Top 10 London and a few others

One has eaten in many fine restaurants in London and would recommend the following to one’s readers visiting or living in London. Not all are as one might expect. Tourists may be told to go to Le Caprice, The Ivy, Sheekeys etc. However, one would not include these in a top listing as they can be rather expensive and rather vulgar. Harrumph! Instead the list below represents a balanced mix of some of the best, though not necessarily most expensive restaurants in London. One guarantees that you won’t be disappointed with a visit to any of them.

  1. Le Gavroche (2 star Michelin) – Mayfair (review)
    • Michel Roux owns this wondrous, timeless restaurant with an emphasis on French cooking, Their Suisse Souffle is legend. The best set lunch in town which comes with half a bottle of wine, mineral water, coffee petits fours et al. Mes amis, it is the best.
      Address: 43 Upper Brook St, London W1K 7QR : Marble Arch Underground
  2. The Ledbury (2 star Michelin) – Near Notting Hill (Review)
    • An expensive modern restaurant serving modern food with high standards and a classy atmosphere. Credit card meltingly wonderful although it need not be so. Lunch is highly recommended but it can be a bit of a bugger to get to. Take a taxi dear friends.
      Location: Near Notting Hill but get it’s not a breeze to get to!

      Address: 127 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AQ
  3. The Goring – Victoria behind Buckingham Palace (review)
    • A gem of a hotel, privately owned with it’s own garden overlooked by a terrace. The restaurant is high class and has a set lunch menu which is very good value. Daily specials can include a wonderful steak and kidney pie. If you are looking for something less expensive, sit in the bar area (or the beautiful terrace overlooking the hidden garden on sunny days). This is for Doctor Lunch and close chums only!
      Location: Behind Buckingham Palace. Victoria Underground.

      Address: 15 Beeston Pl, London SW1W 0JW
  4. Daquise (Review) – South Kensington
    • Polish and not too expensive restaurant as it quite classy. This is your Doctor’s favourite for dinner . Steak tartare to die for prepared totally from scratch at your table.
      Location: Easy to find, just go to South Kensington underground and turn right twice.

      Address: 20 Thurloe St, London SW7 2LT
  5. Bellamy’s (review) – Mayfair
    • This reminds one of Sheekeys and the Ivy before they were ruined by the glitterati. Go here for a classy meal with high quality French food.
      Location: Near Berkeley Square in Mayfair

      Address: 18 Bruton Pl, London W1J 6LY
  6. The Greenhouse (2 star Michelin) – Mayfair – review
    • Exquisite food from French chef Arnoud Bignon. The set lunch is well worth a visit.
      Location: Near Hyde Park Corner Underground

      Address: 27A Hay’s Mews, London W1J 5NY
  7. Cecconi’s – Piccadilly behind the Royal Academy
    • A noisy, classy restaurant with a fabulous cocktail bar. Serves wonderful Italian food. Book well ahead
      Location: Behind the Royal Academy in Piccadilly.

      Address: 5A Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3EP
  8. Plateau – Canary Wharf (review)
    • Well worth a visit if one is in Canary wharf. It is modern, it is lively, it serves stupendous cocktails and the view of the Canary wharf offices reminds one of being in New York or Chicago.
      Location: In Canary Wharf on the East side of London.

      Address: 4th Floor, Canary Wharf Group, Canada Square, London E14 5ER
  9. Dabbous – Near Tottenham Court Road – Review
    • The most novel food presented in extraordinary ways by Chef Olli Dabbous. Worth going for the smoked coddled egg. Book well ahead, this was the restaurant for which diners would kill for a booking in 2013. This is a favourite of one’s chum Sir Cosmo Longstaff who thinks this is amazing.
      Address: 39 Whitfield St, London WIT 2SF
  10. Amaya
    • One is including a non-European restaurant in the top ten. Forget Veeraswamy for Indian food. This is an experience. Cocktails can be taken at the bar and watching the food being cooked in the Tandoor is a treat. Not cheap but worth a visit.
      Location: Between Harrods, Knightsbridge  and Hyde Park Corner

      Address: Halkin Arcade, Motcomb St, London SW1X 8JT

Other London restaurants
The following is a list of your Doctor’s favourite restaurants in London. These are loosely ranked in the Doctor’s preference. Such a difficult task! The order could change tomorrow.

  1. Coq d’argent (£££) –  Upmarket modern cuisine. Heavenly outside terrace which is perfect for dining Al Fresco on summer’s day.
    Location: City of London near Bank Underground Station

    Address: The Poultry, 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ
  2. The Square  (££££)- Almost an institution. Superb modern cuisine that comes at a price but then it does have two Michelin stars.
    Location: Just off Berkeley Square, Mayfair. Green Park Underground.

    Address: 6-10 Bruton St, London W1J 6PU
  3. Shikumen – A relative newcomer. Dim Sum par excellence in this slightly out of the centre Chinese restaurant. The best dim sum one has ever eaten in London. Go and it will not disappoint.
    Location: Take the Central line to Shepherd’s Bush in West London

    Address: Dorsett Hotel, 58 Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12 8QE
  4. Atelier Joel Robuchon (£££) – (the one in London of course!) – Michelin starred and can be expensive. Excellent modern cooking.
    Location: Near the Ivy Restaurant. Leicester Square Underground.

    Address: 13-15 West St, London WC2H 9NE
  5. Quaglino’sA large, loud and buzzy restaurant. Great menu and the prices are bearable.
    Location: Just off Jermyn Street, Piccadilly Circus underground.

    Address: 16 Bury St, London SW1Y 6AJ
  6. Greens (£££): Very traditional old style British restaurant but with great modern cooking.
    Just of Jermyn Street, Green Park or Piccadilly Circus underground.
    Address: 36 Duke Street St James’s, London SW1Y 6DF
    Tel: 020 7930 4566
  7. The Wolseley (££) – Lively, classy and trendy. Large French style brasserie where the glitterati love to hang out later on in the evening. If you want a French Brasserie but cheaper then go to Brasserie Zedel in Piccadilly Circus.
    Location: Near the Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly. Green Park Underground.

    Address: 160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB
  8. Wilton’s – (£££) – One thinks this slightly overrated these days and it is certainly pricey. If you want traditional (but stylish) English cooking with an emphasis on Fish then this is the place for you. Very popular with one’s American chums.
    Address: 55 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6LX
  9. L’Oranger (£££) (review) – Very classy French Provencal style cooking.
    Location: St. James’s Street. Green Park tube.

    Address: 5 St James’s St, London SW1A 1EF
    Tel: 020 7839 3774
  10. The Ivy (£££) – Everyone has heard of the Ivy. The complaint is usually that one’s chums tried to book and found that they had to eat at 5pm. Not exactly fun. Avoid it unless you want to say you’ve been there. If you get there then the newly revamped version is (one hears) still worth a visit.
    Location: Leicester Square Underground
  11. Oxo Tower (£££) – Great views of London and the River Thames are afforded from this modern British restaurant. A wonderful place for cocktails but get there early to beat the evening rush.
    Location: On south side of the Thames near Blackfriars Bridge
    Address: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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