Fine Dining In London
|| There’s a
full range of beautiful restaurants offering creative
cuisine in London, so if you long to try the delights
of a Michelin-starred mouth-watering venue you’ll
be spoilt for choice with the selection.
The height of fine dinning is often considered to be French
cuisine and at John Burton-Race at the Landmark [map], North West London, your expectations
of quality and class will be met. The Landmark Hotel is
known for its lavish interior and this is extended to
its in-house restaurant where the marble décor
and suitably attired waiters reassure you that you are
in a place of fine dining.
One of North London’s most talked about restaurants
is Jamie Oliver’s venture Fifteen [map].
Subject of a British TV series and a book, this is the
project where Oliver took 15 young unqualified people
and trained them to be top chefs, the results of which
you can taste at the restaurant.
The other top restaurant in the area belongs to the Sir
Terence Conran collection of ventures. Located close to
the theatre of the same name, Almeida [map] has all the hallmarks of a Conran restaurant, stylish
interior and good food. The written menu features “robust,
regional, French cooking” like pigeon d’Anjou
roti et petit pois and poulet noir au vin janue. And the
wine list boasts red, whites and rosés from Italy
and Spain as well as regional France. This in addition
to the unpretentious air makes this one of the best places
in north London to fine dine.
Sir Terence Conran’s large palatial restaurant Aurora
[map] based at the Great Eastern Hotel, Liverpool Street,
EC2, is the last word in elegant dining. The restaurant
is swathed in porcelain and stained glass, and low lighting
creates an intimate mood. The expansive menu covers a
wide range of European cuisine and is the perfect setting
for a feast of Roman proportions.
Conran has added an east London haunt to his ever-growing
empire of international establishments. Plateau [map] is a calm oasis of glass and chrome above the bustle of
Canary Wharf. And the menu of this £2 million venture
boasts grouse, venison and suckling pig and a comprehensive
When celebrity chef - and owner of three Michelin stars
- Gordon Ramsay has mentored you, there’s no excuse
for your cuisine being any less than stunning, and head
chef Marcus Wareing certainly doesn’t disappoint
at Petrus [map].
Located in Berkeley, Wilton Place, SW1, the restaurant
name comes from one of the world’s finest and most
expensive red wines, and in the temperature controlled
cellar there are 19 vintages of it ready for those keen
to splash out. Prices start at £364 for a 1993 wine
to £12,300 for the 1947 vintage.
Having trained with Nico Ladenis and Marco Pierre White,
it’s easy to see how head chef Jun Tanaka and his QC Restaurant [map] has earned its place in the top London restaurants list.
Offering an inspired and unusual French and European menu,
QC Restaurant, High Holborn, offers unobtrusive service
and stylish surroundings.
Lutyens Restaurant [map],
Great Russell Street, has a rich burgundy and oak
interior, and an aura of decadence surrounding the well-spaced
out tables. However, this venue isn’t all about
lavish excesses as chef Paul O’Brien believes in
using the best and purest ingredients to create imaginative
One of London’s most famous restaurants is worth
a visit if celebrity spotting is high on the agenda. The
famous Ivy Restaurant [map], West Street,
is a must for those seeking the glamorous side of London
dining. Popular with celebrities and ordinary folk alike,
The Ivy offers a wide selection of European and typically
For dining amongst the most quintessentially English décor,
a visit to the famous Simpson’s-in-the-Strand [map], is a must. The perfect venue for a pre-theatre meal,
Simpson’s transports diners back to the era of Agatha
Christie and Edwardian splendour as their tables are lit
beneath the glow of the imposing chandeliers overhead.
Treat yourself to a world-famous Simpson’s pudding
or enjoy a unique take on the traditional English breakfast
in one of the quiet and intimate booths.
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