London has such a diverse range of restaurants that you are quite simply spoiled for choice, with anything from gourmet artisan food trucks to haute cuisine from all corners of the globe. As for luxury dining, there is of course a multitude of restaurants to delight your taste buds, as well as being a delight for the other four senses. Let’s take a look at some of London’s greatest high-end eateries.
Dinner, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London
Dinner is Heston Blumenthal’s conceptual restaurant, which specialises in creating novel twists on traditional British fare. The menu sounds rather quirky and ambitious, with such gastronomic wonders as meat fruit, chicken oysters, and braised celery. The tipsy cake for dessert is a firm favourite with guests, as is the ice cream, which is made right at your table using liquid nitrogen, say what? The hefty price tag might put some diners off (the braised celery is around the £30 mark), but you are sure to have a truly unforgettable experience at Dinner.
The Hawksmoor, various locations, London
As far as steakhouses go, the Hawksmoor is one of the best in London – with 4 locations in the city offering a mouth-watering array of dishes, with grass-fed British beef, sustainably sourced seafood, and seasonal vegetables and fruits. You might not think of a steakhouse when you think of luxury dining, but the Hawksmoor is a foodie’s delight, and definitely not to be missed.
Gordon Ramsay at Hospital Road, 68 Royal Hospital Road, London
Well-known chef Gordon Ramsay’s triple-Michelin-starred restaurant offers exquisite French cuisine, and combines elegant décor with a lively atmosphere and world-class service. Each carefully prepared dish excels in both taste and presentation, and is indeed well deserving of the rave reviews this place so frequently enjoys. The Prestige set menu features several courses, and includes such delights as ravioli lobster, langoustine and salmon, and the mango, jasmine and passionfruit soup.
The Lecture Room at Sketch Restaurant, 9 Conduit Street, London
This ultra-hip and sophisticated art gallery-cum-restaurant features decor that is out of this world, and boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant known as The Lecture Room, as well as a lively brasserie eatery, a cocktail-serving tearoom, and two chilled out, intimate bars. The Lecture Room serves a la carte and tasting menus created by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire, offering unique and complex dishes. Even going to the bathroom is like visiting some sort of spaceship – this quirky restaurant is perfect for an avant-garde lunch or dinner with art aficionados.
The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, London
Of course, no list of luxury London dining venues would be complete without mentioning The Ritz, and its formidable reputation certainly precedes itself. For sumptuous British/French dining in a stunning baroque-style salon with impeccable service, look no further. Naturally smart dress is a must, as is booking well in advance for this world-famous venue.