11. Great choices above, we’ve eaten at several of them before I read this so I know you have amazing taste! Have booked the Social Eating House as a surprise for my husband for his birthday next year (never been). There will be 16 of us. Can you please recommend somewhere to kick off the evening first before dinner?
    Many thanks,
    J

    • Hi Jessie, thanks for your comment. Good to hear you like our blog! With regards for drinks at the Social Eating House. What I love about the restaurant is the fact that they have a very cool cocktail bar upstairs. Especially when you’re with a big group it will be perfect logistics-wise. Not sure if you’ve already checked it out but you should maybe try to get a table there? Another great bar is the one at Berners Tavern. Very cool place to meet and it’s only a 6 minute walk from each other.. Hope this helps!

  12. This is a great blog – all really good suggestions, thanks. What would you recommend for my daughter’s 18th birthday celebration dinner in early Sept? We are hosting a crowd of her girlfriends (12 of us in total) and she wants to be in Soho so they can go out after dinner. She wants somewhere hip and with a real happenin’ vibe, but i will need to book given our large party.
    thanks so much, Carole.

    • Hi Carole! Thank you for your message. Bodega Negra (downstairs) is always happening. Something like Flat Iron could be good too but you can’t book… Perhaps you can try for a large group? I really enjoyed the Hubbard & Bell at the Hoxton Hotel. The hotel is very popular at the moment, their bar is always buzy!

  13. I love love love this compilation of soho/mayfair restaurants! A few of my favourites are included, but more importantly lots of my “must-try”s in added too! I’m from the local area and I’ve set up a blog http://www.LetsdoLunchUrbanguide.com... I’m the least person to give advice however! You guys seem so experienced and I’d love to interview you to feature your favourite london restaurants on my blog… Something you’d be interested in? – Kai

    • Thank you @makingkai for your lovely message. We will definitely take a look at your site soon! Always happy to help out and work on content together 🙂

  14. You do like eating your beef!!! Some good spots, Randall and Aubin is great , have not been there for a longtime and we all used to go every Sunday. We will try a couple of the other places you mentioned and I like the fact that you go ahead and find the undiscovered gems thank you.Now my question where can I find the best bagel in London closest to the ones in New York City….Not Brick Lane either..

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