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Best Restaurants in London

Best Restaurants in London focuses on British and European cuisine: Booking of a table is normally essential well in advance, as they tend to be booked out. Best Restaurants are also listed under 'Best Hotels'
(19) Audley
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
The Audley pub in Mayfair is definitely one of the more stylish public houses in London, including a wine bar, main bar and dining room 'Grill at the Audley' upstairs, cellar bar downstairs. The Audley even has the occasional black tie customers in the evening - no wonder Prince Charles and Hugh Grant come here for a pint now and then. Main course from GBP 5-15.
Tel: +44-20-7499 1843 and Address: 41-43 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2RX
Tube: Bond Street / Marble Arch
website: www.taylor-walker.co.uk/about/historic-pubs/audley-mayfair/

(20) Belvedere Restaurant
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
The Belvedere Restaurant was once the Summer Ballroom to Holland House dating back to 17th century. It is located in the middle of Holland Park and was rejuvenated enjoying a redesign by David Collins. Belvedere Restaurant offers a unique location with high ceilings and outside terrace upstairs, British cuisine with fine French accents. Main course GBP 17-27.
Tel: +44-20-7602 1238 and Address: Abbotsbury Road, Holland Park, Kensington, London W8 6LU
Tube: High Street Kensington
website: www.belvedererestaurant.co.uk

(21) Galvin at Windows at Hilton Park Lane
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
Galvin at Windows Restaurant is the perfect setting for a memorable occasion with a breathtaking views over central London on the 28th floor of the Hilton Park Lane Hotel South-East of Hyde Park. Seasonally inspired modern French haute cuisine created by chef Joo Won - the bar alone is worthwhile visiting. Set lunch from GBP 25 and dinner menu from GBP 68.
Tel: +44-20-7208 4021 and Address: 22 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1Y 4BE
Tube: Hyde Park Corner
website: www.galvinatwindows.com

(22) Gordon Ramsay
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
Gordon Ramsay was the first restaurant of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, established in 1998 at the place of the former Tante Claire and holds three Michelin stars since 2001. The intimate restaurant is dominated by its stylish art-deco-ish interior. Head chef Clare Smyth's cuisine is modern French with foie gras a go go and seasonal British ingredients. Three courses GBP 95.
Tel: +44-20-7352 4441 and Address: 68 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HP
Tube: South Kensington / Sloane Square
website: www.gordonramsay.com/royalhospitalroad

(23) Ivy
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
First opened in 1917, the Ivy has 1920's flair and a relaxed atmosphere with British cuisine makes it the most popular top restaurant for media stars such as Ralph Fiennes. The Ivy was refurbished in 2008 by its new owner Richard Caring and houses specially-commissioned artworks. Private dining room on the first floor for up to 60 guests. Main course from GBP 15-39.
Tel: +44-20-7836 4751 and Address: 1-5 West Street, Soho, London WC2H 9NQ
Tube: Leicester Square
website: www.the-ivy.co.uk

(24) Koffmann's at The Berkley
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
London restaurant legend Pierre Koffmann's latest restaurant in London is a bistro-style more informal southern French restaurant. At Koffmann's you can enjoy his classics such as his famous pig’s trotter stuffed with sweetbreads & morels invented in his legendary restaurant 'La Tante Claire', which is today inhabited by Gordon Ramsey. Main course GBP 25-30.
Tel: +44-20-7107 8844 and Address: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
Tube: Hyde Park Corner
website: www.pierrekoffmann.co.uk/at-the-berkeley/

(25) Le Gavroche
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
At Le Gavroche restaurant the chef de cuisine Michel Roux Jr. took over the reins from his father, Albert, in 1991. The Rouxs are London's long standing defenders of haute French cuisine since 1967, first to be awarded with two Michelin stars. It was one of the favourite restaurants of Princess Diana, maybe also thanks to its two discreet entrances. Main course GBP 30-70.
Tel: +44-20-7408 0881 and Address: 42 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7QR
Tube: Marble Arch
website: www.le-gavroche.co.uk

(26) Rules Restaurant
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
Rules restaurant is London's oldest restaurant at the same place offering finest English fish and game since 1798 in a very traditional mahogany panelling setting. With cocktail bar upstairs offering distinguished cocktails such as 'Kate Middleton's'. Famous guests start with Charles Dickens and many more afterwards. Shooting can be arranged on Rules' own estate. Main course from GBP 23.
Tel: +44-20-7836 5314 and Address: 35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7LB
Tube: Covent Garden / Embankment
website: www.rules.co.uk

(27) Simpson's in the Strand
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
Simpson's in the Strand is a Victorian institution, past guests include Charles Dickens. Simpson's has been offering traditional British cooking like roasts since 1828 in the 'Grand Divan' wood panelled dining room. Roasts come on antique silver-domed trolleys and jacket & tie are still required. 'Knight's Bar' with jazz music after 10 pm. Main course GBP 20-35.
Tel: +44-20-7836 9112 and Address: 100 The Strand, Strand, London WC2R 0EW
Tube: Covent Garden / Embankment
website: www.simpsons-in-the-strand.co.uk

(28) Square
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
In the Square restaurant chef Philip Howard continues to dazzle with his exquisite modern French cuisine since 1991, located between Berkley Square and Bond Street. The modern interior gives you enough space to enjoy food and private conversation. The private dining room offers the luxury of complete privacy for 8 - 18 guests. Menu from GBP 90.
Tel: +44-20-7495 7100 and Address: 6-10 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 6PU
Tube: Green Park
website: www.squarerestaurant.com

(29) The Ritz Restaurant
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
The Ritz Restaurant features Louis XVI-style marble columns, huge floor to ceiling windows and a terrace. The 'palace style' cuisine popularized by master chef Auguste Escoffier since 1906 is still going strong, offering classical French dishes using the finest seasonal British ingredients and jacket & tie are required. The Queen and Elton John entertain here. Main course GBP 37-40.
Tel: +44-20-7300 2370 and Address: 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR
Tube: Green Park
website: www.theritzlondon.com/Dinner-Restaurant.html

(30) The Wolseley
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
The Wolseley is a grand place in a former Wolseley Motors showroom from 1921 with very high ceilings next to the Ritz. The Wolseley is favoured by Kate Moss or Elle McPherson and has been masterminded by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King since 2004. It offers modern European cuisine and Viennese coffee house style. Main course GBP 10-30.
Tel: +44-20-74996996 and Address: 160 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9EB
Tube: Green Park
website: www.thewolseley.com

(31) Tom's Kitchen at Somerset House
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
Tom's Kitchen at Somerset House is in the beautifully restored Georgian rooms in Somerset House. Tom Aiken's restaurant (formerly Oliver Peyton's Admiralty restaurant) is offering the freshest British produce and traditional meals. Pebble stoned river-view terrace for sunny summer days and evenings (winter for romantic ice skating in the court yard). Main course from GBP 14.
Tel: +44-20-7845 4646 and Address: Somerset House, The Strand, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Tube: Embankment
website: www.tomskitchen.co.uk/somerset-house

(32) Wilton's Restaurant
(Best Restaurant: Traditional & Bar)
Wilton's Restaurant & Oyster Bar is going strong since 1742 at different places and has a very cosy Victorian atmosphere. Traditional British cuisine with sea food, including a choice of caviar and game, also in separated booths for privacy (jacket & tie required). The 'Oyster Bar' has been refurbished with a trendier slant in 2014 and offers most grand marques champagnes. Main course GBP 18-45.
Tel: +44-20-7629 9955 and Address: 55 Jermyn Street, St. James's, London SW1Y 6LX
Tube: Green Park / Piccadilly Circus
website: www.wiltons.co.uk

(33) Avenue
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
Avenue was leading the way with cool Britannia design by architect Rick Mather in 1995 with high ceilings and a fashion-show-feeling bar. Hassle-free modern British cuisine with local produce including game and organic salmon, smaller snacks available in the bar. Main course GBP 14-30.
Tel: +44-20-7321 2111 and Address: 7-9 St. James's Street, St. James's, London SW1A 1EE
Tube: Green Park
website: www.avenue-restaurant.co.uk/

(34) Babylon at The Roof Gardens
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
Babylon at The Roof Gardens, formerly the venerable Roof Gardens club and restaurant, was revived by Richard Branson's Virgin Group. Babylon at the Roof Gardens restaurant offers modern British cuisine. Those wishing to continue their evening in 'The Club' pay an additional entry fee of GBP 10 added to their bill. Two to three course dinner GBP 40-47.
Tel: +44-20-7368 3993 and Address: 99 Kensington High Street (Entrance on Derry Street), Kensington, London W8 5SA
Tube: High Street Kensington
website: www.roofgardens.com

(35) Bibendum Restaurant & Oyster Bar
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
Bibendum offers a cool designer atmosphere on the first floor of the former 1911 headquarters of the Michelin Tyre Co. In 1987, Sir Terence Conran opened the newly refurbished home of Bibendum in the iconic Michelin Building. Matthew Harris offers classic French food with a strong British influence. 'Oyster Bar' downstairs has a huge choice of fresh seafood. Main course GBP 19-30.
Tel: +44-20-7581 5817 and Address: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD
Tube: High Street Kensington
website: www.bibendum.co.uk

(36) Criterion Restaurant
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
Criterion Restaurant offers timeless opulence in one of the most spectacular dining rooms in London: Neo-Byzantine decor from 1874 with marble walls, mirrors and gilded ceiling combined with velvet plush. The Criterion was originally revamped by Marco Pierre White in 1995 and, since 2009, it is in Russian ownership with modern European cuisine. Main course GBP 18-32.
Tel: +44-20-7930 0488 and Address: 224 Piccadilly Circus, St. James's, London W1J 9HP
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
website: www.criterionrestaurant.com

(37) Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal was a small revolution opening 2011 with the unique approach taking inspiration from historic British food of the past centuries. The menu indicates when a historic dish was invented such as Earl Grey Tea cured Salmon (c.1730) or Cod in Cider (c.1940). The interior is dark wood panelling and leather furnishings. Main course GBP 28-42.
Tel: +44-20-7201 3833 and Address: 66 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Tube: Knightsbridge
website: www.dinnerbyheston.com

(38) Fifteen
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
Fifteen restaurant, north of the City of London, was opened by popular TV-chef celebrity Jamie Oliver in 2002. Fifteen offers Mediterranean cuisine in a trendy retro style restaurant with enthusiastic young apprentices who are trained for chefs for Jamie's restaurants. Main course GBP 10-35.
Tel: +44-870-787 1515 and Address: 15 Westland Place, Hoxton, London N1 7LP
Tube: Old Street
website: www.fifteen.net

(39) Le Pont de la Tour
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
Le Pont de La Tour was incepted by Sir Terence Conran in 1991 and has an excellent view of Tower Bridge with terrace, where not only Tony Blair used to lunch with Bill Clinton but many other famous people have enjoyed the view since. Le Pont de La Tour offers traditional French cuisine with a modern twist including lobster and caviar. Main course GBP 20-38.
Tel: +44-20-7403 8403 and Address: 36d Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, Southwark, London SE1 2YE
Tube: Tower Hill / Bermondsey
website: www.lepontdelatour.co.uk

(40) Oxo Tower Restaurant
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
Oxo Tower Restaurant by Harvey Nichols is located on the 8th floor of a trendy converted red-brick power station and warehouse. You have a divine view through huge windows of the river Thames skyline of St. Paul's area. Especially at night, the terrace is a great place in the summer, offering modern British cuisine. There is also the 'Oxo Tower Bar' for drinks. Main course GBP 22-40.
Tel: +44-20-7803 3888 and Address: Barge House Street, 8th Floor, Southwark, London SE1 9PH
Tube: Blackfriars
website: harveynichols.com/oxo-tower-london

(41) Petrus
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
Petrus in Belgravia is Gordon Ramsay’s second restaurant, which was awarded a Michelin Star in 2011, in its third location now. Petrus shows a glimpse of the wine on offer in the glasshouse wine storage in the centre of the restaurant. Head chef Neil Snowball’s modern European cuisine is heavily under French influence. Three courses from GBP 75.
Tel: +44-20-7592 1609 and Address: 1 Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 8EA
Tube: Knightsbridge / Hyde Park Corner
website: www.gordonramsay.com/petrus

(42) Quaglino's
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
Quaglino's was established by Giovanni Quaglino in 1929 in the heart of St. James'. With the restaurant's iconic main staircase it was revamped in 1993 by Sir Terence Conran setting the trend for trendy European cuisine in London with a focus an fresh seafood. 'Quags cocktail bar' with bar menu on the mezzanine level above. Main course GBP 17-35.
Tel: +44-20-7930 6767 and Address: 16 Bury Street, St. James's, London SW1Y 6AJ
Tube: Green Park / Piccadilly Circus
website: www.quaglinos.co.uk

(43) Sketch
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
Sketch is a trendy design led, jazzed-up Grade II-listed 1779 town house, just North of Savile Row with a selection of different restaurants in one place. 'Lecture Room' and 'Library' as two Michelin starred fine dining restaurant, 'Gallery' and 'East Bar' as 70s shabby chic gastro-brasserie, brainchild of Mourad Mazouz with Pierre Gagnaire. Main course Lecture Room GBP 44-57 and Gallery GBP 21-39.
Tel: '+44-870-777 4488 and Address: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
Tube: Green Park / Leicester Square
website: www.sketch.uk.com

(44) The Ledbury
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
The Ledbury restaurant opened in 2005, with Brett Graham as head chef after some years of training at 'The Square'. The Ledbury has gained many accolades including two Michelin stars, the cuisine is modern French style heavily influenced by seasonal local British produce. Outside seating available, three courses GBP 80.
Tel: +44-20-7792 9090 and Address: 127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2AQ
Tube: Westbourne Grove / Notting Hill
website: www.theledbury.com

(45) The Magazine Restaurant
(Best Restaurant: Trendy & Bar)
The Magazine restaurant opened in 2013, designed by Zaha Hadid, combining heritage and trendy plastic-fantastic interior in a former 1805 gunpowder store. It is part of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens. Chef Oliver 'Ollysan’ Lange combines British cuisine with a Japanese splash. Seasonally changing a la carte menu, main course GBP 16-26.
Tel: +44-20-7298 7552 and Address: Serpentine Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Kensington, London W2 3XA
Tube: Lancaster Gate/Knightsbridge
website: www.magazine-restaurant.co.uk
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