After a week of turkey, tinsel and too many Ferrero Rochers, January can be a bit of a miserable start to the year. But don’t let the damp weather and talk of Nutribullets get you down; we’ve compiled this list of restaurants with some pomp and glamour to ensure you start the year as you mean to go on…
André Garrett at Cliveden
Just a half-hour train ride from Paddington, André Garrett’s restaurant at Cliveden House is the perfect out-of-London retreat. Once home to much of the infamous Profumo affair, this grand stately home oozes glamour. The banana soufflé is a particular highlight.
Start the year with a bit of excess at this rather unique restaurant from the people behind Goodman and Burger & Lobster. Sit at the long, shared tables with your bib firmly tied around your neck as you tuck into masses of ribs and Norwegian king crab. The portions are huge.
This Piccadilly stalwart, only in its second year, feels like it has been around forever. If the hearty food on offer, think beef Bourguignon, steak haché and profiteroles, doesn’t cheer you up, then the stunning Parisian-style dining room certainly will. This is Corbin and King at their best.
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This Jason Atherton restaurant at the Edition hotel features walls filled from top to bottom with framed pictures, making this one of London’s most impressive dining rooms. The food lives up to the room too, try the aged beef tartare with salsa verde and chopped duck egg.
The Goring afternoon tea
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Kate Middleton stayed at this family-owned hotel the night before her wedding and it’s easy to see why. Sit back and relax on one of the comfortable armchairs while nibbling on smoked salmon sarnies and mini raspberry pavlovas, all washed down with a cup of Goring Blend tea.
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
The two-Michelin-starred dining room is as glamorous as the hotel with its plush carpets and comfy armchairs. Hélène’s menu filled with rich French dishes and meticulously sourced ingredients is certain to keep you feeling plump through January.
The Ritz Restaurant
If it’s a glamorous dining room you’re after then they don’t come more flamboyant than this. There’s gold leaf and chandeliers aplenty. If that’s not enough, in the evening there’s even a string quartet playing while you tuck into your canapés. That’ll put a smile on your face.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
"Ok it’s expensive, but so is a Chanel handbag" quipped one Square Meal user after a first-time visit. This Chelsea-based three Michelin star restaurant is worthy of its high price tag however, as head chef Clare Smyth offers some of the best fine-dining food this city has to offer.
Sky Garden at the Walkie Talkie
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It may have only just opened but this complex of three restaurants (Sky Pod
, Darwin Brasserie
, Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill
) at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street, or the Walkie Talkie as it’s more affectionately known, is set to be one of London’s most exciting high-rise dining options. Who doesn’t like dinner with a view?