You can face a lengthy wait in electronic queues for a table at Hoppers, a Sri Lankan restaurant in London’s Soho, or for Chinese dumplings at nearby Bao.
Want to eat right now? Good luck. You could try for Spanish fare at Sabor. The upstairs dining room is often full, and seats at the ground-floor counter are first-come-first-served. Other options, if you can get in, include European cooking at Kitchen Table; a British menu at Lyle’s; hot dogs at Bubbledogs; Persian cuisine at Berenjak; Taiwanese specialties at Xu or Indian cuisine at Trishna and Brigadiers or at Gymkhana in Mayfair (which is scheduled to reopen in mid-February after a fire).