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London is known for its great culinary scene and with over 17,000 restaurants to choose from, it’s no wonder the average Londoner dines out four times each week. Although well-known restaurants like Corrigans Mayfair, Murano and Rules (London’s oldest restaurant — founded in 1798) are on the top of most foodies bucket list, there are hundreds of other great dining venues worth experiencing.

10 Greek Street is a classic example. A favorite of locals, this small bistro in Soho offers innovative contemporary European fare, an excellent wine list and friendly staff. Affordably priced, its chalkboard menu changes daily, featuring a short list of seasonal delights like whole grilled sea bass served with asparagus, new potatoes, capers and samphire lemon butter; spring lamb with baby vegetables, peas, mint and grilled hispi cabbage; and spiced spatchock spring chicken atop wild rice, broad beans, almonds, za’atar and purple sprouting broccoli. Try the small plates menu and own made desserts for sharing.

Should your palette crave Italian, check out another Soho favorite, Bocca di Lupo. Reasonably priced, Bocca specializes in food and wine from all across Italy’s 20 regions and has received various awards and accolades for its stripped-down, honest regional Italian cuisine. If they can make something themselves, they do — gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda and pasta. The rest is carefully sourced from Italy. Don’t miss the radish, celeriac, pomegranate and pecorino salad with truffle dressing — it’s a Bocca classic.

For some of the best Indian food in London at ultra-reasonable prices, head over to Boundary Street in Shoreditch and try Dishoom. Modelled after the cafés of Bombay, Dishoom is known for a brilliant mix of modern Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka, Lamb Biryani, Masala Prawns and their house special, Lamb Raan, a slow-marinated, spice-laden delight. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, their morning menu includes a spicy array of signature breakfast dishes that have attracted a loyal following.

If al fresco dining is more your style, The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. Particularly appealing in the summer when you can sit outdoors in serene St John’s Square, the restaurant’s menu is an enticing fusion of dishes from around the globe. Try the New Caledonian Prawn Omelette with spring onions, coriander and smoked chilli sambal, or the slow roasted pork belly with Persian spiked roasted sweet potato, braised red cabbage, sour cherry and hijiki relish. For a perfect ending to any meal, enjoy one of their refreshing sorbets.

You only need to take one look at London’s tallest skyscraper, The Shard to know that good things also come in large packages. The Shard is an iconic symbol of wealth and power and the restaurants that call it home are equally as impressive. Perched on its 33rd floor sits Hutong, a contemporary Asian restaurant that lives up to all expectations. Needless to say, the view from its dining room is absolutely spectacular and its stylish interior boasts hand-carved dark woods, rich furnishings and red lanterns. Hutong’s signature dish is its crispy Mongolianstyle barbecue rack of lamb. Other amazing culinary creations include Roasted Peking Duck and the Red Lantern — a huge bowl of deep-fried soft shell crabs with Sichuan dried chili. Not for the budget-conscious, Hutong also offers a full dim sum menu during lunchtime.

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