Sometimes only an Indian will do. Indian restaurants in London can be of a high standard and they offer an opportunity to sample some of the intricate spicing and flavours that are involved in the cuisine. The Indian restaurants that can be reached from Piccadilly Circus come in a whole range of styles and sizes. Some of them are modern and look to do something new with the cuisine. Others revel in the traditional aspects of Indian food, offering you an opportunity to taste dishes that have been passed down through generations.
This page will provide an overview to the Indian restaurants in and around Piccadilly Circus. You will find listings for some of Piccadilly Circus's most popular places to eat Indian food. Some of the best Indian restaurants in the area are not actually in Piccadilly Circus, but in the streets that surround it and in the neighbouring area of Soho. Therefore we have also included the Indian restaurants that can be found in Soho - in easy walking distance of Piccadilly Circus. You will find the restaurants listed under those that are next to Piccadilly Circus and those that can be found in the nearby Soho.
It is worth remembering that there is a wide variety of places to eat when you head to Piccadilly Circus. You will find restaurants in the square and the surrounding streets for a selection of tastes and budgets. Whether you fancy a fancy meal in a flashy restaurant or a quick bite with the kids, you will find a number of options. For a guide to eating out in the area, see our Guide to Restaurants in Piccadilly Circus.
What to expect from the Indian restaurants in Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus itself is not actually home to any Indian restaurants. However, in the surrounding areas you will find a wealth of Indian eateries. If you are wandering in the area and stumble across an Indian restaurant, it is not always easy to determine which are offering the highest quality cuisine. Décor is not always the best clue - some of the best food can be served in the modest surroundings. It is worth straying slightly off the beaten track and looking out for places that have drawn a crowd in spite of their more obscure location.
In the listings below you will find a wide variety of Indian restaurant options. Some focus on offering something fresh and new with Indian cuisine (such as Chowki, Imli and Masala Zone), others are traditional and affordable (such as Indian Brasserie and The Golden Oven), others offer a sense of occasion (like Veeraswamy). Have a look at the different options and head to the one that ticks the most boxes for you.
Indian restaurants right next to Piccadilly Circus
The Indian Brasserie is one of the standards types of Indian restaurants that you will find throughout London. It is a small family run affair with understated furnishings - there are white tablecloths and wooden chairs. You will find an extensive menu with authentic classics such as butter chicken and biryani dishes.
18 Rupert Street
Web: They do not have an official website
Chowki is a modern Indian restaurant that sits less than one minute's walk from Piccadilly Circus. They offer a modern take on Indian cuisine, changing their menus on a regular basis to suit the seasons and to reflect different regions of India. It is an ideal place to head to learn more about Indian cuisine, as the menu tells you where each dish that you are ordering originates from.
2 Denman Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7439 1330
Chowki often offer special deals, so if you are planning on heading there it is worth checking the website (link above) before your trip to see whether you can save any money during your visit.
Veeraswamy is the oldest Indian restaurant in the whole of the UK - it first opened its doors in 1926. This is a place to head to if you are looking for a sense of occasion. It sits on the regal Regent Street, less than five minutes' walk from Piccadilly Circus. The interior is lavish, with a silver ceiling, multi coloured lights throughout and dramatic chandeliers dotted around the venue. The food is prepared using freshly ground spices by expert chefs.
99 - 101 Regent Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 1401
Indian restaurants in nearby Soho
You can walk to Soho from Piccadilly Circus in under ten minutes. Soho is absolutely jam packed with a number of places to eat, a lot of which are Indian. If you don't mind making that little extra effort, you can head to Soho and find yourself in a world of delightful eateries.
Masala Zone is another modern take on an Indian restaurant - as close as you will find to Indian fast food. You will find Masala Zone restaurants all over London, but this one is one of the first. The idea behind Masala Zone is to offer affordable Indian cuisine in modern surroundings. So this is a good place to head if you are watching the pennies. You will find canteen style seating and walls adorned with modern Indian art.
9 Marshall Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7287 9966
It is worth noting that, throughout Soho you will find a whole variety of restaurants offering food from around the world. Some of these are fusion restaurants that will have Indian influences. Others offer cuisines from different areas in Asia. To find out more about all of the options that are available to you in Soho, see our Guide to Eating Out in Soho
Eating out in London can offer you the opportunity to try cuisines and flavours that you may have never experienced before. Even if you have enjoyed a curry every Friday for as long as you remember, it is possible that are dishes and styles that you have not yet tried. Take a look at the options above and there is sure to be an Indian restaurant that takes your fancy.