A special anniversary, a first-and-last chance date, an important deal-clinching client meeting, a big birthday blowout bash: whatever the occasion, a proper slap-up meal is required; one of those memorable meals that will be talked about in years to come as one of the best you've ever had in London. Knightsbridge and Belgravia, much like neighbouring Mayfair, are decorated with more Michelin stars than Gordon Ramsay could even lift. Finding the best restaurant for your important event just got a whole lot easier.
Ametsa with Arzak Instruction
Belgravia / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Spanish
Having been awarded its first Michelin star, The Halkin hotel's restaurant Ametsa (pictured above) is pairing the earthy flavours and techniques of Spain's Basque region with modern, surprising twists featuring locally-sourced and organic produce from land and sea. The restaurant's interior was designed by London-based Ab Rogers Design, taking inspiration from the original Arzak restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain, which holds three Michelin-stars. Ametsa also has a Private Dining Room that can be reserved separately for an intimate gathering of up to 30 guests or in conjunction with the restaurant for a larger function accommodating up to 70.
Knightsbridge / Restaurant / Cuisine: Russian
Vintage quirk in all its glory, Russian Mari Vanna guarantees a memorable experience. The unusual decor - a catacomb for everything every grandma has ever owned, including tapestries, crockery, lace, knick-knacks and endless china dolls - is only overshadowed by the even more unusual menu. Visit for homemade vodka, shuba, kholodetz and an out-of-this-world experience.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Knightsbridge / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
The Mandarin Oriental's more formal dining option, the two Michelin star restaurant is owned by culinary genius and cookery eccentric Heston Blumenthal and helmed by protégé Ashley-Palmer Watts. Dishes are based on recipes dating as far back as the 14th century but are given new life via a legendary Heston twist. The memorable food is accompanied by memorable views as the dining room overlooks Hyde Park.
Gordon Ramsay Petrus
Belgravia / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
Apart from being an exceptional Bordeaux wine, it is also one of the top fine dining restaurants in the Gordon Ramsay Group. It was awarded with a Michelin star in 2011 and voted No1 restaurant on Tripadvisor in London in 2013. It offers a stylish and modern French menu with touches of theatricality in the food. The dining room has a central wine cabinet feature and is mostly beige in colour. It is located in Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge, which is an ideal location for such a high end establishment.
Afternoon Tea at Egerton House Hotel
Knightsbridge / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
The Egerton House Hotel is a five-star gourmet's paradise close to the Victoria & Albert Museum and Harrods. A mouth-watering dining menu and a deliciously indulgent traditional Afternoon Tea await in the cosy dining room and lounge. Afternoon Tea is a great British tradition, and each afternoon the elegant Drawing Room is the place in which to savour a tempting assortment of delicate finger sandwiches and pastries with freshly baked scones with thick clotted cream and fruit preserves. To complete this classic treat, choose from an extensive selection of teas or coffee or perhaps enjoy a glass of chilled champagne.
Outlaw's at The Capital
Knightsbridge / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Seafood
This Michelin starred restaurant offers a revolving menu of exquisite dishes based predominantly on the fresh seafood caught off the Cornish coast. It's situated at the Capital Hotel which has a long tradition of having fine dining restaurants since 1971. The restaurant itself is an off-shoot of Nathan Outlaw's famous 2 Michelin star seafood restaurant in Cornwall. Its award winning lunch set menu has often been voted the best value by esteemed publications. It has a lengthy wine list that is the envy of most sommeliers at other restaurants. The décor is mostly stripped back elegance.
Knightsbridge / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Mediterranean
Inspired by the many years Alain Ducasse spent visiting the vibrant food markets in Italy and Provence, Rivea London serves French and Italian cuisine in a chic, convivial and relaxed setting. The menu of small plates incorporates the classic flavours and vivid colours of the Riviera. Chef Damien has spent the vast majority of his culinary career working in Provence and Monaco, with more than ten years under the tutelage of Ducasse. Rivea signature recipes include the popular market food Socca, a crêpe made with chickpea flour, water and olive oil, which Damien has filled with ingredients from a salad Niçoise.
Knightsbridge / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: French
You'll find this award-winning, restaurant in the basement of the grand 5-star Mandarin Oriental. All tables boast views of the open-plan kitchen, but the seats at the charcuterie counter are where the real close-up action is at. A sister restaurant to acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud's New York outpost, Bar Boulud offers up bistro cooking in fashionable surroundings filled with all walks of life. Note there is usually a two-hour limit on tables so you'll have to get your fill of the buzzing atmosphere quick sharp.
Mamounia Lounge Knightsbridge
Knightsbridge / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Middle Eastern
At Mamounia Lounge you can travel to the Middle East without leaving London, finding Lebanese and Moroccan food served up in Arabian surroundings. The restaurant can pretty much cater to any occasion; you can share shisha with friends over drinks out the front of the restaurant, celebrate birthdays over a tagine and cocktails while watching belly dancers, or find privacy for a romantic date amid the more private tables at the back of the restaurant which are separated by heavy drapes and cushioned with rich-coloured pillows.
Knightsbridge / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Marcus restaurant at The Berkeley boast interiors that masterfully reflect and complement the modern approach that Marcus Wareing has taken across the board with the relaunch of this two Michelin starred restaurant. The look exudes cool sophistication; a carefully considered blend of timeless elegance, clean, classical lines and a refined colour palette provides a fresh, inviting and relaxing backdrop for Marcus and his team to thrill and enchant their guests. Marcus remains at the helm, working closely with Head Chef Mark Froydenlund. The essence of the food has been retained but has been updated.
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