Top Sunday Roasts in London

Want to experience one of London's top Sunday lunches? Head to one of these venues for a Sunday roast, from the traditional to the novel.

There are so many roasts in London to choose from, it's often difficult to find the best place for a relaxing Sunday afternoon, fork in hand. We've made it easier with our pick of the best Sunday lunches in London.

Best for Traditional Roasts

Roast

This elegant Borough Market eatery oozes Britishness. Roasts are, unsurprisingly given the name, at the forefront of the cooking at Roast: choose between lamb, pork, chicken and beef served with beef dripping roast potatoes. Alternatively, grab a roast chicken or pork sandwich from Roast To Go downstairs.

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Rules Restaurant

Being London's oldest restaurant, you'd expect Rules to have perfected its Sunday lunches by now – and that's certainly the case. The menu changes regularly, but expect seasonal game dishes, such as grouse and pheasant, alongside more usual Sunday options including roast topside of beef.

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The Goring Dining Room

If you dream of living like royalty, head to The Goring, which hosted Kate Middleton the night before her wedding to Prince William. The friendly hotel boats one of the few remaining restaurants to serve its roast from a carving trolley, with a choice between juicy rib of beef or rich beef Wellington.

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The Ritz Restaurant

Feast on seasonal specials, or enjoy roast rib of beef or cote de veau underneath magnificent frescos and chandeliers at The Ritz Restaurant. With British cheeses and tempting desserts on offer, men may need to loosen the required tie for a post-lunch walk in nearby Green Park.

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Best Sunday Lunch All-Rounders

Boisdale Canary Wharf

Get into the swing of things with a three-course Sunday lunch plus live jazz at Boisdale Canary Wharf. Full of tempting Scottish produce, this menu features the likes of haggis or oak-smoked salmon; followed by roast chicken, pork or beef. End with a choice of desserts or a selection from its extensive cheese board. Sister restaurant Boisdale of Mayfair serves a pork Sunday roast.

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Bull & Last

You'll need a leisurely walk on nearby Hampstead Heath after lunch at this former coach house. The modern yet unpretentious roasts at the Bull & Last include Shorthorn sirloin of beef with fluffy Yorkshire puddings, and roast pork with celeriac, roast pears and black pudding.

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The Admiral Codrington

A favourite of Kensington and Chelsea locals, The Admiral Codrington has a traditional wooden bar and light-filled dining room. Alongside separate dishes, there's the option of a mixed roast here, combining pork, chicken and beef - what's more, it also serves its acclaimed burger on Sundays.

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The Gun

If you find yourself around the Docklands on a Sunday lunchtime, be sure not to miss The Gun's legendary roasts. Perched on the riverside close to Canary Wharf with views over to The O2, this gastropub serves a selection of beef, pork and lamb alongside a wide choice of other Sunday specials.

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The Harwood Arms

Try a roast at the only Michelin-starred pub in London. The Harwood Arms, which sits quietly in the back streets of Fulham, champions wild food and game, so expect some alternatives to traditional Sunday fare of beef, pork, lamb and chicken.

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The Jugged Hare

Enjoy the theatre of your Sunday lunch cooked on The Jugged Hare's rotisseries - it doesn't get as back-to-basics in the art of roasting as that. Chicken, mutton and beef are all cooked on the spit; or you can opt for steaks from the grill, seasonal game dishes or fresh fish sourced daily from Billingsgate Market.

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Best for Beef-lovers

Hawksmoor Seven Dials

This classy steakhouse knows how to do a beef roast. Hawksmoor Seven Dials cooks rump of Longhorn beef over charcoal before roasting it in the oven, and serves it with duck fat roast potatoes, roast shallots and bone marrow and onion gravy. Roasts are also served at its Air Street, Spitalfields and Knightsbridge venues.

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The Smokehouse

The emphasis is on smoked foods at this animated Islington pub. Choose from slow-smoked lamb, pork belly, or other specials of the day. But the star of the show is its beef - 40-day dry aged and served as a range of different cuts. Don't miss The Smokehouse's Bloody Marys, the perfect hangover cure if you've had a heavy Saturday night.

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Best Sunday Lunches for Vegetarians

The Albion

Complete with a walled garden cloaked in wisteria in summer, and cosy log fires during winter, this Islington gastropub is the perfect Sunday hangout. The Albion is particularly good for non-meat eaters, with a choice of vegetarian and fish Sunday mains alongside beef, pork, lamb and chicken.

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Best Roasts for Groups

The Orange Public House & Hotel

Tucked away in sleepy Pimlico, The Orange serves 35-day dry aged beef rib, pork rack with spiced plum chutney, and chicken with sage and bacon stuffing. Small groups can order a sharing roast 48 hours in advance, so there's no fighting over the crackling. If you're too full to move afterwards, why not check into one of the pub's comfy rooms?

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Percy & Founders

If you’re in a group but would rather have a whole roast to yourself, savour the likes of dry-aged beef sirloin, leg of lamb or roast pork at one of Percy & Founders’ kitchen tables. Seating up to 12, these tables put you right in the heart of the action, as you’ll see your roast being prepared at close hand by the chefs.

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The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe

Located at Shakespeare's Globe and with views across the river to St Paul's Cathedral, The Swan serves a choice of roasts as part of its a la carte menu. But if you're a group of eight or more, you can opt for one of its "Host a Roasts", where you'll have the locally sourced joint carved at your table. Advance booking is required.

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Because Not Everyone Likes a Roast on a Sunday... Best for Sunday Dim Sum

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Splash out with Hakkasan's special Dim Sum Sundays menu encompassing a six-course meal of exquisite small plates. Savour the flavours of crispy duck salad with pomelo, Chinese chive dumpling with prawn and crabmeat and sautéed venison fillet in Mongolian sauce.

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Royal China

Indulge in a traditional Cantonese lunch with a trip to Royal China's flagship in Baker Street for some of the best value dim sum in London. Choose from delicate dumplings filled with delicious morsels of prawn and chive or pork and radish, light as air buns hiding roast pork or chicken, and other small bites such as spare ribs and gyoza. It's the perfect alternative to a heavy roast lunch.

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