Whitewaller London 2019 is taking you to the city for this year’s edition of Frieze London, highlighting where to go to eat and drink at, see art, and relax. Below, we’re sharing a list of the top bars and restaurants to check out while in town.
Known for its elevated Cantonese cuisine, the Michelin-starred restaurant Duddell’s greets guests with fresh flavors, bold dishes, and a relaxed, convivial setting. Designed by Michaelis Boyd, the restaurant maximizes daylight and the distinguished building’s heritage elements. At home in the historic St. Thomas Church, the spot offers authentic dishes like the Peking duck feast, hand-crafted dim sum, and modern takes on traditional bites. To complement the cuisine, Asian-inspired cocktails, like the Imperial Spritz, burst with innovative ingredients and zest.
- Explore the restaurant’s art program, including rotating exhibitions from renowned artists.
- Plan to enjoy a free-flowing brunch—held on the first Sunday of every month—that features unlimited dim sum, champagne, cocktails, and more.
- Enjoy the new cocktail menu, curated by JIA Group’s James Barker and bar manager Roland Ziu.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering the signature Dim Sum Symphony.
Located within The London EDITION, Berners Tavern serves seasonal, contemporary British cuisine under the culinary genius of Michelin-starred Chef Jason Atherton. Marrying historical charm with modern sophistication, the restaurant offers all-day dining with a menu of seasonal dishes that feature the very best produce that the British Isles offer.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering afternoon tea.
Suvlaki is an authentic Greek restaurant founded by Irene Margariti. Suvlaki serves modern Greek dishes and desserts in the comfort of interiors by the London-based Greek designer AfroditiKrassa.
Whitewaller recommends: Starting with the Pork Kritharaki, served with orzo and wild oregano.
Enticing, artistic, and elegant, sketch has been a destination for food, art, and music since 2002. With The Gallery, The Lecture Room & Library, The Glade, and The Parlour, the establishment offers a look at cocktails, artwork, and culinary delights unlike any other.
Whitewaller recommends: Sipping cocktails in the découpage forest, The Glade.
Little Nan’s Deptford
Serving over 60 cocktails in teapots and vases, Little Nan’s pays homage to proprietor Tristan’s grandmother “Little Nan Jojo” with a celebration of all things British and kitsch. Built beneath three arches that form part of the oldest carriage ramp in England, the establishment is a necessary stop for any visitor to London.
Whitewaller recommends: Stopping by for Boozy Brunch.
Yakitori restaurant Jidori gains its name from a Japanese chicken. As guests can imagine, the restaurant’s poultry dishes are delectable, and the center Kama-Asa Shoten grill and open kitchen attract quite the crowd.
Whitewaller recommends: Sharing small plates.
With an unrivaled dedication to seasonality and sourcing, HIX Soho brings fish and seafood to the forefront, alongside British steaks and chops. Tucked beneath is the subterranean sanctum Mark’s Bar, where private parties can transform the room into a decadent dining space.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering the Chateau steak with roasted shallots.
Following the success of Zuma London, Rainer Becker opened ROKA Charlotte Street in 2004 to celebrate robatayaki cuisine. Executive Chef Hamish Brown has been serving guests a contemporary Japanese menu in stunning restaurants located in Aldwych, Canary Wharf, and Mayfair.
Whitewaller recommends: Asking for the chef’s recommendation to pair with a glass of Ruinart.
Venetian cuisine is delectably perfected at Polpo—a London favorite for its stripped- down industrial look, small plates, and lively Italian atmosphere.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying the stuffed fried olives and a Negroni at the bar.
Moncks of Dover St
A Mayfair favorite for all-day dining, Moncks of Dover St pays tribute to local history, while offering a full menu of simple and delicious classics made with fresh produce and ingredients. Vegans and omnivores alike can enjoy dishes ranging from a full English breakfast to a burger and salad in the indoor courtyard.
Whitewaller recommends: Indulging in the Truffle Mac & Cheese.