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Top 10 Indian Restaurants For Curry In Central London

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If you’re visiting London, or indeed England, for the first time, chances are you’ll want to sample the national dish. Afternoon cream teas, fish and chips, pie and mash, roast Sunday lunches; nothing is as popular in this country as Indian cuisine. We Londoners love to go for an Indian.

So you find yourself shopping in central London’s Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden triangle. You need to give your body sustenance before your West End show in the evening. You’ve got a real hankering for spicy curry or tandoori. Luckily, you’ve done the smart thing and booked ahead of time at one of Zone 1’s finest Indian restaurants thanks to this handy guide to the Top 10 Best Indian restaurants in central London.

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Mayfair
Restaurant
Indian

Indian Accent restaurant fuses the traditional aspect of Indian cooking with progressive ideas and methods from all over the world. The polished, opulent dining room is very at home in it's swanky Mayfair surrounds. The food is beautifully presented, exciting and creative, and the service is second to none. Offering pre-theatre, brunch and tasting menus, Indian Accent is a superb addition to Mayfair's high end dining scene. The restaurant boasts a beautiful private dining room for up to 18 guests and is also available for partial or full private hire with capacity for 40 guests on the ground floor and a further 30 guests on the lower ground floor.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

West End - A stylish, contemporary Indian restaurant with exemplary service. The emphasis here is on taste rather than size (which many Indian restaurants are guilty of). The seafood selection is especially worth choosing from. If you're after a bit of buzzing atmosphere, book yourself in for a Friday night (if you can, it's very popular).

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Marylebone
Restaurant
Indian

Marylebone - Offering an innovative twist on the coastal cuisine of south-west India, this minimalist sister restaurant of Trishna in Mumbai (acknowledged as one of the best seafood restaurants in the world) delivers a simple menu showcasing the freshest British seafood, meat & vegetables, and has many of the Mumbai restaurant's signature dishes.

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Mayfair
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

Mayfair - Holder of a Michelin star, this Indian restaurant features an eclectic array of dishes centred around the native tandoor ovens in which breads, meats, game, fish and shellfish are cooked in the North West Indian style. The restaurant's chef continues to explore the sub-continent for exciting new dishes.

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Mayfair
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

Mayfair - Atul Kochhar's chic Michelin star Indian restaurant in central London has a vibrant menu that explores delicately flavoured dishes from all corners of the subcontinent. The Pan Fried Lobster Tails are particularly recommended. Our restaurant critic said it had "colourful cocktails and impeccable service" and was a "Great mélange of European delicacy and Asian flavour."

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Mayfair
Restaurant
Indian

Piccadilly Circus - Veeraswamy (pictured above) is the oldest surviving Indian restaurant in the UK, possibly the world, and has welcomed famous faces such as Edward Prince of Wales, Indira Gandhi & Charlie Chaplin. The menu draws from the classic cuisines of the West coast and North of India and is prepared by a team of regional specialist chefs.

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Mayfair
Restaurant
Indian

This restaurant from the owner of Trishna is inspired by Colonial Indian social and sports clubs, which the décor certainly evokes (stained oak flooring, fans hanging from a dark-lacquered oak ceiling, low-cut glass wall lamps, turned oak booths with marble tables, and hunting trophies from the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Modern Indian food is the focus - using the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill - and signature dishes include club style nashtas (Indian all-day snack fare), club sharing plates of tandoori kebabs and sigri grills, and seasonal curries and biryanis. Gymkhana offers a modern interpretation of traditional East Indian punch tavern drinks.

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West End
Restaurant
Indian

Opposite The Savoy on the Strand, right on the edge of Covent Garden in London's West End, at the back of a forgotten hotel, is a real gem of an restaurant. Look beyond the traditionally tacky decor and get stuck into the traditional Indian cooking and service. The inexpensive pre-theatre menu is a great way to have a cheap night out in London. There are many Asian families dining here too so take that as a sign of assurance. Order a round of the non-oily poppadoms and a Cobra beer, and prepare to miss your show because you will not want to leave your table, filled with South Indian deliciousness.

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West End
Restaurant
Indian

This Shaftsbury Avenue Indian provides a light and airy space in which to enjoy a decent curry pre-theatre. The cooking is good and with the offers such as two courses for under £10 if you arrive pre-6pm the value can also be said to be excellent. The staff were very friendly, making it their mission to ensure that as a table we had been well fed and watered before getting us out of the door on the dot of the time I had said we were looking to leave.

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Marylebone
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

Marylebone - This Indian cocktail bar is designed as a hunters' perch with beautiful paintings of animals on the wall, hurricane lamps, rattan wall coverings, cane furniture, palms trees and tiger skin rugs. Low lit candles and soft background music give the bar a cosy intimate feel. Bar food includes samosas, chicken tikkas and pakoras.

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