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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

After a makeover in 2018, Restaurant Story now sports a simple-yet-refined look involving polished concrete floors, tablecloths and a ceiling adorned with bird mobiles. It's a bijou space, where full-drop windows flood the place with light, and chefs do their thing in an open kitchen. One of the capital's more intensively experimental practitioners, chef-patron Tom Sellers learned his trade in some stellar kitchens including Tom Aikens here in London, Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York and René Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagen. As the name suggests, everything here tells a story, and while the menu concept isn't applied too thickly, you can expect hyper-modern food full of revelatory twists, turns and outstanding technique. Forget any idea of a quick meal: the drill at lunch is eight courses, rising to 10 for dinner, so settle in and appreciate the well-paced, informed and intelligent service – an essential element of the experience, since menu descriptions reveal little of the highly worked detail in every dish. A volley of clever and innovative ‘snacks’ among them a Proustian trip back to childhood via sourdough bread and a beef fat dripping candle, or an ‘Oreo’ cookie comprising goats’ cheese mousse and malt vinegar powder, sets the ball rolling, before a fabulous concoction of golden beetroot, caviar and potato blinis. Further down the line, a plump roasted langoustine keeps company with a rich bisque and burnt apple purée, while the principal meat dish matches tender pigeon with ratte potato purée, rainbow chard and a punchy pigeon sauce with walnuts. ‘Paddington Bear’ is a transition from savoury to sweet, uniting marmalade pain perdu with cardamom parfait, grated foie gras and Sauternes, before various desserts conclude with variants of almond (cream, ice cream, butter, caramelised nuts) deftly aromatised with dill snow. The drinks list is equally of the moment, championing fragrantly botanical cocktails, modern wines and rare gin brands.

Opening hours

  • Closed: August bank holiday weekend, 2 weeks Christmas
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Closed for lunch: Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 5
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Tom Sellers

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 1
  • Wines over £30: 254
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 35
  • Off-site parking available: On street, NCP

Getting here

Nearest train station

London Bridge, Tower Hill
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