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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
This is the fourth restaurant from the steakhouse boys, but this time it also has a strong focus on fish which will be cooked on a charcoal grill and is being overseen by fish maestro Mitch Tonks. It's a big old room too, seating up to 235.
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.
Ollie Dabbous is back with his latest restaurant called Hide. This three storey restaurant combines a fine dining tasting menu with an all-day al la carte on the ground floor and a basement bar.
Previously opened in New Delhi and New York, Indian Accent's has come to London. Expect high-end Indian cuisine (AND the original is on the World's 50 Best List).
Jamavar London is the latest outpost for the upmarket restaurant chain from India - and they've an ex-Gymkhana chef in the kitchen.
This small restaurant in Mayfair is in the refurbished Shepherd Market and features Tomos Parry - former head chef at Climpson's Yard and YBF winner for best chef of the year - in the kitchen.
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.
This is Jason Atherton's affordable French bistro, only just across the road from his flagship Pollen Street Social. Expect seasonal French bistro dishes with rotating specials and cocktails.
The people behind Pidgin have come into Mayfair for their next restaurant and there's a big change too. While seasonal small plates remain the thing, everything comes to you on either trolleys or trays for you to pick and choose.
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.
Park Chinois plays homage to the opulence and decadence of 1930’s Shanghai, with regional Chinese food and live entertainment. Behind the red doors is an interior inspired by the aesthetics of Chinoiserie; the French love affair for the mystique of the Orient. The cuisine is largely Chinese yet the ingredients and techniques used are chosen from around the world so there's dim sum classics as well as excellent express lunch options and a top cocktail list.
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.
Former Barrafina alumni José Etura and Nieves Barragan have teamed up for their own restaurant, which specialises in Basque cuisine. Expect counter dining and a small bar downstairs and sharing plates at the asador upstairs.
Francesco Mazzei, previously best known for L'Anima, has taken over as chef patron of Sartoria restaurant on Savile Row in Mayfair. When it re-opens, he'll be serving dishes from his native Calabria as well as dishes from other regions in Italy.
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.
Pierre Gagnaire's uber chick Mayfair restaurant is certainly for special occasions only - it's one of the most expensive meals in town.
Formerly owned by Corbin and King this is the restaurant of The Beaumont - The Colony Grill Room. The hotel is redolent of the era of Grand Hotel grill rooms.
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.
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.
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