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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.
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Gladwin Brothers - The three of us were brought up on a vineyard and farm in West Sussex. When schoo....

  • British
  • Chelsea
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

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

  • Chinese
  • Soho
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

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

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

Hidden away in the back streets of Fulham, the Harwood offers award-winning food and wine in a casua....

  • British
  • Fulham
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

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

Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver opened St. JOHN in October 1994. The former smokehouse, situate....

  • British
  • Clerkenwell
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

Kitchen W8 is that rare thing – a genuinely relaxed and friendly neighbourhood restaurant, whi....

  • European
  • Kensington
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

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

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

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

Philip Howard has been chef and co-owner of The Square since its opening in 1991. Whilst the style o....

  • European
  • Mayfair
  • Lunch - More than £50pp

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

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

Like our sister restaurant on Fetter Lane, 28°-50° Marylebone is a relaxed and friendly wine....

  • European
  • Marylebone

Our two central London Japanese restaurants are tranquil, intimate and exciting spaces to enjoy some....

  • Japanese
  • Mayfair

Located on North Audley Street, moments from the bustling shopping hub of Oxford Street, ROKA brings....

  • Japanese,Sushi
  • London
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp

ROKA charlotte street serves contemporary japanese robatayaki cuisine in striking yet informal surro....

  • Japanese
  • LONDON
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp

Famous among Knightsbridge restaurants, The Rib Room is located on the corner of Sloane Street and....

  • British
  • Belgravia
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp

Launceston Place has a wonderfully elegant and intimate feel, with its chocolate brown walls and w....

  • British
  • Kensington
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taberna do Mercado is a joint effort between Nuno Mendes and head chef Antonio Galapito to capture a....

  • Portuguese
  • Spitalfields

Our New British restaurant is on the first floor of Craft London. We have an a la carte menu, 6 cour....

  • British
  • North Greenwich

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

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

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

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

Dinings restaurant is a contemporary Japanese Tapas and Sushi restaurant situated in the Marylebone ....

  • Japanese
  • Marylebone

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

Salt Yard is an award-winning bar and restaurant serving modern tapas inspired by the flavours &....

  • Spanish
  • Fitzrovia

Chef Malcolm John welcomes you to Le Vacherin, a traditional French bistro restaurant, in the heart ....

  • French
  • Chiswick

Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea was opened in November 2006 by Michelin starred chef Tom Aikens. Locate....

  • British
  • Chelsea

La Petite Maison in London is owned and operated by Azur Ltd, a UK incorporated company. Azur Ltd ho....

  • French
  • Mayfair

I called my restaurant Pizarro after my grandfather.  He had a bar called Pizarro in Talav&aacu....

  • Spanish
  • Bermondsey
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp

We re-opened The Crown back in May 2013 after a complete top to bottom refurbishment. We enhanced th....

  • British
  • Twickenham
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp

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

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

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

Yashin Sushi and Bar in High Street Kensington is a modern Japanese restaurant centered on "without ....

  • Japanese
  • Kensington
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

Original super restaurant Quaglino’s is bursting with iconic heritage. From its inception by G....

  • European
  • St. James's

Inspired by the feasting traditions of Awadhi aristocrats and using Nawab and Moghul cooking techniq....

  • Indian
  • Kensington
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp

The name ROKA carries great meaning - ROKA is a meeting place where food and drinks are shared with ....

  • Japanese
  • LONDON
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp

We are Noble Inns.  A small, family owned company of 5 pubs and restaurants in London. We stri....

  • BBQ Smokehouse
  • Islington
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp

Grain Store is an innovative and sustainable restaurant and bar by celebrated chef Bruno Loubet, dri....

  • International
  • Kings Cross
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp

Sexy Fish is an Asian fish and seafood restaurant located on the South East corner of Berkeley Squar....

  • Asian
  • Mayfair
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp

Situated on Level 33 of western Europe's tallest building The Shard, Hutong serves authentic Norther....

  • Chinese
  • Southwark

We invite you to enter Shikumen, your gateway to the east, as we continue the tradition to blend the....

  • Chinese
  • Hampstead
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack is a clarion call to British Seafood; a nostalgic journey to the seaside h....

  • Seafood
  • Fitzrovia

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

  • Asian
  • Mayfair