2019’s coveted Michelin guide is out and this year it granted 58 London eateries with one Michelin star, 10 restaurants with two Michelin stars and three with the all-important three stars.
As Fera at Claridge’s, Bonhams. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Hedone have shut since the guide’s production, the quantity of Michelin star eateries in the capital currently adds up to a still-super impressive 67.
Particular highlights were Center by Clare Smyth, which was granted two Michelin stars, placing her in great stead to win three stars at the 2020 honours. In like manner, Fitzrovia’s Kitchen Table got two Michelin stars at the honours service on October 1.
So if you’re heading to London soon, in addition to a stay at our wonderful Montcalm Suites London, there are a few eateries that you should definitely check out during your visit.
That is if you still have room left after a trip to our amazing restaurant near Barbican! The hotel atmosphere mixes traditional and contemporary decor to reflect the elegance and charm of the city. The property accents refined comfort and provides a superb choice of luxurious accommodation, distinguished by its settings and decor, so it’s the best place to stay for those looking for a slice of lavishness in London.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite Michelin starred restaurants in London to add to your list.
River Cafe, Hammersmith
Now heading West, this riverside spot is a wonderful choice for lovers of fine Italian cuisine (who isn’t?!). Mark dishes include wild mushroom risotto; Dover sole and John Dory smoked in the eatery’s very own wood stove; and rich Italian sweets including lemon almond cake and the chocolate “Nemesis” cake. The River Café is additionally remarkable for the quantity of fruitful gourmet experts that have prepared in its kitchens. These include Theo Randall, Ed Baines of Randall and Aubin, April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig in New York, and VIP culinary experts Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Ben O’Donoghue and Tobie Puttock.
The Square, Mayfair
The culinary exploration continues, this time heading to France courtesy of this swanky Mayfair spot. At the heart of the Mayfair food and art scene, The Square aims to provoke, surprise and delight. In an evolutionary approach to modern haute cuisine, Chef Clément serves artistic dishes with inestimable flair. The new concept reflects an energetic, urban and contemporary attitude underpinned by elegant and luxurious style. The Square takes epicurean excellence to new heights and delivers an unparalleled experience in the established location amongst the capital’s most illustrious art galleries.
The Clove Club, Shoreditch
Nice and near our wonderful hotel where we offer great city break London packages, this East London gem is a must for those who love the magic of British ingredients. The restaurant is named after the original supper club that brought the founders Daniel Willis, Isaac Mchale and Johnny Smith together in 2010. They serve modern British cooking – thoughtful, precise and elegant food in a relaxed and informal setting. They serve a tasting menu that highlights the best produce they can source from across the British Isles, with ideas and inspirations from around the world.
Social Eating House, Soho
This is the place where diners can enjoy the key elements of the current London dining scene in an informal and social setting, and where the surroundings are as vibrant as the food. The simple yet carefully created dishes are complimented by relaxed and attentive service in a comfortable, humble setting. Awarded a Michelin star in 2013, Social Eating House is split across three levels, with The Blind Pig cocktail bar on the first floor, the restaurant on the ground floor and an exclusive chef’s counter dining space in the kitchen.
Ikoyi, St. James’s
For fans of tantalising Nigerian cuisine, this one is for you. Ikoyi creates its own innovative cuisine based on the interpretation of West African ingredients. They combine bold heat and umami with the highest quality products in a warm and welcoming environment. Ikoyi explores ingredients such as Grains of Selim, a smoky peppercorn with the scent of eucalyptus, wild black tiger prawns and scotch bonnet chillies, which they ferment, burn and pickle.
Another East London highlight. Brat’s menu is all about the grill. Everything on the menu is done in the style of fire cooking recognisable from Getaria, a coastal town in the Basque country. Generally, the rule is “buy well and don’t ruin it. The team works closely with farmers and fishermen to structure the dishes around native ingredients at the peak of their season. The starters kick off with quick dishes including Carmarthen ham, fresh cheese and grilled baby peas. The wood-fire grilled breads are a stand-out, especially the garlic-bread alternative, a fluffy grilled flatbread drizzled with olive oil and briny anchovies, made using organic grain flour from one of the last remaining stoneground flour mills in Britain.
Sketch (library), Oxford Circus
It’s one of the most recognised spots in London, thanks to the capturing passage corridor, with its high-sway works of art and greeters who are part-cast and part-individual associate, are signals that you are entering a structure of bewildering magnificence, yet a planned world with a perky, showy bowed. Sketch’s Lecture Room and Library is the complex’s Michelin offering, found up a fine staircase. Overwhelmed with light from a discriminatory limitation vault, and administered by faultlessly customized staff, it’s the most old-style space in the complex, with the sustenance giving the trademark fantastical note. It’s a positive parade of the really, clever and beautiful, from the first entertain bouche to the last pink petit four.
The Ledbury, Notting Hill
The eatery opened in 2005, under the head gourmet expert and chef Brett Graham. It is the sister café of The Square, the two Michelin star eatery in Mayfair mentioned above, with similar supporters putting resources into both restaurants. Graham had recently worked at The Square as a sous cook for a long time. The new eatery gained a Michelin star not long after opening, and a second Michelin star followed in 2010. Also in 2010, it was granted the Square Meal BMW Restaurant of the Year Award.