Conjure up an image of a posh restaurant in London and you’ll probably start to see yourself sat behind white tablecloths, surrounded by elegantly dressed waiting staff, opulent decor, a subdued atmosphere and spacious gaps between tables. The multitude of Michelin star restaurants London has to offer answer many of your posh fantasies, as do the hotels that serve the best afternoon tea in London. Make sure you dressed appropriately for these top London restaurants, before you make that wedding proposal, impress your VIP clients, or entertain the in-laws.
Knightsbridge / Restaurant / Cuisine: Steak House
The Hawksmoor brand keeps going from strength to strength. You can find the fifth London restaurant from the group, Hawksmoor Knightsbridge, in the most befitting of upmarket locations: between Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores. Their world famous British breed steaks are still well represented but there's also a focus on the food menu for elegant seafood dishes - oysters, caviar, lobsters and fish dishes. The beautiful Art Deco design of the room, the carefully sourced wine menu and impeccable service, makes Hawksmoor SW3 a must-visit venue for anyone looking for a bit of luxury. Look out for set lunch and pre-theatre dinner offers for incredible bargains though.
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chinese
While many classy restaurants in London boast a view, not many can claim one as posh as Hutong's. This stunning Chinese restaurant on Level 33 of The Shard takes its name and design inspiration from the criss-crossed alleyways of old Peking. It is a veritable sky-high warren of partially screened areas and half-hidden tables. In the Shanghai Bar and at the semi-secluded tables in the main Beijing dining room, romantic couples enjoy the opulent sweep of the river Thames - from the London Eye and Big Ben to St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge - as their taste buds enjoy and equally upper class, wining and fine dining experience. Don't flinch when the bill arrives. It was all worth it.
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chinese
When a world-famous brand such as this has restaurants in cities such as Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Las Vegas, Dubai, Miami and San Francisco, you know it?s going to be posh. The dark, moody. Asian-inspired interiors create a setting fit for the movies (the restaurant appeared in the movie, About a Boy, as the location for Hugh Grant's playboy attempts). The signature whole Peking duck with Royal Beluga caviar would be the way to impress your dinner date. Or for a it of class minus the price tag, opt for the three-course Taste of Hakkasan menu with signature cocktail for £38pp.
The English Grill
Victoria / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
They may be found close to the royal residence, but not every restaurant located within the vicinity of Buckingham Palace can be called posh. The English Grill however most certainly deserves that label. Housed within The Rubens at the Palace hotel, this fabulous dining room is wonderfully posh and very grand with tailcoat waiters and a traditional service. The food is divine, with the finest cuts of meat and fish prepared on the Josper grill and the accompanying wine list outstanding.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Mayfair / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: French
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is one of only three restaurants in London to currently hold three Michelin stars. Nevermind that it's located in one of London's most luxurious hotels, on the most expensive properties on the Monopoly board (Mayfair AND Park Lane). The muted natural colours on the wood, leather and cotton surfaces provide a noble setting for the restaurant exquisite French cuisine. The show begins with an amuse-bouche served in a porcelain egg and only escalates from there. For the ultimate fine dining experience in London, book the private Table Lumière room within the room behind a curtain made of 4,500 shining fibre optic strands.
Alyn Williams at The Westbury
Mayfair / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
With a Michelin star, four AA Rosette Award and situated in one of the top luxury hotels in London, Alyn Williams at The Westbury restaurant is a destination of choice for lovers of posh dining. The decor is all about classic hotel style luxury with a stunning wine salon private dining room and silver service of the highest order. Their 9-course tasting menu with matching prestige wines is a tour of the best of local British produce and, because his wife is a vegetarian, he also offers a stunning vegetarian tasting menu.
The Gallery at Sketch
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
Come dressed "with a sense of style and character" for an artistic foodie experience with a hint of humour at Sketch in London's very posh Mayfair. There's quail eggs and caviar afternoon teas, and dinners of foie gras, lobster bisque and sole meuniere, as well as fancy twists on European classics in this modern restaurant. But the real show-stopper is the elaborate decor of the venue, from the avant-garde all-pink Gallery restaurant, to the enchanted woodland, retro and golden bars, and even the futuristic pod toilets!
Galvin at Windows
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: French
If you're looking for a place to impress, then look no further than Michelin-star French restaurant Galvin at Windows. Situated on the 28th floor of the swish 5-star Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, you'll feel like a VIP from the moment you walk in with immaculate service and your own sommelier. For those after the finer things in life, you'll appreciate the timeless elegance of the decor, evocative of the glamorous 1930?s, and at 28 floors up who can ignore the breathtaking views overlooking Mayfair and beyond? If Galvin at Windows doesn't impress, then nothing will.
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Ting restaurant in the Shangri-La 5-star hotel, on the 35th floor of The Shard, 128 metres above ground, offers spectacular panoramic views of London. For those with a head for heights, Ting is a sleek and stylish choice, with friendly service and a calm atmosphere, specialising in European cuisine with a pan-Asian twist. You'll probably remember the setting more than the food, but it does its best to compete for your attention. The lunch set menu is surprisingly reasonable considering the location. If you have time extend your visit with a trip to the lounge for cocktails whilst trying to spot your house in the distance.
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