One of the best London eating places open on Monday | Scorching Dinners recommends

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One of the questions we are asked almost more than any other at the moment is ‘what interesting restaurants are actually open on a Monday?’ Monday is one of the most underrated days to explore London’s culinary scene; you can grab seats at the hottest places, avoid the crowds and enjoy a completely different vibe to busier parts of the week. But with many restaurants closed it’s often hard to work out where is open, that’s good. If you’ve been working over the weekend, fancy taking advantage of hard-to-get restaurant availability or simply want to start the week strong, here’s our pick of where to go. 

Part of our partnership with the Mayor of London’s Let’s Do London campaign, our restaurant guides, tips on family-friendly eating spots, special deals and more can all be found here

 

Where the food is the focus

Some of London’s best-rated restaurants are open on a Monday – if you’ve had trouble getting in on a busier night, this might be your chance.

Shoreditch – 4 Redchurch St, London E1 6JL

Chef Tomas Parry’s Shoreditch restaurant combines great food cooked over an open fire with a strong wine list from the Noble Rot team. Go big with a whole turbot or Galician steak or work your way through the superlative small plates.

Open: Lunch and dinner

More about Brat

 

BAO SohoSoho – 53 Lexington St, Carnaby, London W1F 9AS

The OG Bao is a good one to hit up on Monday for a Taiwanese steamed bun or three, not least because, along with their Shoreditch noodle outpost, it’s actually open. They’re particularly welcoming of solo diners so take the time to enjoy your meal here and end with a fried Horlicks bao for dessert.

Open: Lunch and dinner

More about BAO Soho

 

The Clove ClubShoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London EC1V 9LT

Having entered the ranks of London’s two Michelin-starred restaurants, a Monday might be your only opportunity to secure a reservation at the Clove Club. Isaac McHale and his team serve up an intensely seasonal menu here which might feature slow-cooked Lincolnshire chicken with the first of the new season’s wild garlic and hay cream.

Open: Dinner only

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IkoyiSt. James – 1 St James’s Market, London SW1Y 4AH

Tucked away on St James’s Market, a table at this two Michelin-starred restaurant is highly sought after. If you want to secure a table you might find Mondays are your best option. Once here, you’ll enjoy a tasting menu with inventive dishes like Sorghum Crêpe, Cuttlefish & Trompette Fondue.

Open: Dinner only

More about Ikoyi

 

KilnSoho – 58 Brewer St, London W1F 9TL

Sit up at the counter at this Soho spot for some of the best Thai food to be had in London. Using open fire cooking, Kiln takes inspiration from the countries bordering Thailand so expect Burmese, Yunnanese and Laos spicing and flavours here too.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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KoyaCity, Soho, Hackney

Renowned for its homemade noodles, this udon bar now has three branches across the city all of which are excellent places to perch and polish off a bowl of udon using dashi made freshly on site. It’s also got quite the reputation for its breakfast bowls which are a great way to start the day.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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Lahpet West EndCovent Garden – 21 Slingsby Pl, London WC2E 9AB

With their original Shoreditch restaurant closed on Mondays, the only place you can be sure of getting some tea leaf salad or mohinga in London on a Monday is Lahpet’s Covent Garden branch. Try new dishes or opt for their popular signatures like the coconut noodles with chicken.

Open: Lunch and dinner

More about Lahpet West End

 

LorneVictoria – 76 Wilton Rd, Pimlico, London SW1V 1DE

With the friendly vibes of a neighbourhood restaurant that just so happens to be in the middle of Victoria, Lorne attracts a wide fanbase who love the regularly-changing menu of British and European dishes, along with the eclectic wine list.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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MantecaShoreditch – 49-51 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT

Fully settled down in its permanent Shoreditch home after a few years of site hopping, this British/Italian restaurant focuses on whole-animal butchery along with hand-rolled pasta. They even make their own cured meats and salamis in-house.

Open: Lunch and dinner

More about Manteca

 

Rochelle Canteen

Rochelle CanteenShoreditch – 16 Playground Gardens, London E2 7FA

Once you’ve actually found this hidden-away restaurant (hint, look for the buzzer by the door in the wall) you’ve found lunch nirvana on a Monday. Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson’s ‘canteen’ is more of a gastronomy Mecca for foodies looking for superb seasonal produce cooked sympathetically.

Open: Lunch only

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St JohnSmithfield – 26 St John St, Barbican, London EC1M 4AY

Fergus Henderson’s world-renowned restaurant is a perfect place to hit up on a Monday whether you’re popping in for a coffee and Eccles cake in the morning or going the whole nose-to-tail hog with a dish of Crispy Pig Cheek served up with dandelion and roast shallots for dinner.

Open: All-day

More about St John

 

 

For a special occasion

Whether it’s for a birthday or another special occasion, these restaurants should fit the bill.

Bentley's Oyster Bar & GrillMayfair – 11-15 Swallow St, London W1B 4DG

Chef Richard Corrigan’s piscine palace just off Piccadilly is renowned for its oyster platters and superb seafood. If you’re looking for a pint of Guinness (or glass of Champagne) and half a dozen native oysters, there’s no better place to go.

Open: Lunch and dinner

More about Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

 

Cedric Grolet at The BerkeleyKnightsbridge – Wilton Pl, London SW1X 7RL

For sweet-toothed patisserie lovers, the perfect place to treat yourself on a Monday is this shiny new bakery and cafe from Parisian chef Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge. Pop in for a not-so-simple pain au chocolat or book for the full dessert tasting menu experience.

Open: Morning through to early supper

More about Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley

 

The DelaunayCovent Garden – 55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB

This popular all-day spot on the Aldwych has just unveiled its new look Delaunay Counter serving up an Alpine menu of traditional treats like fondue and tarte flambées. It’s an easy place to pop in and graze if you’re out running errands or to stay longer and catch up with friends.

Open: All-day

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The Guinea GrillMayfair – 30 Bruton Pl, London W1J 6NL

While you can always opt for a scotch egg and perfectly poured pint in the pub here, the real fun at this Mayfair spot comes with a full-blown lunch or dinner in the restaurant, where you can peruse the steaks before they head to the grill or opt for one of their superb traditional pies.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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GymkhanaMayfair – 42 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JH

Even celebrities need somewhere to go on a Monday and if you’re an A-lister out on the town at the beginning of the week this Indian restaurant in Mayfair is the perfect celeb spot. Here, you can order the signature dish of kid goat methi keema and a pink gin while dodging the paparazzi.

Open: Lunch and diner

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The River CafeHammersmith – Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, London W6 9HA

This self-styled canteen down by the Thames under the auspices of Ruth Rogers sends out exquisite platefuls of amazing Italian food – at prices to match. A Monday meal here would be a strong start to any week.

Open: Lunch and dinner

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Looking for a big night 

Just because it’s a Monday, you may still be up for a proper night out and any of the following will fit that bill nicely.

BalansSoho – 34 Old Compton St, London W1D 4TS

There are two Balans on Old Compton Street, and while the one at No 60 is bigger and buzzier, it’s the original site on the corner of Old Compton and Frith Street that you want on a Monday, when it’s open until the early hours of the next morning. Join the Soho regulars and hospitality workers who pile in here to enjoy the all-day brunch option.

Open: All-day

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Chotto MatteSoho – 11, 13 Frith St, London W1D 4RB

This vibey Soho restaurant serves up a fun mix of strong cocktails alongside its Nikkei cuisine – a mixture of Peruvian and Japanese influences. Enjoy sushi alongside ceviche before working your way through the robata grill options.

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Chotto Matte

 

Paradise  Soho – 61 Rupert St, London W1D 7PW

Enjoy the favours of Sri Lanka at this minimalist London restaurant, inspired by owner Dom Fernando’s family roots in Colombo. There’s a particularly interesting wine list along with cocktails like jackfruit bellinis and the whey-brined Leicestershire paneer is unmissable.

Open: Dinner only

More about Paradise

 

Noble RotSoho/Bloomsbury

Whether you’re visiting the Soho or Bloomsbury location, Mondays at Noble Rot are always going to be a good idea. Peruse one of the best wine lists in London while enjoying the slip soles or perfectly wobbly panna cotta.

Open: Both open lunch and dinner

More about Noble Rot

 

The PlimsollFinsbury Park – 52 St Thomas’s Road, London N4 2QW

Securing a table at this white-hot popular North London pub is always hard, but Monday might just be the best option. Hit up their Instagram account to find out what’s on the regularly changing menu, but the cheeseburger is always a win.

Open: Dinner only

More about The Plimsoll

 

Porte NoireKing’s Cross – Gasholder 10, unit A, London N1C 4BY

Co-owned by Idris Elba, this King’s Cross wine bar has been a hit from day one. Better book ahead, as it’s super popular with locals wanting to pop in for a glass of the bar’s own-label Champagne and amazing charcuterie platters.

Open: Afternoon and dinner only

More about Porte Noire

 

 

Looking for something wallet-friendly

For great food and great value all at once, you can’t beat these restaurants.  

PadellaBorough – 6 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TQ

Factor in virtual queueing time to this perennially popular Borough Market pasta spot. You can hardly blame everyone for wanting to eat here when the prices for top-quality Italian food are this good.

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Padella

 

Dumplings LegendChinatown – 15-16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JE

A Chinatown standout, as the name suggests the dumplings are the things to come for, we suggest their xiao long bao and crispy belly pork. Service is brisk, the prices keen and the food is always excellent.

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Dumplings Legend

 

Market HallsOxford Street/Victoria

Market Halls have two central London food hall locations, by Victoria Station and just off Oxford Street. Both are fun, buzzy places where you can try dishes from a range of interesting vendors and they have outside space too if you’re craving alfresco time. The dosas and dhal from Gopals and rainbow dumplings by Baozilnn are both must-haves.

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Market Halls

 

Roti KingEuston – 40 Doric Way, London NW1 1LH

One of London’s great cheap eats, this classic Euston spot serves up the best Malaysian food bar none at great prices. The roti canai are to die for and, coincidentally, a great reviver if you had a full-on Sunday.

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Roti King

 

Seven Dials MarketCovent Garden – 35 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LD

Run by the KERB market team, this indoor food hall has a rotating offering of food and drink vendors, perfect for an indecisive group Current highlights include BBQ treats by From The Ashes, Filipino food from Bong Bong’s and the freshest doughnuts by Longboys.

Open: Lunch & dinner

More about Seven Dials Market

 

 

Tried and trusted

These are small restaurant groups where you always know you’ll get a good meal whatever branch you head to. 

DishoomKensington, Covent Garden, Shoreditch, King’s Cross, Carnaby

This Indian street-food spot is a massive hit most of the time, so try Mondays for the best day to grab a table. All the London restaurants are open for their legendary bacon naan, small plates and house black daal.

Open: Lunch & Dinner

More about Dishoom

 

Flat IronCovent Garden, Tottenham Crt Road, Marylebone, Spitalfields, King’s Cross, Soho, Shoreditch, London Bridge, Borough

All the Flat Irons are open on a Monday, so if you’re after a steak restaurant but are minding your budget, then head here. As well as the titular flat iron steaks, you’ll find more cuts, their special burger and more. Many have a site-specific special, so watch out for those too.

Open: All Lunch & Dinner

More about Flat Iron

 

Hawksmoor Air Street, Borough, Guildhall, Knightsbridge, Spitalfields, Canary Wharf, Seven Dials

If you’re looking for a Monday steak dinner that’s a little more of a treat, then a trip to Hawksmoor is definitely something to consider. Start with an excellent cocktail in their bars before going all-in on steak (but note that their seafood options are on-point as well).

Open: All open for dinner, Seven Dials open for lunch too

More about Hawksmoor

 

TonkotsuVarious locations across London

If you’re looking for proper ramen on a Monday, then Tonkotsu is the place for you. All the London locations are open all day and they also serve some of the best chicken kara-age in town (not to mention amazing dumplings.

Open: All Lunch & Dinner

More about Tonkotsu

 

 

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