London Town is full of the glitz and the glam – and no we’re not just talking about high-end boutiques and five-star hotels. You’ll often stumble across celebs as you wander around town, and that goes for our pubs, bars and restaurants too. So, without further ado, here’s our roundup of ten celebrity-owned restaurants and bars in London for you to explore:
1. Porte Noire
Idris Elba is a man of many talents. Legendary actor – hello Luther – world-class DJ, and now – bar owner extraordinaire! Named after his established wine and champagne brand, Porte Noire, the relatively-new bar in King’s Cross will offer you the chance to sip on these creations in plush surroundings. Ideal for city dwellers, the interior is high-end with a touch of industrial (think tasteful exposed piping), plus lots of lovely detailing like monochrome coasters. There are about 800 different wine bins, with vino ranging from sweet to dry and everything in between.
While wine and champers make up most of the menu (oh darling!), some top-end spirits will also be on offer. Plus, if you get peckish, there’s a full French brasserie-style menu to tuck into, featuring the likes of an Oeuf Meurette – a classy Burgundian plate of poached eggs with red wine sauce and slow cooked beef cheek. It’s also dog friendly too!
📍You’ll find Porte Noire at Gasholder 10, A 1, Leois Cubitt Walk, London, N1C 4BY.
🚇 Nearest station is King’s Cross St. Pancras.
2. Bertie Blossoms
Opened back in September 2019, Bertie Blossoms is the brainchild of man of the moment Ed Sheeran and his manager Stuart Camp. Named after both of their partners, it’s a lovely gastropub set right in the heart of Notting Hill, and they specialise in tasty tapas, champagne and the ‘best cocktails in West London’ – what more could you ask for hey?!
All the food here is freshly-prepared using the finest ingredients from throughout the UK, and dishes include garlic and chilli prawns, mushroom and Manchego croquettes and even bloody oysters! Well, given that this is a celebrity-owned restaurant, you may as well pull the boat out.
📍You’ll find Bertie Blossoms at 323 Portobello Road, London, W10 5SY.
🚇 Nearest station is Ladbroke Grove.
3. Walmer Castle
Another Notting Hill joint here, the Walmer Castle is owned by none other than David Beckham – yep, seriously – and his good pal, the celebrated film director Guy Ritchie. With three roomy floors, it’s certainly spacious, and it went through a major redevelopment back in 2022 to become a ‘a restaurant, cocktail and whisky bar’. Now we can’t argue with that one…
Their food menu celebrates all the best produce from Speyside, and it features standout dishes such as a crispy lobster, crab and shrimp burger and a spiced cauliflower steak. For dessert, make sure you go for the cheese board which features a delicious spread, and wash it all down with a dram of whisky. Well you may as well treat yourself right? They also do a mean brunch here too.
📍You’ll find the Walmer Castle at 58 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AJ.
🚇 Nearest station is Notting Hill Gate.
4. Lore of the Land
This one is another Guy Ritchie-owned spot – this time on Conway Street in Fitzrovia. Sitting in the shadow of the landmark BT Tower, it’s a great spot in which to while away the hours, and they specialise in an array of seasonal small plates, sharing boards and a range of craft beers, boutique spirits and French wines too.
They’ve also got their own brew here – dubbed ‘Gritchie’ – which is brewed at Ashgrove Farm on the Wiltshire/Dorset border. It’s darn tasty it has to be said, and the farm also provides all the sustainable and fresh produce which is found here. Don’t miss out on their mouthwatering Sunday roasts which feature all the trimmings – it’s a real winner it has to be said.
📍You’ll find Lore of the Land at 4 Conway Street, London, W1T 6BB.
🚇 Nearest station is Warren Street.
5. The Fox and Pheasant
“You’re beautiful, you’re beautiful it’s true…” yes, yes you are The Fox and Pheasant. Owned by none other than James Blunt, this lovely little bolthole tucked away in a corner of upmarket Chelsea will make you feel as if you’ve escaped into the countryside.
After all, this is a place with roaring fires, a summer terrace and dogs aplenty – there’s even a traditional dartboard too. Add in all the classic pub grub, some hearty roasts and a range of delightful bar snacks and you’ve got yourself one charming little spot indeed.
📍You’ll find The Fox and Pheasant at 1 Billing Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9UJ.
🚇 Nearest station is Fulham Broadway.
Hollywood royalty here! A fantastic addition to this roundup of the best celebrity-owned restaurants in London, Nobu is co-owned by none other than two-time Oscar winner, Robert De Niro and legendary Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. An iconic Japanese restaurant, there are three branches in London Town (two are also hotels too), and they serve everything here from black cod with miso and melt-in-the-mouth wagyu beef.
Alternatively, dive into the regularly changing seasonal omakase menu – best washed down with a glass or two of flavoursome sake or a cocktail too.
📍You’ll find Nobu at three different locations in London. You can find out more here.
7. Mikkeller Bar
This is one for the beer lovers among you. Mikkeller is a Danish world-renowned Copenhagen based craft brewery, which opened its first London outpost back in 2018 on Hackney Road and its second on Exmouth Market slightly later. They’ve got over 20 craft beers on tap here, and it’s even co-owned by none other than 80’s singer Rick Astley!
There’s inspiration dotted throughout from Astley’s very own music videos, and the decor inside is daringly Danish, with lots of wood and bold colours to complement the array of beer taps – and not to mention some great music on the speakers too. It’s definitely worth checking out for a pint or two.
📍You’ll find Mikkeller Bar at 2-4 Hackney Road, London, E2 7NS and 37-39 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QL.
🚇 Nearest stations are Hoxton and Angel.
8. Crepes & Cones
Heading South now to Croydon and to Crepes & Cones, which is the brainchild of none other than the hip hop duo Krept and Konan. What a name hey?! The menu here is 100% halal and offers some delicious vegan options, including delectable desserts such as crepes, waffles, cakes and ice-cream too.
But it’s not all sweet here – there’s savoury stuff too. You can’t miss trying the jerk chicken here, and there’s also peppered steak, rice ‘n’ peas, burgers and hot dogs all on the roster. JustSayin’…
📍You’ll find Crepes & Cones at 24-26 S End, Croydon, CR0 1DN.
🚇 Nearest station is South Croydon.
9. The Grapes
Dating all the way back to 1583, The Grapes is practically bursting (get it) with history, and rumour has it that it is supposedly the pub described in the opening of Our Mutual Friend by the famous author Charles Dickens.
It’s also owned by all-around legend and Gandalf himself, Sir Ian McKellen – his staff even features behind the bar! The pub quiz is good here too (and McKellen himself has even been known to host it in the past), and you’ve also got all the pub staples here like fish and chips, burgers and more.
📍You’ll find The Grapes at 76 Narrow Street, E14 8BP.
🚇 Nearest station is Limehouse.
10. The Wealthy Beggar
Whether you lust over him in Emily In Paris or have been a fan since Waterloo Road and Celeb Big Brother days, actor Lucien Laviscount is a man of many talents. Most recently, he has opened a new bar called ‘The Wealthy Beggar’ with restaurateur Zac Lichman and head chef Gareth Drew.
It offers a creative cocktail menu and seasonal dishes across their two floors, and by their own admission, they’re aiming to be the area’s go-to ‘five-star dive bar‘. The low candlelight and vinyl records playing 70s disco makes for a speakeasy cocktail bar atmosphere, and the Pan-Asian food is absolutely delicious!
📍You’ll find The Wealthy Beggar at 109 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3NS.
🚇 Nearest station is Kensal Rise.
So there you have it – a roundup of 10 celebrity-owned restaurants and bars in London you can visit. Whether you’re looking to do a pub quiz with Sir Ian McKellen or visit London’s ‘five-star dive bar’ owned by actor Lucien Laviscount, then our beloved capital has got you covered!