In recent years, the rise of the Russian population in London has led to new nicknames for the capital to circulate among the sardonic set: Londongrad, Moscow-On-The-Thames. Even the popular supermarket and department store owned by Sir Stuart Alan Ransom Rose, whose grandparents were Russian, has been rebranded 'Marx & Spencer'. In any case, with so many Russians, you can expect to find some of the UK’s best Russian restaurants in London. Looking for a London Russian restaurant? Even though we’re talking Eastern cuisine here, you’re best to take the hunt to London’s west end, from Soho through to Belgravia and Knightsbridge, where many of Russia’s better-heeled expatriates have taken up palatial residence. However, you’ll find a smattering of London Russian restaurants throughout the city, many of which feature other eastern-European and even further flung national cuisines on their menus besides strictly Russian dishes.
Russia is quite a large country, and at one time the Soviet Union’s vast territory made Russia seem rather much larger indeed, scaring soft-skinned enemies such as the US and the UK with its revolutionary ambitions. Intercontinental ballistic missiles aside, Russia’s once global reach meant that its various sub-republics fed their cuisines into what we might call Russian cuisine. So expect London Russian restaurants to serve up dishes from the Baltic states, Eastern Europe, Russia proper, central and eastern Asia. Finding the top Russian restaurants London has to offer is thankfully far, far easier than finding a needle in a Siberian haystack. Easier still than finding that needle when you haven’t been given the exact coordinates of the haystack. Just type Russian into the search bar or select Russian from the cuisine slider and explore the selection, as hearty as a good bowl of borscht.