The London restaurants that received Michelin stars for 2018.
In the culinary world, a Michelin star is still a much-coveted award for any top chef. The anonymous critics of the prestigious guide travel the world, dining at some of the world’s most talked-about eateries, finding the places that deliver perfect, consistent cooking. Currently, there are 70 Michelin starred restaurants here in London, with nine earning two stars and three earning the maximum three Michelin stars.
The reviewers’ tastes tend towards the expensive and ritzy, with a few too many deserving-yet-dusty hotel restaurants on the list despite our dining culture becoming ever more informal, independent and inventive. But there’s no denying there are some true ‘bucket list’ meals to be had here, with epic tasting menus served straight to your kitchen-side seat. Many of these Michelin star restaurants offer less terrifyingly-priced meals at lunch: perfect for knocking off work early on a payday Friday and experiencing some cooking from the world’s best chefs. Bon appetit!
⭑⭑⭑ London restaurants with three Michelin stars ⭑⭑⭑
1) Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea
The angriest chef on television really has something to shout about: his flagship restaurant in Chelsea, south-west London, earned the maximum three Michelin stars for 2018, twenty years after it first opened. Dining here will run between £185 (for the seasonal inspiration menu) to £65 for a three-course lunch.
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. The tasting menu is £140 (or try the black truffle menu for £240!) but you can sample a three-course lunch for £65.
3) The Araki, Mayfair
Now this is what we call secret London. At the Araki, just nine guests sit at chef’s Mitsuhiro Araki table, while he prepares them some of the world’s greatest sushi. Two-and-a-half hours of mind-blowing morsels will set you back £300 – and that’s your only option to visit, I’m afraid. Michelin’s critics certainly seem to think it’s worth it.
⭑⭑ London restaurants with two Michelin stars ⭑⭑
4) Bibendum, South Kensington
Claude Bosi gets two Michelin stars for his teched-up foams-jellies-and-smears cooking at Bibendum, which suspiciously enough was the former UK headquarters of… Michelin! A seven-course tasting menu in the evenings is £110, but you can try three courses over lunch for £40.
5) Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Knightsbridge
Clever-clogs cooking from the wickedly-inventive Heston Blumenthal rocked the Michelin folks’ world yet again in 2018. The ‘orange’ above, for instance, actually contains a chicken liver and foie gras parfait. Dinner at ‘Dinner…’ will run over £100 before you even order drinks, but a three-course set lunch is £45 on weekdays.
6) Le Gavroche, Knightsbridge
Head here for showstopping plates from legendary chef and skinny-one-off-Masterchef, Michel Roux Jr. The nine-course tasting menu here, with wine, is a wallet-wobbling £265, but the ‘business lunch’ is £69 with drinks – nice. Expense it? It’d be Roux not to…
7) Greenhouse, Knightsbridge
A very put-together restaurant nestled behind a small garden, head to the Greenhouse for precise, playful plates that you won’t forget in a hurry. Menus range from £125 for a full tasting experience down to £35 for… it’s not actually clear.
8) Marcus, Knightsbridge
The dining room of the Berkeley, Marcus Wareing’s restaurant boasts two Michelin stars for cooking that relies, per the Michelin reviewer, on excellent ingredients rather than over-complicated technique. A five-course lunch menu can be had for a very reasonable £55.
9) The Ledbury, Notting Hill
Flying the flag for west London, this double-starred restaurant in Notting Hill is an extravagant choice for any foodie explorer. The full tasting menu is £255 with wine, the set lunch at £75 is as cheap as it gets. Still, though…
10) Sketch (Library), Oxford Circus
There’s nothing Sketchy about this place. 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’, as it were. A seven-course romp will relieve you of £120, and frankly you’ll just have to deal with it.
11) Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair
Connaught blimey! Rocking two Michelin Stars, Darroze’s restaurant’s star offering is a £175 ‘inspiration’ menu, but a three-course lunch with two glasses of wine clocks in at a more manageable £55. There’s also a neat menu where you choose what you want using marbles on a little board. We’re always up for some innovation!
12) Umu, Mayfair
Too cool to even have a website – just a Facebook page – this Japanese restaurant provides a ‘kaiseki tasting menu’ of eight ‘exquisite’ courses. The set meal is £155, but there are other, more affordable options, if you can find them.
⭑ Restaurants with one Michelin Star ⭑
Hakkasan, Tottenham Court Road: fine dining by way of China at this famous restaurant. (Their Mayfair branch also received a Michelin star of its very own.)
Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, Goodge Street: twenty seats surround the kitchen as the head chef prepares top-notch dishes.
The Ninth, Goodge Street: romantic, Mediterranean restaurant with an informal character.
Pied a Terre, Goodge Street: modern, gourmet French cuisine. Lunch w/ wine from £54.
Lima, Tottenham Court Road: popular, pretty Peruvian cooking.
Barrafina, Soho: well-liked Spanish tapas bar with counter seating
Social Eating House, Soho: Jason Atherton’s relaxed bistro earns a well-deserved star.
Yauatcha, Soho: Dim sum for days at this centrally-located ‘tea house.’
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Covent Garden: three floors of fine seasonal French cooking, with epic eight-course tasting menu.
A. Wong, Victoria: Chinese cooking so Wong, it’s right.
Dining Room at the Goring, Victoria: exemplary British cuisine in a luxury hotel.
Quilon, St. James’s Park: seafood dishes in a south-east Indian style.
Aquavit, Piccadilly Circus: Nordic cuisine, all day.
The Ritz, Green Park: classic seasonal cooking in a wow-inducing dining room.
Seven Park Place, Green Park: cosy hotel restaurant with just nine tables, serves modern English cooking.
Gymkhana, Green Park: ever popular Indian restaurant, with four-course lunch for £40.
Amaya, Knightsbridge: Indian cooking with an Oriental touch, a 7-item lunch is just £45 at weekends.
Amesta, Hyde Park Corner: Flavours from the Basque country at a Belgravia hotel.
Céleste, Hyde Park Corner: high-end dining beneath massive chandeliers. Swanky.
Galvin at Windows, Hyde Park Corner: gaze over Hyde Park from the 28th floor while you enjoy quality French cooking.
Pétrus, Knightbridge: 2000 wines in their famous cellar – apparently the food’s not bad either.
Alyn Williams at the Westbury, Mayfair: fine dining in a Mayfair hotel with a sweet private dining room.
Benares, Mayfair: modern Indian cuisine in London’s fanciest district.
Bonhams, Mayfair: this famous auction house boasts its own quality restaurant, with a short but special menu.
Fera at Claridge’s, Bond Street: seasonal dishes at a high-end hotel, £42 for three courses.
Jamavar, Mayfair: upscale Indian dining off Berkeley Square.
Kai, Mayfair: a Chinese restaurant with a serious ‘little plates’ menu.
Pollen Street Social, Oxford Circus: seasonal British cooking in a (comparatively) relaxed setting.
The Square, Mayfair: modern haute cuisine in a minimal space.
Tamarind, Mayfair: one of the first Indian restaurants in the world to be awarded a Michelin star, apparently.
Veeraswamy, Mayfair: claims to be the oldest Indian restaurant in the country, spicing up London since 1926.
Locanda Locatelli, Marble Arch: seriously steep Italian joint.
Portland, Marylebone: elegant little plates from a critics’ favourite.
Texture, Marylebone: inventive Scandinavian cooking at this restaurant-champagne-bar.
Trishna, Marylebone: colourful, convivial Indian dishes.
St. John, Clerkenwell: nose-to-tail eating loved by foodies and other carnivores.
City Social, City: Jason Atherton just showing off now with his third Michelin star for this 24th floor restaurant.
Club Gascon, Barbican: flavours straight outta south-west France.
La Dame de Pic, Tower Hill: fresh French cooking from Anne-Sophie Pic.
Angler, Liverpool Street: fancy, fishy restaurant nets a Michelin star this year.
Clove Club, Shoreditch: much buzzed-about restaurant that just does tasting menus.
Lyle’s, Shoreditch: spartan dining room, with a four-course, no-choice menu for £55.
Gavin La Chapelle, Spitalfields: the brothers from the aforementioned ‘Windows’ deliver fine French food in a dramatic, high-ceilinged setting.
Ellory, London Fields: British plates to share at this east London hotspot, the chef’s choice menu is £45.
Elystan St, Chelsea: ‘pure, seasonal, ingredient led, gimmick free dishes’, they say.
Five Fields, Sloane Square: dashing, dainty cooking from the English garden.
Outlaw’s at the Capital, Knightsbridge: great British seafood, around the corner from Harrods.
Vineet Bhatia, Sloane Square: snappy Indian cooking in deepest Chelsea.
Harwood Arms, Fulham: gastropub that serves up an infamous Sunday roast.
River Café, Hammersmith: esteemed Italian restaurant down by the Thames.
Hedone, Chiswick: he done earn a star more like.
La Trompette, Chiswick: head west for modern French cooking.
Kitchen W8, Kensington: neighbourhood restaurant puts out ‘modern English with a French soul.’
The Glasshouse, Kew: combine with the beautiful nearby Gardens for a pre-Prandial stroll
Trinity, Clapham: this neighbourhood restaurant keep its Michelin Star for the third year running.
Story, London Bridge: the acclaimed ‘Full Story’ tasting menu is £120 and takes up to three hours. Yum!
Chez Bruce, Wandsworth Common: a local favourite, with focus on Mediterranean cuisine.