Sizzling places to eat in saucy Soho, one of London's foodie centres

There is something for everyone in Soho, and it has welcomed just about everyone to its beating heart over the years. The area is home to the sex industry, a vibrant gay community, London's biggest Chinese community, and was once also the preserve of the first Italian immigrants to British shores. And all that history leaves you with some great places to eat, drink and be merry in Soho.  You can't leave Soho without at least once eating Chinese, so why not try much hyped Barshu, or the oldest Chinese restaurant in the area, Yming. If it's Italian you are after, Bocca Di Lupo serves delicious food which can rival Italian restaurants in Italy, particularly in Rome, where their list of "fritti" is mouth watering. If it's Japanese sushi, sashimi, rice or noodles you fancy, then Tokyo Diner and Misato will cater to the lower end of the price market, and serve up delicious food. The new trend for American food is served brilliantly by the busy Pitt Cue Co, and just across the road in Covent Garden, you can cosy up to your partner and feel like you're in Paris in the romantic Le Garrick's underground cellar. Hawksmoor and Hix serve the British end of things and if you want the typical Brit dish, Fish and Chips, then you can't go wrong in the Golden Union Fish Bar.


Near to, but not quite in, Chinatown, this much-praised restaurant specializes in food from the northern provinces. It also claims to be the oldest Chinese restaurant in London. There's an emphasis on seafood, which has to be a good thing when...  Read More


Mark Hix is one of the British food scene's rising stars. He has to date 6 restaurants in London and one in Lyme Regis. Not bad for someone who set up first in 2008 in his own name. Hix restaurants regularly collaborate with the art and hotel...  Read More

This place does great steaks and fine dining with humour and a twist. Like everything in the Hawksmoor empire, meat is a must here. Of course they do cater for non meat eaters too, but if you like steaks you'll love this place. One of their...  Read More


There is always a queue outside Misato, in London's wardour street, and much of it features Japanese young people. It is also a favoured place for students and those in the centre of town after some Japanese food for a relatively good price. ...  Read More

The Pitt Cue Co started just over a year ago as a pop up American barbecue van under London's Hungerford bridge. Tom Adams is the chef brains behind this venture, and after serving finger licking food out of his van, he moved his operations to...  Read More

The Golden Union Fish Bar, in the heart of party district, Soho, celebrates serving the British fish and chip supper for 150 years. All their fish is caught in Icelandic waters, and they change their oil regularly to make sure that you always...  Read More

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Le Garrick is a little bit of France in the heart of the theatre district and Covent Garden. It's tiny tables and cosy ambiance means it's a perfect place to warm you up in winter, or chill out outside in summer. Perhaps because of the French...  Read More

Tokyo Diner is a great place to go for a quick bite to eat before a show, or a longer meal with friends. It's reasonably priced food and diner style means it's a favourite with Japanese people in London, and those in the know, looking for...  Read More

Bocca di Lupo literally means 'mouth of the wolf' and on the restaurant's website their tag line is 'for when you're hungry like a wolf', it's also an Italian expression for good luck! The food is good, and authentically Italian, the only...  Read More


Barshu is an elegant building on Frith Street, done up in the gold and red of the Chinese Emperors. The restaurant stretches over several floors, with different types of public dining rooms and 3 private dining rooms too. Sichuan opera masks...  Read More


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