If restaurants are what gets you going then this one’s for you.
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There are 74 Michelin-star restaurants in London; 57 one star, 12 two star and 5 three star. Considering the bulk of Michelin-star restaurants in the UK are found in London, you can see why I love the city so much.
Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library) in Mayfair is one of my favourite three Michelin star restaurants which is why most of my meetings normally take place there. While we’re on the subject, another amazing three Michelin-star restaurant is Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea where I have enjoyed many dates. So if you’re a foodie and like to keep abreast of what’s happening in the food world, then you’ll love this post!
This year there are two new two-star restaurants but no new three stars. Seven Park Place in St James’s appears to have lost it’s star but excitingly, there are four new one-star restaurants in London and a new green star! So where will I be booking?
I’d heard of this restaurant before; they close on Sunday and Monday so that all of the staff can enjoy two days off together. There aren’t many restaurants that are that considerate! Oh, they’re also great for kids and the food is insane.
Apricity is a cool sustainable restaurant with the planet at the forefront of their mind. They analyse everything that comes into the restaurant, and everything that they produce. They reduce food waste by designing menus that incorporate skins, seeds, tops and tails, and work with suppliers who are passionate about re-use, soil regeneration, agroecology, their people, and cultivating a sustainable future.
No surprise then that Chantelle Nicholson, Chef Owner and one of the leading female voices in the UK’s hospitality industry, has been awarded the Green Star (for sustainability).
Now this place is super cool. According to the Michelin Guide, you ring the bell and are welcomed into a bare space. You start with a drink and the first course in the bar, before being led up to the warmly decorated, intimate dining room with its bespoke crockery and pottery. The experienced chef and team deliver and explain around 10 delicate, balanced and innovative dishes that make up the surprise menu. You’re even invited to enjoy one of the dishes in the kitchen.
With just 16 seats in the restaurant TAKU on London’s Albemarle Street is well worth a visit. There’s one Omakase sitting at lunch and two at dinner – and as all guests are served together, be sure to arrive on time. If you love Japanese flavours you’ll be blown away. It’s on the pricey side (from £280 per person) so one to save for a special occasion.
You’ve probably heard of Chef Takuya Watanabe before, for a decade he ran Jin restaurant in Paris, but moved to London in 2022.
Love Italian? Luca in Clerkenwell skilfully treads a balance between tradition and modernity, allowing diners the experience of exquisite food. In addition to their gorgeous restaurant there is also the opportunity to book private dining in one of their three private dining spaces; The Terrace for up to twenty guests, The Pasta Room for up to ten, and The Garden Room for up to eight guests.
A British Tasting Menu experience, for Lunch & Dinner, hidden in London’s Smithfield, overlooking the historical Church of St Bartholomew the Great. According to Head Chef, Johnnie Crowe:
“We want to create an experience that focuses on respect – towards the natural environment, the incredible produce that comes from it and everyone involved in the process.”
Bookings are open four months in advance.