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Best Lively Restaurants in London

Many people love to eat where the atmosphere of the restaurant is lively and active and people (and the staff) sound like they are happy and enjoying themselves. Italian restaurants in particular are noted for the lively ambience of their restaurants. If you enjoy this style of lively dining atmosphere then you will pleased to see that in this section of the Gourmet Guide website we have included a list of all the best 'lively restaurants' that have a fun atmosphere and lively energy in London.   The restaurants on this page are all restaurants that the Gourmet Guide team can recommend for being: 'Lively Restaurants'. These lively restaurants are generally some of the very best restaurants in the UK where the staff and other diners all enjoy a fun and lively atmosphere. The list includes a range of styles and food types but it is fair to say that many Italian restaurants and Greek restaurants fall into the 'lively restaurant' category. Many of these restaurants may have an informal and slightly noisier ambience than most restaurants and the serving staff may be less formal than the more traditional and classic restaurants but the food quality and customer service will all be of a high standard that meets the 'best UK restaurant' standards of the Gourmet Guide team. If you enjoy eating great quality food in a warm, lively and fun atmosphere then you will love these Gourmet Guide: Lively Restaurants and we are sure you will have a quality dining experience in a fun, lively and interesting atmosphere, so all you need to do is select your preferred 'lively restaurant' and make a booking! Please help us to achieve our ambition of making the Gourmet Guide website the most comprehensive and easy to use database of all the best restaurants in the UK by remembering to use the 'Suggest a Restaurant' feature (that appears in both the top and footer menus of the website) to let us know about any other great quality 'lively restaurants' that we may have over-looked. If possible, please try to mention that the restaurant is a great 'lively restaurant' in your message and we will check it out and add it to our database. Many thanks.
Tredwells

Winner of AA’s 2015/2016 Restaurant of the Year – London, Tredwell’s is the latest....

  • British
  • Covent Garden
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Social Eating House

The simple yet carefully created dishes are complimented by a relaxed and attentive service in the c....

  • British
  • Soho
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp
  • Evening - £51-£70pp
Yauatcha Soho

Yauatcha is a casual-dining dim sum tea-house offering an all day grazing experience, launched in 20....

  • Chinese
  • Soho
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan Hanway Place is the original restaurant of Hakkasan that opened in 2001 in London. Designe....

  • Chinese
  • Fitzrovia
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp
  • Evening - £51-£70pp
Pollen Street Social

Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social is a modern urban meeting point. A place to eat, drink and soc....

  • British
  • Mayfair
  • Lunch - £41-£50pp
  • Evening - £51-£70pp
The River Cafe

Located adjacent to the Thames, The River Cafe was opened in 1987 by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers. ....

  • Italian
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Lunch - More than £50pp
  • Evening - £71-£90pp
Amaya

Amaya, situated in the heart of Belgravia, offers a unique cuisine based on contemporary Indian Food....

  • Indian
  • Belgravia
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp
  • Evening - £71-£90pp
City Social

PAUL’S FIRST ROLE, IN 2000, WAS AS A COMMIS CHEF AT THE SAVOY HOTEL UNDER ANTON EDELMANN, WHER....

  • British
  • City of London
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp
  • Evening - £51-£70pp
The Alfred Tennyson

The relaxed ground floor bar is the place to be for a quick breakfast, lunch or supper with friends ....

  • British
  • Belgravia
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Sosharu

Jason & Irha Atherton's latest restaurant & bar. An izakaya-style restaurant and cocktail ba....

  • Japanese
  • Clerkenwell
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
The Victoria

Welcome to The Victoria, a great gastropub with rooms in Sheen, South West London. Proudly independe....

  • British
  • Richmond
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Veeraswamy Restaurant

High-end dining and luxurious Maharajah-inspired decor at London's oldest Indian restaurant.....

  • Indian
  • Mayfair
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp
  • Evening - £71-£90pp
Wright Brothers - Spitalfields

Located in the heart of the vibrant Old Spitalfields Market, Wright Brothers Spitalfields is charact....

  • Seafood,British
  • Spitalfields
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Quilon

At Quilon, our philosophy is simple. We aim to convey our passion for South-west coastal Indian cuis....

  • Indian
  • Westminster
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £51-£70pp
Madhu's

Synonymous with quality, dedication, creativity and flare, the Madhu’s brand boasts more than ....

  • Indian
  • Southall
Little Social

Quite literally across the street from flagship restaurant Pollen Street Social, Jason Atherton has ....

  • British
  • Mayfair
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Les Deux Salons

Our flagship activity is on the first floor. Some dining tables are adjacent to the double-height at....

  • French
  • Covent Garden
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Goodman City

Meat ageing on site, six tonnes of it. Meat plates cut every day, and on request. Meat from the UK, ....

  • Steak
  • Canary Wharf
Goode & Wright

In the centre of Notting Hill, on the iconic Portobello Road, there is Goode & Wright, a quirky,....

  • French
  • Notting Hill
Charlotte's Bistro

Charlotte's Bistro has a Chic dining room with glazed roof for modern European cuisine, plus separat....

  • British
  • Chiswick
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

Bentley’s has been serving it’s fish and chips and feeding the hungry shopping masses fo....

  • Seafood
  • St. James's
Barshu

he food of Sichuan province in southwest China is one of the world’s great cuisines. Its most ....

  • Chinese
  • Soho
Zest at JW3

ZEST is the restaurant, café and bar at JW3 led by General Manager Joshua Owens-Baigler. It ....

  • Mediterranean
  • Hampstead
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Bernardi's

Bernardi’s is an Italian restaurant and bar in Marylebone. We wanted to create a place that fe....

  • Italian
  • Westminster
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Novikov Asian Restaurant

Novikov Restaurant & Bar combines cool and contemporary interiors with a superlative culinary of....

  • Asian
  • Mayfair
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Zelman Meats

Located in one of those well-hidden streets of Soho, a stones throw from hectic Dean Street, our ori....

  • British
  • Soho
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Copita

We love the Spanish culture of eating either standing up or on stools at bar level. We think it crea....

  • Spanish
  • Westminster
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Barrica Tapas Bar

Barrica Tapas Bar… …is a labour of love, born out of many trips to Spain. We wanted t....

  • Spanish
  • Camden
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
The Malt House

In a cobbled square just two minutes walk from Fulham Broadway tube, The Malt House serves some of F....

  • Mediterranean,British
  • Fulham
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Zoilo Restaurant

Argentine cuisine is a fascinating mix of cultures, the result of a vibrant heritage and transcenden....

  • Argentinian
  • Marylebone
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Tsunami

Established in 2001, Tsunami is still a big wave washing through Clapham. Following a full refurbish....

  • Japanese
  • Clapham
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
The Balcon - Sofitel London st James

The Balcon, all day dining destination, offers a cuisine blending French and British tradition with ....

  • British,French
  • St. James's
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Celeste at The Lanesborough

A sensational dining experience in the heart of London - close to Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and Bucki....

  • British,French
  • Westminster
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp
  • Evening - £71-£90pp
Wright Brothers - Borough Market

Our small-but-perfectly-formed dining room is made up of a long oyster bar and high tables. It is re....

  • Seafood
  • Borough Market
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Wright Brothers - Soho

Nestled in a corner of Kingly Court, right behind Carnaby Street, Wright Brothers Soho offers a cont....

  • Seafood,European
  • City of London
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Terroirs

A vibrant wine bar in central London, serving drinks with energy and food with respect.....

  • European
  • Charing Cross
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
The Lady Ottoline

A pretty little pub nestled in the heart of Bloomsbury, The Lady Ottoline offers elegant yet home-co....

  • British
  • Bloomsbury
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
The Montagu

Awarded two AA rosettes, The Montagu is not only a welcoming restaurant for hotel guests but also pr....

  • British
  • City of London
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
The Shed

Seasonal, modern British plates served in a rustic space with colourful fabrics and barrel tables.....

  • British
  • Kensington
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Potli

welcome to potli  AN INDIAN MARKET KITCHEN Potli brings the first Indian food bazaar experien....

  • Indian
  • Hammersmith
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
The Fox & Grapes

The Fox and Grapes transformed the dining landscape of Wimbledon in 2011 when we opened the town's f....

  • British
  • Wimbledon
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Galvin HOP

The flagship of the newly-formed Galvin Pub Group, Galvin HOP, occupies the former site of Galvin&rs....

  • British
  • Spitalfields
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
The Orange Public House and Hotel

Welcome to The Orange Public House & Hotel. In our beautifully restored building you’ll fi....

  • French ,European
  • Belgravia
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
E&O

E&O

  • Asian
  • Notting Hill
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Tentazioni Restaurant

Opened in 1997 and owned by Riccardo Giacomini, Tentazioni Restaurant's excellent reputation reflect....

  • Italian
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
One Canada Square

  • British,European
  • Canary Wharf
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
The Botanist Broadgate Circle

Chic, all-day restaurant for simple Modern British fare, plus a late-night basement club, Soda Room.....

  • British
  • Spitalfields
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Soif

The daily menu doesn’t only base itself on Gallic soil – charcuterie features heavily, b....

  • Mediterranean,French
  • Battersea
Orso

A former orchid warehouse in Covent Garden, offering authentic Italian Food, Orso Restaurant opened ....

  • Italian
  • Covent Garden
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Olympic Cafe and Dining Room

The food in our award-winning Café & Dining Room is homemade, seasonal and locally source....

  • British
  • Barnes
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp