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Hotel Restaurants: London’s Top 10. It's remarkable some hotel restaurants have taken so long to get the attention they deserve in London. Recently however, a series of exciting new eateries have opened their doors within the walls of some first-class hotels that cater for all tastes. Palates are awakening (sometimes literally!) in response to a reformed trend which raises the bar on the restaurant scene in more ways than one. The following selection have eagerly been spotted around London - some more discreet than others – and either way, Fluid recommends a visit, whether or not an overnight stay is also required.
Tags: Hotel Bars & Restaurants
Ten Room at Hotel Café Royal
Mayfair / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
This isn't just one of the best hotel restaurants, it's one of the best restaurants in the whole of London. The executive chef has previously worked at The Langham, The Landau and Wiltons, as well as appeared on various Saturday Morning Kitchen episodes. It's easy to see why you're in safe hands here. The menu is troublingly enticing so ask for directions from the staff. They know exactly what you need. This restaurant is the kind of place you come for a special occasion, to get away from it all, but still be in the West End. The Art Deco interior is superb and was apparently modelled on a photograph of the original. Best get your good frock out then.
Roux at The Landau
Marylebone / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Following an £80 million refurb, the oval restaurant has recently re-opened but remains sympathetic to the heritage of this institution through its understated elegance. We tried a few of the signature specialities recommended by our friendly waiter such as their starter of delicious braised octopus and peppered deer carpaccio, both of which arrived beautifully presented. If only we'd had time for the eight course grazing menu...apparently a must for any special occasion.
South Bank & Bankside / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Located in the Hilton hotel in the Bankside area near Tate Modern, OXBO restaurant is a relaxed space for guests and locals alike to meet, any time of day. The restaurant serves innovative British cuisine with a global twist using supplies from specialist producers and local traders at Borough Market. The specialty is the steak with the Porterhouse being a monstrous challenge for anyone who likes to share, or who is just plain greedy. Stylish and modern, but with a vintage outlook.
Lands End at Sunborn Yacht Hotel London
ExCel & London City Airport / Restaurant / Cuisine: International
This luxury floating hotel in East London is beautifully tranquil, aside from the occasional plane coming into land at London City Airport. The Docklands location means that the hotel, and its 100+ rooms, suites and balconies, is a favourite for business men and women visiting the nearby ExCel conference centre. But the plebs of London can also enjoy the Land's End restaurant on board. The succinct British menu - served during breakfast, lunch, dinner and a 7-course tasting menu - has nods to Asian and Mediterranean cuisine and includes teriyaki salmon fillet, or potato gnocchi with pumpkin and chilli cream sauce. Good to see a Harrow & Hope English sparkling wine on the menu too; what what! Download
Theo Randall at InterContinental Hotel
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Italian
Ex-River Café chef, Theo Randall, runs this eponymous restaurant within the exclusive Park Lane environs of the 5-star Mayfair hotel: the London InterContinental. You're in for a treat as this is one of the best Italian restaurants in London. An unfussy menu makes the most of the rustic Italian cooking that Randall champions, with gutsy dishes such as wood roasted pigeon and a hearty seafood stew. The décor is sleek but the ambience is relaxed and invitingly unpretentious, whilst the wine list heavily favours Italian varietals. Download
Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen is part of the Rosewood London hotel in Holborn. The brasserie and delicatessen offers classic British cuisine in a refined, historic setting. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The kitchen is overseen by Lee Bull, also formerly of Caprice Holdings. The lunch and dinner menu, comprised of traditional British dishes are made from the finest locally sourced ingredients. The dining room includes a bar and a dining counter and leads to the Terrace in the hotel's peaceful inner courtyard.
JW Steakhouse & Bourbon Bar
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Steak House
Steak and bourbon is a combination made for cattle ranchers in the wild west, looking to relax after a hard day riding horses and lassoing things. Luckily we don't have to travel back in time and across the Atlantic to get an American classic combo as it has made it to a classy London establishment. Hooray - no tumbleweed, guns at dawn and savage bandits here - rather 160 types of Bourbon, cocktails and chic décor. Forget the wild west, think instead of West London.
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: Italian
Set in the heart of London's City district, Diciannove restaurant is widely celebrated for its instinctively Italian food. Executive chef Alessando Bay takes great passion in creating memorable food that tastes vibrant and authentic. The menus include the traditional a la carte featuring seasonal dishes and the cicchetti and negroni bar offering. The restaurant's rich wood tones and vibrant accents are visually striking, yet quietly sophisticated.
Bethnal Green / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: European
This 40-cover restaurant in Bethnal Green's Town Hall Hotel - on the former site of Nuno Mendes' Viajante - showcases a brief, European menu that uses seasonal British produce. Chef Lee Westcott has previously worked alongside Jason Atherton, Tom Aikens, Rene Redzepi, and Gordon Ramsay. The versatile wine list incorporates smaller producers and a good selection of English wines by the glass. Natural oak, marble and ceramics adorn the restaurant, and an open kitchen provides a focal point.
Richmond & Kew / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
Although the quaint town of Richmond resides in Surrey, we're still claiming this top London restaurant as ours. Every table at the restaurant has a splendid view across Petersham Meadows across to the river Thames as it bends west towards the sunset. The best time to enjoy these panoramic views is during the day so aim to book for lunch or afternoon tea. The Head Chef knows how deliver exquisite morsels in iconic London locations having previously headed The Royal Albert Hall restaurant. Nibble on smoked Applewood cheese and apple cider chutney finger sandwiches followed by West Country clotted cream and strawberry preserve, whilst slurping on Sapphire Earl Grey tea. Aaaaaah! Download
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