Six of The Best: London Fine Dining Experiences
Posted on July 25 2018
London is a city of contrasts: from medieval buildings, to cutting edge technology, from elegant shopping to bohemian markets, from elegant squares to houseboats on the canal. London has it all. The same applies to London’s world-famous restaurants. The city is a melting pot of different cultures and traditions and this is reflected in its gastronomy too. From French Haute Cuisine to World Class Sushi, London dining will lead you to some of the finest gastronomic experiences in the world.
Le Gavroche is the last word in classic French dining. With a history of awards dating back as far as 1974 when it earned its first Michelin star, this heavyweight legend in the classic French style is world famous. Under the patronage of Michel Roux Jnr, the quality of Le Gavroche remains a benchmark in the world of cuisine, and is a flagship London restaurant. Its interior is luxurious and elegant and its menu is the stuff of legend. Don’t leave without ordering the world-famous Coquilles St Jacques, or the Cote de Veau. Le Gavroche currently has two Michelin stars and has featured on countless lists of the Best Restaurants in the World
Opened by Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver in 1994, St John specialises in “nose to tail” eating. Following the traditions of ancestral butchers on the very spot where a smoking house was once situated, St John is not for the faint hearted, nor for the vegetarian. With pristine white surroundings and plain, unfussy table settings, the restaurant lets the food take centre stage. St John has been a Michelin starred restaurant since 2009, and only releases its menus on the day they are served and not before. With innovative dishes, offering delicacies that even seasoned diners may not have eaten before, you can be assured of Michelin star quality when you dine at this meat lover’s nirvana.
The Araki is the ultimate in world class sushi. With three Michelin stars to its name, the Araki has the unique selling point of every single seat being at the chef’s table. Watching Mitsuhiro Araki and his expert chefs prepare the exquisite fare is all part of the experience at Araki. As a barometer of its exclusivity and quality, the Araki feeds only eighteen people per evening. The restaurant seats only nine, and has only two sittings per night. The menu is already set before you arrive, so no choosing or ordering takes place. The chef chooses the guests’ food, and with high demand and three Michelin stars, this is clearly a highly lauded dining style. This is the ultimate wish list for sushi connoisseurs and with such small numbers, it goes without saying that booking in advance is mandatory.
Indian cuisine is hugely popular in London and Michelin starred Gymkhana is in such demand that booking well in advance is highly recommended if you’ve any chance of enjoying this exceptional and exotic restaurant. The surroundings have a traditional turn of the century feel with ceiling fans, mirrors and dark wood panelling, and sharing dishes is very much encouraged. Gymkhana offers fine dining Indian style with such dishes as Hariyali Bream and Wild Mushroom, Truffle and Morel Pilau, as well as taster menus with a wine matching service. You can find Gymkhana in London’s Mayfair.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
The fiery chef is world famous for his many television appearances and his high profile. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is one of only three in London which boast three Michelin stars, and which has done so since 2001: an extraordinary achievement in today’s fast-moving world of cuisine. Under the leadership of chef patron Clare Smyth MBE, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay offers high quality seasonal ingredients cooked using classic French and English methods and served in elegant surroundings. For the adventurous, there is the Inspiration Table, a bespoke dining experience in which dishes are prepared and presented at the table by a chef. You can find Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Chelsea’s Hospital Road. Booking far in advance is essential.
Bibendum is hot news at the moment, having just achieved not one but two Michelin stars under the direction of renowned French chef Claude Bosi. Situated in Michelin House itself, where Chelsea meets South Kensington, Bibendum has earned its place on the Two Star Michelin list by offering contemporary seasonal cuisine with a French twist. Dine on Turbot, Cuttlefish, langoustine or rabbit and round off your meal with Olive Oil parfait or rhubarb mille-feuille.
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