10 Best Indian Restaurants In London, England

indian restaurants in london
| 4 min read

The first Indian restaurant in the United Kingdom is known to have been established in 1810. That one didn’t last, but paved the way for many more legendary restaurants to make curries and blend spices. From Dosa- a savory pancake filled with a spiced mashed potato and served with coconut chutney- and Vindaloos- a spicy beef or lamb curry from the coastal state of Goa- London brings to its streets India’s diverse cuisine that has someone with every varying palate. In fact, did you know that Chicken Tikka Masala- a dish that is almost eponymous with Indian cuisine- actually originated from Scotland? Read more to find out about the Indian restaurants in London, England.

1. Little Kolkata

Drawing inspiration from the sights and sounds of the colorful city of Kolkata in East India, the restaurant serves up delicious Bengali food using traditional ingredients. Doi Papri chat and Royal Bengal Mochar Chop are some dishes on the menu, sumptuous and heart filling. Our only suggestion- wrap up your meal with a Royal Bengal Mochar Chop or a Rusgollar Payesh, both traditional Bengali sweets made with milk.

Little Kolkata

Address: 51-53 Shelton Street London

Website: Little Kolkata

Opening hours: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Visited this place?

2. Darjeeling Express

Darjeeling Express brings family recipes that go back to generations, paying homage to its founder Asma’s royal Mughlai ancestry and the busy streets of Calcutta. Perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in India, Darjeeling’s food resonates with the beauty of the city itself. Simple food, packed with a multitude of flavor. Savory, spicy, sweet and tart, all in one bite. Apart from the food, visit to see the all-women team of housewives who run the kitchen, nay, rule the kitchen!

Darjeeling Express

Address: Top Floor, Kingly Court London

Website: Darjeeling Express

Opening hours: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Visited this place?

3. Tandoor Chop House

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Where the meat is prime, seasoned with perfection and cooked till the meat falls apart, like a ballet on your plate, Tandoor Chop House is a place to socialize and gorge on some brilliantly grilled meat. The naan is crisp and inviting- to you and your cut of meat- and the meat..mm.. this will be a first for your palate. Head to London’s Adelaide Street, today!

Tandoor Chop House

Address: 8 Adelaide Street London

Website: Tandoor Chop House

Opening hours: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Visited this place?

4. Tamarind Kitchen

Bringing a touch of modernity to traditional Indian curries and kebabs, the SoHo-based restaurant is known for simplifying Indian cuisine to make it more of an art form. Soft shell crab with plum chutney, Lotus root kebab, Kerala prawn curry are some dishes we craved for after a look into their menu and they look even better!

Tamarind Kitchen

Address: 167-169 Wardour Street, London

Website: Tamarind Kitchen

Opening hours: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Visited this place?

London Tour Guide

Robert Woolf

Robert Woolf

I am a London tour guide and my tours include talking about people who have shaped the city plus the many connected places such as Hampton Court Palace, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the commercial centre of the city: the City of London, and London’s world class museums and galleries. I have been guiding for 12 years. I am a licenced London Blue Badge Tour Guide, a City of London Guide, and a Westminster Guide. The reviews I receive from clients speak of their enjoyment from the local knowledge and the humour I bring to my tours. Born within sight of Hampton Court Palace, I am a Londoner and apart from 2 years in the Middle East, I have worked in this capital city all my business and tour guiding careers. I have travelled widely and I appreciate what appeals to visitors coming to London. I can tailor my tours to interest children. I guide couples, families and larger tour groups. I particularly enjoy visits to Westminster Abbey, where I also volunteer guiding students and children through its wonderful interior – on my tours you will hear about monarchs, why scientists and poets are remembered, the architecture and religious history. The Abbey is the story of England. Come on an engaging and fun tour with me. There is so much to show you !

Tours by Robert

5. Benares

Birthday meal at Benares
Source: Photo by Flickr user alh1 used under CC BY-ND 2.0

Serving modern Indian cuisine with a British twist, Benares is a Michelin star restaurant that elevates everyday Indian food to a fine dining experience. Mullet Chettinad, Lobster Biryani, Duck Varuval are some appetizers and main courses that caught our eye. The must-try is their tandoori chicken, that comes with a Pear and Stem Ginger dressed leafy salad.


Address: 112a Berkeley Square, Berkeley Square House, London

Website: Benares

Opening hours: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Visited this place?

6. Kricket

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Another India treasure in London’s SoHo, Kricket is known for its modern Indian plates, made with authentic British ingredients. Their Kashmiri chili-cured trout, Keralan fried chicken and Chocolate Rabdi got us drooling and would be worth dedicating your weekend lunch to Kricket and you’re sure to take your tastebuds on an adventure.


Address: 12 Denman Street, London

Website: Kricket

Opening hours: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Visited this place?

7. Woodlands

Let’s take a flight down to the south of India where you wake up to the aromas of strong filter coffee, the sizzle of a hot pan and the sounds of a crackling dosa. Woodlands, a legend by itself in India, dates back to 1938 when it first opened its doors in Chennai. It has been stitched into London’s culinary home for decades now and drawn diners for its crispy dosas, hot idlis and flavorful chats.


Address: 77 Marylebone Lane, London

Website: Woodlands

Opening hours: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Visited this place?

8. Gunpowder London

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Before you get confused, gunpowder is a condiment widely used in India that is made with different types of lentils and spices and goes with everything from rice to bread. Gunpowder London brings recipes from their homes to London diners, and it elevates them to serve specialties like porzhi okra fries, spicy venison and vermicelli doughnut, the owner’s mum’s Kashmiri lamb chops, and a pudding made with old monk rum, another popular brand in India. Gunpowder is a true homage to everyday food in India and draws inspiration from these simple ingredients in the right way. They show you Indian food in a new angle and an interesting one. They have two locations- one in White’s Row and the other in Duchess Walk.

Gunpowder London

Address: 11 White’s Row, Spitalfields

Website: Gunpowder London

Opening hours: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Visited this place?

9. Jamavar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Jamavar, located in Mayfair, has a spread that represents every corner of India. An eclectic spread that truly represents Indian cuisine the right way- diverse and delicious- you’ll see something more than just rice and curries here. Lobster Idli Sambhar, Venison Anda Samosa, Tulsi Chicken Tikka- the first time you’re hearing these? Well, that’s how Jamaver does it.


Address: 8 Mount Street, Mayfair

Website: Jamavar

Opening hours: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Visited this place?

10. Dishoom

Dishoom or the Hindi translation for the ‘Pow’ exclamation, is a feisty little restaurant chain that pays homage to the almost extinct Irani cafes that once were peppered across Bombay. Dishoom’s breakfast menu with Kejriwal, Akuri and Keema per Eedu interest us the most. But their drinks, the Dhoble, and the breakfast lassi make it more tempting. The menu is engaging with little anecdotes explaining the origins of some unfamiliar dishes and the ambiance takes you back to the good ol’ days of charming Bombay! Dishoom has seven locations in the United Kingdom, including one in Covenant Garden in London.

Read our full review of Dishoom here.


Address: 12 Upper Saint Martin’s Lane, London

Website: Dishoom

Opening hours: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Visited this place?

London is calling, build your appetite

Source: Pixabay

British ingredients, Indian recipes and a number of stories from years ago, there just can’t be a better pairing. Having Indian food in India is one thing, but London offers something else- Indian food that is only exclusive to London.

Visited this place?
Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.


Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our Privacy Policy for more information on how we use your data

Subadhra is a journalist whose thoughts always revolve around gastronomy and travel, if not already populated with current affairs. An adventurer, an explorer and a story teller, she is always...Read more

 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore London
Good things are meant to be shared!
Back to top
Visited any of these places? Click this button to activate our "Add a Tip" feature to share your experience.