Every Michelin-starred restaurant in London
In a city full of amazing restaurants, it should come as no surprise that 69 of them have Michelin stars. Here, we round up all the one, two and three Michelin-starred restaurants in London
At the time of writing this list, there are 69 Michelin-starred restaurants in London. From haute-cuisine, fine-dining establishments to local-favourite fire cooking and impeccable Indian restaurants, the width and breadth of the restaurants in that list of 69 is enormous, and the level is indicative of dining in London as a whole.
Here, we list them all, from the towering three-starred venues to the dependable one-stars that have held onto their accolades for over a decade.
Three-Michelin-starred restaurants in London
Core by Clare Smyth
92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN
The UK restaurant scene waited with bated breath for Clare Smyth ’s first solo restaurant after spending years heading up the kitchen at the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsey in Chelsea. And to say she didn’t disappoint is a huge understatement, with Core in Notting Hill quickly setting out its stall as one of the best fine-dining destinations in the UK, let alone London, and winning two stars shortly after opening. In 2021 it was one of two restaurants to bag a third, which was much deserved: Smyth’s rigorous training and flawless French-accented technique is the perfect foil for utterly exceptional produce from the British Isles, like the iconic Charlotte potato with seaweed bearnaise. It’s not cheap, but the tasting menu is absolutely worth the price, in our humble opinion.
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL
When the flagship restaurant at the iconic Connaught Hotel in London (which, incidentally, also plays host to the world’s most decorated bar) was awarded three Michelin stars in 2021, it felt not only like a victory for common sense, but also a timely reward for French chef Hélène Darroze, who alongside luminaries like Clare Smyth and Anne-Sophie Pic has blazed a spectacular trail in a historically male-dominated fine-dining scene, with Darroze and Pic both presiding over a multi-Michelin-starred restaurant empire spanning both France and the UK. A visit to Hélène Darroze is always an eye-opener when it comes to the elevation of traditional flavours and techniques into something stratospherically ambitious and incredibly refined, while the restaurant itself offers multiple dining spaces in addition to the dining room, including a beautiful chef’s table at the pass and a table for group dining hidden in the subterranean wine cellars.
Sketch Lecture Room & Library
9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG
Over the years, the multi-venue Sketch has garnered a reputation for a few things. Firstly, for being the most expensive restaurant in London when it opened (an accolade it wore as a badge of honour); secondly, for those toilets (you’ve seen them on Instagram); and thirdly – and probably most importantly – for combining opulent décor, world-class service and truly excellent French-accented food from Pierre Gagnaire and his team in what’s one of the most memorable dining experiences in London. The Lecture Room & Library in particular has always been a hit with Michelin inspectors, but its recent jump from two stars to three has put it right up at the top of the most coveted London dining experiences. Expect tasteful dishes throughout the à la carte and tasting menus, with occasional North African influences thrown in. The bar downstairs is great for an aperitif, too.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
68-69 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HP
Back in 1998, the hottest young chef in London announced his much-anticipated first solo venture. The 31-year-old Gordon Ramsay had worked in some of the best fine-dining restaurants in London and Paris, latterly marshalling 1990s favourite Aubergine to two Michelin stars by the time he set out on his own. Having acquired the former site of Pierre Koffmann’s three-Michelin-starred La Tante Claire on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea, critics expected big things from the rising star. He subsequently became the most famous chef on the planet. Ramsay himself may need little introduction, but his flagship restaurant is an altogether different beast. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is an ode to classic French cuisine with a contemporary edge. It’s an exercise in restraint, finesse, and detail – virtues Ramsay himself learned from industry giants like Albert Roux and Guy Savoy – which extends from the elegantly composed dishes to the balletic service led by veteran maître d’ Jean-Claude Breton. The restaurant has held the highest Michelin accolade since 2001 and under the watchful eye of talented chef de cuisine Matt Abé looks set to do so for the foreseeable future.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA
Alain Ducasse is one of the personalities that truly spans generations of chefs, being a key figure in the early days of French fine dining in France and the UK, and someone countless chefs on both sides of the channel can cite as a key influence. While, yes, he may pretty much never actually be in the kitchen at this classic restaurant at the Dorchester hotel on Park Lane (a hard task when you operate 25 restaurants around the world), his team of chefs – led in the modern era by head chef Jean-Philippe Blondet – see to it that his inimitable style of classic French cuisine is upheld in what is an enduring fixture of the hotel dining scene in the capital. Food is reliably good, as you’d expect from a three-Michelin-starred hotel restaurant, but the service is something else entirely – so smooth and sleek you barely notice it, aside from the odd balletic moment when courses from the tasting menu are laid down at the table.
Two-Michelin-starred restaurants in London
1 St James's Market, St. James's, SW1Y 4AH
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Ikoyi is a love letter to learning and cosmopolitanism inasmuch as it is to owner and general manager Iré Hassan-Odukale’s native west Africa. The kitchens are helmed by Jeremy Chan who, at the tender age of 35, has made an indelible mark on London’s fine dining scene. Born in England, raised in Hong Kong and Canada, and educated at Princeton, Chan speaks French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese and even rudimentary Farsi, and will happily dive in to explain the nuances of Nigerian fish stock as compared to Japanese dashi, with a broad understanding of how culinary traditions hungrily feed into on another. The result are a number of dishes that have reached cult status amongst the British fooderati, including smoked jollof rice, ike jime trout and Gola peppercorn, and turbot and caramelised chicken wing. Together, Chan and Hassan-Odukale have created a restaurant worthy of the two Michelin stars awarded earlier in 2022 and the American Express One To Watch Award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in Antwerp in 2021. Ikoyi will reopen late 2022 in a new location on The Strand, it's unclear whether they will take their two Michelin stars to the new location.
The Clove Club
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT
Isaac McHale had built up quite a reputation by the time The Clove Club opened for business in March 2013. As one half of the British chef collective known as The Young Turks – alongside fellow culinary whizzkid James Lowe – he was known for knocking out exceptional dishes at East London institution The Ten Bells before service declined into something more akin to a house party once the plates had been cleared. It’s little wonder that diners rushed to help crowdfund his first venture. The Clove Club, located in the former Shoreditch Town Hall, is a little more grown up than McHale’s residency days. Here you’ll find modern British cuisine in all its splendour: refined plates celebrating the bounty of our island, with just a dash of irreverence. The signature pine-scented buttermilk fried chicken shows that The Clove Club hasn’t forgotten its humble origins, while dishes like raw scallop and black truffle show why Michelin doled out two stars for this contemporary hit.
70 Wilton Road, SW1V 1DE
Andrew Wong launched his restaurant A Wong on the site that formerly housed his parents Cantonese restaurant, Kym. It quickly gained a cult following after opening in 2012, largely thanks to Wong’s peerless culinary skill and commitment to redefining what it means to eat Chinese food in London. It gained its first Michelin star in 2017, with the second following in 2021, making it the first Chinese restaurant outside of Asia to hold such an honour. Wong has worked closely with Dr. Mukta Das for many years, with her academic insight into the history of Chinese cuisine helping guide both the way that Wong cooks and the way he builds his menus. There are few chefs cooking how Wong does, and certainly no one else in England. This is intelligent, thoughtful food at its absolute best.
La Dame de Pic London
Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
Those who are fans of French fine dining in London must have been excited when news broke that chef Anne-Sophie Pic was opening her first restaurant outside of France. As the current generation of a ridiculously decorated family when it comes to restaurants (the Pic restaurant empire goes back to her grandfather’s first restaurant), Pic has overseen an expansion across France and into London while still retaining the proper haute-cuisine chops that’s seen her win eight Michelin stars and counting across five restaurants. La Dame de Pic London, at the beautiful Ten Trinity Square is a doozy, winning a star shortly after opening and adding another shortly after. It’s a great place to experience her style of cooking via à la carte or (our pick) the tasting menu – all rigorous French technique with beautiful and seemingly effortless creative flourishes.
Town Hall Hotel, 8 Patriot Square, E2 9NF
Chef Rafael Cagali had a job on his hands moving into the Town Hall Hotel in 2018, not because of a lack of quality on his part (his CV before opening Da Terra speaks for itself) but because any chef taking over the space would have to compete with the excellent reputations of the two previous restaurants that operated there, namely Lee Westcott’s excellent Typing Room and Nuno Mendes’s iconic Viajante. But that didn’t stop Cagali from opening with an exceptional, refined and ambitious tasting menu-focused offering that drew inspiration from his Italian and Brazilian heritage. As expected from a visit there in its infancy, a Michelin star was nabbed quickly after opening, and the awarding of a second star in 2020 was well deserved for one of the slickest and most creative restaurants in East London.
199 Tooley Street, SE1 2JX
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If you’re compiling a list of the most ambitious openings in London – or indeed the best tasting menus – it’d be remiss not to put chef Tom Sellers’ Restaurant Story near the very top of the list. Having chalked up experience under some of the world’s best chefs, Sellers opened Story with a clear mission statement: to serve his own brand of beautiful, exquisite fine-dining food via the medium of a richly detailed tasting menu built around core memories from his childhood. An example? A candle made from beef dripping served with the bread course, created to recall the flavours of the post-Sunday lunch beef dripping he loved as a kid growing up in Nottingham. A Michelin star followed the opening, which he held for years before finally adding a second – which felt long overdue by the time it was awarded – more recently.
70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG
With an early career working under genre-topping chefs including René Redzepi at Noma and Thomas Keller at Per Se, James Knappett was always going to be ambitious when it came to opening his own restaurant. That ambition was on the subtle side at first, though, with Kitchen Table’s first iteration being a tiny kitchen counter hidden inside his wife, sommelier and restaurateur Sandia Chang’s Bubbledogs. Following the closure of Bubbledogs post-pandemic, the couple seized the opportunity to expand Kitchen Table into the full space and create a culinary playground where a handful of diners per night experience a tasting menu experience that starts in a beautiful lounge and culminates in a larger and more opulent kitchen counter, watching Knappett and his team effortlessly prepare some truly outstanding dishes, with a multitude of ingredients and techniques on show and a focus on foraged food.
Claude Bosi at Bibendum
Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD
Claude Bosi is a cast-iron chef in the classic Gallic fashion. Big and barrel-chested, he knows his way around a brioche as much as he does a bivalve. Which makes it perfect that he’s taken over above the Michelin House on Chelsea’s Fulham Road, offering the iconic oyster bar his trademark treatment while launching a fine dining experience in the rooms above. His efforts upstairs earned him a brace of Michelin stars in quick succession. Oenophiles will be rewarded with a wine list that leans heavily into fine wine heavy hitters. Bosi’s cheffing takes traditional French technique, splices with international influences and creates magic with top-flight British provenance. Looking for a robust fine-dining experience with a chef that knows his way around the block? Claude Bosi at Bibendum doesn’t faff about.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
Launched on the heels of Heston’s Feasts on Channel 4, the two Michelin-starred Dinner By Heston sees him at his most scholarly, mining Great British history from the Mediaeval to the Victorian to create modern takes on food that literally would have been fit for a king. Taking up residence in the flashy Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, he quickly created quite a stir – literally so in the case of his Tipsy Cake, which utilises a statement spit to spin-roast whole pineapples. This was followed by a slew of dishes that have become nothing short of iconic: Rice and Flesh and Hash of Snails being two of them. However, in a city where signature dishes are often a flash-in-the-pan quickly forgotten as the next trend waves from the horizon, one dish in particular has managed to hold its own. Meat Fruit, an act of subterfuge in which a chicken liver and foie parfait disguises itself as a perfectly formed and dimpled mandarin, has long been lauded as one of the capital’s most iconic dishes. However, the rest of the menu is just as appealing – it’s difficult to pin down an off note in Heston’s symphonic second outing.
43 Upper Brook Street, W1K 7QR
A grand old dame of the London dining scene, Le Gavroche has been a fixture of classic French eating in the capital since it was opened by the iconic Michel and Albert Roux in 1967, moving it to its current location on Brook Street in 1981. When the time came to hand the reins of their restaurant empire, Michel’s son Alain Roux took on the three-Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in Bray, and Albert’s son Michel Roux Jr (yep, him off the TV) became chef patron of Le Gavroche, which has held two stars for pretty much the entire time it’s been open. Inside it’s still a paean to a bygone era of opulent Mayfair haute cuisine, with a focus on traditional French dishes breathed new life into by Roux and his team, while the downstairs dining room preserves much that there is to love about classic fine dining in the capital – velvet booths, beautiful paintings, white tablecloths and a troupe of regulars from the area. A true institution.
One-Michelin-starred restaurants in London
26-27 Dean Street, W1D 3LL
Having earned a Michelin star in 2014, Barrafina Dean Street has achieved the incredible feat of holding onto its star for over 8 years. It’s a testament to the restaurant’s cooking, and its influence on the London dining scene as a whole, remaining the spot to visit for Spanish , tapas-focused cooking. Whether you’re ordering from the established menu or the blackboard of daily specials (and we recommend at least nabbing a few dishes from the latter), Barrafina will impress, and the walk-ins only, counter-style, elbow-to-elbow dining creates a convivial atmosphere that might just have you befriending your neighbour.
20 Sidworth Street, London E8 3SD
Hidden quite literally behind London Fields, Behind is a fine dining restaurant that has flipped all traditional connotations associated with that term on their head. Chef Andy Beynon brings an inherent sense of informality to the feeling at Behind, with each dish delivered either by himself or a member of the kitchen team, and casual conversation regularly cropping up as they talk through the elements in each course. Crucially, however, the food is easily at one Michelin star level, if not more – and the team nabbed their first star after being open for just 12 cumulative days. We have no doubt it won’t be their last.
12a Berkeley Square, W1J 6BS
This is the kind of cooking that will quietly blow you away, in a space that drips with decadence (indoor pool decorated with floating flowers, anyone?). The kitchen team at Benares was given something of a refresh in 2020, bringing back many previous team members under the patronage of the recently returned Sameer Taneja, who worked at the restaurant for six years from 2012, and rejoined in 2019. His approach – which combines his classical French training with Indian flavours and cooking methods – obviously works, with the restaurant regaining its Michelin star in 2021.
158 Sandringham Road, E8 2HS
Casa Fofo is almost exactly what you would expect when visiting a tasting menu restaurant in Hackney. Gone are the pomp and circumstance, replaced instead with convivial service and a unique tasting menu that combines chef Adolfo De Cecco’s Italian heritage with Asian flavours and techniques. There are no gels or foams or delicately piped sauces to be seen, instead you’ll get 90-day aged beef with wafer-thin slices of green tomato and a healthy puddle of jerusalem artichoke sauce, or noodles made from leftover sourdough bread, with a beef, crab and bread miso broth and fermented lemon drop chilli paste. See? Unique.
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ
Jason Atherton achieved lofty new heights with the launch of City Social (and also its launch party, where we spotted him hobnobbing with BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH). Situated on the 24th Floor of Tower 42 on The City’s Broadgate, the restaurant offers up exceptional Modern British cuisine alongside its sweeping panoramic views. The interior is cut to fit, with classic parquet flooring, yawningly deep leather booths and high-shine ceiling panels. The menus features the same detail-precision and flavour-centric approach that has won him fans since his days with Gordon Ramsay. City Social was one of the first City restaurants to herald a newfound soul and vigour to the financial district, as well as a Michelin star.
57 West Smithfield, EC1A 9DS
Club Gascon has been a flagship for first-class French cooking in London for nearly 25 years. Chef and co-owner Pascal Aussignac cultivates a small garden at the rear of the neighbouring churchyard to grow vegetables and herbs for the restaurant’s seasonal menus.
Born in Toulouse, he also sources may ingredients from the area he grew up in – a place where charcuterie, cassoulet, armagnac, and ducks rule the roost. The Gascony foie gras is a must. Aussignac's business partner Vincent Labeyrie makes three visits a year to France to personally meet growers and hand select wines for the list, alongside his sommelier.
3 Prince Edward Road, E9 5LX
Having trained under Nathan Outlaw who has done to Cornwall’s Port Isaac what Rick Stein did to the colloquially named Padstein, it should come as no surprise that Tom Brown’s Cornerstone has a heavy seafood focus. It is his inventive flavour combinations (take, for example, cuttlefish ‘cacio e pepe’, or a crab bun with fennel kimchi and gooseberry housing) that earned the restaurant a Michelin star in 2021.
The Blue Posts, 28 Rupert Street, W1D 6DJ
The three brothers behind Evelyn’s Table – Luke, Nat and Theo Selby – all spent the formative years of their careers working predominantly at one, two or three Michelin starred restaurants. It should come as no surprise then that their first venture out on their own would be quick to receive a star not long after they took over this bolthole underneath the Palomar Group’s Blue Posts pub in Soho. Dishes are all underpinned by a Japanese element that comes from Luke’s time working in the country, and the menu – prepared right in front of your eyes at the 12-seat kitchen counter – consistently centres incredible produce, meat and seafood, letting the ingredients do the talking.
Frog by Adam Handling
34-35 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HG
Scottish chef Adam Handling has been well known to UK diners for a while thanks to his small but ambitious group of restaurants in London, Cornwall and Windsor and regular appearances on The Great British Menu, but he had to wait a while for his first Michelin star. In our opinion, it was well overdue by the time it arrived in 2022 for his flagship restaurant Frog by Adam Handling, which serves up creative and frequently sublime tasting and à la carte menus from a beautiful Covent Garden dining room. The full tasting menu is our suggestion, with contemporary flavour combinations and occasionally super-luxe dishes like the waffle with crème fraîche, caviar and maple syrup. The wine list is cracking, too.
8 Mount Street, W1K 3NF
Indian fine dining has been ascendant for some time, with the cuisine shedding its reputation as being strictly a fast-casual option, flexing some muscle, and demonstrating that it can touch the sky now just as it did in the days of Mughal emperors. Jamavar is one of the latest testaments to this, having won a Michelin star in 2022. Borrowing its name from the traditional Kashmiri lace scarves of the 16th century, the dining concept was battle-tested at the Leela Palace in Bangalore before touching down in Blighty in 2016. Chef Surender Mohan has carved out a name for the restaurant with a menu underpinned by Britain’s exceptional seasonal produce.
9 Seymour Street, W1H 7BA
What do you get if you view Mexican food through a British lens? Santiago Lastra’s KOL , that’s what. This inimitable restaurant produces the rich, vibrant flavours of Mexican food through solely utilising seasonal, British ingredients. This means an extra dose of culinary ingenuity such as partnering with a British cheesemaker to produce Oaxacan style cheese, pistachio mole instead of guacamole and foraged ingredients in place of traditional citrus flavours for that necessary dose of acidity. Paired with thoughtful, largely Eastern European wines and mezcals from around Mexico, it makes for a wholly unique dining experience, unlike anything else in London.
38 Groom Place, SW1X 7BA
As far as big-name chefs go in the UK, Tom Aikens is fairly up there. After a storied career that involves many formative London restaurants and stints on Great British Menu as both a competitor and a judge, Muse feels like something of a passion project for Aikens. Driven by nostalgia and inspired by his childhood, Muse builds each dish around pivotal moments from Aikens’ childhood and career, with family sitting close to the heart of every course. It is all served up in a wonderland-esque mews house in the heart of Belgravia – a fittingly intimate setting for the intention behind the restaurant.
Unit 1, 8 Melior Street, SE1 3QP
Tucked away behind the Shard and Guy’s Hospital in London Bridge, tasting menu venture Sollip has largely flown under the radar as a fine dining phenomenon, while on the other hand earning a hardcore coterie of devoted eaters. Launched by South Korean husband and wife team Woongchul Park and Bomee Ki, whole met while training at the Cordon Bleu in London and cut their teeth working at The Arts Club and The Ledbury respectively, as well as their own restaurant in Jeju Island, Sollip seamlessly merges the seemingly incongruous fusion of French and Korean cuisine. Experiencing classic Gallic baking such as gougeres interleaved with umami-rich flavours and Seoul-ful ingredients is something that you could only enjoy in a city such as London.
36 Snowsfields, SE1 3SU
As heritage goes, Trivet’s isn’t bad: the restaurant is the first solo venture from Fat Duck alumni Jonny Lake and Isa Bal. Situated five minutes’ walk from London Bridge station, Trivet is a gorgeous place to while away an evening: the cool, calming interiors demonstrate you’re in safe hands before you even set eyes on the food. And the food is truly fantastic: a compact menu offers superlative dishes such as Drunk Lobster with noodles, crispy veal sweetbread and poached Aylesbury duck. The wine list numbers more than 350 bottles, taking you on a regional journey from 7000 B.C. to the sixteenth century. You’ll need some time; fortunately you’ll want to spend it here.
8 Pall Mall, St. James's, SW1Y 5NG
To borrow an American expression, it’s not Anthony Demetre’s first rodeo. The chef won his first Michelin star before Y2K when the Putney Bridge Restaurant scored one in 1999, then at his own restaurant Arbutus as chef-patron in 2006, then at his second, Wild Honey, in 2007. After a few tumultuous years for the hospitality industry (ahem, pandemic) which saw him closing many of his restaurants, he reopened Wild Honey St James in a jaw-droppingly beautiful room in the Sofitel Hotel in Pall Mall. So, it was with no surprise that he once again earned a Michelin star at the new iteration of the French bistro in 2022. Having broken ground as one of the first London chefs to advance casual fine dining, it’s heartening to see that his approach remains fresh as ever, and well-deserving of the accolades under its belt.
The Dysart Petersham
135 Petersham Road, TW10 7AA
Sitting on the fringes of Richmond Park, The Dysart occupies a gorgeous building that dates back to the early 1900s and offers sweeping views of the greenery beyond. Family owned and operated, the restaurant itself is a supremely calming space, serving up impeccable, seasonal food in a space that seems to lower your heart rate the moment you step foot inside. Reading like a rolodex of some of the country’s best meat, fish and produce, the ever-changing tasting menu is a delight.
14-16 Bruton Place, W1J 6LX
The entrance to Umu Restaurant is a little like a metaphor for the dining experience: entirely unassuming, extremely beguiling, and more to it than meets the eye. Once you find the door and make it into this dinky restaurant, prepare to be blown away by some of the city’s best Japanese food. Expect a menu influenced by the cuisine of Kyoto but firmly anchored in British ingredients, with dishes like Cornish lobster with shichimi pepper and tofu miso bisque, and sake-cured Scottish langoustine with coral shuto.
Endo at The Rotunda
The Helios, 101 Wood Lane, W12 7FR
Sitting atop the former BBC TV Centre, the lights of London sparkling beyond and a cloud-like canopy above you would be enough to make any meal special. Add in the impeccable Japanese food of chef Endo Kazutoshi and you have a restaurant to remember. Set around a sweeping kitchen-table style setup, the meal is an interactive one. Watch chefs plate dishes with impeccable finesse in front of you, and have each course personally explained – considering there are 20 of them, that is a lot of one-on-one attention.
4 Redchurch Street, E1 6JL
Nabbing a Michelin star just a few months after opening in 2018, Brat is a standout addition to the London dining scene that, four years after opening, continues to remain fully booked almost every day it’s open. This is a testament to a few things: it’s peerless, Basque-influenced cooking that sees practically everything on the menu licked by fire (yes, including the desserts), and its no frills, laid back approach to dining that makes a dinner here an immensely special experience without the pomp and circumstance.
35-37 Heddon Street, W1B 4BR
Barrafina first won its Michelin star while Nieves Barragá n was executive head chef in 2013. She left in early 2017 to launch Sabor, which opened its doors in October 2017 and had already nabbed a Michelin star by 2018. This is a testament to Barragán’s defining approach to Spanish cooking, which has shaped what it means to eat the cuisine in London. The walk-in space downstairs serves up a predominantly tapas-focused menu, while the upstairs, bookable El Asador space focuses on slightly larger plates of specialties from the Galicia and Castile regions.
Above at HIDE
85 Piccadilly London, W1J 7NB
The first thing you’ll notice at Above at Hide once you’ve climbed *that* staircase are the floor-to-ceiling windows, offering views down Piccasilly and across Green Park. But they won’t keep your attention for long because Ollie Dabbous’ cooking takes centre stage here. Start with some theatrically plated snacks – gooseneck charcuterie wrapped around real feathers, anyone? – and a bread bowl to die for. The lardon and leek brioche is easily in top-ten carb moments. Assuming you’ll go for one of the tasting menus – it would be a real shame not to – the matching wine lists start with ‘Classic’ (£105) and range up to ‘Hedonistic’ (£545). The restaurant’s connection to its sister fine-wine emporium down the road is one of its many selling points. Sadly the column inches available here won’t allow us to do justice to the complete line-up of food or wine, but Dabbous’ signature dish – the ‘Nest Egg’ – has rapidly becoming an icon of the London fine-dining scene for good reason. Hide’s subterranean bar and the ground-floor brasserie are well worth a visit in their own right. But with Above at HIDE, Dabbous’ fine-dining experience lives up to its billing, going above – and beyond.
18 Phipp Street, EC2A 4NU
Hidden away in the back streets of Shoreditch, Leroy is the blueprint for what small plates-focused wine bars could be. Except, they probably couldn’t all be, because the cooking at Leroy is something uniquely special. It’s the kind of restaurant you’d feel jammy about stumbling across, even though you’re likely to specifically seek it out. The room is soundtracked by vinyl, and the menu changes regularly, with each iteration feeling better than the last. Dishes take a European lilt, so expect to dine on impressive chicken raviolo in a sauce so good you could drink it, fluffle little gnudi in tomato sauce and devilled eggs, finishing off with peach melba and unctuous chocolate ganache.
The Berkeley, Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL
As far as big-name British chefs go, Marcus Wareing is fairly up there. Ask anyone au fait with dining in the UK in the ‘90s and early noughties and you’ll probably find Wareing’s name tossed around with the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver in terms of that generation of chefs that celeb-ified cooking. Add to that his appointment as a judge on Master Chef: The Professionals, and you have yourself a bona fide household name. His restaurant, Marcus, can be found inside The Berkeley Hotel, where thoughtful cooking has earned him a Michelin star that the restaurant has retained year on year.
43 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT
After a long and decorated career behind the stoves, most chefs would probably step into something close to retirement upon leaving their two-Michelin-starred restaurant at age 50. But not Phil Howard. No – instead he opts to open up what is ostensibly a neighbourhood restaurant, but in reality is a perfectly considered, refined dining experience that serves up incredible food but sheds the seriousness that comes along with lengthy tasting menus. It is a testament to his skill, however, that even an attempt at a more ‘casual’ outpost still brings Michelin knocking, with a star quickly following. Those lucky Chelsea-ites.
22 Charlotte Street, W1T 2NB
The Ninth may sound a bit bland. But when you learn the first was Le Gavroche, the fifth was the Square, and the sixth was Capital under Éric Chavot, suddenly the ninth is sounding a little more tasty, right? With a career as distinguished as Jun Tanaka’s, you might expect his food to be fairly cheffy. But as The Ninth is the first restaurant he has actually owned, he’s free from any encumbrances; he’s making food exactly how he wants to. Tanaka was one of the first Michelin-quality chefs to really embrace street food in London. Although the fare at The Ninth could never be described as street food, the simplicity of some of the dishes and the sharing plates certainly reflects the ethos. Whatever you do, make sure you leave room for the pain perdu. This is essentially brioche that’s been soaked in crème Anglaise for
24 hours, then baked, glazed and scorched. It makes soufflé look like a sissy. The restaurant may be called The Ninth but the food is a solid ten out of ten.
Pied à Terre
34 Charlotte Street, W1T 2NH
Pied à Terre hasn’t simply been around for 30 years for no reason. Established in 1991 by David Moore, the effervescent owner who is still likely to be the one greeting you on any given day, Pied à Terre has seen a number of big-name chefs grace its kitchen over the years, including Tom Aikens. While its Michelin star level may have ebbed and flowed – for a time it had two – the quality of the food has remained high over the years, even as chefs have come and gone. At the middle of it all remains Moore, ensuring the ship runs smoothly and developing an enviable shirt collection that will go down in sartorial history.
64 Dean Street, W1D 4QQ
Those who’d grown accustomed to Spanish-American chef Victor Garvey’s authentic, modern tapas dishes at restaurants including Encant and Rambla may have been surprised when he closed the latter to open a modern Californian restaurant in its place. But Garvey’s work in Michelin-starred venues across the USA beforehand meant SOLA was always likely to be a hit, and it was confirmed with the awarding of a Michelin star almost immediately after opening in 2020. A choice of à la carte and tasting options aim to take diners on a tour of the USA’s most populous state, with hero dishes like langoustines flambéed on whisky on a hot rock proving surefire hits. A list of some of the best Californian wines to be found in London completes the experience.
Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
Lyle’s is just about drowning in present day dining buzzwords – seasonal, modern British, locally sourced, Scandi-designed. But make no mistake, this restaurant is no sheep – no, Lyle’s is an industry leader, helping to carve out a new space for what it means to eat English food. Dishes are, at first glance, deceptively simple. It’s only upon eating them when it all comes together: the intelligent flavour combinations and immense skill that goes into even the most simple of courses. Menus change often – sometimes daily – and serve as a checklist of the country’s most interesting produce, from the stuff you can get at your local greengrocer, to additions you can only obtain after a hard day of foraging.
Victory House, 99-101 Regent Street, W1B 4RS
The oldest surviving Indian restaurant in London, Veeraswamy is not simply a restaurant, but a destination in its own right. A meal here is not just about what is on the plate, but about the decades of history held within the walls. The food, though, is worth a visit regardless, and the space is luxurious-yet-modern, a recent refurbishment bringing the space firmly into the present day, despite its anchoring in history. Food is bold yet refined, and the menu travels across different regions in India while still feeling cohesive and impressive.
The Harwood Arms
Walham Grove, SW6 1QP
The first and only pub in the capital to be awarded a Michelin star, The Harwood Arms is no sticky-floored boozer. No – this is a public house that takes food seriously. The daily menu echoes hints of classic British pub food, and you could in theory just come by for a pint and a venison scotch egg but it will probably be the best snack you've ever had in your life. But, just because you can get a sirloin steak here, does not mean it’s going to be equivalent to the steak and chips at your local. No – this is considered food well worth its Michelin attention. And that’s before we even get to the sunday roast – consistently voted one of London’s best, and guaranteed to cap off your weekend incredibly well.
The River Cafe
Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, W6 9HA
This is a restaurant that really needs no introduction. The River Cafe is a true London icon, sitting pretty on the shores of the Thames in Hammersmith since 1987. It has developed an international reputation for being one of the essential places to dine in London, thanks to its magical locale, warm service and supremely special food. The restaurant serves up no-frills Italian food, meaning ingredients and their quality are key. It’s this approach to cooking that revolutionised the restaurant scene in London and, to this day, the restaurant can be credited with launching the careers of some of the country’s most defining chefs.
3-7 Devonshire Road, W4 2EU
Somehow remaining separate from frenzied conversations around London’s dining scene, and yet loved by all who live in it, ‘leafy’ Chiswick is where neighbourhood restaurants come to thrive. La Trompette is a perfect example of this: a tried and true spot that has held the same space since 2001, serving up elegant, refined fare to a selection of loyal and (usually) local diners. Winning a Michelin star in 2008, La Trompette is a grand dame, quietly turning out some of London’s most reliably lovely food.
St. JOHN Smithfield
26 St John Street, EC1M 4AY
Few restaurants have had as global an impact on the dining scene as St John . Not simply an enduring restaurant within the London food scene, the restaurant has influenced menus around the world. Their bone marrow and parsley salad dish has been recreated everywhere from Los Angeles to Auckland and Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver and be almost single handedly attributed to the rise of offal on Euro-centric menus. Away from the restaurant’s culinary kudos, the fact that it remains consistently booked out and an enduring favourite of Londoners and visitors alike says all you need to know about the quality of the cooking, even three decades on.
South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
Angler is located on the 7th floor of the South Place Hotel in Moorgate – in the centre of business lunch district. The restaurant launched in 2012 and landed its first Michelin star within a year of opening. Executive chef Gary Foulkes joined back in 2016 and has helped it maintain it ever since. Foulkes has form: with stints at Michelin-starred Aubergine and two Michelin-starred restaurant The Square. From the art on the walls to that on your plate, it is one of the most elegant and tasteful restaurants you’ll find anywhere in London. The experience at Angler is so polished you can practically see your reflection in it. There are only 80 covers, so it’s a fairly intimate affair, but in the summer, it also offers alfresco lunch-time dining on the restaurant’s 40-seat, west-facing terrace. At the opposite end of the restaurant is a 14-seat semi-private room with views into the kitchen and an exclusive 'Chef View' Tasting Menu.
The Five Fields
8-9 Blacklands Terrace, SW3 2SP
To operate a quality, produce-led restaurant in luxurious yet unassuming surrounds and manage to not only do well, but actively attract a loyal following and a Michelin star is a surprisingly difficult endeavour. And yet, The Five Fields in Chelsea has managed to do just that. The multi-course tasting menu sings with impeccable British ingredients and changes according to the seasons. No matter what time of year you visit, you can expect plate after plate of confident cooking and a wine list that is full of classic bottles with a few more interesting drops in the mix too.
11-13 Abingdon Road, W8 6AH
Opened in 2009 by restaurateurs Phil Howard, formerly head chef and co-owner of The Square, and Rebecca Mascarenhas, of much-loved Barnes restaurant Sonny’s Kitchen, Kitchen W8 was always intended to serve as an elevated neighbourhood joint. And it did just that, with the experienced Mark Kempson helming the kitchen, until 2011 when it was awarded its first Michelin star – something that brought new attention and clientele to this little pocket of Kensington. The original trio are all still here – including Kempson – a testament to the kitchen’s enduring commitment to good food and service.
4 The Polygon, SW4 0JG
While Clapham is something of a desert when it comes to good quality fine dining, Trinity has firmly taken that mantle and run with it, proving that Michelin stars can belong in this leafy pocket of London. It may still refer to itself as a ‘neigbourhood restaurant’ but this is cooking that would stand up in the centre of town just as much as it does in the burbs.
Galvin La Chapelle
5 Spital Square, E1 6DY
Now here’s a restaurant in which every meal will feel like a special occasion – even if you’ve just popped in off the street. (Although good luck with that, the place will be reserved to the hilt.) Launched by the Galvin Brothers – the culinary equivalent of the Gallaghers minus the estrangement – Galvin La Chapelle won a Michelin star in 2011. Enjoy classic French food served in a truly magnificent setting: the building was formerly the gym of a Victorian girls’ school and the restaurant offers class with a capital C.
2 Bellevue Road, SW17 7EG
Minimalist interiors? Check. Head chef who used to work at The Square? Check. South-west London postcode? Check! Chez Bruce hits all the one-star requirements and even has a loyal local following to boot. That’s not to detract from the restaurant’s incredible food which incorporates bold Mediterranean flavours through a refined and elegant lens. This is proper three-course dining at its best, so expect impressive starters, sizable mains and desserts that you simply insist on finding space for.
Halkin Arcade, SW1X 8JT
While London is hardly starved for good quality Indian restaurants, Amaya still manages to shine, even when up against worthy competition. An open kitchen runs down one side of the restaurant, adding a theatrical element to the meal, while the opulent, moodily lit space lets you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Eschewing the concept of courses, food at Amaya is served as its cooked and is designed for sharing, a departure from the assumed process at Michelin starred restaurants, and a welcome one at that. Expect big flavours and exceptional cooking.
1 Kinnerton Street, SW1X 8EA
As far as defining restaurants in London go, you simply cannot overlook Petrus, which was perhaps one of the most significant fine dining restaurants of the early 2000s boom of them in the city. Opened by Gordon Ramsay, with Marcus Wareing as head chef, the restaurant became the site of the eventual well-publicised feud between the two. Ebbing and flowing in quality over the years, the fact that it has remained in existence is no smal feat. Food is classic but impressive, with a strong French lean.
42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH
Old or young, east or west, newspaper or digital media, ask any food-lover in London what their essential London restaurants are, no matter what their culinary preferences are, and they’ll probably mention Gymkhana. Comfortably serving up some of the city’s most impressive Indian food, Gymkhana impresses not just for its incredible food that stays true to traditional flavours but serves them up on an entirely new level, but also for the glitzy decor that seems to provide a worthy stage for the impeccable dishes.
17 Bruton Street, W1J 6QB
There is something to be said for a restaurant that opens up a second outpost just down the road from its first and that sequel is not only good, but impressive enough to nab a Michelin star. That’s exactly what Hakkasan have achieved with their Mayfair outpost. Opening in 2010, nine years after the first and a few international ventures later, the Mayfair restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2012. While it may now be a global brand, the continuation of its one-star status is a testament to the food that keeps people coming back for more.
Hakkasan Hanway Place
8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD
While it may now be a global empire, the Hanway Place Hakkasan was the original – the restaurant that started a dinner dynasty, if you will. Opened in 2001 by Alan Yau, the intention of Hakkasan was to offer upmarket Chinese food in a setting that rivalled the usually Westernised high-end restaurants that existed at the time. It, evidently, succeeded. Hakkasan was awarded a Michelin star in 2003, and went on to open up restaurants around the globe.
65 South Audley Street, W1K 2QU
The first Chinese restaurant in London to be awarded a Michelin star, Kai Mayfair heralded a new way of perceiving Chinese food in London. Opened in 1993 by sport shooter Bernard Yeoh, the express intention of the restaurant was to change the wider view of what it meant to eat Chinese food in the UK, cooking it through the same fine-dining lens that had been gatekept by Euro-centric food for so long. 16 years later, in 2009, it was awarded a Michelin star, which it has retained ever since.
20 Queen Street, W1J 5PP
Angela Hartnett is something of a legend in the culinary world. With an incredibly decorated career that included a lengthy stint under Gordon Ramsay, Hartnett opened Murano in 2008. Her star has only risen since then, with the restaurant gaining a Michelin star and two subsequent Cafe Murano venues opening – a casual take on this, her grand dame. Her sophisticated Northern Italian food at Murano has earned her city-wide recognition and something of a cult following.
Pollen Street Social
8-10 Pollen Street, W1S 1NQ
While Jason Atherton is now a worldwide name, with restaurants in major cities around the globe, Pollen Street Social is where it all began for the chef. Opened in 2011, the restaurant quickly earned a Michelin star which it has quietly retained ever since. Over lockdown, the chef dedicated his time to reinventing the concept, giving the menu a modern overhaul while still staying true to the impeccable cooking that quite literally launched an empire.
8 Seymour Street, W1H 7JZ
Again with the restaurants who have held their Michelin stars since the early Noughties; Locanda Locatelli opened in 2002 and swiftly nabbed their first star the year after. Since then, while Italian restaurants have come and gone, this stalwart spot has remained, enticing locals and visitors alike with its impressive menu of exquisite food in chic, pared-back surroundings.
113 Great Portland Street, W1W 6QQ
The pared down dining room and open kitchen at Portland hint towards a far more casual dining experience than you receive at this wonderful restaurant on the border between Fitzrovia and Marylebone. Opened with the intention of being a solid neighbourhood spot, the restaurant achieved that and so much more, unintentionally receiving a Michelin star less than a year after opening. This is, of course, due to the incredible, seasonal food the kitchen turns out that firmly puts provenance front and centre, but can also be attributed to the friendly service and ambitious wine list that spotlights some wonderful, affordable bottles.
15-17 Blandford Street, W1U 3DG
Trishna is where the JKS Group first drew Michelin blood. Looking back on it, the quaint little Keralan restaurant serving up superlative south Indian fine dining had all of the markings of the beginning of a thriving restaurant group. Food is reliably wonderful, pulling influences from the southwest coast of India, which mean seafood is undoubtedly a necessary addition to your order.
Seven Park Place by William Drabble
7-8 Park Place, St. James's, SW1A 1LS
Seven Park Place by William Drabble was awarded a Michelin star only one year after opening, it’s maintained this status for more than a decade now – and for good reason. William, known as ‘Billy’, has created an inimitable menu, influenced by classic French cuisine but made using the very best British produce. Billy, who prides himself on his excellent supplier relationships, particularly loves to cook with the freshest lobster and Lune Valley lamb, both of which can be found on his menu all year round, with varying seasonal accompaniments. New for this year, an intimate wine tasting room enclosed within glazed concertina doors and a decorative brass vintage screen is now tucked in a private corner towards the rear section of the restaurant. It’s a suitanly louche location for indulging in the restaurant’s impressive Sommelier pairing experience.
The Dining Room at the Goring
15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW
This is the kind of timeless, elegant restaurant that to a small percentage of the population is a daily lunch occurrence, and to the rest of us is a one-off decadence. There are no hints of trends or ‘fashionable’ dining here – although that’s not to mean the food isn’t wonderful, because it is. But it’s good in the way that it has been for years, and really, why fix what isn’t broken? To dine at The Goring is to slip away from the world for a little while – and it’s damn good fun – and tasty – while you do.
41 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF
Located inside St James’s Court Hotel, Quilon is a stalwart of the London dining scene. The first South Indian restaurant in the world to win a Michelin star, the kitchen has been helmed by the same chef since 1999 – Sriram Alyur. Nine years later it was awarded the coveted Michelin star, an achievement it has retained ever since. The menu features a strong focus on seafood, but really everything is well worth a try. This is cooking that has stood the test of time – and is as good as ever.
The Ritz Restaurant
150 Piccadilly, St. James's, W1J 9BR
John Williams joined The Ritz restaurant in 2004, and quietly began building a kitchen that would go on to become one of the country’s best – quite literally. Awarded a Michelin star in 2016, it would be another 6 years before the buzz around The Ritz Restaurant reached a cacophonous roar – and it seems that time has finally come. Climbing forty places in the National Restaurant Awards list in just one year, Williams’ work is finally getting the credit it deserves, and The Ritz Restaurant is seen as a serious place to dine. It would be easy to have the food get lost in the space, so decadent are the interiors. But rather than let the room outshine what’s on the plate, Williams and his team rise to the occasion, matching the grandeur around you. It’s no mean feat, but it’s one they achieve year after year. Sitting at the end of a wonderful meal and having crepes suzette prepared for you tableside on a dinky little trolley is truly an unforgettable experience.