Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton’s upmarket Modern British restaurant in Ian Schrager’s London Edition hotel is everything you’d expect – and more. If you haven’t been, don’t be fooled by the name ‘Tavern’. In fact, this is a space that marries historical charm with modern sophistication, to create a gastronomic gem. To begin, the dining room is breathtaking: that ceiling, the lighting, those pictures…Every single element oozes class and every time we go we never want to leave. In fact, we totally agree with GQ (Best Restaurant Interior 2015) and Elle Decoration (Best British Interior 2014).
If it’s high-octane glamour you’re after from one of the top London restaurants, you go to Scott’s. Originally opened as an oyster warehouse in 1851, today it serves some of the best fish and shellfish in London – and is still adored by the A-list (everyone from Tom Ford to Ian Fleming to Bill Clinton have dined there). Scott’s reopened in 2006 after an extensive refurbishment by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The Private Room is currently decorated with a rolling collection of art curated by Sadie Coles HQ and Timothy Taylor Gallery. Scott’s is grand, urbane and opulent – a truly indulgent treat (however, brace yourself at bill time).
Fellow francophiles rejoice. There is no need to cross the channel to enjoy traditional French food – or historic Beaux Arts/Art Deco interiors. Simply head to Piccadilly Circus and savour the authentic Parisian experience that is Brasserie Zédel. Treat yourself to a pre-prandial cocktail at the glamorous Bar Américain, before enjoying the remarkable good value of the two-course Prix Fixe (£10.50 – in central London – we kid you not). Indulge in the Délice au Chocolat Noir as you feast your eyes on the unique, outré exteriors and nourish both your senses and your soul. This place definitely ticks the box as one of our top London restaurants.
It’s new, it’s big and it’s clever. Therefore, we absolutely adore The Ned. Set in the former Midland bank building in the heart of the city, The Ned incorporates eight restaurants (Cecconi’s, Millie’s Lounge, The Nickel Bar, Zobler’s Deli & Diner, Malibu Kitchen, Kaia, Café Sou and Lutyens Grill) within its 3,000sq m hall. In fact, this beautiful restaurant serves food from around the world. Each has its own space, separated by 92 verdite columns and rows of Grade 1-listed walnut banking counters. This is another level of luxe – and we promise you won’t know where to look first.
The London version of Manhattan powerhouse Aquavit is seriously cool. As you’d expect from a leading proponent of Scandinavian interior design, the space is light and bright with splashes of vivid colour. It’s worth visiting just to behold the ‘green, glass carpet’ wall centrepiece designed by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Bold, iconic patterns from Svenskt Tenn feature in the private dining room’s wallpaper and furnishings – the perfect environment in which to enjoy creative Nordic cuisine.