The best lunch spots on Oxford Street

05 June 2024

Oxford Street may have a worldwide reputation for being the ultimate shopping destination, but you can also dine on some of the best cuisines in the world there. From British, Italian, Japanese to Thai food, here are the best spots to grab breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert if you need a break from all the retail therapy…

1. 1864 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

The newly opened 1864 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant on the rooftop of John Lewis first and foremost offers unbeatable views of the heart of London. It’s decked like a beautiful English garden, complete with ‘sheds’ where you can shelter from those British summer time showers. The whole menu is designed to be shared, and includes refreshing cocktails and wine as well as dishes such as lobster rolls, sweetcorn fritters, chorizo croquetas and crispy fried chicken with chilli mayonnaise.

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2. Alto by San Carlo

You can easily spend a whole day shopping at Selfridges, but if you can escape from the gorgeous beauty, fashion and homeware displays, hop into the elevator and take it straight to the top, where you’ll find Alto by San Carlo. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve landed in the Italian Riviera rather than London, thanks to the charming trellis decked with hanging citrus and flowers. Food-wise, you can expect delicious Italian fare including Ossobuco alla Milanese, Tuna tartare, seafood pasta and traditional Neapolitan style pizza. That’s without mentioning the extensive dessert, wine and cocktail menu. Buon Appetito.

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3. Afternoon Tea at The Cumberland

If it’s a sweet tooth you’ve got, then you cannot visit Oxford Street without carving out a bit of time for an afternoon tea. At The Cumberland Hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy an American twist on the classic British afternoon tea. Think fried chicken tartlets, mini hot dogs and oreo milkshakes, as well as some delicious bubbly.

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4. Aqua Nueva

Set high above Regent Street, this award-winning venue offers a taste of Spain with its mouth-watering sharing platters dreamed up by head chef Yahir Gonzalez. Popular small plates include Calamari tartare with squid ink bread, Gamba Alistada red prawns with rice crisp, Crab tostada and Wild mushroom croquettes. Or you can splurge on the full experience with a five-course experience menu.

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5. The Corner

New to Selfridges, The Corner by Jackson Boxer puts simplicity and seasonal ingredients at the heart of its menu, which includes vegetarian and vegan dishes. The ideal way to experience this is by sharing brunch dishes together, such as the Fried Eggs with Brown Butter and Crispy Sage, Date and Coconut Pancakes with Black Treacle Butter, alongside a series of cocktails including Pickle Martinis and Boxer’s twist on a classic Bloody Mary.

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6. Bone Daddies Ramen

Lauded as the most rock’n’roll ramen in London, Bone Daddies Ramen offers ‘epic quality, Japanese ramen’ that you won’t forget in a hurry. The new menu includes Laksa Ramen, a vibrant and fresh dish created with Old Chang Kee, Charred pork belly, pork mince, chilli, chilli oil, spring onion, bamboo, beansprouts + half soy egg and Chasu pork and corn croquettes.

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7. Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

Asian cuisine with a twist thanks to award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, in an atmospheric venue. The menus are developed over a two month period and are based around the seasons, using the best ingredients from small purveyors and artisan suppliers. The kitchen table experience will allow you to see the chefs at work, and feast on dishes such as a sashimi selection, roasted lobster and Lucky Cat trifle, made with champagne, jasmine and mandarin.

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8. Market Halls

We get it, it’s impossible to choose when there is so much food on offer, so to make things easier, there’s always Market Halls, which has a bit of everything. The venue, featured on Masterchef: The Professionals, is made up of food stalls offering cuisines around the world. These include Apoy for Filipino BBQ, Sexy Buns for, well, as the name suggests, very tasty sandwiches, Inamo Sukoshi for sushi, Gopal’s Corner for Malaysian dishes and DF Tacos for Mexican street food. And that’s just an overview, you will be spoiled for choice (sorry).

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9. Aubaine

Who doesn’t love a bit of ‘delicieux’ French food? That’s exactly what you’ll find at Aubaine, another great restaurant set within Selfridges. The romantic Parisian-inspired setting sets the tone for dreamy dishes which include Lobster Caesar salad, Warm goat’s cheese salad, Tuna niçoise and Pistachio éclair.

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10. Spaghetti House

Italian is aways a favourite. Head to Spaghetti House for Italian classics that will suit all of the family. Grab the Lunch Duo and get a main and a drink for £19.95 – ideal after a busy morning shopping! The Spaghetti alla Bolognese is not to be missed and the wood-fired pizzas are simply delicious.