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50 great places to eat in London - a bite of the city at every price point

As Ireland and England chow down in the Six Nations, Katy McGuinness picks the UK capital's most exciting restaurants, with a focus on fun foodie experiences with a difference

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Big on taste in the Big Smoke: Arcade Food Theatre

Big on taste in the Big Smoke: Arcade Food Theatre

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Darby's

Darby's

Abalone with caviar at the Royal China Club

Abalone with caviar at the Royal China Club

Bubala

Bubala

Daylesford Brompton Cross

Daylesford Brompton Cross

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Big on taste in the Big Smoke: Arcade Food Theatre

I lived in London for many years and have been a regular visitor ever since, but I don't think there's ever been a better time for eating out in the UK capital than right now.

And while London is home to some eye-wateringly expensive restaurants best left to the bankers and hedge-fund folk, it is also possible to eat well at prices that are on a par with those at home.

My number-one tip is to venture out of your comfort zone. If you tend to gravitate towards the West End, for example, hop on the bus or tube and head east, or to Borough Market, where the prices are (generally) lower, the food that bit more exciting and you're more likely to be able to explore trends and cuisines that haven't yet hit Ireland.