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Matt Edmondson's top ten London restaurants for dinner with friends

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by Matt Edmondson
Updated August 29, 2019

TV presenter Matt started his career on British television stalwarts including CBBC and T4. He is currently the face of BBC Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast Show alongside Mollie King. Matt is also a celebrated children’s author, combining his love of magic and comedic wit to create ‘The Greatest Magician in the World’ and inventor of the game Obama Llama. Matt has shared his favourite London eats to enjoy with friends.

A photo of Big Easy Canary Wharf restaurant
4.1 (8030)
£26 to £40
Canary Wharf
About the restaurant
I love this place. It does Big American style food in a big way. It’s speciality is barbecue food, but I reckon they’ve got the best buttermilk fried chicken in London. It’s a great space for a group get together- big tables, really relaxed and noisy in a good way.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 6, 2024
Great time, Arnaurd was great and so was the rest of the team on may bank holiday Monday :)
A photo of Ned’s Sunday Feast London restaurant
4.3 (986)
£41 and over
About the restaurant
If you fancy something a bit more grand, try Ned's Feast. The best thing by far is The Feast which takes place on a Sunday. Imagine the best roast dinner you’ve ever had, and then make it ALL YOU CAN EAT. You won’t believe how much amazing food there is on offer, and you can set yourself the challenge of cramming in as much as you can. The deserts alone are worth going for.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We all had a great time - thanks to the Ned team. Certainly my favourite brunch
A photo of The Wolseley restaurant
4.5 (3833)
£26 to £40
St. James's
About the restaurant
This is my favourite restaurant in London. It’s my go to date night, and has the best desserts going. The building is incredible, very Art Deco and I would go for the mini-baguettes alone. It feels a bit posh, but is incredibly accessible and the menu has something for everyone.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Lovely experience, great food , we shall be back … thank you Just one thing, some hand lotion in the bathroom would be most appreciated.
A photo of Café Boheme restaurant
4.2 (1480)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
This is a perfect spot for a bit of dinner before a trip into Soho. It’s just around the corner from the Soho Theatre, which is one of the best comedy venues in the city. There are great outside tables right on Old Compton Street which makes it ideal for a sunny evening of people watching.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I enjoyed my visit. The staff and atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. The choice on the menu had something for everyone. The location was perfect for my theatre visit. Certainly, will be a place to visit when I am dining in the area.
A photo of Hawksmoor Borough restaurant
4.6 (6283)
£26 to £40
London Bridge
About the restaurant
Have you ever had a meal that you think about every few months? Where you’re transported back to the moment the fork entered your mouth and you experienced pure perfection? I have that with Hawksmoor. The steak here is the best steak you may ever have. I don’t know what they’re doing to it, or how they’re doing it, but I think about it way too much.
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Dined 4 days ago
Delicious steaks and smooth service. Hard to go wrong with Hawksmoor.
A photo of Hoxton Grill restaurant
3.7 (1436)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
I love the entire vibe of this place. The staff are always super friendly and attentive, even with big gatherings. It has a very stylish interior and the food is also excellent.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Had a table for 4 and ordered from the brunch menu. My partner has a cross contamination sensitivity nuts and seeds allergy. The manager was friendly and very helpful regarding this. They explained that while the kitchen is not completely nut/seed free, the chefs are very careful with cross contamination. She had the pancakes and had no trouble with these. Lovely atmosphere and would definitely come again.
A photo of The Garrison restaurant
4.6 (2243)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
About the restaurant
This is a relaxed, British gastro pub with amazing locally sourced ingredients and an ever changing seasonal menu. It’s a good place to catch up with mates for a Sunday lunch, and is in an amazing part of town- great access to Borough Market if you’ve been inspired to go and cook your own British grub!
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Dined 3 days ago
Re-visited Garrison for the first time for a while-as good as ever. Great chicken and champagne pie and then chocolate pavlova. We’ll be back
A photo of Babur restaurant
4.4 (385)
£26 to £40
Crofton Park
About the restaurant
This is the best Indian restaurant in London I reckon. It’s a bit of a trek down South East way, but worth it. They can take large bookings, so I try and go here for big group get togethers. It’s also not far from The Rivoli Ballroom which is always an amazing night out.
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Dined on Feb 25, 2023
Excellent food in a nice restaurant with attentive staff, good value
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