Two London restaurants have been named among the 50 best in the world.

Since 2002, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has reflected the diversity of the world's culinary landscape.

Thanks to its panel of more than 1,000 culinary experts, as well as its structured and audited voting procedure, the annual list of the world's finest restaurants provides a snapshot of some of the best destinations for unique culinary experiences, in addition to being a barometer for global gastronomic trends.

Two London restaurants made the list this year, this is how they ranked and what was said about them.

#32 – The Clove Club, Shoreditch

The Clove Club’s interpretation of ‘modern British’ is refreshing and full of surprises, with fresh produce from all over the UK reinvented in creations that put forward natural flavours and playfully mingle with tradition.

There is a full tasting menu and a shorter version with five courses (also available at lunchtime), as well as wine and ‘ambient tea’ pairings.

The signature raw Orkney scallop (from the eponymous archipelago north of Scotland) with Périgord truffle, hazelnut and mandarin is among the most Instagrammed dishes, together with the ‘parten bree’ Scottish spider crab hot pot, inspired by a traditional Scottish soup.

As dessert, you may taste burnt clementine granite and buttermilk mousse.

#33 – Lyle’s, Shoreditch

Originally built as a factory for Lipton, Lyle’s is housed in trendy Shoreditch’s Blitz-surviving Tea Building.

The short and sweet daily menu is micro-seasonal, showcasing what’s best on any given day in London and the UK; the wine list follows suit.

Attention to detail starts at origin and working with producers is key: fish is couriered from Cornwall while every week in summer the Lyle’s team drives to the south coast to pick fruit.

Chef James Lowe’s philosophy sports common sense, with dishes focusing on a particular moment in a particular season: during the shooting season, gamebird or venison is likely to be the main protein – think wild duck breast cooked at a low temperature in a wood oven, served with preserved wild mulberries and red cabbage. Monkfish, Pink Fir potatoes and preserved gooseberries is a true highlight.

Lowe also enjoys challenging diners with oft-forgotten products such as mutton, cooked over the grill with beechwood charcoal.

The ten best restaurants in the World

Here are the top ten restaurants in the World according to The World’s 50 best.

  • Noma - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Geranium – Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Asador Etxebarri – Atxondo, Spain
  • Central – Lima, Peru
  • Disfrutar – Barcelona, Spain
  • Frantzen – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Maido – Lima, Peru
  • Odette – Singapore
  • Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico
  • The Chairman – Hong Kong

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, were hosted in the city of Antwerp in Flanders last night.