Restaurant Story

“Spot-on flavours, daring combinations –all in constant evolution” - AA Inspector



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Restaurant Story's simple-yet-refined look provides polished concrete floors, tablecloths and a ceiling adorned with bird mobiles. It's a bijou space, where full-drop windows flood the place with light, and chefs do their thing in an open kitchen. It's one of the capital's more intensively experimental places to eat and, as the name suggests, everything tells a story, and while the menu concept isn't applied too thickly, you can expect hyper-modern food full of revelatory twists, turns and outstanding technique. Menu descriptions reveal little of the highly worked detail in every dish. For a main dish, you might expect a plump roasted langoustine keeps company with a rich bisque and burnt apple purée, while the principal meat dish matches tender pigeon with ratte potato purée, rainbow chard and a punchy pigeon sauce with walnuts. ‘Paddington Bear’ is a transition from savoury to sweet, uniting marmalade pain perdu with cardamom parfait, grated foie gras and Sauternes, before various desserts conclude with variants of almond (cream, ice cream, butter, caramelised nuts) deftly aromatised with dill snow. The drinks list is equally of the moment, championing fragrantly botanical cocktails, modern wines and rare gin brands.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

5 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
AA Notable Wine List
Restaurant Story
199 Tooley Street, LONDON, SE1 2JX


  • Seats: 35
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Days Closed: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 5
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 1
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 14
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover London

The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.

London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.

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