What Is the Best Indian Restaurant in London?

The U.K. has a relatively high number of Indian restaurants, so it can be tough to choose or decide which one is the “best Indian restaurant” in London. You can read the reviews of every London food critic or review site, and there will invariably be differing opinions.
We may be biased, but the Carlton Lounge does have a pretty strong ranking on review sites like TripAdvisor.
Here’s what some happy diners thought of the Carlton Lounge.

The Food

The Carlton Lounge’s menu is a unique blend of Northern Indian and Indochinese cuisine that ensures a satisfying dining experience no matter your palette preferences.


"...We have been back quite [a] few times and was able to sit outside in the very lovely garden… I think The Carlton Lounge has to be one of the best for curry in London."
- Netteflondon. reviewed september 2016.

"Food is amazing—quality over quantity. Staff are very helpful and were very attentive. If you don't fancy an Indian menu item, they also have Indochinese cuisine. Restaurant is [vegetarian[ friendly and has a fantastic array of alcoholic drinks. Mocktails are to die for, refreshing and oh so sweet. Food comes out quickly and without hassle. Definitely recommend this place for family or if you're just out with friends."
- Pratik p. reviewed march 2016.

"I came to Carlton Lounge on several occasions and have never been disappointed! Their food is amazing—very tasty and fresh. Meat is as tender as it gets! Most recently I visited with two vegan friends—no problem, due to the big selection of vegetarian dishes. We all agree that this is certainly the best Indian food we have ever had."
- JakeHerp. Reviewed June 2016.

"I come here very regularly and I never leave feeling disappointed or unsatisfied. The food is always delicious! There is a wide selection of starters and mains. Unlike at some Indian restaurants, where all the food has the same [flavours], everything at the Carlton Lounge tastes different."
- Anna_Proza. Reviewed June 2017.

"Have been living in the area for some time and [finally] decided to visit Carlton Lounge for the first time. Always thought [it’s] just a shisha lounge, but have a different view now as they have such a lovely restaurant. It was a family visit, Saturday lunch. I must say the food was delicious and service was attentive. Portion size are [quite] good and [we] were already [quite] full but still could not resist a fresh baked waffle, recommended by the staff member."
- Bettergetting2best. Reviewed March 2017.

The Service

Service is an undeniable measure of what makes the Carlton Lounge one of the best indian restaurants in London. Both our kitchen and wait staff have decades of experience and have trained to specifically help our patrons experience the best dining experience possible.


"Staff was also very friendly and helpful in our case (and as I said I came here 4-5 times before)... For me that's a solid 5 stars!"
- JakeHerp. Reviewed June 2016.

"The waiters are always so helpful and friendly, recommending various dishes and drinks. Most of my favourite things here have been suggested by the staff and they're always spot on!"
- Anna_Proza. Reviewed June 2017.

"We came here with our children and the waiters were very friendly and accommodating. We sat outside as the weather was nice. The waiters came to order our drinks very quickly. Food was really good!"
- Miamalachi. Reviewed May 2017.

"The [manager] was kind enough to show us the beautiful garden area at the back. Will definitely return. All together very impressed."
- Bettergetting2best. Reviewed March 2017.

The Event Hosting



"I was at the venue to celebrate my birthday with my family and friends. The staff were accommodating to the guests and the food was great!!! We had hired out the area at the back and the staff kindly allowed us to set up [shisha], drinks, food and decorations. In addition, the staff agreed to play music, which I liked for my guests. It was a great evening and i would recommend the venue to my friends and family… Great venue"
- matai2017. Reviewed February 2017.

"I've just been there to attend a birthday party. Biryanis are also authentic 'dum' type. The tables were well spaced out and the service, especially a chap called Vasant, was very polite and always smiling."
- Doc_csm. Reviewed July 2016.

Make A Reservation

Make sure you get a table at the carlton lounge, one of the best indian restaurants in london, according to reviewers on tripadvisor. and if you enjoy the experience, please leave a review!