In the culinary world, a Michelin star is a much-coveted award for any top chef. The anonymous critics of the prestigious guide travel the world, dining at some of the most talked-about eateries, finding the places that deliver (in their admittedly subjective eyes) perfect, consistent cooking. These Michelin star restaurants then join the wishlists of every foodie around the world looking to try the best food any city or country has to offer.
Now that we’re firmly into 2024, MICHELIN has released their latest comprehensive guide to our country’s restaurants. They hosted a ceremony at Manchester’s famous Midland Hotel last night (February 5) to unveil the MICHELIN Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2024, where some historic stars were awarded as the guide celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Across Great Britain and Ireland, one restaurant rose to Three Star status, with six restaurants earning a second star, and 18 restaurants newly earning their first Michelin Star. London now counts 80 restaurants with at least one Michelin star to their name, up from 70 last year.
So, if you’re after the best of the best, here are all of London’s Michelin star restaurants.
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⭑⭑⭑ London restaurants with three Michelin stars ⭑⭑⭑
While 2023 saw no new additions to London’s list of three Michelin star restaurants, one restaurant leapt from a newly awarded two stars in 2023, to a third star this year. This means that London now counts 6 restaurants to its name with three Michelin stars. All five of last year’s honourees retained their status in the dining field. They may be pricy, but the Michelin Guide has deemed them all ” Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!”
1. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea
The angriest chef on television really has something to shout about: his flagship restaurant in Chelsea, southwest London, has retained its three Michelin stars for 2024, twenty-six years after it first opened. It marks 23 years of holding the three Michelin star distinction. Dining here currently stands between £210 for their “Menu Prestige”, and £260 for the “carte blanche” menu – where customers are treated to an entirely bespoke meal.
2. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Hyde Park
Is eating in hotels ever really that fun? The Michelin crew seem to think so, bestowing a full three stars on this posh-as-you-like West London restaurant that they praise for its “adventurous, modern and contemporary style”. The tasting menu is £285 (with caviar and white truffle additions available at £8 and £22 per gram, respectively) but you can also select three individual dishes from the tasting menu to make your own à la carte offering.
3. The Lecture Room & Library at Sketch, Mayfair
Let us tell you that there is nothing sketchy about this place, which is one of the most gorgeous restaurants in our capital. Not to be confused with the (equally opulent) dining rooms downstairs, which serve different menus, the Library is the room to dine in if you want to ‘taste the stars’ and enjoy a menu of sophisticated French food. A three-course lunch will run you £140, while the dinner tasting menu starts at £190. If you really want to treat yourself, match your dinner with their ‘special treat wine pairing’ for a whopping £395.
4) Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill
Clare Smyth left Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to do her own thing and it’s gone rather well, to put it rather mildly. Her restaurant jumped straight into the big time by earning two Michelin stars in 2019, nary a year after opening. The Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant a third star shortly afterwards, which they’ve retained possession of since – even through a recent redecoration that has given the restaurant a decidedly less stuffy air. All this has earned Core a well-deserved place in the tippity top tier of London fine dining. They offer a selection of tasting menus, with their Core Classics costing £215, and their evolving Core Seasons menu costing £235. An a la carte lunch, meanwhile, will run diners £165.
5. Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair
Connaught blimey! Darroze’s restaurant underwent a bit of a pastel transformation just ahead of the 2023 guide’s announcement – a risky move in the Michelin realm where highly awarded restaurants seldom tinker with their recipes for success. However, it paid off, and they retained possession of their third star for yet another year. And 2024 is no different, with the restaurant being praised for its “warm, relaxed feel” and “exceptional cooking”. A three-Michelin-star meal here will run you £225, in the form of their ‘taste of winter’ offering. But you can net a weekday lunch for the comparatively tame price of £125.
6. ⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ The Ledbury, Notting Hill
Having been awarded two stars just last year, The Ledbury immediately moved up to three-star status this year. The restaurant has moved from strength to strength, especially given they only relatively recently re-opened after a two-year hiatus. The restaurant was praised for food that was better than ever before, and for truly incredible produce. Fancy eating here? The lunchtime tasting menu costs £165 for six courses, or £185 for eight, while the full dinner tasting menu, with matching wines, will empty your bank account to the tune of £345.
⭑⭑ London restaurants with two Michelin stars ⭑⭑
Less than a handful of London restaurants walked away from the Michelin ceremony with a new two-star award to their name. In a rather historic move, this year saw the introduction of the Guide’s first two-star Indian restaurants – with London’s own Gymkhana receiving the vaunted status alongside Brimginham’s Opheem. The two-star club remains very special territory and a good marker of where to splash out.
7. ⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Gymkhana, Mayfair
Gymkhana moved up from one star to two this year, marking it for special status as London’s first Indian restaurant to receive the honour. The restaurant’s Siddharth Ahuja was praised by the Michelin team for “exceptional versions of time-honoured classics”. Reflecting its new two-star status, a tasting menu now runs diners £110 (or £100 for the vegetarian option). You can still, however, grab lunch for a far more affordable £48.
8. ⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Brooklands, Belgravia
Brooklands blew everyone away, leapfrogging the usual process of going from one star to two, by jumping straight into two-Michelin-star territory. Housed inside the luxurious Peninsula Hotel and overseen by Claude Bosi, the restaurant received the stars off the back of their “finely detailed, exquisite cooking” and “the excellent quality of the ingredients”. There are a variety of menus to choose from, ranging from the streamlined ‘Concorde Lunch Menu’ for £58 all the way up to £195 for the seven-course tasting menu at dinner-time. Don’t miss a chance to sit on the terrace if you can!
9. ⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Trivet, Southwark
There honestly can’t be higher praise from Michelin than “a restaurant that just seems to get everything right”. And that’s just how Trivet was described in the wake of earning its second star. With words like fuss-free, personable, and charming being used to describe the food and service, they clearly proved a hit! A glance over the menu reveals an a la carte selection that hovers around the £50 mark for a main, but with relatively affordable sides and starters to complement.
10. La Dame de Pic, Tower Hill
The French establishment has once again retained its two stars for an inventive menu from the renowned Anne-Sophie Pic. Located in the Four Seasons Hotel, the restaurant overlooks the Tower of London and Tower Bridge – a view that is sure to make the food taste all the nicer! Their upper end tasting menu – the Voyage – will run you £195, but lunch can be had for a slightly tamer price of £100 on Fridays and Saturdays.
11. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Knightsbridge
Clever-clogs cooking from the wickedly inventive Heston Blumenthal rocked the Michelin folks’ world. The famed mandarin-resembling ‘Meat Fruit’ above, for instance, actually contains a chicken liver and foie gras parfait. Dinner at ‘Dinner…’ borders on an educational experience, with their historically-inspired tasting menu, and each dish given a rough time period from whence it dates back. A three-course set lunch is a modest £59, or an eight-course meal at the chef’s table will run you upwards of £230.
12. Ikoyi, St James’s
Head chef Jeremy Chan presents a stunning menu with a foundation in West African cuisine. There’s a focus on micro-seasonality and only using produce at its very optimal state. The full tasting menu will cost you a pocket-emptying £300, while their shorter lunch menu is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Oh, and that still costs a pretty penny, at a whopping £200. But it remains one of London’s most unique restaurants and is rightly revered throughout the capital – and, indeed, the world.
13. Kitchen Table, Goodge Street
Kitchen Table is where you go for a proper sit-down-and-don’t-move tasting menu. Dinner starts at 6pm, and it won’t finish until well over four hours later. With that much time, food, and care – across a menu that is a surprise each night – the £200 price tag (rising to £250 in March, which is still below previous years) starts to sound like a bargain! That’s without drinks, though…
14. A. Wong, Victoria
Chef Andrew Wong made an immediate splash with his immaculate Chinese cooking, and in 2021 his eponymous restaurant made the jump from one star to two. They’re still going strong with food that celebrates China’s 14 international borders, and “3000 years of culinary history.” For lunch, it’s all about the traditional a la carte dim sum, but dinner offers the chance to try the three-hour ‘The Collections of China’ menu for £200.
15. Da Terra, Bethnal Green
Da Terra translates to ‘on the ground’, a reflection of chef duo Paulo Airaudo and Rafael Cagali’s Latin American and Italian roots. Guests aren’t given a menu upon arrival, as there is no choice – you’ll eat what you’re given! And for the three-hour experience, you can expect to pay £230 (or £170 at lunch).
16. Story, London Bridge
Every meal is a story, and that’s especially true here. Chef Tom Sellers uses seasonal British produce to create his intricately linked tasting menus and originally netted his second star just shy of eight years after opening the doors to this excellent spot. Recent redevelopment and expansion of the restaurant hasn’t seen them falter, either, with the team retaining both stars. As with Da Terra, there’s no menu – you have to trust the chef (to the tune of £250 per person).
17. The Clove Club, Shoreditch
This famed Old Street restaurant sits within the Grade II-listed Shoreditch Town Hall. Chef Patron Isaac McHale runs a seasonal tasting menu of modern and elegant produce which is set at £195, or a shorter version of the affair priced at £155.
18. Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Chelsea
The fact that the Michelin Guide gave this restaurant, found on the first floor of an art-deco building that once served as the headquarters of Michelin in London, should come as no surprise. But it’s not nepotism at play, instead one could argue that Claude Bosi has had to work harder to earn the space and create food appropriate for the building’s gorgeous settings and storied history. Lunch will run you £145 for three courses, while their full tasting menu will have you coughing up a minimum of £215 for the experience. There is, however, a more affordable Market Menu available for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday lunch, priced at just £75 for an ever-changing three-course meal.
19. Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal, Piccadilly
Chef Alex Dilling’s love affair with gorgeous produce shines through in his dishes at Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal. Having only just opened in September of 2022, the Michelin Guide promptly awarded the restaurant two stars and venerated status. And they’re holding strong with that status. A meal will run you £165 for five courses and £195 for seven courses. But then, that depends on how many optional extras you take advantage of!
⭑ London Restaurants with one Michelin Star ⭑
Here is where you’ll find world-class cuisine at a fraction of the prices above. Typically… There are still some expensive restaurants in this list, naturally, but many hide great deals for those after incredible dining experiences.
Central London Michelin star restaurants
Luca, Farringdon: expertly rendered Italian food that makes all the more sense when you find out it’s from the team behind The Clove Club.
⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Chishuru, Marylebone: modern West-African cooking that started as a supper club in Brixton, chef Adejoké Bakare is now the first black female Michelin-starred chef in the UK, and only the second in the whole world.
⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Akoko, Marylebone: live-fire cooking, exotic spices, and intense umami coalesce to explore founder Aji Akokomi’s West African heritage. The jollof rice was singled out for particular praise.
The Ninth, Goodge Street: romantic, Mediterranean restaurant with an informal character.
⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Sushi Kanesaka, Mayfair: dedicated to “the art of perfection”, Sushi Kanesaka presents a 9-seat, 18-course omakase menu in a hidden-away venue within the 42 Park Lane Hotel.
Pied à Terre, Goodge Street: modern, gourmet food accented by foraged ingredients and adornments.
⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Humble Chicken, Soho: originally a yakitori-inspired eatery, transitioning to an ever-evolving tasting menu earned this Japanese restaurant their first star.
Dining Room at the Goring, Victoria: exemplary British cuisine in a luxury hotel.
⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Mountain, Soho: a joyful split-level venture from the team behind Brat, where open-flame cooking and wood-fired ovens impart a smokey flavour to almost every dish.
SO|LA, Soho: The Golden State on a plate at Victor Garvey’s Cali-inspired restaurant.
⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Humo, Mayfair: open-fire cooking is taken to the next level in this restaurant that doesn’t use any gas or electricity, but instead harnesses every aspect of the fire.
Wild Honey St James, St James’s: following 12 successful years in Mayfair, the restaurant moved to St James’s and garnered a Michelin star in 2022, which it has since held on to.
⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Aulis, Soho: a tiny, but hugely impressive, 12-seat chef’s table experience hidden away down a random Soho alleyway.
Quilon, St. James’s Park: seafood dishes in a Southeast Indian style – they’ve had their Michelin star since 2008!
⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Pavyllon, Mayfair: Head to the Four Seasons in Mayfair to experience Yannick Alléno modern French cuisine with international influences.
St. Barts, Barbican: comfort and homeliness infuse each delicate-looking morsel that is surprisingly packed with flavour. Also the recipient of a MICHELIN Green Star for Gastronomy & Sustainability.
⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ 1890 by Gordon Ramsay, Covent Garden: the chef with the temper serves reimagined French Escoffier classics in an intimate space with just 10 tables.
HIDE, Piccadilly: Ollie Dabbous’ spot boasts a fairytale staircase and a near 7000-strong wine list.
⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Ormer Mayfair, Mayfair: Elegant tasting menus in the basement of the Flemings Mayfair Hotel.
The Ritz Restaurant, Green Park: classic seasonal cooking in a wow-inducing dining room. A properly ritz-y affair.
KOL, Mayfair: Delightful Mexican-British fusion food with a stunning interior.
Jamavar, Mayfair: Botanical-themed cocktails are served alongside some truly cracking Indian street food-inspired dishes. A 3-course lunch can be had for just £49.
Amaya, Knightsbridge: modern and sophisticated Indian food, a 7-item lunch platter is just £35 per person.
Muse, Belgravia: showing a great meal can be had anywhere, even a 23-cover converted mews house.
Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay, Knightsbridge: the wine selection is so good they built the dining room around the floor-to-ceiling wine cellar.
Kai, Mayfair: a Chinese restaurant with an impressive ‘little plates’ menu and serious prestige.
Pollen Street Social, Oxford Circus: seasonal British cooking in a (comparatively) relaxed setting.
Sabor, Mayfair: Nieves Barragan and José Etura explore the sabor, or flavour, of northern Spanish cuisine with aplomb.
Umu, Mayfair: Japanese restaurant serving a ‘kaiseki tasting menu’ of eight ‘exquisite’ courses.
Taku, Mayfair: a 16-seater omakase experience from Chef Takuya Watanabe, following a decade running Jin restaurant in Paris.
Murano, Mayfair: Angela Hartnett’s European restaurant gained its original Michelin star within just four months of opening!
Benares, Mayfair: modern Indian cuisine from British ingredients to challenge pre-conceptions of Indian food.
Evelyn’s Table, Soho: An intimate dining experience in an 18th-century pub beer cellar, serving up modern European dishes.
Locanda Locatelli, Marble Arch: Italian cuisine from one of the best Italian chefs in the world.
Portland, Marylebone: elegant meals that focus on ingredients, not starched tablecloths – and very good wine. Opt for the 3-course lunch and you’ll spend just £49.
Trishna, Marylebone: colourful, convivial Indian dishes with an emphasis on coastal cuisine.
St. John, Clerkenwell: nose-to-tail eating loved by foodies and other carnivores.
City Social, City: Jason Atherton’s 24th floor restaurant keeps a shiny star.
Club Gascon, Barbican: flavours straight outta south-west France with modern innovation.
Angler, Liverpool Street: fancy, fishy food and a stunning rooftop terrace.
East London Michelin star restaurants
Cycene, Shoreditch: a roving experience of a meal that has you dining in various intimate rooms around the restaurant – including in the kitchen itself.
Lyle’s, Shoreditch: a constantly changing, no-choice dining experience for £95. Or you can opt for an a la carte lunch and spend a bit less.
Brat, Shoreditch: Tomos Parry’s Welsh-Basque spot has won near-universal praise. Don’t miss the Basque cheesecake!
Galvin La Chapelle, Spitalfields: fine French food in a dramatic, high-ceilinged setting.
Behind, Hackney: a fish-focused tasting menu restaurant that originally earned its star after just 20 days of service.
Cornerstone, Hackney Wick: relaxed vibes suffuse this seafood restaurant where the tasting menu costs just £80.
Casa Fofō, Hackney: Asian and Mediterranean flavours mingle at this no-frills, passion-fuelled, restaurant.
West London Michelin star restaurants
Elystan St, Chelsea: “pure, seasonal, ingredient-led, gimmick-free dishes”, they say. A four-course set-price lunch is £49.50.
⭐ NEW ENTRY ⭐ Dorian, North Kensington: a self-described ‘bistro for locals’ where excellent ingredients and a wood-fired grill are the focus.
The Five Fields, Sloane Square: dashing, dainty cooking celebrating produce from their Kitchen garden.
River Café, Hammersmith: esteemed, genre-defining Italian restaurant down by the Thames.
La Trompette, Chiswick: head west for modern French cooking.
Kitchen W8, Kensington: neighbourhood restaurant puts out ‘modern English with a French soul.’
Endo at the Rotunda, White City: a 16-seater sushi counter made of two hundred year wood, located at the top of the landmark BBC Television Centre where you can enjoy ‘sushi in the clouds, where the sea meets the sky’.
South London Michelin star restaurants
Trinity, Clapham: this neighbourhood restaurant blends classic and modern fare in a setting you’ll fall in love with.
Sollip, Southwark: A Korean-inspired fine-dining spot with influence from European and French style.
Chez Bruce, Wandsworth Common: a local favourite, with a focus on Mediterranean cuisine.
Dysart Petersham, Richmond: a gastropub inspired by the beautiful countryside surroundings of Richmond Park and Petersham Woods.
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