Restaurants

 


My Favourite London Bars and Restaurants

Know me, know my foodie obsession. I love to dine in style. If you do too, I would like to invite you to join me for an unforgettable culinary adventure. (I can also recommend bars and restaurants in the rest of the UK and Paris.)


Bob Bob Ricard

Bob Bob Ricard Soho, the iconic London restaurant, serves a classic British and Russian menu to an eclectic clientele in London’s most glamorous all-booth dining room. Equipped with a “Press for Champagne” button at every table, it is famous for pouring more champagne than any other restaurant in Britain. The booth tables give some semblance of privacy for up to four people, too, so it's perfect for a duo date. My kind of place!

Bob Bob Ricard
1 Upper James Street
London W1F 9DF

bobbobricard.com
+44 (0) 20 3145 1000
soho.reservations@bobbobricard.com


Scott’s

The menu reflects its glittering heritage, serving the finest traditional fish and shellfish dishes alongside a variety of meat and seasonal game favourites in an atmosphere of urbane sophistication. Oysters, served at the elegant oyster and champagne bar, are a house speciality. I dream of their plateau de fruits de mer for two, served with lobster and an icy bottle of Perrier-Jouët.

Scott’s
20 Mount Street
London W1K 2HE

scotts-restaurant.com
+44 (0) 20 7495 7309


Pied à Terre

Pied à Terre is the longest-standing independent Michelin-starred restaurant in the UK. Executive Chef Asimakis Chaniotis’s classic French cuisine with reference to his Greek heritage is presented in a fashionably elegant and sophisticated setting. The most attractive aspects of Pied à Terre are that last-minute tables are usually available and the restaurant itself is very discreet.

Pied à Terre
34 Charlotte Street
London W1T 2NH

pied-a-terre.co.uk
+44 (0) 20 7636 1178
reservations@pied-a-terre.co.uk


The Savoy Grill

I love coming here on Sundays and also during the Christmas season, when the lobby is beautifully decorated and The Savoy Grill is serving Christmas dinner. The mixologists at The Savoy do the perfect dirty martini and they have amazing pieces of history on display, such as Marlene Dietrich’s checking-in form written in her own handwriting and signed. She had asked that her room have a bottle of champagne and two dozen pink roses waiting for her inside. I wonder who she was meeting!

The Savoy Hotel
The Strand
London WC2R 0EU

thesavoylondon.com/restaurants-bars
+44 (0) 20 7592 1600 (9am – 8pm)
savoy@fairmont.com


Benares

Situated in the heart of Mayfair, Benares serves Michelin-starred modern Indian cuisine. Named after India’s holy city, Benares marries tradition with daring modernity. The vegetarian tasting menu is just as delicious as the omnivorous one, even without the wine pairings (I must admit to ordering half a lager instead of wine when I go for an Indian!).

Benares
12a Berkely Square
London W1J 6BS

benaresrestaurant.co.uk
+44 (0) 20 7629 8886
reservations@benaresrestaurant.co.uk


The Wolseley

The Wolseley is a café-restaurant in the grand European tradition located on Piccadilly, London. In my opinion, they serve the best full English breakfast in London.

The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly
London W1J 9EB

thewolseley.com
+44 (0) 20 7499 6996
reservations@thewolseley.com


Park Chinois

An exquisite blend of artistry and inspiring modernism is waiting to be discovered. Park Chinois will capture your imagination and immerse your senses in the unique world of Chinoiserie – the French and Oriental inspired culture of dining, entertainment, and experience. Their dim sum is exquisite, but if you don’t have time to eat, it is worth going to Park Chinois just for the cocktails! They are sumptuous and the lighting and atmosphere there are so sensual. It’s one of the sexiest restaurants in London.

Park Chinois
17 Berkeley Street
London W1J 8EA

thewolseley.com
+44 (0) 20 3327 8888
reservations@parkchinois.com


Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

This intimate restaurant seats 45 guests. Surrounded by the stylish interiors designed by Fabled Studio, combining contemporary elegance and unparalleled service, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has the hallmark of true excellence. I really want to experiment with their “Carte Blanche” menu, where the chef creates a bespoke menu for you.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
68 Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HP

gordonramsayrestaurants.com/restaurant-gordon-ramsay
+44 (0)207 352 4441
royalhospitalroad@gordonramsay.com


The Ritz Restaurant

With sparkling chandeliers, towering marble columns and soaring floor to ceiling windows overlooking the calm oasis of Green Park, the elegant Ritz Restaurant is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world. It is a Michelin-starred restaurant so of course the food is second to none, but what keeps me coming back is the service. The staff here is perfection (and so is that Ritz 110 cocktail). Order something with honey in it- they get it from their own bees, which they keep on the roof.

The Ritz
150 Piccadilly
London W1J 9BR

theritzlondon.com/dine-with-us/the-ritz-restaurant
+44 (0) 20 7493 8181
dining@theritzlondon.com


Pétrus

Set between Belgravia and Knightsbridge, Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay is a Michelin starred restaurant serving exceptional modern French cuisine. With a spectacular circular dining room boasting a floor-to-ceiling wine cellar at its heart, Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay offers exquisite wines from across the world, including vintages from its namesake Chateau Pétrus. I had the best meal of my life here once and am longing to go back for more.

Pétrus
1 Kinnerton Street
London SW1X 8EA

gordonramsayrestaurants.com/petrus
+44 (0) 207 592 1609
petrus@gordonramsay.com


ROKA

London's award-winning Japanese restaurant, serving contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine in striking yet informal surroundings. When I first started working, I used to take myself here for a solo tasting menu as a quiet post-date treat.

ROKA
37 Charlotte St
London W1T 1RR

rokarestaurant.com
+44 (0) 20 7580 6464
infocharlottestreet@rokarestaurant.com


Scarfes Bar

Inspired by the atmosphere of a drawing room and the sophistication of a gentlemen’s club, featuring a roaring fire, a collection of cosy velvet armchairs and shelves filled with over 1000 antique books hand-picked by a Portobello antiques dealer. A creative menu of cocktails and complementary live music seven nights a week add to the conviviality. Their cocktails are all accompanied in the menu by Gerald Scarfe’s celebrity portraits. He did the artwork for The Wall by Pink Floyd.

Scarfes Bar
252 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EN

scarfesbar.com
+44 (0) 20 3747 8670
info@scarfesbar.com


Clos Maggiore

Clos Maggiore is an oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden. Influenced by the stylish country inns of Provence and Tuscany, the unique interiors create an unparalleled warmth and intimacy. The cherry blossom-adorned conservatory features a fully retractable glass roof creating a bright and airy dining space in summer months and in winter months it is transformed at night by candles, starlight and a crackling fire. I believe I heard somewhere that Clos Maggiore was voted most romantic restaurant in the world at some point. It certainly is the perfect spot for pre-opera dinner.

Clos Maggiore
33 King Street
London WC2E 8JD

closmaggiore.com
+44 (0)20 7379 9696
enquiries@closmaggiore.com


Sketch

Sketch is a complex and unique site containing five different artistically themed restaurants and bars. Conceived by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mourad Mazouz, it has attracted unprecedented media reaction for its myriad food, drink and entertainment styles since it opened in 2002. I love to go for cocktails or mocktails in the magical realm that is The Glade before moving to The Lecture Room & Library for dinner. Their website is a nightmare but the place itself is a fabulous escape from reality.

Sketch
9 Conduit street
London W1S 2XG

sketch.london
+44 (0) 20 7659 4500
info@sketch.london


Sexy Fish

Japanese-inspired restaurant and bar serving sushi, sashimi, seafood and meat cooked on a Robata grill. Designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and decorated with art by Damien Hirst, Frank Gehry and Michael Roberts, both look and feel is mid-century opulence. The restaurant and bar are open seven days a week with a resident DJ daily. This is the perfect place to end a threesome date with a bang in a happening nightclub atmosphere (with lobster).

Sexy Fish
Berkeley Square House
Berkeley Square
London W1J 6BR

sexyfish.com
+44 (0) 20 3764 2000


Céleste

A richly decorated dining room, naturally illuminated during the day by a domed glass roof while seductively aglow under softly lit chandeliers in the evening, Michelin-starred Céleste offers a truly memorable fine dining experience. Honouring British heritage and provenance with modern European creativity, Céleste’s aim is to take you on a culinary journey of great flavours and food with a real story.

Céleste
The Lanesborough London
Hyde Park Corner
London SW1X 7TA

oetkercollection.com/hotels/the-lanesborough/restaurants-bars/celeste
+44 (0) 20 7259 5599
celeste@lanesborough.com


China Tang

China Tang at The Dorchester is widely heralded as home to some of the finest authentic Cantonese food outside of China. Located within the iconic Dorchester hotel, the Chinese restaurant has built its steadfast reputation on serving a selection of deeply comforting Chinese favourites with style and flair. China Tang bears the unmistakable fingerprint of its flamboyant creator, Sir David Tang, dressed to impress even London’s most glamorous clientele. I love to have a dim sum lunch in the Chinoiserie jewel box of a bar with a sparkling tea cocktail.

China Tang at The Dorchester
53 Park Lane
London W1K 1QA

chinatanglondon.co.uk
+44 (0) 20 7319 7088
reservations@chinatanglondon.co.uk


Galvin La Chapelle

Large arched windows, high stone ceilings and elegant interiors provide the perfect backdrop to Michelin starred Galvin La Chapelle’s traditional yet modern French menu, moments away from Liverpool Street station. They do a vegan tasting menu that I’m sure Darla would love if we were on a threesome date and have now maintained their Michelin star for a decade!

Galvin La Chapelle
35 Spital Square
London E1 6DY

galvinrestaurants.com/restaurant/galvin-la-chapelle-the-city-michelin-star
+44 (0)20 7299 0400
elise@galvinrestaurants.com


The Dining Room

In the luxurious setting of a five-star London hotel, The Dining Room is beautifully elegant- a place where traditional and delicious British food triumphs. The holder of a Michelin star and three AA Rosettes, The Dining Room offers an impeccable yet fun dining experience, under the direction of Executive Chef Richard Galli. The Goring offers a dinner, bed and breakfast package convenient for overnight dates.

The Goring
15 Beeston Place
London SW1W 0JW

thegoring.com/food-drink/the-dining-room
+44 (0)20 7769 4475
diningroom@thegoring.com


Hakkasan

Chinese cuisine is one of most ancient and diverse in the world. Its influence has spread across mountains and jungles, rivers and cities, to impress upon the rest of the globe. Hakkasan’s unique cuisine blends authentic Cantonese recipes with contemporary influences. The kitchen teams create modern dishes using traditional techniques and the finest quality ingredients. The atmosphere is dark and sexy, and I enjoy the drama of their presentation of the Mistress of Deception cocktail.

Hakkasan
17 Bruton Street
London W1J 6QB

hakkasan.com
+44 (0)20 7907 1888
mayfairreservation@hakkasan.com


Marcus at The Berkeley

Marcus is a contemporary European Michelin-starred restaurant from celebrated British chef Marcus Wareing. Set within the five-star Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, Marcus offers an outstanding fine dining experience in a warm and welcoming dining room, sourcing the best seasonal ingredients from a trusted network of suppliers and applying innovative cooking techniques with exceptional attention to detail. I haven’t had the pleasure yet, but I want to. Very much.

The Berkeley
Wilton Place
London SW1X 7RL

marcusrestaurant.com
+44 (0)20 7235 1200
reservations@marcusrestaurant.com


Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Dinner began in the late 90s with Heston Blumenthal’s fascination with historic gastronomy. The savoury ice creams of the late 1800s, the theatre of the Tudor dining experiences and the dishes of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland all resonated with his unique approach to cooking. Dedicated to the modern day discovery and evolution of dining he realised that the excitement and obsession with food is no new modern day phenomena. A man after my own heart!

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
66 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7LA

dinnerbyheston.co.uk
+44(0)20 7201 3833
Molon-dinnerhb@mohg.com


Core by Clare Smyth

Core is an elegant fine dining restaurant with an emphasis on natural, sustainable food, sourced from the UK’s most dedicated farmers and food producers. Core celebrates the finest British ingredients for an exceptional and relaxed dining experience in the heart of Notting Hill.

Core by Clare Smyth
92 Kensington Park Road
London W11 2PN

www.claresmyth.com/restaurants
+44 (0) 20 3937 5086
info@claresmyth.com


Le Gavroche

Le Gavroche was opened in 1967 by Albert and Michel Roux Snr. At the time it was the only French restaurant of its kind in London - offering the very best of classical French food with the highest standards of cooking and service. Run by Albert’s son, Michel Roux Jr, since 1991, Le Gavroche continues to maintain the excellence for which it has always been famous. I love restaurants with history.

Le Gavroche
43 Upper Brook Street
London W1K 7QR

legavroche.com
+44 (0) 20 7408 0881 / +44 (0) 20 7499 1826
bookings@legavroche.com


La Dame de Pic

Exploring unusual cooking methods and introducing guests to new and unexpected flavour combinations, La Dame de Pic London offers a fresh take on Anne-Sophie’s French culinary heritage from four generations of chefs. If we go, I will absolutely insist we order the tasting menu, so bring your appetite!

Four Seasons Hotel London
10 Trinity Square
London EC3N 4AJ

ladamedepiclondon.co.uk
+44 (0) 203 297 3799
Diningreservations.tri@fourseason.com


Veeraswamy

“It is not only the food that is elegant and princely, but also the lavish interiors, where we have created an environment that evokes the opulent extravagance displayed in the Maharajas’ Palaces in the 1920s. By marrying the style of the interiors with the menu, we offer a slice of wondrously haute India in the heart of London’s premier West End. With a rich and scintillating history, Veeraswamy has been known as a legendary landmark amongst the well-heeled, worldwide royalty, and international gourmets since its inception. This has required impeccable service. We have built on this so that the service is not only refined but welcoming with true Indian princely hospitality.” This is the best intro for a restaurant I have ever heard, quite frankly.

Veeraswamy
Mezzanine Floor, Victory House
99 Regent Street (entrance on Swallow Street)
London W1B 4RS

veeraswamy.com
+44 (0) 20 7734 1401
info@veeraswamy.com


Umu

Umu is dedicated to using the highest quality indigenous, line-caught fish from Cornwall and around the British Isles. Executive Chef Ryo Kamatsu prides himself in using the traditional Japanese method Ikejime when handling the catch. More humane than what is practiced in Europe, the fish is pierced in two places just above the neck and the base of the tailfin, avoiding prolonged trauma. This 17th Century historic technique from the Edo dynasty ensures unparalleled flavour and texture when preparing sashimi. I need someone to share a post-coital lobster tempura with, so please apply within.

Umu
14-16 Bruton Place
London W1J 6LX

umurestaurant.com
+44 (0) 20 7499 8881
reception@umurestaurant.com


Seven Park Place

Discover fine French cuisine with the best British ingredients at William Drabble’s Michelin starred Seven Park Place restaurant, located in Mayfair, London. A true gastronomic journey awaits you. The tasting “Menu Gourmand” is “only” £105 per person, which is pretty good value for London.

St. James's Hotel & Club Mayfair
7-8 Park Place
London SW1A 1LS

stjameshotelandclub.com/en/restaurant-seven-park-place
+44 20 7316 1600
restaurant@stjameshotelandclub.com


Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Unrivalled contemporary French cuisine and impeccable service. A modern, light and elegantly informal setting complements the restaurant’s forward-thinking approach to haute cuisine. A perfect place for true hedonists to come together and overindulge each other’s senses.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
53 Park Lane
London W1K 1QA

alainducasse-dorchester.com
+44 (0)20 7629 8866
alainducassereservations@alainducasse-dorchester.com


Which restaurant caught your eye? Or do you know somewhere better? Don't be scared, invite me to dinner.


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