Eat around the world without having to set foot outside Victoria, SW1
The Rubens at the Palace
At The Rubens, you needn't leave the hotel's four walls to experience a world of flavour: from South African springbok and biltong at Bbar & Restaurant to a suitably British affair at The English Grill. Not forgetting the hotel's latest addition, The Curry Room – an authentic Indian restaurant designed with an all-inclusive menu that encompasses traditional starters, mains and desserts for just £35 a head.
The Rubens at the Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0PS; rubenshotel.com
Peruvian-Japanese restaurant Uni is fusion food heaven, where delicate ceviche, tempura and sushi come together in one incredible dining experience. The punchy fusion cocktail menu (think sake martinis and pisco sours) also gets a big thumbs up.
Uni, 18a Ebury St, SW1W 0LU; restaurantuni.com
The volcanic archipelago known as Hawaii has made its mark as the home of the ultra-healthy raw fish salads known as poke bowls. Build your own or try a pre-made bowl at Ahi Poké – who put their own spin on the traditional dishes by combining them with innovative ingredients such as burnt corn, yuzu avocado and kimchi. Then revel in your virtue for the rest of the day.
Ahi Poké, Nova Food, 12 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ; ahipoke.co.uk
Aster is the critically-acclaimed debut venture from Finnish chef Helena Puolakka. Scandi favourites such as smoked salmon, liquorice, capers, venison carpaccio and rye bread are crafted into elegant dishes with a distinctive Francophile flair courtesy of Puolakka's French culinary training.
Aster, Nova Food, 150 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB; aster-restaurant.com
Victoria's worst-kept culinary secret was founded by the eponymous Andrew Wong in 2013. The extensive menu pays homage to China's 'rich culinary landscape', and the dim sum alone is enough to have locals and critics alike practically kowtowing in adoration.
A Wong 70 Wilton Rd, SW1V 1DE; awong.co.uk
Local favourite Kazan, features menus (à la carte, healthy lunch and set) inspired by food produced in the Sultans' kitchens from the Ottoman era but with a thoroughly modern mindset. Authentic and sophisticated without breaking the bank.
Kazan, 93-94 Wilton Rd, SW1V 1DW; kazan-restaurant.com
Ole & Steen
The world’s best bakers hail from Denmark, at least judging by the standard of Copenhagen-born bakery Ole & Steen's delicious pastries, cakes and open sandwiches. Share the cinnamon social (a giant cinnamon bun), £12, next time you pop in with friends – it never fails to impress.
Ole & Steen, 56 Haymarket, SW1Y 4RN; oleandsteen.co.uk
Victoria's favourite pub, bar and sports lounge is the place to go for some good old fashioned American indulgence. Mac 'n' cheese balls followed by a smoked BBQ short rib burger and Oreo cheesecake? Don't mind if we do.
Greenwood, Nova Food, 170 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB; greenwoodlondon.com
These days Aussie-inspired cafes are slowly taking over the capital, one smashed-avo-on-charcoal-bread brunch at a time. Give your taste buds a trip Down Under at Timmy Green – the original (well, one of) and certainly the best.
Timmy Green, Nova Food, 11 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ; daisygreenfood.com
Rosa's Thai Cafe
Fragrant and full of flavour, there's nothing quite like Thai food. And Rosa's Thai cafe on Gillingham Street is the kind of authentic, low-key hangout that will satisfy all your curry and pad thai cravings.
Rosa's Thai Cafe, 25 Gillingham St, SW1V 1HN; rosasthaicafe.com
Tozi Bar & Restaurant
Every town, city and region of Italy will lay claim to doing the ‘best’ national cuisine, but Venice is definitely having a moment. Try traditional small plates, wood oven pizzas and fried fish, washed down with a signature spritz, at acclaimed local restaurant Tozi.
Tozi Bar & Restaurant 8 Gillingham St, SW1V 1HJ; tozirestaurant.co.uk
Tapas lovers will be in food paradise at Iberica, with Michelin-starred executive chef Nacho Manzano’s menu of authentic small plates and sharing platters including paella, jamón ibérico, artisan cheeses and traditional Galician delicacies.
Ibérica Victoria 5-6, Zig Zag, 68 Victoria St, SW1E 6SQ; ibericarestaurants.com