London’s best Mexican restaurants


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Forget stodgy enchiladas and suspicious-looking refried beans; for a slice of real Mexican in our fair city, try out one of these… Teqqquillllla!

Due to open in mid-September, Tonteria is the newest offering from nightclub entrepreneur Guy Pelly. Despite the recent high profile closure of his west London nightclub Public, Pelly isn’t taking life too seriously – the bar and restaurant boasts a tequila shot train that delivers drinks to tables and a photo booth themed as a confession box. Best of all, it will serve up a light menu of signature Mexican favourites and grazing dishes. We can’t wait. 7-12 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EG

This Camden establishment has quickly become a hit with locals on the hunt for good value, authentic Mexican food and a lively atmosphere. And the party hots up over summer, too – Mestizo’s Margarita Festival runs throughout August, offering punters more than 22 varieties of the classic tequila-based cocktail., 103 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EL

La Bodega Negra
Recent paparazzi shots caused a stir when they appeared to capture Kylie Minogue paying a furtive daytime visit to one of Soho’s infamous sex shops. In turns out she was visiting La Bodega Negra, a Mexican speakeasy restaurant hidden behind the x-rated entrance. Low lighting, inventive Mexican food and charming service has made this trendy eaterery a celebrity magnet, but don’t let that put you off…Booking is essential though.
16 Moor Street, London, W1D 5NH.

Luardo’s, Great Eastern Street
Fancy your Mexican on the move? Luardo’s is a travelling street food operation famed for the quality and freshness of its fare. There are two vans serving the capital’s hungry – Jesus and Mary. Jesus is mainly stationed at Whitecross market, EC1, dishing out packed burritos for under a fiver. Meanwhile, Mary roams the country on a pilgrimage to provide British festivalgoers with quality grub. This week, she’s at Camp Bestival…
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