Sometimes the only way to eat out in the capital is with a swanky meal. The best upmarket restaurants in London not only appreciate this, they encourage it by paying attention to every detail and pampering you in the extreme. Our pick of the best upmarket restaurants in London include places which are ideal for celebrations, meals for two and any time you simply fancy being treated as though you have blue blood.
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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester offers contemporary French cuisine from one of the most decorated chefs in the world.
The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA
(020) 7629 8866
Level 31 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 9RY
(020) 3011 1256
aqua shard, located on level 31 of The Shard, serves innovative contemporary British cuisine and boasts breath-taking views from its main dining room and atrium bar.
Bar Boulud is a French-style bistro from award-winning chef Daniel Boulud. Like its sister restaurant in New York, Bar Boulud offers signature terrines and a charcuterie bar as well as a full bistro menu and an extensive wine list.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
(020) 7201 3899
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Bombay Brasserie offers a mix of dishes from Punjab, Kerala and Goa, all of which are prepared by chefs who originate from India.
140 Courtfield Close, Courtfield Road, Kensington, London, SW7 4QH
(020) 7370 4040
Top chef Richard Corrigan brings his fresh and seasonal Irish and British cuisine to the heart of the West End courtesy of Corrigan's Mayfair.
28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH
(020) 7499 9943
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is the latest restaurant opening by the celebrity chef. Found within the elegant Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, a variety of British dishes will be offered.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, Knighsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
(020) 7201 3833
Rubens at The Palace Hotel, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PS
(020) 7834 6600
Located inside the luxurious Rubens at the Palace Hotel, guests can choose from a great selection of modern English cuisine at The English Grill. Offering a combination of classic trolley service and a la carte dishes, guests can watch the chefs prepare English classics including succulent grills, roasts and delicious homemade pies in the open kitchen. The dining experience is accompanied by an extensive wine list including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson.
Worthy of the awards it has received, Hakkasan Hanway Place offers sensational Chinese food served by an attentive and informed staff. With expressive and imaginative chefs, this restaurant remains a must for those seeking the very best in Chinese cuisine.
8 Hanway Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1HD
(020) 7927 7000
Hakkasan Mayfair spans two floors, with a 145-seater restaurant, a 75-seater lounge and a bar. The service and design is exceptional, and the food is imaginative Chinese cuisine created by Executive Chef Tong Chee Hwee.
17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 6QB
(020) 7907 1888
Another celebrity haunt, this time providing A-Listers with the most delicious fish creations available in the city.
28-32 St Martins Court, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AL
(020) 7240 2565
This legendary venue continues serving modern British cuisine in suitably lavish and stylish surroundings.
Arlington House, Arlington Street, St James, London, SW1A 1RJ
(020) 7629 2239
Cool, simplistic, modern decor compliment L’Etranger’s menu of fusion cooking in a stylish atmosphere.
36 Gloucester Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 4QT
(020) 7584 1118
Mari Vanna specialises in babushka cooking, the menu is replete with Russian dishes and influences from the former Soviet countries of Georgia and Ukraine. Mari Vanna also offers lighter dishes, tea-time treats and cakes.
116 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PJ
(020) 7225 3122
6-8 Elliott Road, Chiswick, London, W4 1PE
(020) 8742 0766
Formerly known as Fish Hook, Michael Nadra offers a menu of Modern European and British cuisine made with mainly UK sourced produce. A comprehensive drinks list is available which includes over 200 world wines.
This Michelin Star winning restaurant is a beautiuflly designed venue, responsible for some of the most high profile parties in London in recent years.
15 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DY
(020) 7290 9222
The Northall is an all day dining destination that serves seasonal British dishes within elegant surroundings.
Corinthia Hotel London, 10a Northumberland Avenue, Whitehall, London, WC2N 5AE
(020) 7321 3100
The Painted Heron restaurant offers a daily changing menu of Indian dishes served in elegant surroundings. Vegetarian dishes are also available.
112 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW10 0DJ
(020) 7351 5232
The Potting Shed is an all day brasserie offering a variety of drinks and British meals.
Dorset Square Hotel, 39-40 Dorset Square, Marylebone, London, NW1 6QN
(020) 7723 7874
The name itself is a byword for style and refinement with the most decadent interior designs in London.
The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, Piccadilly, London, W1J 9BR
(020) 7493 8181
224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP
(020) 7930 1459
Savini at Criterion is an elegant fine-dining restaurant on Piccadilly offering a varied Italian menu.
By day Savini at Criterion offers a grand setting for breakfast, with freshly brewed coffee and home-baked croissants, languid lunches and indulgent afternoon teas featuring mouth-watering cakes and pastries.
But as the sun sets, Savini at Criterion transforms itself into one of the capital’s most glamorous fine-dining destinations. The iconic long bar at Savini - where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle staged the first meeting between Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson - is the perfect spot for an aperitif or cocktail.
The finest oysters and seafood are available from this branch of the influential Caprice Holdings company.
20 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2HE
(020) 7495 7309
A wonderfully eccentric yet luxurious venue for the adventurous diner.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2XG
(020) 7659 4500
Diners are invited to sample a sublime selection of Modern European dishes, served within a stunningly stylish setting at the Hotel Intercontinental in Mayfair.
Hotel InterContinental, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1J 7QY
(020) 7318 8747
THIRTY SIX brings celebrated Michelin starred chef Nigel Mendham to Dukes London, as he focuses on traditional techniques and the best British ingredients for his menu. THIRTY SIX offers refined yet approachable British cuisine.
Dukes London, 36 Little St James Street, St James, London, SW1A 1NY
(020) 7491 4840
With sensational design, sumptuous Japanese food and informed service, Umu brings a taste of the Orient to Mayfair.
14-16 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London, W1J 6LX
(020) 7499 8881