It’s an understatement to say that there are many good places to eat in London; more like there are too many good places to eat in London – you’ve got to narrow it down a bit if you want to make the most of your time! While you can certainly filter search results based on cuisine or price or style, another good way to wade through all your options is by location: pick a neighborhood in London, and set out to try the best you can find there.
Doing just that, let’s focus on Farringdon. If you’re planning your first London trip, you may well have not heard of Farringdon at all, except perhaps as a train station where you can hop off the new Elizabeth Line from Heathrow. Farringdon is so much more though: it’s a vibrant area on the edge of Central London with plenty to do, nice places to stay (including a great modern hotel within walking distance of the train station), and – of course – fantastic places to eat. It’s this last topic we’ll turn to now.
Below, you’ll find a list of the best restaurants in Farringdon. As you’ll see, they run the gamut: trendy spots, foodie hideaways, a cozy pub, and some far-flung cuisines all make the list. Farringdon – like each London area – represents the best of the city: diversity in both options and flavors to enjoy. Let’s dig in!
The Best Restaurants in Farringdon
There are a lot of lists of the “best” restaurants in St. Katharine Docks out there, and most of them have some sort of black box way of deciding what to include and in what order. I prefer to be transparent in how I rank the things I recommend on this site, so below you’ll find a table with scores for each restaurant; here’s how I came up with those numbers:
- I selected only those restaurants that are located within the generally agreed bounds of the Farringdon area (72 in all!)
- I ranked all of the restaurants by rating and number of reviews on Google reviews
- I then combined those scores with the proportion of reviews each restaurant received to come up with a score (out of 10*) for each restaurant
- I ranked the restaurants by score, and broke ties by the number of reviews (at the time of reviewing the data)
Also, I included only restaurants with a rating of 4.0 or higher, to ensure I was only including those coffee shops and cafes which are truly good. Given all that, here are the best restaurants in Farringdon:
|St. JOHN Restaurant
|Pizza Pilgrims Exmouth Market
|GReat Grill House
|The Quality Chop House
|The Eagle Farringdon
*St. JOHN Restaurant scores above 10 due to its excellence and high number of reviews!
Below, you’ll find more about each of these top Farringdon restaurants, and see why they rise above the crowd to be well worth a visit during your London trip.
1. St. JOHN Restaurant
Photos (L, C) courtesy of St. John Restaurant via Facebook
Michelin-star awarded St. John tops my list of best Farringdon restaurants. The property that houses this groundbreaking eatery is a converted smokehouse and they have been serving exceptional food from here for nearly thirty years.
The concept that propelled St John Restaurant into the view of food critics and influential diners (like Anthony Bourdain!) is its ethos of using every possible part of any animal it cooks. This shows the ultimate respect for animals in the food chain and in turn, gained the respect of diners too.
Another fantastic selling point here is the dessert menu. Favorite childhood puddings are reinvented and given an impressive glow-up: a simple rice pudding receives some special treatment from talented chefs to become the very popular steamed blood orange pudding that is on the menu today.
2. Pizza Pilgrims Exmouth Market
Photos courtesy of Pizza Pilgrims Exmouth Market
From fine dining to extraordinary pizza! The proprietors of Pizza Pilgrims really do take their pizza game seriously. They went on a pilgrimage around Italy to find what they believed to be the best pizza in the country.
Along the way, they picked up priceless tips and inspiration from passionate Italians, and all of this information has been used to create their current menu at their super popular restaurant. The restaurant itself is tiny in size but huge in personality; it offers a cozy and friendly environment to enjoy your award-winning Italian fare.
This place is ideal for a quick bite to eat and a cold beer, but won’t disappoint like so many other spots that offer a similar concept on paper.
3. Shawarma Bar
Photos courtesy of Shawarma Bar via Instagram
Shawarma is a trendy bar inspired by the Israeli streets of Tel Aviv, and the food served here features strong Middle Eastern influences.
You can take in lunch and dinner here, with varied and exciting menus on offer for either meal. Vegetable and hummus dishes which are determined by the changing seasons and delectable grilled and rotisserie meats are served in three different ways. You can choose to have your dish with homemade pita, with fluffy rice, or deconstructed on your plate.
All the ingredients used at Shawarma are responsibly sourced and are always fresh. Expertly mixed cocktails are available to enjoy alongside your meal.
4. GReat Grill House
Photos courtesy of GReat Grill House via Instagram
When deciding where to eat in Farringdon when you are short of time and looking for a no-frills, simple yet delicious meal then GReat Grill House needs to be on the list.
No, the “GR” isn’t a typo; the cuisine served here is Greek, so you can expect generously filled wraps, homemade dips and spreads, and perfectly grilled meats. Recent visitors here rave about the generous size of the portions, the authenticity of the food, and the friendly welcome that they received. Seating is limited though, so this popular spot can fill up at peak times.
Never fear though – you won’t go without: GReat Grill House has an app now where you can order your food in advance to pick up/take away when it suits you.
5. The Quality Chop House
Photos courtesy of The Quality Chop House
On the subject of top Farringdon dining establishments, The Quality Chop House has 150 years of experience, and has been considered one of the best restaurants in the area for nearly as long!
First established way back in 1869, this is the perfect choice for those wanting to enjoy exceptional food in a Victoria dining room. Think walls lined with dark wood panels, black and white tiled floors, and candlelit tables that complete the aesthetic.
As the name suggests the menu here is proudly and predominantly meat-based, with vegetarian and vegan options a little light in numbers. It’s worth noting that the food here is expensive, with some cuts of meat priced at an eye-watering £100. The prices are mainly due to the food being sourced by some of the very finest producers in the country.
I feel like it’s fair to say a meal at The Quality Chop House is probably best suited to a special date or celebration if you’ll have one on your schedule during your london trip.
6. Ngon Ngon
Photos courtesy of Ngon Ngon
Ngon Ngon is a great option when you are deciding where to eat in Farringdon, particularly if you are looking for simple, hearty Asian cuisine. This is an authentic Vietnamese diner where you can dig into your favorite pho, noodle, or bun dishes, all created using fresh ingredients.
The restaurant itself is small, but you could never miss it on the street as it sports bold yellow walls, guaranteed to brighten the gloomiest of days! Review after review of this place mentions the super friendly staff and delicious food.
7. The Eagle Farringdon
Photos courtesy of The Eagle
Considered to be one of the best Farringdon restaurants by many, The Eagle is everything a British gastropub should be. They have been serving great ale, fashionable wines, and exceptional food for over thirty years so they know a thing or two about what diners want.
The ethos here is “good food and drink with great people behind the bar.” Talented, passionate chefs put their hearts into creating delicious and wholesome dishes from fresh, excellent-quality produce. Bar staff are known locally to be a little aloof in their manner, which you may decide adds to the charm of the place!
The atmosphere at The Eagle takes you back a decade (or three), which helps round out why it makes the list of the best pubs in Farringdon too.
Photos courtesy of Luca
Sporting a brand new shiny Michelin star (as of 2023!), there is no question that Luca is one of the best restaurants in Farringdon. This top Italian restaurant creates culinary masterpieces from exceptional ingredients that are sourced from all over the UK. Think fat scallops from Orkney and freshly caught turbot from Cornwall.
Luca prides itself on serving dishes that follow the rules and strict traditions of Italian cooking, but with its own exciting twists. Luca is ideal for a romantic meal for two which can be enjoyed in one of their iconic cozy booths, or indeed for meeting friends for pre-meal cocktails at the vibey marble bar.
Photos courtesy of Morito
Morito is a teeny tiny tapas serving sister to the larger Spanish/ North African-inspired restaurant next door; Moro. (Moro is also great, but doesn’t quite make the list this year.)
The tapas dishes served here are authentic and heavily influenced by Moorish flavors and ingredients (hence the names of these two spots), such as sizzling garlic prawn dishes and crispy patatas bravas! There is something for everyone to enjoy as there is an impressive choice of dishes for vegetarians and vegans too.
The property has very limited space inside, and things are a little cramped once the restaurant reaches capacity.
Photos courtesy of Tohbang
Last but certainly not least on our list of best Farringdon restaurants comes Tohbang. You may be interested to know that Tohbang in Korean means “larder.” Be prepared to take advantage of the concept of a space dedicated to great food if you dine here.
The staff here pride themselves on serving dish after dish of delicious and authentic Korean cuisine, created using only the freshest ingredients. You’ll find classics like barbecue bulgogi, bibimbap, and properly marinated kimchi, as well as more modern faves like KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) and matcha ice cream.
Korean is one of LOMM founder Valerie’s absolutely favorite cuisines, so while this restaurant rounds out my list, it’s definitely at the top of hers!
Have any other questions about where to eat in Farringdon or the best restaurants in the area? Let me know in the comments below!