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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
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Eating out is no longer just about the food - it is an art form of the highest order. Diners look for a restaurant that envelops you in its magic and individual style and provides you with an eating experience that you'll be talking about for weeks on end. A meal in any of our featured Michelin starred restaurants is guaranteed to exceed your wildest gastronomic dreams.

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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

3 Michelin stars

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester Where:
, The Dorchester, Park Lane, London London, W1K 1QA
Category: French Cuisine

The Dorchester, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

Alain Ducasse is the most successful restaurateur in the world, with fifteen more Michelin stars worldwide than Gordon Ramsay. His first London operation, earning him three of those stars, is a hyper-modern 80-seat dining room, fortunately tucked well away from the gaudy monstrosity that is the Dorchester's grill room. The menus are distinctively French, aiming neither for molecular wizardry, nor Ramsay's faux-simplicity, but for an imaginative mixture of old and new techniques, and a total dedication to the craftsmanship of cheffing. The current Parisian love affair with all things Japanese is also apparent. This is one of the most expensive restaurants in London but if you can afford to pay £100 a head, then you're guaranteed a pretty spectacular meal.

 
 
 

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

1 Michelin Star

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Where:
, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London London, SW1X 7LA
Category: British Cuisine

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, Hyde Park, London, SW1X 7LA

Tube: Knightsbridge Station, Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

Heston Blumenthal's first foray into London opened in February 2011 amid much fanfare - and quite rightly so. Located on the ground floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel in Knightsbridge, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is a labour of love between the snail porridge pioneer and his long-time cooking partner Ashley Palmer-Watts. Offering a new historical take on British recipes, Dinner was labeled a "theatrical tour de force" and "colossal fun" by The Telegraph's restaurant critic Matthew Norman. The playful and adventurous menu offers creative delicacies such as Hay Smoked Mackerel (c.1730), Rice & Flesh (c.1390) - an intense combination of braised calves tail and saffron risotto - and, the piece de resistance, Meat Fruit (c.1500), a smooth chicken liver parfait covered in a savoury orange jelly and moulded in the shape of a mandarin. Mains include a sumptuous Beef Royal (c.1720) which is cooked at an exceedingly low temperature, sous-vide, for 72 hours, while the pudding menu boasts Tipsy Cake (c 1810), a cinnamon-cream-infused brioche served with roast pineapple. It's not just the food itself that is fun: guests are surrounded by all manner of zany contraptions - including a trolley-mounted churning device for making ice-cream and a clockwork pineapple-roasting spit - while 35 chefs are on duty in the open, glass-fronted kitchen. The menu is set to change seasonally four times a year, while there are plans for a private dining room, a kitchen table service and afternoon tea. Heston may not venture down much from the Fat Duck, but this is British refined brasserie cooking at its very best. For more information please visit www.dinnerbyheston.com.

 
 
 

Galvin at Windows

1 Michelin star

Galvin at Windows Galvin at Windows Where:
, 22 Park Lane, London London, W1K 1BE
Category: French Cuisine

22 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1BE

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

There are two genuinely terrifying things about the Hilton's 28th-floor restaurant Galvin at Windows: the first is the sheer distance from the ground; the second is the scale of the bill. Chris Galvin is most famous for a wonderful bistro in Baker Street, where he serves a similar menu of traditional French cuisine (though with fewer gourmet flourishes) for around half the price. There is nothing wrong with the food at Windows, which offers a combination of simplicity and style that is rare in top-end restaurants. It is just a bit galling to think that you could be eating the same stuff for so much less money. But of course, this is not a restaurant where the bill simply reflects the food: the view is absolutely as spectacular as you would expect, making this a wonderful place to take a date, impress a client or simply check out the greatest city in the world. Just be careful about which table you are booking, because there are a couple in the middle where you can hardly see anything.

 
 
 

Gordon Ramsay

3 Michelin stars

Gordon Ramsay Gordon Ramsay Where:
, 68 Royal Hospital Road, London London, SW3 4HP
Category: Modern European Cuisine

68 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HP

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 
 

Gordon Ramsay's level of celebrity has reached such a fever pitch that it has become very nearly impossible to get a table at the small restaurant that first established the belligerent ex-Rangers footballer as the biggest name in British food. If you do manage to get in, what you'll find is an absolutely excellent British restaurant, where subtle touches complement, but never drown, the excellent seasonal ingredients. There's some fantastic offal on offer for nose-to-tail eaters, but the menu also has plenty of simple, traditional options. Service is immaculate and if the decor is starting to date a little, this is more than made up for by the food. The only restaurant run by a British chef to have received three Michelin stars and you can certainly taste why.

 
 
 

Hakkasan

1 Michelin star

Hakkasan Hakkasan Where:
, 8 Hanway Place, London London, W1T 1HD
Category: Chinese Cuisine

8 Hanway Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1HD

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Goodge Street Station

 
 

Boasting the first Michelin Star ever awarded to a Chinese restaurant, Hakkasan can justly claim to be the best of its kind in London. The food here really is exceptional. Straying from the traditional route to provide Western variations on Chinese staples the cuisine is both modern and mouth-watering. Also described as the "sexiest" restaurant in London, Hakkasan's appeal doesn't just rest with its food. Lurking underground at the end of a fairly unappealing (bordering on dingy) side-street, initial impressions aren't great. However, as you walk step by step down the dimly lit staircase, surrounded by cooling slate walls embedded with tiny ruby red lights, a whole new world opens up before your eyes. Bathed in a mysterious, icy blue light, the dining room's discretely placed arrangement of tables appear to emerge gleaming under the moonlight of an exotic Oriental night. Carefully placed screens create an air of privacy and subterfuge, further enhanced by the shadows created by flickering candles and dramatic spots of light. The suavely dressed waiters who slip silently in between tables and behind screens provide an appropriately unassuming yet attentive service, which is key to this whole dining experience. Expensive this is - it doesn't deserve to be anything else - but it's worth every penny.

 
 
 

Helen Darroze at The Connaught

2 Michelin stars

Helene Darroze at The Connaught Helene Darroze at The Connaught Where:
, The Connaught, 16 Carlos Place, London London, W1K 2AL
Category: French Cuisine

The Connaught, 16 Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 

Following Angela Hartnett's departure from the restaurant at The Connaught hotel in Mayfair in 2007 the restaurant reopened with Helene Darroze as the two Michelin-starred Executive Chef from July 14th 2008. Great ingredients, often sourced from small producers, are the secret to a relentlessly inventive menu packed with star dishes. The lunch/pre-theatre menu is particularly good value, but the tasting menu is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Like the hotel's stylish Coburg Bar, the design is by Parisian designer India Mahdavi.

 
 
 

Hibiscus

2 Michelin stars

Hibiscus Hibiscus Where:
, 29 Maddox Street, London London, W1S 2PA
Category: British Cuisine

29 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2PA

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Ludlow's loss is London's gain as the two-Michelin starred Hibiscus moves to Mayfair. Relocating from Shropshire, husband and wife team Claude and Claire Bosi have decided to keep much of their previous restaurant - it's a winning formula so why change it? Everything from the menu right down to the artwork on the walls has been recreated, even the teapots and trays come from Ludlow. Tellingly, most of the staff have moved too. Sample dishes are another indication of their roots with Bosi intent on using Welsh ingredients; Elwy Valley lambs brain, Shropshire rose veal and choux farci of Welsh lamb come fresh from the Marshes and hill farms in the heart of North Wales. Prices too have remained at provinces levels which, when you transport them to London and compare them to their equivalents, suddenly seem very reasonable indeed. Ludlow maybe mourning their loss but we're thankful that the Bosis have chosen to close their original restaurant. Unlike so many chefs of this calibre whose name becomes a brand and who spread themselves thinly over their culinary mini empires, Claude can concentrate on getting this one right.

 
 
 

L'Etalier De Joel Robuchon

2 Michelin stars

L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon Where:
, 13 - 15 West Street, Covent Garden London, WC2H 9NE
Category: French Cuisine

13 - 15 West Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9NE

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

Monsier Robuchon retired at the top of his game after being voted the chef of the century in 1990, but returned in the late 90s to open his chain of 'Atelier'. The London branch is the third, after Paris and Tokyo, and there are further sister restaurants in Monaco, Macao, New York, Las Vegas and Hong Kong. The London branch sticks to the formula of having no bookings, and offering some of the finest food in the world, worthy of two Michelin stars. The cuisine aims at 'simplicity' which means that ingredients are not overwhelmed by sauces. The decor, on the other hand, is nothing if not overwhelming, with great sweeps of foliage, and a central kitchen where you can sit up at the bar and watch your food being prepared.

 
 
 

Le Gavroche - Michel Roux Jr

2 Michelin stars

Le Gavroche - Michel Roux Jr Le Gavroche - Michel Roux Jr Where:
, 43 Upper Brook Street, Marble Arch, , London London, W1K 7QR
Category: French Cuisine

43 Upper Brook Street, Marble Arch, , Mayfair, London, W1K 7QR

Tube: Marble Arch Station

 
 

Mayfair Restaurants come and go but Le Gavroche never changes - the service remains the best in London, head chef Michel Roux Jnr is ever-present (a lesson for the Ramsay's and Rhodes' of the world) and the buttery-rich, classic French food continues to attain heights of gimmick-free perfection that flashy joints like Nobu can only dream of. The decor has changed very little since it was founded in the late 60s, and it continues to the thick carpet, heavy wood, gleaming silverware and green leather simply reek of luxury. The prices are absolutely eye-watering in the evenings, but the £48 three-course lunch is a good deal: it includes wine, water, coffee, canapes and a shorter, but otherwise equally good, menu.

 
 
 

Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley

2 Michelin stars

Marcus - formerly Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley Marcus - formerly Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley Where:
, The Berkeley, Wilton Place, , Knightsbridge London, SW1X 7RL
Category: French Cuisine

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, , Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7RL

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station, Knightsbridge Station

 
 

Expensive but brilliant. Superchef Marcus Wareing engages in daily feats of culinary magic in the opulent splendour of the Berkeley Hotel. Changing its name from Petrus and moving out from under the Gordon Ramsay banner in September 2008, nothing much at this two Michelin-starred restaurant has changed except the name. The décor - based on that at Chateau Petrus - is plush plum velvet and, like the menu, exudes dramatic glamour. The standards of food, drink, service and style are fully deserving of a two-star rating and, rumour has it, they're going for a third. Seriously superior.

 
 
 

Pied à Terre

2 Michelin stars

Pied à Terre Pied à Terre Where:
, 34 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, , London London, W1T 2NH
Category: Modern European Cuisine

34 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, , Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2NH

Tube: Goodge Street Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

Pied à Terre won its second Michelin star in the 1990s. Head chef Tom Aikens departed soon after, taking his extravagantly weird cooking with him, but they have managed to remain one of London's half-dozen two-starred restaurants in spite of the fire that flambéed the dining room in 2004. That, at least, gave them the chance to redecorate, and the dining room is now younger and hipper than its previous staid incarnation, with smooth curves and big mirrors that reflect the gleaming cutlery. The menu is contemporary French, from the 'little-piles-of delicious things' school, where thin slivers of delicious things are stacked between scoops of foams and purees. Chef Shane Osborn has a delicate touch and offering dishes far less tough on the arteries than many restaurants of this quality - something he achieves without sacrificing a morsel of flavour.

 

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