Best and most disappointing restaurants in London

Fera at Claridgeʼs is voted the best new restaurant, while the Oxo Tower has the most disappointing food, according to the new Harden’s London Restaurants guide. The Wolseley in Piccadilly has been voted London’s best restaurant for meeting business clients.

The 24th edition of Harden’s London Restaurants, compiled from 65,000 reviews, called it the best “power breakfast” venue in town. In second place, The Delauney, also owned by Wolseley owner Corbin & King, was praised for its “classy and feel-good ambience”.

Third-placed The Square, which charges £100 for a 3-course meal, was described as “astronomically expensive” but is still a top choice for diners with expense accounts.

The guide noted that 2014 saw a record number of new restaurant openings in the capital. In the past year, 148 new restaurants have opened and 47 have closed, meaning the 101 net openings is nearly a third higher than the previous record of 75 in 2006.

“This fabulous achievement underlines London's continued emergence as the greatest restaurant city on the planet,” said the guide's co-founder, Peter Harden. “But it raises questions about its sustainability. Such highpoints have also often heralded more competitive times ahead.”

The guide says East London is now seen as a major dining out destination, and notable newcomers to the area include Lyleʼs, The Merchantʼs Tavern and The Typing Room.

The guide is compiled from more than 65,000 reviews posted by 6,250 diners. Here’s how they voted.

Best London restaurants to take a business client


1. The Wolseley, Piccadilly

2. The Delaunay, Covent Garden

3. The Square, Mayfair

4. Galvin La Chapelle, City

5. Bleeding Heart, City

Most disappointing cooking


1. Oxo Tower (Restaurant), South Bank

2. Dinner, Knightsbridge

3. Colbert, Chelsea

4. The Ivy, Central

5. Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea

Best new restaurant of the year


Fera at Claridgeʼs

Top gastronomic experience


1. The Ledbury, Notting Hill

2. Le Gavroche, Mayfair

3. Dinner, Knightsbridge

4. Chez Bruce, Wandsworth

5. Pollen Street Social, Mayfair

Most overpriced restaurant


1. The River Café, Hammersmith

2. Oxo Tower (Restaurant), South Bank

3. Dinner, Knightsbridge

4. Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea

5. Marcus, Knightsbridge