London is the top place in the UK for Michelin-starred restaurants. In fact, there are nearly 50 to choose from. So to help focus your fine dining attention, we've put together a list of the best restaurants in London. Nearly half of London’s Michelin-starred restaurants have a major French influence, but we’ve stuck to one entry per food style. This has meant some stunning restaurants haven’t made the list (Gordon Ramsay’s three-star for instance). But there are still many choices from household names like MasterChef-star, Michel Roux Jr, and plenty of chefs stepping out of the shadow of their more famous counterparts, like Ashley Palmer-Watts at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. The London top restaurant scene continues to get better and better as each chef strives to be the best. So with this "entree" out of the way, it is time to head straight to the main course and our flavoursome top ten.
A venerable, fine-dining institution, still setting the classic standards in London, two Michelin Stars.
Opened by the legendary Roux brothers, Michel and Albert, and now transformed in the hands of Michel Roux Jnr, this was the first UK restaurant to be awarded one, two and three Michelin stars. Still influential after decades at the forefront of UK cooking, Le Gavroche is revered for the sheer brilliance of the food and its exceptional service. Prepare to be wowed.
Classic French: with a modern twist and lighter touch.
Michel Roux Jr: My aim at Le Gavroche is to achieve the highest possible quality, not just with the food for which we are renowned, but in every aspect of the dining experience.
The Soufflé Suissesse (Cheese souffle cooked in double cream)
Address: 43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 7QR
Phone number: 020 7408 0881
The last word in elegance. This is a prestigious restaurant which continues to astound, three Michelin Stars.
This is luxury dining on an epic scale. With arguably the smartest address in town, the Dorchester’s elegant dining rooms include the ethereal Table Lumière, which is surrounded by 4,500 shimmering optics. Awarded three stars in 2010, Executive chef Jocelyn Herland has continued founding Chef Alain Ducasse’s philosophy, which is to make seasonal ingredients the star of the show. “Each good product, grown with love and respect, in its distinctive land, has an incomparable flavour. Without which, a chef is nothing." Alain Ducasse
A contemporary, creative and refined take on classic French cuisine.
Jean-Philippe Blondet: Jean-Philippe only uses the freshest and most seasonal produce, strictly sourced for their quality and provenance.
Signature Dish: five ways, or fillet of Angus beef and seared foie gras Rossini
Address: 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1QA
Phone number: 020-7629-8866
The critics’ darling; The Ledbury’s modern cooking has made this one of the hottest reservations in London, two Michelin Stars.
It might take two months to get a table, but it's well worth the wait. Expect top-notch food in a relaxed setting. The focus here is on the incredible dishes, served with exquisite style and presentation, and a crucial focus on making diners feel welcome before wowing them with exceptional seasonal cooking. Head chef Brett Graham’s culinary skills and flare have seen this restaurant heaped with (well deserved) plaudits.
Contemporary French meets the best of British produce, particularly game, to create seasonal food of the highest quality.
Brett Graham: The focus is on the guest. We work hard to provide an all-round dining experience.
Signature Dish: grilled mackerel, with pickled cucumber, Celtic mustard and shiso
Address: 127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, W11 2AQ
Phone number: 020 7792 9090
The apprentice has become a master. Alyn Williams is producing outstanding contemporary cooking with, unusually, an exceptional vegetarian menu to go with the traditional meat and fish dishes, one Michelin Star.
The influence of kitchen mentors Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing has certainly rubbed off on Alyn Williams. One year into his first solo venture at The Westbury, he clinched a coveted Michelin star in 2012. A die-hard West Ham United fan, a huge influence on his career was his father. His east London allotments yielded huge varieties of vegetables, instilling in a young Alyn a love of seasonal and fresh produce. Now firmly established in Mayfair in the luxurious surroundings of the five-star, The Westbury, this is another British chef flying the flag for cooking in this country.
Constantly evolving - while his French classical training is still the basis for many of the dishes on the menu, his fondness for Asian flavours, inspired by backpacking in his youth round India, means there is an international influence at work with some of the spicing. Packing a flavoursome punch with every mouthful, the menu changes regularly, as they keep the choices as seasonal as possible.
Alyn Williams: The cooking is creative and even playful but however elaborately constructed the dish, the combinations of flavours and textures always work. - Michelin on awarding his first star.
Signature Dish: Laverbread ravioli with roasted onion stock and Welsh beach vegetables
Address: 37 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2YF
Phone number: 020 7183 6426
Redefining and modernising the Japanese dining experience in the UK, two Michelin Stars.
The name Umu, meaning “born of nature”, comes from executive chef Yoshinori Ishii’s philosophy of using only the best and freshest local ingredients. Although regarded by many as one of London’s most expensive dining experiences, this is the only Kyoto-influenced restaurant in the UK, so be prepared for a unique and artistic take on the fine-dining experience, sake sommelier included.
Modern Japanese cooking, which focuses on the highest quality and freshest ingredients, to produce exquisite dishes including stunning sushi and sashimi?
Yoshinori Ishii: Service above all must be good. We should make the customer feel relaxed and comfortable. The chef only takes care of the food; he must rely on others to make the meal good.
Signature Dish: Their Kaiseki – traditional Japanese tasting menu
Address: 14 – 16 Bruton Place, Mayfair, W1J 6LX
Phone number: 020 7499 8881
A celebration of historical British cuisine with a modern and innovative twist, two Michelin Stars.
Only Heston Blumenthal could create such a novel approach to fine dining; reinventing British gastronomy from as far back as Tudor times. In tandem with head chef, Ashley Palmer-Watts, the menu is packed full of culinary surprises. From Meat Fruit (a popular middle-ages illusion food) to Frumenty (c1390) and Tipsy cake (1810). The stunning restaurant interior by Tihany Design, coupled with the splendour of its Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park setting, makes this an experience to savour.
British food with a contemporary twist; this is flavourful, gusty fare.
Ashley Palmer-Watts: The aim is to create a modern, simple, produce-driven menu in a relaxed yet trendy environment.
Signature Dish: Spiced Pigeon (c1780) with ale & artichokes
Address: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
Phone number: 020 7201 3833
A modern European restaurant and champagne bar with Nordic influences, one Michelin Star.
Scandinavian culture has never been more popular, and Agnar Sverrisson’s complex and innovative restaurant ensures the Nordic vibe will also captivate the fine dining market. A protégé of Raymond Blanc, Sverrisson, alongside head sommelier Xavier Rousset, has created a sophisticated and sleek eating experience which has wowed the critics.
A creative take on modern European food; with the delicious and fresh twist of Icelandic influences
Agnar Sverrisson: I remain loyal to my heritage, combining Icelandic and Scandinavian ingredients with locally sourced British produce.
SIgnature Dish: Icelandic lightly salted cod, with avocado, brandade, squid and chorizo
Address: 34 Portman Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 7BY
Phone number: 020 7224 0028
Modern Indian cuisine in a luxurious and contemporary setting, one Michelin Star.
You have to be something special to become one of the first Indian chefs to gain a coveted Michelin star, and Atul Kochhar is certainly that. Credited with helping redefine Indian cuisine as a fine dining experience, Kochhar conjures up culinary works of art you won’t find in any local curry house. The dishes in his Mayfair restaurant are sourced and researched from across his homeland, then combined with the best of British ingredients.
Mouth-wateringly modern Indian cuisine with a uniquely contemporary British twist: for example the incredible Khasta Murgh starter; a chicken tikka pie with wild berry chutney.
Atul Kochhar: I combine my heritage with a love of British ingredients to create unique and innovative modern Indian cuisine. I am constantly seeking inspiration through travel and research.
Signature Dish: Karara Kekda Aur Lagosta – Crispy soft shell crab, Atul’s signature Peri-Peri Lobster Cocktail, chilli cress.
Address: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6BS
Phone number: 020 7629 8886
A winning fusion of fine dining and classical Italian cooking, one Michelin Star.
The words fine dining and family-friendly are unlikely bedfellows, but this is the unique atmosphere created at this top-notch restaurant by one of Italy’s top chefs, Giorgio Locatelli. The menu happily follows the traditional Italian format, from amazing antipasti to perfect pasta, right through to their delicious dolci; including the perfect pick-me-up Tiramisu. With a predominantly Italian wine list, carefully selected by Sommelier Virgilio Gennaro, and a retro design by David Collins, this is a real treat for the senses. Famous for its intimacy, family atmosphere and quality of food; Marylebone resident and singing superstar Madonna is reported to be a big local fan.
Expect traditional Northern Italian food with an emphasis on the seasonality, and quality, of the ingredients.
Giorgio Locatelli: For us the sign of welcome is to feed people. At the heart of cooking, whether you are rich or poor is the spirit of conviviality, the pleasure that comes from sharing a meal with others. And there is no enjoyment of food without quality.
Signature Dish: 'Risotto ai gamberi di Mazara del Vallo e zucchine' - Sicilian red prawns and courgette flower risotto
Address: 8 Seymour Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 7JZ
Phone number: 020 7935 9088
A true benchmark for the finest Cantonese cuisine in London, one Michelin Star.
With Hakkasan you have not just one, but two classy restaurants to choose from. The original Hakkasan in Hanway Place set incredibly high-standards in Chinese fine dining, but its Mayfair sister restaurant, a particular favourite with celebrities, definitely does not suffer from second sibling syndrome. Although renowned for its sexy and stylish moody night-club interiors, the glitz and glamour does not take anything away from the pure quality of the food, but instead intensifies the overall experience. This is fine dining with a difference.
Complex-flavoured Cantonese dishes, created using a blend of authentic cooking methods, with a heavy dose of Western influences and ingredients. From superb dim sum to grilled Wagyu beef with king soy sauce and Fresh water prawn with spicy salt and dried chilli.
Tong Chee Hwee: Our aim with Hakkasan was to create something modern but at the same time authentic, taking as our starting point traditional Chinese cuisine, and bringing it right up to date.
Signature Dish: Peking duck with Royal Beluga caviar
Address: 8 Hanway Place, Bloomsbury, W1T 1HD (Flagship) & 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6QB
Phone number: 020 7927 7000 (Bloomsbury) 020 7907 1888 (Mayfair)
Hopefully this has whetted your appetite for fine dining in 2014. To delve deeper into the menus or book a restaurant, click on the restaurant name above (handily highlighted) and it will take you straight through to their website. Alternatively you can see what other Michelin-star restaurant deals are available on our website by visiting our fine dining page for the latest offers. Bon appetite!