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The Best Restaurants: Westminster
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The Best Restaurants: Westminster

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Westminster, one of the most popular boroughs in London, is well known for its iconic tourist attractions, as well as a number of trendy bars, restaurants, and cafés. This handy guide compiles the top restaurants in the area.

The Marquis of Granby

This traditional pub is steeped in history and full of character. Named after an 18th century war hero, the pub is frequented by politicians and MPs from the nearby Palace of Westminster and Houses of Parliament. Serving everything from salads and steaks to pastas and pies, the Marquis is now part of Nicholson’s Pubs and is proud of its traditional British menu. The pub also serves an extensive range of cask ales, with up to 25 selected ales changing seasonally, and is particularly popular with tourists and locals.

Marquis of Granby, 41 Romney Street, London, UK +44 20 7227 0941

Gillray’s Steakhouse

Located in the luxury London Marriott Hotel County Hall on Westminster Bridge, and named after famous caricaturist James Gillray, this fantastic steakhouse offers views of the London Eye and the River Thames, providing the perfect setting to enjoy an exquisite English meal. Famed for its English farm–sourced Aberdeen Angus steaks, Gillray’s signature dish is a one kilogram ‘Bull’s Head’ – a huge cut of steak cooked to order just the way you like it, with sumptuous side orders, including Bubble and Squeak, Triple Cooked Chips, and Cauliflower Cheese. The contemporary bar, which is open late, offers an extensive drinks menu, serving a mixture of beers, wines, spirits, cocktails, and over 100 different gins! From the excellent food and service to the interior décor and the furniture, Gillray’s is the epitome of a brilliant English restaurant.

Gillray’s Steakhouse, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London, UK +44 20 7902 8000

Brasserie Joël

Situated on the first floor of the four-star Park Plaza Hotel on Westminster Bridge, Brasserie Joël is a French restaurant holding two AA rosettes for culinary excellence, headed by Chef Walter Ishizuka. As well as French specialities, the menu also serves a range of exquisite dishes to please every palate, including Scottish salmon, Japanese Wagyu beef, and Aberdeen Angus steak. The restaurant offers an excellent set menu deal for hotel residents and members of the public: three courses and a Bellini for just £25 per person. Boasting dishes from confit duck leg to crème brûlée there’s something to suit everyone! An extensive drinks menu offers wines and champagnes, most of which are French; there are also wines from Spain, Italy, and Germany, adding to the continental European feel.

Brasserie Joël, 200 Westminster Bridge Rd, London, UK +44 20 7620 7272

Bank Restaurant

Serving seasonally inspired food using the finest ingredients in a modern and stylish environment, Bank Restaurant is located in the heart of St James, just a short walk away from the hustle and bustle of Parliament Square. The basis of the main menu at Bank is the excellent charcoal-burning grill and clay oven, offering everything from marinated lamb skewers and rump and rib eye steaks to tandoori chicken and hickory smoked barbecue ribs. The restaurant also serves a range of sharing platters, with combos boasting Asian inspired nibbles and tantalising barbecue-flavoured meats perfect for a late lunch or light evening meal. Bank’s luxurious dining conservatory, along with its peaceful courtyard, allow the discerning visitor to relax and enjoy good service, food, and a choice of drink from the eclectic range of beers, wines, champagnes, spirits, and classic cocktails.

Bank Restaurant, 45 Buckingham Gate, London, UK +44 20 7630 6644

The Cinnamon Club

Located on Great Smith Street, just a few yards away from the world famous Westminster Abbey, The Cinnamon Club is labelled ‘an institution in the world of Indian fine dining.’ The Cinnamon Club serves creative and innovative Indian cuisine, mixing traditional favourites with new contemporary dishes as part of its recent re-launch. The dining experience at The Cinnamon Club is nothing short of luxurious, with dishes made from only the finest ingredients and complemented with attentively matched wines selected by the restaurant’s on-site sommelier. For something truly special, guests in parties of four or more are encouraged to try the Celebratory Platter, a three course set menu with choices including a spiced seafood bisque and whole rack of lamb carved tableside. Prices from £65pp.

The Cinnamon Club, 30-32 Great Smith St, London, UK +44 20 7222 2555