16 of the Most Amazing London Restaurants
If you are planning a business trip to the English capital in the near future, you may like to wed your business activities with the distinctive world-class dining that’s offered at these 16 amazing London restaurants.
If you have a business trip planned to London—and you’re a foodie at heart, with an eye for distinctive cuisine that can be enjoyed in beautiful surroundings—then the English capital will be a paradise for you. It’s home not only to some of the biggest, game-changing names in the culinary sector, but also to some of the finest restaurants in the world. These amazing London restaurants range from converted pubs and period residences to modern rooftop premises with panoramic views of the city that are as mouthwatering as the food on the menu.
It’s also one of the world’s financial powerhouses, and so many of these select premises are frequented by business clientele. Therefore it’s little surprise that the majority of them are suitable for socialising or more private dining, as well as offering facilities for parties, corporate affairs and other events.
What follows is a list of 16 of the best restaurants that AGENT could find, in all parts of London, with two apiece from West End/Central; City; West; South-West; East; South-East; North; and North-West.
1. Texture, Portman Place (West End, Central)
Michelin-starred for its Scandanavian-influenced modern take on European cuisine, Texture Restaurant and Champagne Bar has an ethos rooted in contrasting consistencies, with British produce sourced from earth and sea, blending distinctively with ingredients native to chef Agnar Sverrisson’s Icelandic homeland. The restaurant and (pictured) champagne bar is housed in a beautifully restored Georgian building in the heart of Mayfair. The main dining room seats 50 guests, and private dining is available for small parties.
2. Galvin at Windows, Park Lane (West End, Central)
The Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows Restaurant and Bar on the 28th Floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, has been open since 2006. Its breathtaking 360-degree views of London’s most iconic landmarks and streescapes are as much a talking point as its Mayfair location. But chef patron Chris Galvin’s seasonally inspired French haute cuisine menus are as sensational as the restaurant’s location. Even the kid’s menu is Michelin-starred!
3. Coq d’Argent (City)
A fantastic location for this rooftop restaurant bar and brasserie on the top of No 1 Poultry, close to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Southbank, means that the views from Coq d’Argent are second to none. It’s also accessed via a private lift, with the exclusivity, beautiful rooftop garden and walkways (with outdoor dining areas), corporate styled restaurant, and flavoursome French food making it a choice dining destination for the city’s business community.
4. Wheeler’s Restaurant of St James’s Oyster Bar and Grill (City)
Located in the heart of London’s financial district, with many major financial institutions and the luxury brand shopping nirvana of the Royal Exchange within walking distance, Wheeler’s (or Wheeler’s of St James’s Oyster Bar & Grill Room, to give it its full name), in the five-star Threadneedles Hotel, is not only beloved by bankers and traders for its proximity, but also for its cuisine, conceived by ‘The Godfather of Modern British Cooking’, Marco Pierre White. Key dishes include such British classics such as fish pie, a selection of steaks or a fish specality such as grille Dover Sole A la salamander. Threadneedles is also home to the beautiful Oyster Bar, the Dome Lounge, and they serve a world famous Afternoon Tea, from £29 per person.
5. The Ledbury (West)
The Ledbury, under Australian head chef Brett Graham, has earned two Michelin Stars, and has given rise to a customer waiting list of at least eight weeks. Graham’s subtly distinctive and appealing blend of classic British ingredients and European techniques has earned this Notting Hill eaterie numerous awards, in addition to the coveted second Michelin Starr. It’s one very good reason to put Notting Hill on your London must-visit list.
6. Clarke’s Restaurant (West)
Sally Clarke opened Clarke’s restaurant on Kensington Church Street almost 30 years ago, and three decades on the establishment is still a hugely popular foodie destination. Her famous three-course set meals continue to delight diners, as, increasingly, does the shop next door to the restaurant which was opened in the 1990s.
7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (South West)
Heston Blumenthal and head chef, Ashely Palmer-Watts have researched as far back as Tudor times for classic British recipes to which they give an innovative modern twist on the fare served at Dinner. Even the name of the establishment is, Blumenthal writes, “the natural choice for its typically British quirky history and linguistic playfulness”. The interior is as distinctive a blend of the classic and quirky as Blumenthal’s food, with large windows overlooking Hyde Park, while the kitchen is a soundproof glass cube.
8. Tom’s Kitchen (South West)
Tom’s Kitchen was opened in Chelsea in November 2006 by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens. It’s a modern British brasserie, situated in a Chelsea townhouse, with a relaxed and informal dining environment, open from breakfast to dinner seven days a week. High quality classic British comfort-food favourites are the order of the day at Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea, given some delicious twists inspired by European and more exotic cuisine. The establishment is also an excellent choice for more exclusive dining requirements, with its second floor offering two rooms for private dining, drinks parties and canape receptions.
9. Forman’s Restaurant (East)
You have simply got to include this restaurant on your destination list if you’re a lover of fish as well as sports. Forman’s was originally a salmon curing business that had to relocate due to the development of the Olympic Park. The spacious relocated business also boasts a fantastic art gallery, and a first-floor restaurant with what has been described as the finest view of the Olympic Stadium. Obviously, salmon figures heavily on the menu, but there is a wide range of beautiful delicacies and also a choice of the finest English wines.
10. Viet Gill (East)
Viet Grill is one of the finest Vietnamese restaurants that are so popular in this part of East London. It’s slick, modern interior is home to a fantastic range of well priced seafood, duck and noodle dishes. If Asian Cuisine is your thing, and you’re within easy access of Kingsland Road, be sure to book a table.
11. Blueprint Café (South East)
This establishment, situated in the Design Museum, has been a favourite of Londoners for over two decades with its panoramic views of the Thames close to Tower Bridge. Blueprint Café is ideal for lunch, and, of course, a long riverside walk afterwards, and is pure heaven on a summer evening. With floor-to-ceiling windows and neutral wooden floors, Blueprint Café is the perfect setting to experience the simple yet innovative cooking of head chef Owen Kenworthy in the company of knowledgeable and friendly staff.
12. Constancia Argentine Grill (South East)
This beautiful restaurant brings a vividly authentic South American flavour to its iconic London location near Tower Bridge. At Constancia, delicious steak, sausages and other tasty Argentine meats are cooked on a traditional parilla with hot coals, and the earthy feel is enhanced by an intimate ambience, with wooden tables and feature crimson walls. Beautifully rich wines are also stocked. This is one destination where you should dine lightly prior to arriving for your booking!
13. Frederick’s (North)
Established more than 45 years ago, Frederick’s is a landmark institution in Angel, Islington, and remains ‘on trend’ with everyone from families to celebrities. Run Nick and Matt Segal, Frederick’s is a light, airy restaurant and bar, with multiple spaces to suit your requirements, be that dining, snacks, social drinking, private parties, or other events.Open daily from noon to midnight, the venue recently opened its Club Room, which expands the bar service in the evenings, and has proven to be popular for private hire, whether for weddings, parties or corporate events.
14. Riverford at The Duke of Cambridge (North)
The UK’s first and only certified organic gastropub is a must-see. It was established in 1998 by Geetie Singh, and as her husband Guy Watson is the man behind Riverford Organic Farmers, it’s been a business partnership made in heaven. The pair’s sustainable organic ethos underpins their innovative and delicious dishes that ensures a fair deal for all—suppliers, staff, or customers, and indeed, the planet—and through all aspects of the business. While The Duke is a hugely popular local pub for the neighbourhood, the dining area is quiet and private, the menus are beautiful, hearty and authentically English, and an evening meal for two with wine will set you back approximately £70-£80.
15. Odette’s (North West)
With its cosy intimate interior ambience complemented by a leafy summer garden, Odette’s, operating under chef patron Bryn Williams since October 2008, fits the profile of prosperous Primrose Hill like hand-in-glove. Odette’s was a local institution long before Williams’ arrival, first opening its doors in the 1970s. Williams’s dishes, subtle twists on classic British flavours, are a perfect fit for the feel of the establishment. There are also private dining facilities to suit groups of up to 10 people.
16. The Gilbert Scott (North West)
This elegant, classically British restaurant and bar run by celebrity chef Marcus Wareing and his team is named in honour of the building in which it’s housed, which was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. The beautiful architecture and decor perfectly frame the innovative twists on British classics, which featured the best locally sourced produce. The Gilbert Scott is open daily from breakfast through to supper, with full meal services punctuated by such popular offerings as brunch, afternoon teas, and cocktails.