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The Ledbury

French 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Few haute establishments have the hospitable hum of the Ledbury. — Time Out

Australian wünderkind Brett Grahamhas scooped two Michelin stars for his fabulous French- inspired food – elegant, confident, a bit nouvelle and packed with flavour. — Rough Guide

The airy restaurant is redolent with discreet luxury, as is the menu, which features truffles and foie gras alongside humbler ingredients that are accorded equal respect. — The World's 50 Best Restaurants

"The techniques wielded are spectacular" on chef Brett Graham's "masterful" New French menu. — Zagat

Australian-born Brett Graham has now earned two Michelin stars at this sophisticated neighborhood restaurant. — Frommer's

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

International 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The contemporary dishes look to Britain's gastronomic history: scallops with cucumber ketchup and peas, and slow-cooked short rib of beef. — Gayot

Like a culinary Doctor Who, Heston Blumenthal takes you on a historical trip back through time with his first London venture. — BlackBook

Here is the missing link between the labour-intensive complexity of contemporary haute cuisine, and the produce-led simplicity of modern British pioneers. — Independent

By celebrating bigger, more boisterous flavours, recreating British culinary history and teleporting age-old recipes into the 21st century, Dinner has carved out its very own niche. — The World's 50 Best Restaurants

Heston Blumenthal's "famous techniques, combined with an homage to Britain's culinary past", result in "impeccably prepared", "visually stunning", "other-worldly" creations. — Zagat

St John Bar & Restaurant Smithfield

International 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The ingredients are the best, the cooking is superb, and the dish is what it says on the menu. — Frommer's

The belief that no one eats better than farmers is confirmed by the repertoire of this bare, white, classy canteen, with its pleasant relaxed service which is far from rustic. — Gayot

A "mythical place" for "hard-core carnivores". — Zagat

This little restaurant, a stone’s throw from Smithfield’s meat market, is a Clerkenwell favourite. It offers simple but curious dishes such as Middle White belly and dandelion. — Insight Guides

This place is ALL about the offal. — Not For Tourists

Le Gavroche

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A new kitchen and the introduction of a private dinning room, the “Chef’s Library,” move this restaurant, founded in 1967, firmly into the modern era. — Travel + Leisure

"Gifted" chef Michel Roux Jr. presents a "culinary extravaganza" of "beautifully presented" French "classics" at this "sophisticated", "expensive" Mayfair dining room. — Zagat

This kitchen has always enjoyed a fondness for savoury mousselines, and rarely will you find a more practised hand than here. — The Guardian

This restaurant colossus offers unapologetically old-school fine dining. — Time Out

The famous cheese soufflé is still there, alongside hot foie gras on a crisp duck pancake with cinnamon. — Frommer's

Dabbous

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This award-winning eatery is the creation of Ollie Dabbous, everyone's favourite new chef, so book ahead for dinner or come for lunch. The combination of flavours is inspired – king crab... — Lonely Planet

A white-hot table, Dabbous (the S is silent) shines through arty, crisp dishes using local and seasonal ingredients. — Frommer's

It's a triumph of taste over technology at wunderkind Ollie Dabbous's extraordinary game-changer off Charlotte Street. — Fodor's

The fish course featured the most traditional dish, slow-cooked salmon in a lightly foamed white wine sauce spiked with buttermilk – not unusual in conception, but just right in all its detail. — The Guardian

And so we come at last to the Holy Grail for which your correspondent has been searching: an exquisite tasting menu in London. — Independent

J Sheekey

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s rumored that Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond books not while sipping martinis, but over oysters and a black velvet (Guinness and Champagne) or two in Covent Garden, at J. Sheekey.... — Departures

After well over a century of service, Sheekey’s status as a West End institution is assured. — Time Out

There are four or five tables but you're much better off sitting at the bar as you can chat with the chaps behind it and, if you're on the far side, watch the chefs in action. — Michelin Guide

It was sadly neglected for years, but since 1998, under the same owners as Le Caprice, its wonderful Victorian interior is again thronged with Theaterland crowds. — DK Eyewitness

J. Sheekey has, it seems, been around forever, defying the march of time and remaining one of London's favorite fish restaurants. — Gayot

The Wolseley

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Framed with black laquerware, silver service, and a few doors down from the Ritz, this all-day brasserie begins its long decadent days. — Fodor's

The kitchen caters to all appetites, occasions, and emergencies, serving everything from breakfast—which has become particularly popular recently—to patisseries to bar snacks....Tables are kept aside for walk-ins, but expect lines during peak hours. — Concierge

The decor is glamorous, with chandeliers hanging from lofty ceilings, and the atmosphere always buzzing. — DK Eyewitness

The lofty and stylish 1920s interior (built as the showroom for Wolseley cars) is the big draw in this opulent old café-restaurant. — Rough Guide

Step back in time for an elegant afternoon tea. — Not For Tourists

Gymkhana London

Indian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you really want a treat (that will blow a small hole in your pocket), hit this sophisticated, wood-panelled dining room for a seriously delicious Indian meal. — Condé Nast Traveler

Chicken butter masala had a brilliantly smoked quality – the result, apparently, of charcoaling tomatoes in the tandoor before putting them in the sauce. — Independent

The latest modern Indian restaurant from chef-owner Karam Sethi (also of London’s beloved and respected Trishna) is quality Hindi home cooking dressed in an elegant, upscale setting — Departures

Indian curry virtuoso Karam Sethi invokes the last days of the Raj at London's finest top-end curry emporium in Mayfair. — Fodor's

Essentially this is tandoori lamb of the sort done so well at the Pakistani grill house Tayyabs in Whitechapel for a third of the price. — The Guardian

Chez Bruce

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu is modern British, and after 10 years here, Bruce has got it right. Lots of emphasis on offal, so not a vege- tarian paradise but otherwise a very good restaurant, indeed. — DK Eyewitness

This restaurant on the edge of Wandsworth Common changes little, but why should it when Chez Bruce enjoys such well deserved success?. — Gayot

A jewel in the gastronomic wasteland of Wandsworth Common, Chez Bruce has a reputation that no amount of money or marketing skill could fix. — Independent

The rustic facade, beside leafy Wandsworth Common, belies a crisp modern interior; the wine list is an all-star cast, the food sublime. — Lonely Planet

Deeply flavorsome French and Mediterrean cuisine, faultless service, a winning wine list, and a glossy neighborhood vibe make for one of London's all-time favorite destination restaurants. — Fodor's

Moro Restaurant

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Gutsy flavours" deliver "constant surprises" at this Exmouth Market North African-Spanish hotspot. — Zagat

Lovingly led for more than a decade by husband-and-wife chefs Sam and Sam Clark, the menu includes a mélange of Spanish and Moorish North African flavors. — Fodor's

Not only has Moro been a feature of Exmouth Market for over 15 years, but it's still one of the busiest restaurants around. — Michelin Guide

Sam(antha) and Sam Clark’s Exmouth Market restaurant and cookbook set the benchmark for a distinctly British style of Iberian-with-a-North-African-twist Mediterranean cooking. — Time Out

Moro is proof that a restaurant does not need to be a new hot thing to be worth visiting time and time again — Travel + Leisure

Tom's Kitchen

Fast Food 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Although Tom Aikens first made his mark in haute cuisine, this brasserie is his stab at a more egalitarian style of cooking and service. — Time Out

The locals may not have taken to his fish and chip shop but they do seem to like his kitchen. — Michelin Guide

Crush-worthy (maybe just us?) Tom Aiken's British brasserie masterpiece. — Not For Tourists

It's good that Tom Aikens has gone to all the trouble of sourcing sustainable fish, recycled take-away boxes and cornstarch cutlery for his new-wave chippy. It's great. — Independent

Tom's Place, it struck me as we took in a room that is half affectionate pastiche of a 50s seaside chippie and half American diner, is the exact inverse of that lyrical character. — The Guardian

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The celebrated chef's Mayfair Park restaurant has earned three Michelin Stars since opening in 2008. The contemporary dining room has a neutral creamy palette and high ceilings. — Travel + Leisure

The no-expense-spared philosophy shows in the svelte Patrick Jouin-designed room, with its decaffeinated-coffee-and-skimmed- cream colours. — Independent

The cooking and setting are undeniably lovely, yet the overall experience lacks wow factors... largely because of its unfashionably restrained, traditional approach to fine dining. — Time Out

"Top class in every respect". — Zagat

Alain Ducasse is one of France's greatest post-war chefs and his London team display a confidence in their ability and maturity in their attitude that does justice to his reputation. — Michelin Guide

Hakkasan Mayfair

Chinese 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Opened by the restaurateur Alan Yau (who has done so much to transform London's dining scene), this sexy, moody, subtly lit basement venue serves top-notch modern Cantonese cuisine. — Frommer's

The first Chinese restaurant awarded a Michelin star, this upscale eatery is now an international chain with outposts in New York, Miami, Mumbai, and the Middle East. — Travel + Leisure

Dim sum is topnotch; try Chinese chive dumplings and light, fresh prawns and scallop parcels. — Gayot

Celeb Cantonese redux: London's second Hakkasan holds it down a soybean's throw from Berkeley Square, remains the It place for upscale dim sum with a side of Kanye. — BlackBook

Very swanky, atmospheric designer restaurant with a long, fashionably crammed cocktail bar attached. — Rough Guide

Rules Restaurant

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

London's oldest restaurant boasts a fine collection of antique cartoons, drawings and paintings. Tradition continues in the menu, specialising in game from its own estate. — Michelin Guide

This is the place for a genuine taste of traditional London. — Frommer's

Rules, London's oldest restaurant, is old-school, funny, and a must for visitors. — Condé Nast Traveler

London's oldest restaurant with old-fashioned comfort food to match. — Not For Tourists

Rules opened its doors in 1798 and during its history has seen the great and the good, the famous and infamous and latterly, tourists in droves, pass through its doors. — Gayot

Wild Honey

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Wild Honey is a warm and welcoming spot to settle in for an hour or two (grab one of the cozy banquettes). Chef Anthony Demetre creates unpretentious, seasonal dishes such as beet and smoked-eel tart or pork with apple puree. — Concierge

"Far from the madding crowd", this "relaxing" Modern Brit (sibling of Arbutus) off Bond Street shows an element of "inventiveness" across its "refined" menu — Zagat

This Michelin star's got skillz (and a damn good tête-de-veau). — Not For Tourists

Wild Honey receives consistently good reviews for its food and wine, stunning wood-panelled dining room and professional service. — Lonely Planet

The cooking is market led, using impeccable fresh, native, and seasonal ingredients with huge skill. — Frommer's

Amaya

Indian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The quality and consistency of the food at Amaya keeps it busy, but if you haven't booked it's still worth turning up as they try to accommodate everyone. — Michelin Guide

Where the trendies go for their curry fix. — Not For Tourists

Innovative, high-end Indian restaurants abound in London, but not all cook food worth trying. Amaya, however, does, serving contemporary versions of Indian street food and smarter dishes in chic surroundings. — Concierge

The room looks luxurious and stylish with rosewood and red panels, Indian interiors and glass, terra cotta sculptures from Bengal and Italian leather chairs. — Gayot

Run by the same owners as Chutney Mary and Verraswamy, the United Kingdom's oldest Indian restaurant, Amaya, has earned one Michelin star for its grilled kebabs and Indian-style tapas. — Travel + Leisure

Bocca di Lupo

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Deservedly busy from the day it opened, Bacca di Lupo is one of the best things to have arrived in Soho since the espresso bar. — Michelin Guide

Chef Jacob Kenedy comes from the noted Moro (British chef, Spanish restaurant, why not?), as does the manager and some of the waitstaff. — Gayot

"The mouth of the wolf, in the heart of Soho," is how Bocca di Lupo announces itself, and there's a strong whiff of rustic earthiness, of hairy-armpit experimentation about the menu. — Independent

The mood is brisk and chirpy, as befits a restaurant down a scuzzy Soho side street. — The Guardian

Be very ready to be very happy about jumping straight into this wolf's mouth. — BlackBook

Le Pont de la Tour

French 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bask in the storybook glow of Tower Bridge, seen from indoors or the terrace at the the converted Butlers Wharf Building. — BlackBook

For over 20 years, Le Pont de la Tour has been the flagship restaurant of the Butlers Wharf development. — Michelin Guide

The menu was full of classic French dishes – foie gras ballotine, lobster thermidor, veal kidney flambé à la moutarde – interspersed with solid British fare. — Independent

Blair & Clinton's rendezvous. Posh but gosh! — Not For Tourists

You'll find the winning combo of top-end French cuisine and smashing views of the River Thames, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London at the storied Le Pont de la Tour in scrubbed-up Butler's Wharf — Fodor's

The Greenhouse

French 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A pretty, simple stop off near Kew Gardens, with light lunches, traditional pies, cream teas and home-made tarts. — Rough Guide

Whatever you go for, you'll find the food modern, innovative, technically impressive and well-balanced. — Michelin Guide

The secret garden and fountain come as a surprise to first-time visitors. Tucked away in Mayfair, the Greenhouse's pretty dining room looks out onto the greenery. — Frommer's

Discretely tucked away amid imposing Mayfair mansions and approached via a sumptious spotlit garden, this ultra-elegant ground-floor dining salon quietly screams "Stealth Wealth!". — Fodor's

Located at the end of a wonderful sculpted ‘garden’, Greenhouse offers some of the best food in Mayfair served with none of the attitude commonly found in restaurants of this class. — Lonely Planet

The Providores

International 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Outstanding fusion restaurant, run by the genius New Zealand chef Peter Gordon, with the more casual Tapa Room downstairs. — Rough Guide

Sip Rioja and gorge on tapas for the cognoscenti. — Not For Tourists

"Be prepared to go where the chef wants to take you" at Peter Gordon's no-reservations International in Marylebone. — Zagat

The food at Providores is truly original and tastes divine: the Sri Lankan spiced short ribs, Cajun pork belly with Puy lentils, beef fillet with Szechuan-pickled shiitake mushrooms. — Lonely Planet

This stylish, much-praised restaurant is almost a showcase for global fusion cooking. — DK Eyewitness

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