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The 43 Best Restaurants in London

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Sate your appetite at one of London’s award-winning restaurants.

DOWNTOWN MAYFAIR

Giuseppe Cipriani and his father, legendary restaurateur Arrigo Cipriani, have brought the second of their family’s restaurants in London to Mayfair’s New Burlington Place.

Located between two of the most well known shopping streets in London, Savile Row—famous for its bespoke tailors—and the excitement of Regent Street, Downtown Mayfair delivers modern northern Italian cuisine in an elegant and timeless setting.

The restaurant’s interior, created by Florentine designer Michele Bonan, is inspired by a London of the 40s and features engraved glass, warm materials like leather and walnut, antiqued bronze, Venetian chandeliers and Venetian mosaic marble floors.

In the warmer months, diners can opt to dine al fresco and sip the signature original Bellini on the covered terrace in a relaxed and happy atmosphere. The cuisine includes classic Venetian dishes and specialties from different regions of Italy like burrata with grilled zucchini, baby squid with fresh tomatoes, pappa al pomodoro, risotti, Harry’s Bar in Venice world favorite baked tagliolini and a not-to-be-missed ‘Gelato al momento’.

An elegant, private dining space with a fireplace, leather bergere and library can accommodate up to 40 guests for a sit down dinner.

The restaurant is open seven days a week.

Phone: +44 (0)20 3056 1001

15 New Burlington Place, London W1S 2HX

www.downtownmayfair.com

Le GAVROCHE

Le Gavroche restaurant

Cuisine: Classic French

Style/Ambiance: Led by two generations of the legendary Roux family, this traditional French restaurant sets the standards of cooking and service by which others are judged.

It was the first UK restaurant to be awarded one, two and three Michelin stars, and has hosted among its diners Hollywood royalty Eva Gardner, Charlie Chaplin and Robert Redford. Guests at this restaurant can expect to taste French classics with a modern twist, in calm, comfortable, yet undeniably glamorous surroundings reminiscent of a French country manor.

Maitre d’: David Galetti

+44 (0)20 7499 1826

43 Upper Brook Street, W1K 7QR

www.le-gavroche.co.uk

THE RIVER CAFÉ

The River Cafe restaurant

Cuisine: Italian

Style/Ambiance: Refurbished in October 2008, this classic London gem returned with a vengeance, serving robust, seasonal dishes inspired by the owners’ passion for Italy and their experience living and cooking there.

The interior is contemporary, airy and light, with the addition of an outdoor terrace overlooking the River Thames, making The River Café a buzzing hotspot particularly during the summer months. Significant new additions include a private dining room, kitchen table within the kitchen zone, and state-of-the-art cheese store. Come here for divine Italian specialities in a chilled out, no-frills environment.

Head Chef: Ruth Rogers

General Managers: Charles Pullen and Vashti Armit

+44 (0)20 7386 4200

Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, W6 9HA

www.rivercafe.co.uk

ALAIN DUCASSE AT THE DORCHESTER

Cuisine: Contemporary French

Style/Ambiance: Awarded three Michelin stars, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is the second restaurant in London to receive this prestigious accolade.

The restaurant offers contemporary French cuisine in modern and elegant décor along with professional and friendly service, for a new approach to fine dining. Current seasonal dishes on the à la carte menu include delectable wild sea bass with citrus, Swiss chard and aubergine relish, and saddle of venison ‘Grand-Veneur’ or great hunter, which comes with pumpkin, quince and salsify. Private dining is also a must-try experience here, with the ‘Table Lumière’ experience offering guests the opportunity to dine off Hermès china in an alcove shimmering with light.

General Manager: Nicolas Defremont

+44 (0)20 7629 8866

Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1QA

www.thedorchester.com

L’ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON

Cuisine: Contemporary French

Style/Ambiance: Just one of the many restaurants in the continent- spanning Joël Robuchon empire, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon offers its guests outstanding cuisine in a slick, modern environment.

Dishes served here are based on simplicity, shunning complex combinations in favor of arrangements that, according to the six-star Michelin chef, ‘let the best ingredients shine.’ This culinary simplicity is complemented by the clean, contemporary design of the interiors, furnished with sleek rosewood surfaces, and leather upholstery to create a Zen-like environment.

Peggy Li

+ 44 (0)20 7010 8600

13-15 West Street, WC2H 9NE

www.joelrobuchon.co.uk

LOCANDA LOCATELLI

Cuisine: North Italian

Style/Ambiance: Opened in February 2002 by Michelin-star chef Giorgio Locatelli, this delightful Italian eatery offers sublime cuisine in uncluttered, comfortable surroundings designed by David Collins.

With typical dishes including chargrilled squid, pan-fried calf’s kidneys with lentils and mashed potato, and blackberry confit, Locanda is perfectly positioned to appease those wishing for dining experiences bursting with flavor and life. Adorning its walls are artworks by Paul Simonon of The Clash, and Damien Hirst, putting this restaurant firmly in the cool category.

General Manager: Roberto Veneruzzo

+44 (0)20 7935 9088 (Alessandra Pino)

8 Seymour Street, W1H 7JZ

www.locandalocatelli.com

HÉLENE DARROZE AT THE CONNAUGHT HOTEL

Cuisine: Traditional French with a local twist

Style/Ambiance: Opened in 2008, this Michelin-starred restaurant showcases the talents of renowned French chef Hélène Darroze.

The menu reflects her signature style of cuisine, combining traditional produce from south west France with some of the finest ingredients from the British Isles. Signature dishes include oyster tartare with caviar d’Aquitaine jelly alongside more British-themed offerings such as ‘le sole de Douvres’ (Dover sole). For something different, try the six-course seasonal truffle menus, aimed at introducing people to the wonderful flavor of black and white truffles.

Hélène Darroze, Head Chef

+44 (0)20 3147 7200

The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL

www.the-connaught.co.uk

PIED-Â-TERRE

Pied-a-Terre restaurant

Cuisine: French

Style/Ambiance: An intimate, elegant space in the heart of London characterized by a relaxed ambiance and welcoming service.

Head chef Shane Osborn composes his menu according to seasonal availability to ensure unsurpassable, unforgettable flavors in dishes such as lemon sole wrapped in courgette and scallop mousse, accompanied by fried baby squid, pink grapefruit and a basil emulsion. Head for the main dining room on the first floor for a convivial dining experience, or hire out the private dining room – dark, decadent, dramatic and oozing with luxury – on the third floor for a VIP dinner or event.

General Manager: Leonora Popaj

+44 (0)20 7419 9789

34 Charlotte Street, W1T 2NH

www.pied-a-terre.co.uk

SKETCH LECTURE ROOM & LIBRARY

Cuisine: Modern European

Style/Ambiance: Occupying what used to be the headquarters of Christian Dior, Sketch is chic, glamorous and trendy.

The Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library, at the top of the Grade II listed building, offers haute-cuisine by chef Pierre Gagnaire in a plush setting of studded ivory leather walls, ornate plasterwork ceilings, and rich furnishings in purple and crimson. An added bonus is the clientele; come here to observe high-flyers of every ilk sip their champagne and chow down on langoustines, venison, and a huge selection of desserts.

General Manager: Julien Marinozzi

+44 (0)20 7659 4500

9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG

www.sketch.uk.com

RESTAURANT GORDON RAMSAY

Cuisine: French

Style/Ambiance: Combining contemporary elegance, an intimate ambiance and unparalleled service, three-star Michelin Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is a must for the culinary connoisseur.

Since its opening, it has continually wowed diners with its consistent devotion to quality. Head Chef Clare Smyth’s menu prides itself on superb ingredients and sublime flavor combinations, whilst the size of the restaurant – only 14 tables – ensures every diner receives an exceptional degree of attention.

Maitre d’: Jean-Claude Breton

+44 (0)20 7592 1611

68 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HP

www.gordonramsay.com

The SQUARe

Cuisine: French

Style/Ambiance: Serving two-star Michelin cuisine for over ten years, The Square has achieved noteworthy status in the London restaurant scene.

Visitors to this acclaimed establishment, which is conveniently near Bond Street, Hyde Park and other central landmarks, can feast on dishes such as ballotine of partridge and foie gras, lasagna of crab with champagne foam, and pear millefeuille with caramel mousse, all in a cool setting of modern art and parquet floors. Accompany with a bottle of award-winning Burgundy, The Square’s signature wine.

General Manager: Ben Crofton

+44 (0)20 7495 7100

6-10 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6PU

www.squarerestaurant.org

MARCUS WAReING AT The BeRKeLeY hOTeL

Cuisine: Modern French

Style/Ambiance: Helmed by star chef Marcus Wareing, this Michelin-starred restaurant displays technical brilliance in its execution of French cuisine.

The menu offers modern, light dishes evolved from Wareing’s classical French background, and uses the best seasonal produce available. The restaurant’s interior, designed by David Collins, abounds with rich jewel tones, creating an opulent, warm ambiance. Reserve the Pomerol room for a private lunch or dinner, or arrange a meal at the exclusive Chef’s table, strategically positioned to oversee the workings of the kitchen. Guests at this table are greeted with champagne and canapés, and can consult with the chef to make sure the menu is perfectly suited to their tastes.

Marcus Wareing, Head Chef

+ 44 (0)20 7235 1200

The Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL

www.the-berkeley.co.uk

TOM AIKeNS

Cuisine: Modern European

Style/Ambiance: Just off Chelsea Green, a stylish mini-village in south west London, this classic restaurant is reputed to be one of London’s best.

Diners can choose between ‘Tom’s classics’ – hearty, simple dishes – and more inventive options such as red mullet with a pistachio risotto, courgette purée and black olive crumb. Private dining is available for lunch and dinner for parties of up to ten guests, and is the perfect way to relax and unwind in the calm of Chelsea.

General Manager: Lucille Vandelden

+44 (0)20 7584 2003

43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, SW3 3NT

www.tomaikens.co.uk

NOBU

Cuisine: Modern Japanese

Style/Ambiance: Opened in 1997, and awarded its Michelin star just one year later, Nobu London remains one of the city’s top dining hot spots.

With its own street entrance on Old Park Lane, the restaurant occupies the first floor of the trendy Metropolitan Hotel. The menu is made up of ‘new style’ Japanese cuisine, where traditional Japanese techniques meet South American flavors. Signature dishes include Yellowtail Sashimi and the famous Black Cod in Miso. Private dining is available at Nobu, or guests may hire out the entire venue.

General Manager: Stephan Guicheteau
Private Dining Manager: Amir Jati

+44 (0) 20 7447 4747

1st floor, The Metropolitan, 19 Old Park Lane,W1K 1LB

www.noburestaurants.com

The IVY

Cuisine: British

Style/Ambiance: Conveniently close to the West End, The Ivy is an excellent option for pre- and post-theatre dining for Elite travelers visiting the Royal Opera House and other nearby venues.

In its cosy, plush interior, frequented by a vast array of celebrities, diners can choose from a menu of British classics such as shepherd’s pie and venison. Book the private room upstairs for a celebration; it can be arranged for between 25-200 people.

+44 (0)20 7836 4751/ +44 (0)20 7307 5784 (private dining)

1-5 West Street, WC2H 9NQ

http://www.the-ivy.co.uk

hIBISCUS

Cuisine: Modern British/European

Style/Ambiance: Relocated from Shropshire, two-Michelin-star Hibiscus is renowned for its fresh, locally-sourced produce.

Dishes range from traditional English – cured Cornish mackerel and wood pigeon – to French-inspired cuisine – crushed Provence figs for dessert, or blueberry madeleines. A private dining room is also available for a more discreet, personalised meal.

General Manager: Claire Bosi

+44(0)20 7629 2999

29 Maddox Street, W1S 2PA

www.hibiscusrestaurant.co.uk

The LeDBURY

Cuisine: Modern French

Style/Ambiance: Headed by Australian chef Brett Graham, The Ledbury – sister to The Square restaurant – offers superb cuisine in a relaxed west London setting.

Diners can order à la carte from a spectacular array of expertly prepared dishes or, if they are feeling bold, experiment with an eight-course tasting menu, particularly fun in larger groups. This menu is also available in a completely vegetarian version.

+44 (0)20 7792 9090

127 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ

www.theledbury.com

GAUThIeR SOhO

Cuisine: French

Style/Ambiance: A refined oasis amid the razzle dazzle of Soho, this regency townhouse evokes a bygone era of French fine dining.

Cream and white at every turn, the subdued interior lets the food do the talking, with rich offerings like black moscato truffle risotto with brown butter and jus de roti, pink roasted squab pigeon with meyer lemon and caramelized walnuts, and devilish desserts like Golden Louis XV with dark chocolate and praline. Gauthier’s ‘vegecentric’ menu has earned him three AA rosettes and a Michelin star, and waistline watchers will appreciate (or not) the calorie count beside each dish. A warren of dining rooms can host private parties for four to forty guests—book the cozy Chef’s Room for a romantic meal, or the marble adorned Grand Salon for something more lavish.

Head Chef: Alexis Gauthier

Alice Taylor

+44 (0)20 7494 3111

21 Romilly Street, W1D 5AF

www.gauthiersoho.co.uk

BOCCA DI LUPO

Cuisine: Italian

Style/Ambiance: Striking a nice balance between Italian trattoria and urbane Soho chic, this small, buzzy restaurant is perfect for lunch or pre-theater supper.

Chef Kenedy takes traditional dishes from across Italy and offers each in a large or small portion, letting you eat as heartily or as lightly as you desire—no-one’s waiting to correct you. Expect some lesser known flavors like trofie with cuttlefish and its ink, veal tongue with peara (bread and bone marrow polenta), and Luganega deluxe—a pork and foie gras sausage with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. The private dining suite seats up to 34, and the generous all-Italian wine list completes the picture admirably.

Head Chef: Jacob Kenedy

+44 (0)20 7734 2223

12 Archer Street, W1D 7BB

www.boccadilupo.com

COTIDIe

Cuisine: Italian

Style/Ambiance: As a judge on Italian MasterChef and winner of seven Michelin stars, Bruno Barbieri was bound to cause a stir with his first UK venture.

Authentic, well-presented dishes include roast supreme of Livornese baby rooster and guanciale pork crackling with potatoes and caramelized ‘saba’ grape must. For dessert, expect classics like tiramisu alongside milky baked rum ‘zabaione’ with berries and syrup.

Head Chef: Bruno Barbieri

+44 (0)20 7258 9878

50 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5HN

www.cotidierestaurant.com

RIDING hOUSe CAFÉ

Cuisine: British

Style/Ambiance: A short stroll from Oxford Street, this all-day brasserie excels at traditional cooking in a very trendy setting.

A selection of small plates lets you mix and match, with highlights including goat’s curd with figs and honey, and smoked eel with pickled carrots and horseradish. For mains, expect such classics as smoked haddock kedgeree, middlewhite rack of pork and excellent Aberdeen Angus steak. The interior is a scavenger’s delight, with oh-so-modish reclaimed fittings and faux flea market furniture, and groups of up to 14 can book the private dining room—a playful reconstruction of a real English stable.

Head Chef: Paul Daniel

+44 (0)20 7927 0840

43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ

www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk

ARBUTUS

Cuisine: European

Style/Ambiance: Since opening in 2006, Arbutus has won a Michelin star and made waves far beyond the media crowds of Soho.

The brainchild of longtime cohorts Anthony Demetre and Will Smith, this chic gastro-bistro offers an elegant but unstuffy space to enjoy phenomenal rustic fare. Expect simple, delicious meat and fish dishes—the grilled Scottish beef is superb—alongside ‘nose-to-tail’ delights like warm crisp pig’s head and Marseille-style pieds et paquets (lamb’s tripe parcels and trotters). Service is friendly and informal, and the extensive wine list offers all wines in 250ml carafes—perfect for tasting.

Head Chef: Anthony Demetre

Will Smith

+44 (0)20 7734 4545

63-64 Frith Street, W1D 3JW

www.arbutusrestaurant.co.uk

MURANO

Cuisine: Italian

Style/Ambiance: Angela Hartnett is near enough a national treasure in the UK.

When she and Gordon Ramsay opened Menu Restaurant at the Connaught Hotel in 2002, she became the first woman to run the kitchen there, and her service to the hospitality industry has since been recognized with an MBE. Hartnett and Ramsay teamed up again to open Murano in 2008, winning a Michelin star five months later. Highlights include Anjou pigeon with date and apple purée, white port jelly and marinated mouli, and monkfish with handpicked crab, avocado, asparagus and bitter orange. For a unique view of the kitchen’s magic, groups of between seven and 12 can enjoy a bespoke menu at the Chef’s Table.

Head Chef: Angela Hartnett

Odessa Mostacci

+44 (0)20 7495 1127

20-22 Queen Street, W1J 5PP

www.muranolondon.com

CUT AT 45 PARK LANe

Cuisine: American steakhouse

Style/Ambiance: Echoing the original CUT in Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck’s first European venture is every bit as indulgent as its LA counterpart.

Part of the Dorchester Collection’s new hotel at 45 Park Lane, CUT doesn’t do things by halves, with hearty prime dry and wet aged beef—including Australian Wagyu—pan-roasted lobster and whole fish sautéed and roasted. The service is friendly and efficient, and the interior competes with the menu for pure showbiz extravagance.

Executive chef: David McIntyre

Loyd Loudy

+44 (0)20 7493 4545

45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN

www.45parklane.com

TeXTURe

Cuisine: Modern European

Style/Ambiance: Set in a handsome Georgian townhouse off Oxford Street, Texture has helped fuel the current craze for Scandinavia among Europe’s foodies.

Chef Agnar Sverrisson and sommelier Xavier Rousset worked together at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons before opening Texture in 2007, and their defection from Blanc has earned them a Michelin star, a host of awards and plenty of zeitgeist kudos. Eschewing the butter and cream of French cuisine, Sverrisson instead favors light, pure flavors—many drawn from his native Iceland. Highlights include an amuse-bouche of pea and mint snow, Anjou quail with sweetcorn, shallot, bacon popcorn and red wine essence, and a dessert of passion fruit soup with basil ice cream, mango and ginger. The wine list is well balanced between Old and New Worlds, and the Champagne Bar boasts over a hundred champagnes—one of the biggest collections in London.

Head Chef: Agnar Sverrisson

Adeyla Sokolova

+44 (0)20 7224 0028

34 Portman Street, W1H 7BY

www.texture-restaurant.co.uk

QUILON

Cuisine: Indian

Style/Ambiance: Celebrating traditional dishes from India’s southwest coast, this Michelin-starred gem offers outstanding ‘home-style’ cooking in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.

Highlights include the skillet-grilled crab cakes, stuffed quail legs and char-grilled scallops with mango chili relish. For dessert, don’t miss the bibinca and dodhol, a Goan speciality of sweet pancake layers and a palm jaggery pudding. The private dining room accommodates 16 sitting or 35 standing.

Head Chef: Sriram Aylur

Santanu Mazumdar

+44 (0)20 7821 1899

41 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF

www.quilon.co.uk

PIzARRO

Cuisine: Spanish

Style/Ambiance: A stone’s throw from Borough Market, this irresistible eatery is the second London venture for chef José Pizarro, thanks to the success of his nearby tapas bar, José.

While the mood is more formal here, the method is the same—simple, seasonal cooking using the freshest possible ingredients. Traditional meat and game—lamb’s tongue, partridge escabeche, quail— impress without eclipsing some exquisite vegetarian dishes—the roasted winter vegetables will linger long in the memory. The all-Spanish wine list is a joy, with a range of cavas and honey-like sherries that could be a dessert in their own right. A private dining room is available for groups of up to 12.

Executive Chef: José Pizarro

Herve Durochat

+44 (0)20 7378 9455

194 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ

www.josepizarro.com

BOISDALe

Cuisine: Scottish

Style/Ambiance: Boisdale owner Ranald Macdonald [sic] claims to love four things in life: Scotland, whiskey, jazz and cigars.

All of these are well represented in this cozy homage to Scotland in the heart of London’s financial district. With sister restaurants in Belgravia and Canary Wharf, this basement branch is tucked away at the end of a Dickensian alley and down a flight of Tartan-clad stairs. The menu includes Scottish classics like haggis, neeps and tatties, and the list of single malt whiskeys must be the longest in London. The main dining room can host private parties of up to 72 guests, and the separate McGonagall Room can be booked for 42 guests.

Head Chef: Neil Churchill

Elisabeth Rutt

+44 (0)20 7283 1763

Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NR

www.boisdale.co.uk/bishopsgate

hAWKSMOOR SeVeN DIALS

Cuisine: British steakhouse

Style/Ambiance: A bastion of good British beef, Hawksmoor has made many a headline since opening its West End branch in 2010—and rightly so.

The meat is some of the best you’ll find in the UK, sourced from grass-fed Longhorn cattle, dry-aged at least 35 days and cooked on a charcoal grill without fuss or frills. Add to that an extensive wine and cocktail list and handy Covent Garden location, and you’ll find Hawksmoor hard to fault. Come with an appetite— your table will creak under the weight of the prime rib, Porterhouse and Chateaubriand cuts. For extra privacy, ask for the 14-cover private dining room.

Head Chef: Richard Turner

Mirjam Saar

+44 (0)20 7420 9390

11 Langley Street, WC2H 9JG

www.thehawksmoor.com

SPICe MARKeT

Cuisine: Southeast Asian

Style/Ambiance: The sleek foyer of W London Hotel lures you from the hurly-burly of Leicester Square to Spice Market, a dark, seductive place of superb Southeast Asian fare.

An entire wall flaunts the kaleidoscope of spices used in the open kitchen, while 600 upturned woks—reconceived as lights—emit a warm glow from above. Created by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this sister restaurant of the iconic Spice Market in New York borrows the best street food from Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia, and reinvents it for the jet set. Expect bold flavors like char grilled chicken with kumquat and lemongrass dressing, and black pepper shrimp with sun-dried pineapple, as well as heavenly textures like salmon sashimi with warm crunchy rice, chipotle emulsion and spring onion. Each dish is brought to the table as soon as it’s ready—a great excuse to share. Make sure you leave room for dessert.

Executive Chef: Peter Lloyd

Semira Hodzic

+44 (0)207 758 1088

W London Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, W1D 6QF

www.spicemarketlondon.co.uk

BUeN AYRe

Cuisine: Argentine grill

Style/Ambiance: Argentina-raised John Rattagan was the family grill master from an early age, in a country where the asado (barbecue) enjoys near sacred status.

Luckily for London, he left his homeland as a young man and set up Buen Ayre in the heart of trendy Hackney. The headline act is the steaks, served in a range of cuts with a simple garnish. Expect warm service, fine Argentine wines and the best steak you’ll taste in the capital.

Head Chef: John Rattagan

+44 (0)20 7275 9900

50 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ

http://www.buenayre.co.uk

BeNAReS

Cuisine: Indian

Style/Ambiance: This elegant Mayfair venue made Atul Kochhar the first Indian chef to win a Michelin star.

Ingredients are sourced from across India to create subtle, authentic flavors with a contemporary twist. Highlights include apricot stuffed paneer, mint cheddar chicken tikka with red onion salad, and chili garlic tandoori trout with kumquat chutney. As well as some of the best Indian food you’ll find in London, expect stunning cocktails like the passion fruit chutney martini.

Head Chef: Atul Kochhar

Anshu Baluja

+44 (0)20 7629 8886

12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, W1J 6BS

www.benaresrestaurant.com

DINNeR BY heSTON BLUMeNThAL

Cuisine: Modern British

Style/Ambiance: The first London venture of UK culinary master Heston Blumenthal, Dinner was hotly anticipated.

Paying homage to historical British cooking, the menu reclaims traditional dishes dating back to the 16th century, reinventing them for the modern day. The menu lists dishes with the year they were first cooked, and Heston’s trademark wit is on top form with clever hints of antiquity and lights that resemble classic jelly- moulds. Fans of Heston’s molecular gastronomy will enjoy the signature ‘Meat Fruit’ and delights from the nitro ice cream trolley.

Head Chef: Heston Blumenthal

Executive Chef: Ashley Palmer-Watts

+44 (0)20 7201 3833

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA

www.dinnerbyheston.com

The CAPABILITY

Cuisine: Modern British

Style/Ambiance: Part of the new five-star Waldorf Astoria hotel in Grade I-listed Syon Park, The Capability offers rustic, seasonal fare close to Heathrow Airport.

Chef Thrift takes pride in UK produce, and grows his own fruit, vegetables and herbs in the park grounds. Expect treats like Dorset snails with black pudding, wild boar bacon and garlic butter, Pan Haggarty with woodland mushrooms and traditional game like buck rabbit and Scotch woodcock. Sommelier Romain Columbi keeps a fine cellar of Old and New World wines, with tastings available at the Chef’s Table in the hotel greenhouse.

Executive Chef: Neil Thrift

Dale MacPhee

+44 (0)20 7870 7777

London Syon Park, TW8 8JF

www.londonsyonpark.com

MOTI MAhAL

Cuisine: Indian

Style/Ambiance: First established in Delhi in 1959, Moti Mahal’s English incarnation enjoys a plum spot in London’s West End and makes a fine ambassador for the original.

The tasting menu takes inspiration from the Grand Trunk Road—the ancient route linking present day India, Pakistan and Afghanistan—with wine pairings giving a well-judged nod westward. Highlights include tender tandoor-roasted jumbo prawns marinated in tamarind, chili and curry leaf, and crisp fried lotus stem with peanut and coriander. In this city of Indian ‘interpretations’, this is a welcome taste of authenticity.

Head Chef: Anirudh Arora

Michael Cheung, General Manager

+44 (0)20 7240 9329

45 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5AA

www.motimahal-uk.com

zUMA

Cuisine: Japanese Izakaya

Style/Ambiance: One of the top hang-outs in London’s glossy Knightsbridge area, Zuma often attracts a celebrity clientele and is a firm favorite of elite chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal.

Inspired by his travels in Japan, Rainer Becker combines the casual and shared dining of the Japanese ‘Izakaya’ with the sophistication of modern fine cuisine. Designed by renowned Japanese architectural company Super Potato, the polished granite counters and sleek blond wood lattices provide a traditional setting with a chic edge. The menu focuses on simple yet high quality dishes, each prepared with a careful touch and a delicate balance of flavors.

Chef/Owner: Rainer Becker

Head Chef: Li Soon

+44 (0)20 7584 1010

5 Raphael Street, Knightsbridge, SW7 1DL

www.zumarestaurant.com

MASSIMO

Cuisine: Mediterranean seafood and Oyster Bar

Style/Ambiance: Chocolate brown leather sofas, bold marble Corinthian columns and orbs of lights encased in glass—the decoration of this renovated Victorian hotel gives Massimo an air of old-world grandeur laced with the chef’s Italian influences.

Created by distinguished interior designer David Collins, it provides an elegant and relaxed space, away from the bustling London streets outside. The menu favors the fruits of the sea with a heavy focus on more sustainable and locally sourced fish and crustaceans.

Head Chef: Massimo Ricciol

Jean-Claude Breton

+44 (0)20 7998 0555

Corinthia Hotel London, 10 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5AE

www.massimo-restaurant.co.uk

ST. JOhN

Cuisine: British

Style/Ambiance: Critics and culinary devotees travel across the world to sample the outstanding, impeccably British menu at St. Johns.

Situated in a former smokehouse with simple, whitewashed walls, owner Fergus Henderson’s no-nonsense vision of ‘nose-to-tail’ eating has resulted in imaginative and daring dishes that hark back to the rich, rustic history of the country. Guests can indulge in such carnivorous delights as calf liver or pigskin, which are complemented by the excellent wine list.

Head Chef: Chris Gillard

+44 (0)20 3301 8069

26 St John Street, EC1M 4AY

www.stjohnrestaurant.com”

BAR BOULUD

Cuisine: French/American

Style/Ambiance: Among the designer shops and boutiques of fashionable Knightsbridge, star chef Daniel Boulud has created a gourmet hotspot in the form of Bar Boulud.

Set in the renowned Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boulud blends classic French bistro dishes and contemporary flavors with style and energy. With an impressive wine list and vibrant atmosphere, Bar Boulud has rapidly become a firm favorite among London’s cognoscenti.

Chef/Owner: Daniel Boulud

Head Chef: Dean Yasharian

Sabrina Klewer

+44 (0)20 7201 3899

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1 X7LA

www.barboulud.com

hAKKASAN MAYFAIR

Cuisine: Modern Chinese

Style/Ambiance: In the heart of London’s elite Mayfair, surrounded by designer boutiques, this restaurant is the epitome of glamorous dining in the capital.

Following the success of the original Hakkasan, which helped transform London into the gastronomic wonderland it is today, Hakkasan Mayfair offers an ultra-luxe version with sultry lighting, ebony lattices and waitresses in seductive red Diane von Furstenberg dresses (her boutique is across the road). Luxury prevails in the menu too with ingredients such as foie gras, black truffle, lobster and wagyu beef appearing regularly.

Head Chef: Tong Chee Hwee

+44 (0)207 907 1888

17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6QB

AMAYA

Cuisine: Indian grill

Style/Ambiance: Reinventing the perception of Indian food in Britain, Amaya presents a sophisticated Indian dining experience with their glamorous setting and excellent kebabs.

Refined yet casual, the tasting menu provides a convivial meal to be shared and enjoyed. With unusual curries and complex marinades, the authenticity of the dishes set Amaya apart, mixing royal recipes from Maharaja Palaces with favorites from the humble Indian street stall.

Head Chef: Karunesh Khanna

Kanwal Singh

+44 (0)20 7823 1166

Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JT

www.amaya.biz

The WATeRSIDe INN

Cuisine: Classic and Modern French

Style/Ambiance: Under the leadership of Alain Roux, of the legendary Roux family, the hallowed kitchens of The Waterside Inn attract gourmands from every corner of the globe.

In a charming setting on the banks of the River Thames, a small army of chefs prepare exquisite French fare. Notoriously obsessive attention to detail ensures immaculate service within a relaxed atmosphere. For an exclusive experience, hire the lush private cottage or, in the summer, enjoy an aperitif on the river in the restaurant’s own boat.

Chef/Patron: Alain Roux

Head Chef: Fabrice Uhryn

+44 (0)1628 620691

Ferry Road, Bray, SL6 2AT

www.waterside-inn.co.uk

The FAT DUCK

Cuisine: Modern British

Style/Ambiance: Tucked away inside a 450-year-old pub in the village of Bray, The Fat Duck shines out among the top restaurants of the world.

Pushing the boundaries of British gastronomy, Heston Blumenthal’s pioneering techniques and scientific approach provide a dining experience like no other. Described as a culinary alchemist, his menu plays on all your senses, transforming British classics into innovative dishes which will surprise and delight.

Chef/Owner: Heston Blumenthal

Head Chef: Jonny Lake

+44 (0)1628 589 333

High Street, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2AQ

www.thefatduck.co.uk