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The Crown Jewels of The Elizabeth Line – Best restaurants en route
As London’s tube map gets a splash of purple with The Elizabeth Line from May 24, it opens up a whole new world of dining options from central London to the outskirts. Download the Luxury Restaurant Guide app and find the best restaurants on route to your destination; with favourites below:
L’Ortolan – Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY
(Taxi time from Reading 10-15 minutes)
A grade II former vicarage in landscaped gardens in the village of Shinfield outside the bustle of Reading, serving exceptional British dishes with French influences. Club privileges apply, see details.
Heckfield Place – Heckfield, Hampshire RG27 0LD
(Taxi time from Reading 20-25 minutes)
Perhaps one of the UK’s most exciting boutique hotels and one of the finest proponents of five star sustainability, practising biodynamic ideology across the whole of its grand estate. Club privileges apply, see details.
The Hind’s Head – Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB
(Taxi time from Maidenhead 5-10 minutes)
Heston Blumenthal’s less formal eatery in the established gastro destination of Bray, just along the road from his multi-award-winning Fat Duck. Club privileges apply, see details.
Cliveden – Taplow, Berkshire SL6 0JF
(Taxi time from Taplow 5-8 minutes)
The flavour of high society for well over 200 years, Cliveden has earned its reputation as the place to go to enjoy all kinds of splendour in the most English of ways. Club privileges apply, see details.
The Langley – Iver, Buckinghamshire SL3 6DU
(Taxi time from Langley 6 minutes)
The former home of the third of Duke of Marlborough has been transformed into a modern classic – a luxury hotel and spa in a spectacular setting, dripping in lavish embellishments, with delicious dining and warm hospitality. Club privileges apply, see details.
Lucky Cat – Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP
(Walk time from Bond Street 4-6 minutes)
Asian culture is celebrated at Gordon Ramsay’s Mayfair venture with an assortment of Chinese and Japanese small plates and Robata grilled dishes. There’s also a superb selection of Japanese gins and over 50 sakes, alongside wine, beer and whisky. Club privileges apply, see details.
Hélène Darroze – The Connaught, Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL
(Walk time from Bond Street 6-8 minutes)
It’s not just the case that Hélène Darroze is top rated, with three Michelin stars – but The Connaught is one of the most elegant hotels in London. A real style statement all round. Club privileges apply, see details.
TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD
(Walk time from Tottenham Court Road 5-8 minutes)
The Mandrake – Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PG
Other worldly is the feeling you get as you enter The Mandrake, unless of course you are quite familiar with rain forests. Prepare to see the light of Mexican inspired dishes within the surrounds of a hanging garden. Club privileges apply, see details.
Galvin Bar & Grill – Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BE
(Walk time from Tottenham Court Road 10 minutes)
Safeguarding the tradition of the great British grill are the Michelin-starred brothers, Chris and Jeff Galvin with their latest restaurant opening adding a large splash of modernity in look, feel and taste. Club privileges apply, see details.
Club Gascon – West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS
(Walking time from Farringdon 5 minutes)
The one-stop you need for a Michelin-starred menu based on specialty dishes from South West France. Chef Pascal Aussignac has retained Michelin status for the last twenty years for his Gascon flavours, creating French dishes in a modern, innovative style. Club privileges apply, see details.
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