The best Indian restaurants in LondonDiscover 15 of the capital’s top-rated Indian eateries
A taste of India
London is renowned for its outstanding Indian food, so it’s no surprise that the capital boasts a culinary scene that’s a true celebration of the diverse flavours and authentic cooking styles that epitomise Indian cooking.
From long-established stalwarts to newer eateries that offer innovative takes on traditional favourites, here’s our hot take on London’s best Indian restaurants – all with at least 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence.
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Located in the heart of exclusive Belgravia, Amaya’s theatrical open kitchen presents the sophisticated grills of India infused with subtle-yet-complex flavours. The fashionable grazing menu features small plate sharing dishes, with a more traditional finish provided by a selection of grandstand curries.
This stylish St James’s restaurant redefines quintessential Indian cuisine, using pioneering techniques to showcase authentic flavours and reinterpret traditional recipes. The dining room itself provides a fittingly luxurious setting, with striking mirrored columns and warm, soft lighting.
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Driven by a desire to convey a passion for southwest coastal Indian cuisine, Quilon’s innovative seafood-oriented menu embodies a unique fusion of traditional and progressive dishes that are mostly designed for sharing.
Kahani means ‘story’ in Hindi – and this chic restaurant just off Sloane Square is where chef Peter Joseph is adding the latest chapter to his fresh approach to Indian cuisine. The finest seasonal British ingredients are brought to life with heady spices, and cooked on the robata grill and tandoor.
Located in the former Westminster Library, The Cinnamon Club has a distinguished history of serving creative Indian cuisine in a majestic setting. Expect refreshing takes on game classics, delicately spiced fish, and more, all complemented with wines expertly sourced by the in-house sommelier.
Housed in an elegant Chelsea townhouse, this stylish restaurant serves thoughtful and elegant dishes that pay homage to India’s rich heritage and wildlife. Order à la carte, or opt for the Expeditions tasting menu to experience authentic dishes from a variety of India’s diverse regions.
First opened in 1982, this glamorous South Kensington institution specialises in the spectrum of flavours, fragrances and textures that characterise Mumbai’s diverse culinary style. Enjoy everything from slow-cooked curries to grills and kebabs, as well as tandooris from the clay oven.
Named after India’s holy city, Benares’ unique and eclectic menu sees Executive Chef Sameer Taneja pair high-end British ingredients with traditional spices and techniques. The results are exciting produce-led dishes that expertly marry heritage with modernity.
Inspired by the residential mansions of Kolkata and Pondicherry, Gymkhana’s dark timber panelled, retro-style interior belies reflects its inventive approach to both classic and contemporary Indian cuisine. There are two 5-course tasting menus, one of which is vegetarian.
Spread over two floors, this stylish restaurant more than suits its Mayfair location. The menu takes inspiration from a wealth of family recipes passed down from the family matriarch, Leela Nair, and pays homage to the royal cuisines of palatial India.
Atul Kochhar’s sophisticated restaurant focuses on the largely unexplored cuisine of India’s North East. The cooking revolves around the expert combination of top-quality ingredients, with the overall aim of creating compelling flavour experiences for every guest.
Served in delicately floral Mayfair surroundings, Tamarind’s subtle and delicate dishes cast a new light on the sensory joys of Indian cuisine. Enjoy a modern twist on traditional flavours and textures, as well as a celebration of regional methods of cooking, with the tandoor at the heart of operations.
This informal and chicly minimalist restaurant serves up a contemporary take on India’s coastal cuisine, with flavour-packed menus showcasing expertly prepared seafood. Vegetarian and vegan tasting menus are also available, along with an extensive wine list that focuses on emerging regions and boutique wineries.
This Regent Street restaurant is a true tourists’ favourite, having delighted diners with classical Indian cuisine since its opening in 1926. The skilled chefs shine a spotlight on India as a culinary continent, putting a creative spin on subcontinental stalwarts.
Zaika is the sister restaurant of Tamarind Mayfair and offers a contemporary take on royal tastes. Authentically recreating the feasting traditions of India’s Maharajas’ palaces, the menu showcases centuries-old recipes that have been reimagined with inventive style.