Five Of London’s Most Fashionable Restaurants


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As one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the world, the London restaurant scene is virtualy unlimited, but there are only a few places that can combine sophistication and culinary expertise to perfection. Read on for our top-5 list.

Alberico at the Aspinall’s Club

The London neighbourhood of Mayfair is a compulsory stop when it comes to dining in fashionable and exclusive surroundings. Alberico is on a quiet lane off Hyde Park, inside the magnificent Aspinall’s Club. Guests will be greeted by impressive examples of Georgian architecture, which combine to perfection with the welcoming chocolate and mint tones of the restaurant’s interior. Wall murals, dome ceilings, and a conservatory add a touch of serenity and elegance. The star dishes here are Italian specialities, but Alberico also serves Chinese, Lebanese, and Indian dishes with a unique twist.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Dinner is located at the classy Mandarin Oriental. The menu here is much more than the result of Heston Blumenthal’s culinary skills, as food historians and other specialists were consulted in order to create the most unique array of British dishes, which include long-forgotten recipes like spiced pigeon with artichokes, powdered duck breast in smoked confit fennel, and Mandarin meat fruit. And it is not every day that you can sample 16th century desserts, like poached rhubarb or quaking pudding. The restaurant itself is decorated in contemporary style and offers great views of Hyde Park.


Frequented by celebrities and other personalities, Nobu is a stylish and chic restaurant that has been recently awarded a Michelin star. The concept behind Nobu’s ambience was created by interior designer David Collins, who devised a daring yet inviting space with a very obvious Oriental-inspired theme. Lush greens, golden tones, and dark browns recreate the atmosphere of a Japanese garden at Nobu, where its two floors can accommodate up to 200 people without losing the cozy feel that has made the venue so famous. As for the menu, expect signature dishes such as truffled cabbage steak, octopus carpaccio, Yasai style Chilean seabass, New York style black cod, or crispy pork belly in spicy miso.

Helene Darroze

Luxury and sophistication are they key themes at Helene Darroze’s restaurant, based at the prestigious Connaught Hotel. This superb two-Michelin starred London restaurant ¬†offers a tantalising signature menu, with dishes like terrine of duck foie gras in mulled wine confit or roasted pigeon breast in a Capucin flambe√© of beetroots and strawberries. The a-la-carte menu features interesting versions of classic Breton, British, Italian, and Spanish dishes. Lunch, brunch, and vegetarian menus are also available. The restaurant itself is decorated in classical and unpretentious style where dark wood predominates.


Nahm capitalises on the exotic flavours of Thai cuisine and brings Asian-inspired dishes to a new level at its Belgravia venue. However, it is not just regular Thai favourites what you will in the menu. Australian chef David Thompson has based his menu on memorial Thai cuisine, that is, family favourites that are collected and documented by Thai people all over the world. Signature dishes include spicy pork with mint and peanuts, coconut, turmeric, and banana blossom prawn curry, and wild mushroom salad with chilli jam and grilled prawns. The decoration is strategically kept minimalist, so that you can focus on the enticing flavours of every dish.

Next time you are in London and want to impress someone (or simply treat yourself to something exquisite) make sure to follow our recommendations. You won’t be disappointed!


Description: Are you looking for a fashionable London restaurant where you can take a special date, family, or business partners? Here’s a list of the best-rated restaurants in the capital

Ray is a food fanatic who loves to write about fine dining and great wines.

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