6 S. Lambeth Rd., Lambeth
Unlike most of Soho House’s buttoned-up and exclusive restaurants, the Dirty Burger brand is a series of down-and-out tin-clad locales churning out ridiculously tasty and super-cheap cheeseburgers. (Vegeterians can order the "Cop Out," which is just as satisfyingly dirty.) It’s very purposefully a no-frills situation that’s totally worth the wait. There are more locations in Whitechapel, Kentish Town, and Shoreditch.
Newport St., Lambeth
A collaboration between Damien Hirst and restaurateur Mark Hix, this restaurant, located in the artist's own Vauxhall gallery is—fittingly for Hirst—all about spectacle. Decked out in Hirst's trademark pills and pharmaceuticals everywhere from the seats to the walls, stained glass windows and bar, the interiors are basically one massive piece of art. Meanwhile, the food is exactly what you'd expect from Hix—solid, modern British and an excellent Sunday roast. Bring the kids, there's a menu designed especially for them, and they'll love the space.
The Anchor & Hope
36 The Cut, Lambeth
Anchor & Hope has been a standout on the London gastropub scene from the moment it opened—and not just for the excellent roasts. What sets it apart is the constantly evolving menu: Rustic British classics like lentils with pheasant and seven-hour lamb shoulder (a massive dish meant for sharing) are rounded out with desserts like seasonal tarts and the like. They don't take reservations, so make the most of the wait in the cozy bar area.
148 Clapham Manor St., Lambeth
The trek out of the center of town to Clapham is worth it when it means heading to The Manor, where a good dose of Scandi influence on Modern British cuisine is hard at work with all the pickling and fermentation that comes with. Dishes like hay-baked Pigeon, pickled girolles, and crispy chicken skin with kimchi may sound fastidious—they are—but they're also light, elegant, and delicious. What balances it all out is the care-free and downright fun, almost pub-like vibe. Plus, for dessert, you can build your own gourmet sundae at the bar. This is a place that takes the food on the table and the service seriously, but—refreshingly—not itself.
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