Three Michelin star London restaurants
What: French fine dining of the highest order from the most famous name in global gastronomy, presented in chic surrounds.
Where: The Dorchester, Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1QA
What: An exquisite reminder that our most famous celebrity chef first made a name for himself in the kitchen.
Where: 68 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HP
What: Modern French fine dining overseen by superchef Pierre Gagnaire, served in London’s most luxurious dining room.
Where: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG
Two Michelin star London restaurants
What: French chef Claude Bosi continues his Michelin journey through England in a Chelsea landmark.
Where: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW3 6RD
What: The former chef-patron of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has established herself as a star in her own right with her first solo restaurant.
Where: 92 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 2PN
What: The London outpost of everyone’s favourite molecular gastronomist recreates historic British dishes for modern palates.
Where: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
What: Chef Alex Dilling has re-invigorated this bluechip dining room, where the cellar houses one of London’s largest wine collections.
Where: 27a Hay's Mews, Mayfair, W1J 5NY
What: Classic haute cuisine lightened up for the 21st century; a recent refurbishment has lightened up the decor to match.
Where: The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL
What: A chef’s table hidden within Champagne and hot dog purveyor Bubbledogs, where 20 diners sit around a small open kitchen.
Where: 70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4QG
What: The first UK outpost of three-Michelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic is every bit as ambitious as that pedigree implies.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, City of London, EC3N 4AJ
What: A Gallic gastronomic experience like they used to make, with a menu showcasing over 50 years of Roux family classics.
Where: 43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 7QR
What: A smart local that is also a London-wide destination, where Aussie chef Brett Graham challenges and comforts in equal measure.
Where: 127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, W11 2AQ
What: Chef Yoshinori Ishii crafts everything himself in this sleek restaurant, from sushi and sashimi to chopstick stands and crockery.
Where: 14-16 Bruton Place, Mayfair, W1J 6LX
One Michelin star London restaurants
What: Chef Andrew Wong has re-invented regional Chinese cooking for Londoners, including some terrific dim sum.
Where: 70 Wilton Road, Pimlico, SW1V 1DE
What: Beautifully presented food from chef Williams, strong on vegetarian options and served in business-friendly surrounds.
Where: The Westbury Hotel, 37 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2YF
What: Vibrantly spiced small plates prepared in an open kitchen, from the owners of Chutney Mary and Veeraswamy.
Where: Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8JT
What: Chef Gary Foulkes turns the freshest fish and seafood into elegantly presented plates on the the seventh floor of South Place Hotel.
Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, Moorgate, EC2M 2AF
What: Expect all the Scandinavian tropes at this chic import: minimalist decor, covetable lighting and clean-flavoured cooking.
Where: 1 Carlton Street, St James’s, SW1Y 4QQ
What: London’s best Barrafina, with never-bettered versions of classic tapas served from behind the counter.
Where: 26-29 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3LL
What: Tomos Parry taps into the foodie zeitgeist at this chefs’ favourite where ingredients are cooked on a wood grill in an open kitchen.
Where: 64 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JJ
What: Modern French cooking sprinkled with luxurious ingredients contrasts with prim and proper British surrounds.
Where: The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, SW1X 7TA
What: One of London’s most-loved dining rooms, where a meal will leave you feeling better about the world.
Where: 2 Bellevue Road, Wandsworth, London, SW17 7EG
What: Jason Atherton’s 24th-floor restaurant in Tower 42 combines skyscraping views with sky-high standards in the kitchen.
Where: 24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, EC2N 1HQ
What: Multi-course tasting menus thrill with daringly modern flavour experiences in a cool, laid-back space.
Where: 380 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LT
What: The restaurant that introduced Londoners to the joys of south-west France is a lot smarter these days but no less creative.
Where: 57 West Smithfield, Farringdon, EC1A 9DS
What: The playful brainchild of Argentinian chef Paulo Airaudo (Amelia in San Sebastian) and former Simon Rogan chef, Rafael Cagali.
Where: 8 Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, E2 9NF
What: A former pub turned destination restaurant thanks to the cooking of 2010 Roux Scholar Kenneth Culhane.
Where: 135 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AA
What: Phil Howard’s casual follow up to The Square places a heavy emphasis on comfort, both in the cooking and the chic surrounds.
Where: 43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, SW3 3NT
What: Endo Kazutoshi is the former exec sushi chef for the Zuma group and this restaurant on top of Television Centre is even higher end.
Where: 101 Wood Lane, Shepherds Bush, W12 7FR
What: Taylor Bonnyman’s fine-dining restaurant cossets guests with welcoming staff, top wines and creative cooking.
Where: 8-9 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea, SW3 2SP
What: The Galvin brothers’ City outpost serves sumptuous modern French food in the Grade II-listed surrounds of St Botolph’s Hall.
Where: 35 Spital Square, City of London, E1 6DY
What: The light and airy Glasshouse showcases seasonal British ingredients cooked with an eye to the future rather than the past.
Where: 14 Station Parade, Kew, TW9 3PZ
What: This hotel dining room has impeccably regal connections but there’s nothing stuffy about the on-trend cooking.
Where: 15 Beeston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 0JW
What: Currently closed after a fire, Gymkhana turns out sophisticated versions of curry house favourites made from high-end ingredients.
Where: 42 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4JH
What: The groundbreaking original of the international chain was the first London restaurant to make Chinese dining truly cool.
Where: 8 Hanway Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1HD
What: London’s second Hakkasan ramps up the glamour of the original with a ground-floor bar perfect for daytime dim sum.
Where: 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6QB
What: A gastropub from Brett Graham of Ledbury fame, where seasonal British ingredients are turned into high-end pub grub.
Where: Walham Grove, Fulham, SW6 1QP
What: The top-floor segment of Ollie Dabbous’ three-floor restaurant and bar offers boundary-pushing modern British cooking.
Where: 85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NB
What: The flavours of West Africa are the touchstone for this agenda-setting restaurant which deals in small plates of boldly spiced food.
Where: St James’s Market, St James’s, SW1Y 4AH
What: London’s first Michelin-starred Chinese offers supremely refined dishes that you won't find anywhere else.
Where: 65 South Audley Street, Mayfair, W1K 2QU
What: Part of the same stable as Elystan Street, Kitchen W8 touts an outstanding take on contemporary European cuisine.
Where: 11-13 Abingdon Road, Kensington, W8 6AH
What: A template for what civilised neighbourhood dining should be like, La Trompette is smart, serene, sophisticated and civilised.
Where: 3-7 Devonshire Road, Chiswick, W4 2EU
What: As much of a wine bar as it is a restaurant, Leroy’s semi-open kitchen sends out flavour-forward cooking for generous prices.
Where: 18 Phipp Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4NU
What: Giorgio Locatelli’s flagship remains a must-visit for superlative pasta and one of the best bread baskets you’ll ever come across.
Where: 8 Seymour Street, Marylebone, W1H 7JZ
What: James Lowe’s bare and spare restaurant is influenced by new Nordic cooking but the ultra-seasonal ingredients are fiercely British.
Where: The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JJ
What: A kitchen and wine room from Nuno Mendes, where 16 guests sit around a communal table for a three-hour seasonal dinner menu.
Where: 41 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ
What: Marcus Wareing's vision remains the touchstone for the cooking style and sophisticated surroundings of this Belgravia classic.
Where: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Belgravia, SW1X 7RL
What: She may have her more casual cafés but Angela Hartnett’s Murano proves she can still do relaxed fine dining with the best of them.
Where: 20 Queen Street, Mayfair, W1J 5PP
What: Two bare-brick rooms are the contemporary backdrop for cooking from Jun Tunaka, whose ninth kitchen is his first solo project.
Where: 22 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2NB
What: From the circular wine store loaded with titular Château Pétrus to the supremely elegant cooking, Pétrus is fine-dining gold.
Where: 1 Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8EA
What: The most famous restaurant on one of London’s most famous restaurant streets dazzles with inventive modern cooking.
Where: 34 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2NH
What: Jason Atherton’s HQ is the definition of smart-casual, from the playful cooking to the relaxed bar and buzzing atmosphere.
Where: 8-10 Pollen Street, Mayfair, W1S 1NQ
What: High-end food served in dressed-down surrounds includes clever pairings of in-season ingredients and great-value set lunches.
Where: 113 Great Portland Street, Marylebone, W1W 6QQ
What: Seafood is the undoubted high point of this South Indian specialist but thoughtful vegetarian options are almost as strong.
Where: 41 Buckingham Gate, Victoria, SW1E 6AF
What: Chef John Williams isn’t afraid to match the luxury of the setting with luxury on the plate in this jaw-droppingly opulent room.
Where: The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, St James’s, W1J 9BR
What: London’s feel-good restaurant par excellence, nothing beats a summertime table in the River Café’s garden.
Where: Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, Hammersmith, W6 9HA
What: Simon Rogan’s Roganic echoes the chef’s two Michelin-starred L’Enclume with supremely fresh ingredients and tasting menus.
Where: 5-7 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DB
What: Choose between a ground-floor tapas counter and upstairs restaurant at Nieves Barragan Mohacho’s Sabor.
Where: 35 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BS
What: William Drabble delivers French food of the highest order in this intimate hotel dining room, home to a mere nine tables.
Where: St. James's Hotel & Club, 7-8 Park Place, St. James's, SW1A 1LS
What: Jason Atherton’s Soho outpost of his social empire is the antithesis of stuffy haute cuisine: laid-back, stylish and reliably delicious.
Where: 58 Poland Street, Soho, W1F 7NR
What: Clever lighting and comfortable chairs form the classy backdrop to sophisticated and complex cooking from chef Clément Leroy.
Where: 6-10 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6PU
What: Chef Fergus Henderson can transform even the most unpromising-sounding ingredient into the finest thing you’ve ever eaten.
Where: 26 St John Street, Farringdon, EC1M 4AY
What: Icelandic chef Agnar Sverrisson’s Texture offers a taste of the Nordic north. Seafood and vegetarian options are especially strong.
Where: 34 Portman Street, London, W1H 7BY
What: Adam Byatt's Trinity is one of the best restaurants not just south of the river but anywhere in London.
Where: 4 The Polygon, Clapham, SW4 0JG
What: The first London project from JKS serves highly accomplished cooking free from the daintiness that can afflict modern Indian food.
Where: 15-17 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DG
What: London’s oldest Indian restaurant is as essential a part of life in the capital as it was when it opened in 1926.
Where: Victory House, 99 Regent Street, Mayfair, W1B 4RS
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