A culinary journey through London’s best Indian restaurants

A city as diverse and vibrant as London can satisfy even the most discerning palates, with a myriad of culinary delights from around the world. One cuisine that has made a significant impact on the 7* Life office’s tastebuds is Indian. From delectable street food to opulent dining experiences, London’s Indian restaurants offer a rich tapestry of flavours, spices, and textures that will transport you to the subcontinent, whilst saving you a pricey plane fare to India.

I recently explored the gastronomic delights of six of London’s best Indian restaurants, each with their own unique distinct charm, culinary style, and atmosphere. Whether you’re a dedicated foodie or simply looking for an unforgettable night out eating extremely flavoursome dishes, let my handy guide lead you on a journey through the enticing world of Indian cuisine in the heart of the capital.

Colonel Saab

Iconically located in the grand former town hall of Holborn, Colonel Saab offers a unique and elegant dining experience that combines the grandeur of India’s princely past with modern culinary innovation. The restaurant is designed to resemble an opulent Indian haveli, complete with antique furniture, ornate chandeliers, and stunning artwork – many from the owner’s family homes. We loved the various antique artefacts strewn around this enchanting space and adored the family photographs and even love letters belonging to the charming owner’s parents. The menu is a blend of traditional Indian dishes and contemporary flavours, with a focus on seasonal ingredients and expertly crafted spice blends.

Must-try dishes include the melt-in-your-mouth Butter Chicken (boneless chunks of chicken cooked in a creamy cashew nut and tomato gravy) and the flavourful Sunday Lamb curry (one of the best lamb curries I have tasted ). Round off your meal with a decadent dessert, such as the Gulkand Gulab Jamun – soft, rose-infused doughnuts served with a rich saffron syrup, or the shows topping Rasmalai Milk Cake – a light and airy sponge soaked in cardamon cream and topped with pistachio and an instagram friendly edible flower.

Kanishka by Atul Kochhar

Renowned celebrity chef Atul Kochhar’s Kanishka in Mayfair is an ode to the lesser-explored cuisine of India’s Northeastern region, and its an ode I could certainly listen to again and again…

With a chic, contemporary setting that juxtaposes traditional Indian elements with modern design, Kanishka is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

The menu highlights exceptional Pan Asian dishes, characterized by bold flavors, fragrant spices, and unique ingredients. Standout dishes for me were part of the highly recommended Grazing Menu and included the most tender lamb chops I had ever devoured, an almost otherworldly chicken tikka masala and the Lamb Kosha – a creamy, extremely flavoursome lamb curry that left a mild sadness in my heart (and tummy) when it was all over.

Our magnificent Indian feast ended with a glorious trio of chocolate desserts – caribe ganache, opalys cream and a delightfully creamy milk chocolate ice cream. Well worth a visit when you crave exquisite Indian fine dining in opulent surroundings.

Bindas Eatery

For a casual yet authentic Indian dining experience, head to Bindas Eatery – almost hidden away in London Westfield. This cozy, street food-inspired eatery offers a relaxed, yet merrily quirky atmosphere, making it perfect for a quick mid shopping lunch or a long, leisurely dinner with your favourite foodie friends.

The menu showcases the best of Indian street food, with dishes like the delectable Achari lamb chops – succulent and divinely spiced, served with a tangy chutney, lack onions and patron peppers.  a popular Indian snack of hollow, crispy puris filled with tangy tamarind water and spiced chickpeas. The Papri Chaat, a combination of crispy wafers, yogurt, tamarind chutney, mashed potatoes and fresh herbs, is another must-try. Wash it all down with a refreshing Mirchi Mohito (mango muddled with rum, mint and lime) or a refreshingly frosty glass of mango lassi. My fellow food critic chum and I left feeling satisfied and extremely impressed.

Copper Chimney

Another Indian culinary gem in Westfield London, Copper Chimney is the perfect spot to satisfy your craving for Indian food after a day of shopping or before catching a movie. The restaurant’s open kitchen allows diners to witness the magic of Indian cooking up close while savoring the aroma of freshly baked bread and sizzling skewers.

Established in 1972, this award winning restaurant brand features a variety of tantalising Indian dishes. We began our meal with the signature Copper Chimney Bhuna Chicken – slow cooked for hours in a joyously oniony tomato gravy. Don’t miss the Lamb Rogan Josh – a slow-cooked lamb dish made with 21 secret spices, reminiscent of the meals served on Indian trains during the British Raj. Pair your meal with a fluffy garlic naan or a fragrant saffron rice. End your culinary journey with a naughty yet nice serving of Gulab Jamun, which are happy little puffs of deep fried milk dumplings steeped in a sticky sweet rose syrup.


Inspired by the Colonial Indian gymkhana clubs, Gymkhana in Mayfair offers a luxurious dining experience that transports you to a bygone era. The restaurant’s sophisticated interior features dark wood paneling, vintage photographs, and soft leather banquettes, creating an atmosphere of refined elegance.

The menu at Gymkhana showcases the best of Indian cuisine, with innovative dishes crafted from the finest ingredients. Begin your meal with the Aloo Tikki Chaat, a flavorful combination of spiced potato cakes, yogurt, and tangy tamarind chutney. For your main course, the Butter Chicken Masala is an absolute must-try, with its rich, creamy tomato sauce and tender pieces of chicken. Finish your meal with a decadent Falooda, a traditional Indian dessert made with rose syrup, vermicelli, and sweet basil seeds, topped with a scoop of kulfi ice cream.

The Cinnamon Club

Set in a historic Grade II-listed building that once housed the Westminster Library, The Cinnamon Club is an iconic destination for Indian fine dining in London. The restaurant’s grand interiors, complete with soaring ceilings, book-lined walls, and plush seating, provide a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Under the guidance of renowned chef Vivek Singh, The Cinnamon Club offers a menu that seamlessly blends traditional Indian flavors with contemporary culinary techniques. Start your meal with the Seared Scallop with Green Pea Chutney, a delicate and flavorful appetizer that showcases the restaurant’s innovative approach to Indian cuisine. For your main course, the Roast Rack of Lamb with Rajasthani Corn Sauce is a must-try, featuring succulent, tender lamb perfectly complemented by the rich, spicy sauce. Finish your meal on a sweet note with the indulgent Dark Chocolate and Walnut Cake, served with spiced figs and cinnamon ice cream.

Whether you’re seeking an elegant fine dining experience or a casual taste of Indian street food, London’s vibrant Indian restaurant scene offers something for everyone. From the kitsch opulence of Colonel Saab to the innovative dishes at Kanishka and the cozy charm of Bindas Eatery, these six must-visit restaurants truly showcase the incredible diversity and richness of the Indian cuisine we all know and love.

Mitra Msaad

Editor in Chief