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The Araki
12 New Burlington Street, London W1S 3BH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 3 Michelin stars

Mitsuhiro Araki's tiny restaurant - just nine people up at the dining counter and six in a private dining room - became one of London's rare three Michelin-starred restaurants. But the chef has now returned to Tokyo, leaving his sushi apprentice turned head chef Marty Lau in charge.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
68 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HP
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Michelin star 3 Michelin stars
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The Dorchester, Park Lane, London W1K 1QA
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
Michelin star 3 Michelin stars

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, serving up fine French food, is one of only three restaurants in London to be awarded three Michelin stars.

Core by Clare Smyth
92 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2PN
Critic reviews - total score out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

For years Clare Smyth was seen as the guiding light of Gordon Ramsay's flagship Hospital Road restaurant. Since going it alone with her own fine-dining spot in Notting Hill she's already notched up two Michelin stars as well as the top London slot in the Good Food Guide.

Claude Bosi at Bibendum
Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD
Critic reviews - total score out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

He may have shut up shop at Hibiscus, but Claude Bosi is now at the classic Bibendum building. There he's in charge of both the downstairs seafood restaurant and the fine dining upstairs.

Kitchen Table
70 Charlotte St, London W1T 4QG
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

Kitchen Table is the main event of the two-part restaurant from James Knappett and Sandia Chang (also including Bubbledogs). Here you can expect a new meal almost every visit as the menu evolves depending on the chef's preferences and the seasons. And all this in a setting that sees you seated around the open kitchen watching and interacting with the chefs.

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Critic reviews - total score 9 out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

One of the few London restaurants on the World's 50 Best list, Heston's only London gaff is still hugely popular. The dishes that captured everyone's attention when it opened - the Meat Fruit (chicken liver parfait shaped like a mandarin) and the Tipsy Cake are still on the menu and are must-order dishes if you haven't got round to trying them yet. Keep an eye out for A-list diners, the hotel is a well-known celebrity haunt. 

greenhouse
27a Hay's Mews, Mayfair, London W1J 5NY
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

Head chef Alex Dilling succeeded Arnaud Bignon to run the kitchen at this Mayfair restaurant in 2018, promising to create "food that sparks joy and is truly elegant, complemented by one of the world’s most outstanding wine lists of over 3,400 wines."

sketchnew
9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

Pierre Gagnaire's uber chic Mayfair restaurant is certainly for special occasions - it's one of the most expensive meals in town. There are multiple dining rooms within the building, all with very different looks and menus. There are also incredibly instagrammable loos.

The Ledbury
127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2AQ
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

One of the few London restaurants to make it as far as the top 10 of the World's 50 Best, this is often cited to us by fellow foodies as their favourite place in town. Fronted by Brett Graham it manages to mix high-end Michelin-starred food with a relaxed service, while still keeping the locals happy too.

Umu
14 - 16 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1J 6LX.
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

Umu is billed as the "only Kyoto style restaurant in the UK", and comes with a Michelin star.

gavroche
43 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 7QR
Critic reviews - total score 9.5 out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

Headed up by chef Michel Roux Jr, this classic London restaurant 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.

Helene Darroze at The Connaught
The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars

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. It's closing for two months this summer for a major refurb (from 14 July - September).

ikoyi
1 St. James’s Market, London SW1Y 4AH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

This restaurant comes from Iré Hassan-Odukale (front of house) and Jeremy Chan (Head Chef) and features a modern take on West African Cuisine. 

Leroy
18 Phipp Street, London EC2A 4NU
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Small plates, sharers and snacks are on the menu here, at this venture from the team who ran Michelin-starred Hackney restaurant Ellory. Now they're Shoreditch-based with a more laid back venture that features their own Vermouth and wines.

HIDE
85 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NB
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Ollie Dabbous' Mayfair restaurant is a three storey affair cominging a fine dining tasting menu upstairs with an all-day a la carte on the ground floor and a basement bar.

Brat
4 Redchurch St, London E1 6JL
Critic reviews - total score 9 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Former Kitty Fisher's chef Tomos Parry's solo venture features a mix of cooking on fire, Welsh and Basque cuisine, and a big focus on wine. It became an instant hit - and it doesn't hurt that the dining room is quite lovely too.

Sabor
35 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BR
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Former Barrafina alumni José Etura and Nieves Barragan teamed up for their own restaurant, which specialises in Basque cuisine and it's been packed ever since. There's counter dining and a small bar downstairs or you can book ahead for sharing plates at the asador upstairs.

Roganic
5-7 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 3DB
Critic reviews - total score out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Simon Rogan's Roganic originally came to town as a long-term experimental pop-up. Now it's back as a permanent restaurant and Rogan's London home (not too far from the original location). Expect regularly changing inventive seasonal dishes, many using ingredients from Rogan's main base, L'enclume.

La Dame de Pic
Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

The main restaurant at the Four Seasons has triple-Michelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic as the chef - and she grabbed a new Michelin star for this restaurant too. It's a French Fine dining affair.

Elystan Street
43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, London SW3 3NT
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Phil Howard brought in two Michelin Stars to The Square before he moved on. This is the next restaurant where he's in the kitchen, with a slightly more laid-back feel.

Portland
113 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6QQ
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

From the team behind Clipstone and Emilia, this all day spot sets out it stall as "cooking the best produce, simply but with imagination and plenty of care". Both the main menu and wine list change frequently.

City Social
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

City Social is Jason Atherton's City restaurant high up in the high-rise Tower 42. There's a fancy design by Russell Sage, a more high-end experience some of his other ventures and a huge bar space. Oh, and there's a fantastic view too.

Lyle's
Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

James Lowe's restaurant at the Tea Building in Shoreditch proved that a restaurant in Shoreditch could gain a Michelin star. This all-day restaurant showcases his food with a regularly changing menu. Look out for special guests popping in from time to time. And they serve a damn fine coffee throughout the day.

Fera at Claridge's
49 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

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.

Marcus
The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

This is Marcus Wareing's main base in London, and where he's earned a Michelin star (and also where you're most likely to see him in the kitchen). Expect top-notch Michelin-starred fine dining, where the ingredients are the main focus of the menus.

gymkhana
42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

The Sethi family's concept of taking a colonial gymkhana club theme and serving modern Indian food combined with British ingredients, with a focus on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill was an instant hit. Always packed with A-listers and foodies alike.

Social Eating House
58 Poland St, London W1F 7NR
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

This restaurant is from Jason Atherton and, to date, his only one in Soho. Expect a very British menu, with plenty of starters in jars too. As with all of Atherton's places, the bar is just as important - so make time to head upstairs for a cocktail or three.

Story
201 Tooley Street, London SE1 2UE
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

He's worked with the likes of Rene Redzepi at Noma, and previously with Tom Aikens, Adam Byatt and Thomas Keller. Now Tom Sellers is has launched his own restaurant in London called Story. Expect "humble ingredients but throws them together in a creative, inspired way" including beef dripping candles that you can eat.

The Clove Club
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

One of the best restaurants in town and one of the few to make it into the World's 50 Best list, The Clove Club is now a London institution, on the must-try lists of all good gastro tourists. Head into the main restaurant for a regularly changing set menu which is at the heart of things here - or to the bar for cocktails and nibbles.

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