Hearty Dining in London Featured

This time of year can feel dull and lifeless but your diet doesn't need to be. Whether you're a local, looking for somewhere new to dine or passing through on vacation, head to one of our top winter warmer locals for some hearty food in the hub of continental dining.

by Logan Ariza

The Harcourt

If you want a dinner with a winter twist, treat yourself with delicacies from the land of ice and snow. This smart Scandinavian restaurant in the heart of Marylebone serves up dishes you may never have tried before, like reindeer, as well as more conventional tidbits given fresh life by homemade cures and arresting pickles. There’s a huge range of cocktails and spirits to warm you up, no matter the weather outside. Scandinavian food is salty, flavoursome and unforgettable.

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If you’re after another kind of winter warmer, there are quite a few fondue restaurants in London, bringing a molten slice of the Alps to the capital. Androuet is cheese-lover’s heaven. It’s a shop during the day, selling a huge variety of cheeses, on which you can dine in store later on. Then there’s St Moritz, a Soho fixture for decades.

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Related: Top Exotic Eateries in London


Aquavit – offshoot of the 2 Michelin-starred New York Mecca – firmly put Scandinavian dining among the most desirable winter cuisines when it opened in St James’s Market. With healthy, hearty fare, close-to-Viking raw plates (paleo, anyone...?) this will keep you full and healthy during the colder months.

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Rok Smokehouse

Smokey, salty, gutsy Nordic food can also be enjoyed at this place. The name Rok means smoke, and the ingredients are local. There are branches in Shoreditch and Islington. The meat dishes will be dripping out of your pores, days after the fact – in a good way. The low light and wooden stools will make you feel like you’re hundreds of miles to the north. 

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