Russians have long loved London for its shopping and business opportunities, so it comes as no surprise to learn that a series of restaurants inspired by Russian cuisine have popped up across the UK capital. If you’re searching for food that brings about memories of classic babushka recipes, we’ve got you covered with our edit of the best Russian restaurants in London. From borscht at Zima to chicken Kiev at Bob Bob Ricard, all these dishes come from Russia with love.
Elaborately decorated with Russian dolls, cheburashka figures and crystal chandeliers, Mari Vanna really invokes the feel of an old Russian home. This theme continues through to the menu, which features classic such as borscht – beetroot soup with beef – and well as Olivier salad and beef stroganoff with buckwheat.
Mari Vanna, 116 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7PJ, +44 (0)20 7225 3122
Bob Bob Ricard
Combining quintessentially British cuisine with signature Russian food, Bob Bob Ricard is one of London’s best-loved restaurants. Serving dishes such as pelmeni and vareniki (Russian dumplings), alongside beef Wellington and fish pie, this is a great place if you’re trying Russian cuisine for the first time.
Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James Street, London W1F 9DF, +44 (0)20 3145 1000
Arkady Novikov is one of the most successful restaurateurs in Russia, with more than 50 restaurants in Moscow and beyond. His first foray into London dining is Novikov, a three-floored restaurant serving Asian cuisine on the first floor and pan-Asian cuisine below. The huge eatery often has live DJs and the bar is especially busy on Friday nights.
Novikov, 50A Berkeley Street, London W1J 8HA, +44 (0)20 7399 4330
This Russian bath club and spa in north London also has a surprisingly good restaurant. After you’ve relaxed in the sauna, drop by to sample some traditional Russian dishes, including borscht, crayfish, vareniki and pelmeni. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, be sure to sample the spa’s vodka selection.
Banya No1, 17 Micawber Street, London N1 7TB, +44 (0)20 7253 6723
Zima Russian Street Food And Bar
Offering a modern twist on classic Russian dishes, this Soho restaurant ferments, salts and pickles all its food in-house. Alongside traditional dishes such as crab claw with bread crisps and red caviar, black caviar served with blinis, and beef stroganoff, Zima has an extensive vodka list that guarantees you’ll have a good time.
Zima Russian Street Food And Bar, 45 Frith Street, London W1D 4SD, +44 (0)20 7494 9111
Although it was once part of the Soviet Union, Georgia’s food is very different from Russian cuisine – though if you want to taste a great Russian borscht you’ll find it here. The rustic restaurant serves its dishes alongside Georgian antiques, so you can learn more about the country’s history while you dine.
Little Georgia, 14 Barnsbury Road, London N1 0HB, +44 (0)20 7278 6100