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All of London’s Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants

Michelin’s thanks-for-playing award actually has ... A ton of brilliant restaurants

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London’s Michelin Bib Gourmands for 2021 are out, and with them comes an inevitable truth: the Red Guide views the award as second class to its shiny, shiny Michelin stars.

That truth hides another: London’s 38 Michelin Bib Gourmands are stellar restaurants, regardless of what the index’s orthodoxy might deem top class. Here they are, in all their glory — and a reminder that Michelin’s criteria is, on the face of it, simple: a fine three courses for £28.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Provender Cafe Bistro

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17 High St, Wanstead
London E11 2AA, UK

Classical bistro cooking executed with care and flair in Wanstead.

Salami and remoulade on a wooden board at Provender Provender [Official Photo]

2. Farang

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72 Highbury Park, Highbury
London N5 2XE, UK

Seb Holmes’s permanent restaurant for his Thai-inspired, seasonal cooking.

Thai-inspired curries at Farang Yavez Antonio/Farang

3. Primeur

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Barnes Motors, 116 Petherton Rd, Stoke Newington
London N5 2RT, UK

Nonchalant, confident, and nimble — the first of Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell’s three outstanding neighbourhood restaurants.

Asparagus, courgettes, and peas at Primeur ritaparadis/Instagram

4. Westerns Laundry

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34 Drayton Park, Highbury East
London N5 1PB, UK

The second from Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell, whose outstanding, European seafood cookery is in dialogue with Britain’s maturing seafood culture.

Best seafood restaurants in London: Prawns, cuttlefish, and natural wine at Westerns Laundry, one of the best restaurants in Islington Patricia Niven

5. Trullo

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300-302 St Paul's Rd, Highbury
London N1 2LH, UK

The neighbourhood gem that launched Padella: Trullo is an essential London restaurant and absolutely reliable for unimpeachable quality.

Ravioli at Trullo, one of the best restaurants in Islington Trullo [Official Photo]

6. Plaquemine Lock

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139 Graham St, Islington
London N1 8LB, UK

Jacob Kenedy’s Islington restaurant is acclaimed for its Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Plaquemine Lock’s oysters Plaquemine Lock [Official Photo]

7. Brawn

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49 Columbia Rd
London E2 7RG, UK

Ed Wilson’s evolving, beautiful, standard-setting European restaurant on Columbia Road holds a Bib.

Agnolotti in broth in a white bowl on a black table Brawn [Official Photo]

8. Popolo Shoreditch

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26 Rivington St, Shoreditch
London EC2A 3DU, UK
020 7729 4299

Modern Italian small plates in Shoreditch, with an emphasis on natural wines.

Italian small plates at Popolo in Shoreditch Popolo [Official Photo]

9. Morito

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32 Exmouth Market, Farringdon
London EC1R 4QE, UK

The legendary tapas bar on Exmouth Market. Make sure to order to Malaga raisin ice cream.

Morito’s tapas Ola Smit

10. Smokestak

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35 Sclater St, Shoreditch
London E1 6LB, UK

London’s best and most consistently interesting American barbecue restaurant in Shoreditch.

11. Kateh

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5 Warwick Pl, Little Venice
London W9 2PX, UK

Iranian cuisine and warmly fastidious hospitality in Little Venice.

Persian cuisine at Kateh Kateh [Official Photo]

12. St John Bread and Wine

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94-96 Commercial St, Shadwell
London E1 6LZ, UK

Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver’s seminal sequel in Spitalfields.

Welsh rarebit, liver toast, and madeleines at St. John Bread and Wine Ola Smit

13. Salt Yard

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54 Goodge St, Fitzrovia
London W1T 4NA, UK

Open 14 years in Fitzrovia, this inventive tapas restaurant has a Bib.

Courgette flowers at Salt Yard Salt Yard [Official Photo]

14. The Barbary

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16 Neal's Yard
London WC2H 9DP, UK

Prime ingredients treated with care and inspiration from Berber cuisine in Covent Garden.

Pork at The Barbary Carol Sachs/The Barbary

15. Hereford Road Restaurant

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3 Hereford Rd, Bayswater
London W2 4AB, UK

A St. John alum emulates the austere British-but-definitely-French cuisine of his heritage.

Grilled sardines at Hereford Road Hereford Road [Official Photo]

16. Hoppers Soho

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49 Frith St, Soho
London W1D 4SG, UK

JKS Restaurants’s bustling Sri Lankan operation in Soho.

Best restaurants in Soho, London: Sri Lankan food at Hoppers Hoppers [Official Photo]

17. BAO Soho

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53 Lexington St, Carnaby
London W1F 9AS, UK

The original Taiwanese bunslinger for the empire-building Bao.

Bao’s Borough Market restaurant gets a positive review from Jimi Famurewa in the Evening Standard Pascal Grob

18. Berenjak

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27 Romilly St, Soho
London W1D 5AL, UK

Another JKS restaurant: Berenjak, which serves Iranian cuisine.

Best restaurants in Soho: Berenjak Marcus Cobden/JKS

19. Kiln

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58 Brewer St, Soho
London W1F 9TL, UK

Ben Chapman’s acclaimed Thai-inspired grill in the heart of Soho.

Best seafood restaurants in London: cockles at Kiln in Soho Kiln [Official Photo]

20. The Palomar

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34 Rupert St
London W1D 6DN, UK

The food of “modern day Jerusalem” dominates at this Soho hypebeast.

The Palomar’s modern Israeli cuisine at its famous counter The Palomar [Official Photo]

21. Kricket Soho

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12 Denman St, Soho
London W1D 7HH, UK

A modish approach to Indian cuisine in Soho.

Indian small plates at Kricket Kricket [Official Photo]

22. Brasserie Zédel

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20 Sherwood St, Soho
London W1F 7ED, UK

An institution serving affordable, classical French food in a luxurious room.

Profiteroles and chocolate sauce Brasserie Zédel [Official Photo]

23. Cinnamon Bazaar

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28 Maiden Ln, Charing Cross
London WC2E 7JS, UK

A range of chaats, Bazaar-market cuisine, and stunt dishes in Covent Garden.

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24. Bancone

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39 William IV St, Charing Cross
London WC2N 4DD, UK

One of the more soigné of London’s crop of fresh pasta restaurants.

Pappardelle with egg yolk and nuts at Bancone in Covent Garden, one of the best pasta restaurants in London Bancone [Official Photo]

25. Padella

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6 Southwark St
London SE1 1TQ, UK

The Borough Market fresh pasta restaurant that got the city — and landlords — hooked.

Tagliarini with new season olive oil Padella Pasta [Official Photo]

26. José

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104 Bermondsey St, Bermondsey
London SE1 3UB, UK

Jose Pizarro’s nook of a tapas bar in Bermondsey still sings.

27. L'Amorosa

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278 King St, Hammersmith
London W6 0SP, UK

Broad, considered Italian food and hospitality in Hammersmith.

Pannacotta in Hammersmith Andy Needham/L’Amorosa

28. Kudu

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119 Queen's Rd, Peckham
London SE15 2EZ, UK

This South African-influenced neighbourhood restaurant has a growing reputation for excellence.

Kudu restaurant in Peckham will open a sister restaurant on Queens Street this year Kudu [Official Photo]

29. Sorella

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148 Clapham Manor St, Clapham
London SW4 6BX, UK

Robin Gill’s Italian reinvention of The Manor is a hit in Clapham.

Fettucine at Sorella Sorella [Official Photo]

30. Upstairs at Trinity

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4 The Polygon, Clapham
London SW4 0JG, UK

Slick, stylish European cooking one floor up from its Michelin-starred sibling.

Morels at Upstairs in Clapham Upstairs at Trinity [Official Photo]

31. Mo Diner

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23 Heddon St, Mayfair
London W1B 4BH, UK

A low-key Moroccan and Mediterranean adaptation of Mo Marouz’s Mayfair restaurant.

Mussels in a white dish on a pink place setting at Mo Diner Mo Diner [Official Photo]

32. Flor

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1 Bedale St
London SE1 9AL, UK

Pam Yung’s outstanding sibling restaurant to Michelin-starred Lyle’s in Borough Market.

Soft serve ice cream at Flor in London Flor [Official Photo]

33. Peckham Cellars

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125 Queen's Rd, Peckham
London SE15 2ND, UK

A neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant in south east London.

Wine swirled in a glass in the foreground with a plate of burrata on a light-wood counter in the background Peckham Cellars [Official Photo]

34. Volta do Mar

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13, 15 Tavistock St, Covent Garden
London WC2E 7PS, UK

Portuguese seafood is the star in Covent Garden.

Portuguese seafood stew in a black bowl on a wooden table, with silver cutlery on a white napkin to the left Volta do Mar [Official Photo]

35. Paradise Soho

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61 Rupert St, West End
London W1D 7PW, UK

Inventive Sri Lankan cooking in the heart of Soho.

London’s best new restaurants include Paradise Soho, serving Sri Lankan short eats Paradise Soho [Official Photo]

36. Legare

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Cardamom Bldg, 31 Shad Thames, Tower Bridge
London SE1 2YR, UK

Unfussy Italian cuisine by the Thames.

Samuel Ashton/Legare

37. Fallow Restaurant

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10 Heddon St, Mayfair
London W1B 4BX, UK

Modish British cooking in this Mayfair restaurant incubation space.

A wild mushroom dish shot from above on a white plate at Fallow Fallow [Official Photo]

38. Café Spice Namasté

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1-2 Lower Dock Walk
London E16 2GT, UK

Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala’s restaurant has held a Bib for 18 years.

Thali at Cafe Spice Namaste Cafe Spice Namaste [Official Photo]

1. Provender Cafe Bistro

17 High St, Wanstead, London E11 2AA, UK
Salami and remoulade on a wooden board at Provender Provender [Official Photo]

Classical bistro cooking executed with care and flair in Wanstead.

17 High St, Wanstead
London E11 2AA, UK

2. Farang

72 Highbury Park, Highbury, London N5 2XE, UK
Thai-inspired curries at Farang Yavez Antonio/Farang

Seb Holmes’s permanent restaurant for his Thai-inspired, seasonal cooking.

72 Highbury Park, Highbury
London N5 2XE, UK

3. Primeur

Barnes Motors, 116 Petherton Rd, Stoke Newington, London N5 2RT, UK
Asparagus, courgettes, and peas at Primeur ritaparadis/Instagram

Nonchalant, confident, and nimble — the first of Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell’s three outstanding neighbourhood restaurants.

Barnes Motors, 116 Petherton Rd, Stoke Newington
London N5 2RT, UK

4. Westerns Laundry

34 Drayton Park, Highbury East, London N5 1PB, UK
Best seafood restaurants in London: Prawns, cuttlefish, and natural wine at Westerns Laundry, one of the best restaurants in Islington Patricia Niven

The second from Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell, whose outstanding, European seafood cookery is in dialogue with Britain’s maturing seafood culture.

34 Drayton Park, Highbury East
London N5 1PB, UK

5. Trullo

300-302 St Paul's Rd, Highbury, London N1 2LH, UK
Ravioli at Trullo, one of the best restaurants in Islington Trullo [Official Photo]

The neighbourhood gem that launched Padella: Trullo is an essential London restaurant and absolutely reliable for unimpeachable quality.

300-302 St Paul's Rd, Highbury
London N1 2LH, UK

6. Plaquemine Lock

139 Graham St, Islington, London N1 8LB, UK
Plaquemine Lock’s oysters Plaquemine Lock [Official Photo]

Jacob Kenedy’s Islington restaurant is acclaimed for its Cajun and Creole cuisine.

139 Graham St, Islington
London N1 8LB, UK