The best restaurants in London

If you're looking for a spot of fine dining, then your best bet is in the heart of Mayfair. You'll find more than a few Michelin stars tucked away in here, although the area is starting to see a little more experimentation and invention too. Here's our pick...

The top five

If you've only got a limited time to get to the best of the best - here's our top pick...

Gymkhana
Address: 42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH
What We Know: This restaurant is from Karam Sethi, the chef behind Michelin starred Trishna and he's taking the concept of colonial gymkhana clubs as a running theme, serving modern Indian food combined with British ingredients, with a focus on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill.

 

Murano
Address: 20 Queen Street, London, W1J 5PR
What We Know: There are a few Cafe Muranos across town - but this is the main event. Angela Hartnett's flagship restaurant, which she bought from Gordon Ramsay after helming it for him for years. Expect high-end Italian dining.

 

Pollen Street Social
Address: 8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
What We Know: Jason Atherton has opened his first solo venture in this former Mayfair pub. He's keeping the idea of small dishes and promises 'fine dining with a twist'. The 60 cover restaurant has have two private dining rooms, a large bar where a tapas-style menu will be served, a gin trolley and a dessert bar.

 

Neo Bistro
Address: 11 Woodstock Street, Mayfair, W1C
What We Know: Expect a seasonal menu with regular specials at the heart of this new relaxed bistro-style restaurant, bringing a taste of British new wave dining to Mayfair. And it boasts two very experienced chefs, Alex Harper and Mark Jarvis, at the helm.

 

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Address: 34 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HD
What We Know: The people behind Le Caprice and Scott's have opened a 100-seat steak restaurant in the heart of Mayfair - expect it to be a celebrity haunt. It has a focus on rare breeds and game, while also offering a collection of lighter dishes. It's designed by Martin Brudnizki who also designed Hix, Scott's, Dean St Townhouse and Les Deux Salons among many more.

 

And the very best of the rest

Jamavar
Address: 8 Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 3NF
What We Know: Jamavar London is the latest outpost for the upmarket restaurant chain from India - and they've an ex-Gymkhana chef in the kitchen.

 

The Colony Grill Room at the Beaumont
Address: 8 Balderton Street, Brown Hart Gardens W1K 6TF
What We Know: Corbin and King have taken over this art deco building in Mayfair to create a 75 room hotel. The hotel's restaurant will be called The Colony Grill Room. The hotel is going to be redolent of the era of Grand Hotel grill rooms.

 

Fera at Claridge's
Address: 49 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
What We Know: Simon Rogan, also behind L'Enclume and Roganic, has taken over the main restaurant at Claridge's and completely revamped it while offering the same food that is so hugely popular at L'Enclume.

 

Alyn Williams at the Westbury
Address: The Westbury Hotel, 37 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2YF
What We Know: Having headed up the kitchens at Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley for the past four years, Alyn Williams has been lured down the road to open a restaurant under his own name. He's serving up modern British fare using fine French cooking techniques.

 

The Wolseley
Address: 160 Picadilly, London W1J 9EB
What We Know: Run by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, this is the jewel of their mini restaurant empire. A London institution that has an extremely loyal clientele and often the hangout of media types and celebs. Serves a cracking breakfast too.

 

The Ritz
Address: 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR
What We Know: One of the best-known hotels in the world, originally opening in 1906. It's still as smart as ever and the restaurant, with chef John Williams in charge, finally won back its much sought-after Michelin star. Expect fine-dining French cuisine and also note it's one of the vanishingly few places in London to demand a shirt and tie.

 

Sketch
Address: 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG
What We Know: Pierre Gagnaire's uber chick Mayfair restaurant is certainly for special occasions only - it's one of the most expensive meals in town.

 

Le Gavroche
Address: 43 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 7QR
What We Know: This is the main restaurant for TV chef Michel Roux Jr and prides itself on having some of the best service in London. It's not cheap but if you book for lunch, there's one of the best set menu deals in town.

 

Goodman
Address: 26 Maddox Street, London W1S 1HQ
What We Know: The first Goodman is still the best. When this steak restaurant opened, it was particularly hard to find a decent steak in London. That's all changed now - but this is still one of the places to find the most impressive steak in town.

 

Corrigan's Mayfair
Address: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7EH
What We Know: This is Irish celeb chef Richard Corrigan's main restaurant in London, and one where much of the produce comes from his own farm in Ireland. Expect hearty food and also a damned fine bar attached to it too, called Dickies (with Dead Rabbit's Gregory Buda in charge of the drinks).

 

Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill
Address: 11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
What We Know: Richard Corrigan's second London restaurant and one that's all about seafood. It's something of a London institution, having been around since 1916. Richard Corrigan took it over more recently and made it one of the best seafood spots in town.

 

Scott's
Address: 20 Mount Street, London W1K 2HE
What We Know: This seafood restaurant in Mayfair is also one of its most famous, and the flagship restaurant for Richard Caring's Caprice group. And if you can grab one of the tables outside (weather permitting), it's one of THE places to be seen in town.

 

Helene Darroze at The Connaught
Address: The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
What We Know: One of the main restaurants at prestigious London hotel The Connaught, this is run by French Chef Helene Darroze. Expect high-end French dining that has won the restaurant two Michelin stars. Also does a fine weekend brunch.

 

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
Address: The Dorchester, Park Lane, London W1K 1QA
What We Know: Alain Ducasse is one of France's most celebrated chefs and he's done pretty well over here too. This restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel is one of only two restaurants in London to be awarded three Michelin stars.

 

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