Gone are the days when all London's high-end dining had to offer was a white tablecloth in a stuffy setting.
London's dining room democratization is none more apparent than in the explosion of "no reservations" restaurants -- reservations aren't accepted, walk-ins only.
Though critics lament the need to stand around for hours waiting for a table, the concept works for those in the city on business who haven't had a chance to secure a seat at one of the city's best eateries.
Here are a few of London's best no-reservations restaurants.
No-reservation restaurants aren't new to London, but the trend didn't go mainstream until restaurateur Russell Norman opened his first Polpo restaurant in Soho in 2009.
Since then, he's had five more openings around London.
Our pick of the bunch is Spuntino.
This isn't your average London Italian establishment -- Spuntino is more Sinatra than Locatelli.
Diners can expect simple dishes done just right, like chickpeas and squid ink, lamb and pickled sliders and chocolate, pecan and whisky cake.
The industrial, postmodern ambiance is reminiscent of NYC's Lower East Side.
The result is refreshing for a city that, until a few years ago, was in desperate need of a fresh injection of cool.