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25 Best London Hotel Restaurants
London – a city that excels in dining choices, especially so in hotel dining where it combines fine architecture and world-class facilities with exquisite ‘trophy’ restaurants. Brimming with international luxury hotel brands ever-keen to impress, and boutique destinations upping the glamour stakes, you are never short of high-end dining options throughout this great city. As fortunate insiders, we publish the Luxury Restaurant Guide’s list to the 25 best hotel restaurants in London:
The UK’s highest rated hotel restaurant, honoured with three Michelin stars for its contemporary French cuisine, from one of the world’s most decorated chefs. The restaurant also happens to be based in one of the most consistently ranked best hotels in the world, and one of its most iconic, The Dorchester.
Marcus Wareing holds two Michelin stars at his eponymous restaurant Marcus at The Berkeley. One of the most respected and acclaimed chefs in Britain, his awards include two Michelin stars, Tatler Restaurateur of the Year and GQ Chef of the Year. He is a BBC ‘Masterchef the Professionals’ judge and talent mentor, and his restaurant does not disappoint. The Berkeley is part of the Maybourne Group, which excels as world leaders for their three hotels including The Connaught and Claridge’s.
Our highest rated female chef brings you her eponymous restaurant, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, a uniquely personal experience with no less than two Michelin stars. Elegant and understated, The Connaught is a luxury hotel in London’s chic and quieter area of the Mayfair village. It perfectly blends a discreet English ambience with a contemporary five-star touch. Part of the Maybourne Group with its sister hotels, The Berkeley and Claridge’s.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park celebrates historic British dining; intricate dishes are named with dates relating to their provenance. The Mandarin Oriental occupies prime Knightsbridge territory whilst backing onto Hyde Park. Enjoy grand luxury at every turn.
Michelin starred Fera, meaning wild in Latin, offers thoroughly modern cuisine inspired by nature. The restaurant is in the heart of one of London’s illustrious and most strikingly decorative hotels with its Art Deco features. It joins its sister hotels in the Maybourne Group with The Berkeley and The Connaught.
If looking for quintessential Britishness then step into the royal favourite, The Goring, the hotel chosen by The Duchess of Cambridge, and then Kate Middleton before her wedding. Inside, Michelin-starred The Dining Room at The Goring has one of the UK’s most talented chefs at the helm, Shay Cooper, where both classic and modern dishes with consummate flair can be enjoyed.
Michelin-starred Ametsa with Arzak Instruction brings the flavours and combinations from the Basque region of Spain. Discreetly tucked away in a quiet side road in Belgravia, you can find Ametsa in the ultra stylish and elegant boutique hotel of Como The Halkin.
Classic French Michelin-starred cuisine is served at Céleste in the heart of this landmark Regency building, recently subject to a lavish renovation. It’s aim is to take you on a culinary journey of great flavours in a beautiful, richly decorated, domed dining room, perfect for day or evening dining.
Quilon is London’s only Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in a luxury hotel. Enjoy South-West coastal cuisine, blending old traditions and modern tastes in the Taj Hotels and Palaces Group London outpost. A magnificent Victorian property built around a tranquil courtyard with red brick frieze, depicting scenes from Shakespeare’s Sylvan plays. The hotel is within a five minute walk of Buckingham Palace.
The Savoy Grill and The Savoy are internationally renowned as part of the foundations of English fine society. The Savoy Grill is managed by Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, and continues to pay hommage to British grill favourites, such as a hearty 400g sirloin on the bone, beautiful Côte de Boeuf to share, grilled Lobster Thermidor or plump for Scottish Langoustines in a lemon and herb butter, roasted Orkney Scallops with English peas or something simple like a grilled 16oz Dover Sole.
The Oval Restaurant celebrates the 1920’s glamour and style. An intimate setting serving fine Italian cuisine. The Wellesley is described as London’s finest boutique-grand hotel – an opulent hotel offering a discreet and uncompromising service for the discerning traveller, within 36 exquisitely decorated rooms and suites.
Opened in 2017 and awarded its first star in the 2018 Michelin Guide, renowned French Chef Anne-Sophie Pic brings her signature French cuisine to the City of London, creating unexpected flavour combinations. The Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square is set in the heart of the City, overlooking Tower Bridge and the Tower of London in one of Britain’s finest architectural landmarks.
A grand brasserie, the Holborn Dining Room serves up seasonal, locally sourced British cuisine with a twist in a vibrantly bustling dining salon. Rosewood London is utterly beautiful throughout; approached through an archway that opens into a grand Edwardian courtyard, it is in a little oasis of tranquility, unique among luxury hotels in London. It is also just steps from Covent Garden.
Perhaps one of the most lavish hotels in London with its Louis XVI decoration, The Ritz Restaurant is the fine dining restaurant of perhaps one of the world’s most famous luxury hotels. Michelin-starred classic British cuisine is served in what is considered by many as the most beautiful dining room in the world.
Outlaw’s at The Capital is the only Michelin-starred seafood restaurant in a London hotel. Here, the seasonal menus using sustainable seafood are shipped up from Cornwall on a daily basis. The Capital Hotel is literally opposite Harrods on a quieter side street, and is an elegant, family run hotel, renowned for exceptional service.
The Michelin-starred eponymous restaurant Alyn Williams at The Westbury, has been wowing critics with its modern European cuisine since opening in 2011. Perfectly placed for Bond Street’s fashionable shops and housed within The Westbury, it has five star style in abundance.
Seven Park Place by William Drabble, ST JAMES’S HOTEL AND CLUB, 7-8 Park Place, St. James’s, London SW1A 1LS
In a quiet cul-de-sac between St James’s Palace and Piccadilly, enjoy exquisite dining in the Michelin-starred Seven Park Place by William Drabble. Modern French cuisine, using the finest ingredients, can be enjoyed in two cosy dining rooms. The hotel itself was once an exclusive gentleman’s club but now an exceptional five star hotel, as well as members club – to both men and women!
The Dorchester makes its second entry in this list with China Tang. Conceived by Sir David Tang, the founder of China Clubs in Hong Kong, Peking and Singapore, as well as the lifestyle brand, “Shanghai Tang”, China Tang offers some of the best and most authentic Cantonese food outside China. The iconic, art-deco interior is designed to evoke the romanticism of the Thirties – as well as quirky objets d’art, the restaurant also showcases a collection of traditional and contemporary Chinese art, all personally chosen by Sir David Tang.
Elegant and highly fashionable, Il Pampero serves modern Italian cuisine in a beautiful vibrant but discreet restaurant. Set in The Hari, it retains a sense of a neighbourhood restaurant with relaxed vibes, yet in one of London’s most expensive suburbs of Belgravia.
World-renowned chef and restaurateur, Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant debut in Europe, CUT at 45 Park Lane, is one of London’s most desirable American steak restaurants serving delectable prime beef, succulent pan roasted lobster, sauteed whole fresh fish, and salad. 45 Park Lane, part of The Dorchester Collection, is a vibrant beacon of contemporary culture in a luxury hotel. An invigorating blend of art and landmark architecture in the middle of classical London.
Inspired by the many years Alain Ducasse spent visiting the vibrant food markets in Italy and Provence, Rivea London offers French and Italian cuisine in a chic, convivial and relaxed setting. The Bulgari Hotel is one of the finest new London hotels which is ideally located in Knightsbridge, across the road from Hyde Park and closely located to the Albert Hall and Kensington High Street.
Great British dining and imaginative imbibing in a stunning setting from Marcus Wareing Restaurants. Set in the splendid neo-gothic Victorian, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, The Gilbert Scott is named after the original architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott. The restaurant is wonderfully nostalgic, with renovations paying great homage to the heritage of the building, both in design terms and menu offering. The 130 seater restaurant is pure classic grandeur yet relaxed and informal.
After the recent shake-up of restaurants at Brown’s, the three Michelin-starred super chef, Heinz Beck, returns permanently adding glamour to Forte’s flagship Mayfair hotel. Best known for La Pergola in Rome, Heinz Beck brings a casual dining menu of classic Italian dishes, in this restaurant designed by Olga Polizzi, the eldest of the late Lord Forte. Soft launch now complete, this restaurant is now fully in service.
Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows has some of the best views of London. Situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows specialises in modern French cuisine and offers stunning 360º panoramic views across Hyde Park, Mayfair and Belgravia.
The Restaurant at Sanderson blends visionary design with an exceptional menu, updated seasonally and focusing on British cuisine with a continental influence. The Sanderson Hotel is the landmark Grade II listed building, once the headquarters and showroom for Arthur Sanderson and Sons, manufacturers of wallpaper, fabrics and paint from the 1950’s. The original design allowed for dynamic room configurations, with the building plan fabricated around the open-to-the-sky inner courtyard. Imaginatively refurbished by Philippe Starck, and re-opened on 25 April 2000 by Morgans Hotel Group as an ultra-modern boutique hotel. It epitomises a luxury that is smart, pared-down and tempered with a healthy dose of wit and irony.