Studio Frantzén


Hattie Lloyd 19/02/24

The Best Knightsbridge Restaurants

Legend has it that two knights fought to the death on a bridge over what is now the Serpentine – which became Knightsbridge. Jousting there now are a number of quality restaurants owned by A-list chefs and elite business groups that are parading their house banners in the battle for top dog in London’s most expensive postcode.

Get your glad-rags on, arm yourself with a fully loaded credit card…

…and let battle commence.

The Aubrey

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Roughly translated from the Japanese, ‘izakaya‘ means pub.

So when the people at The Mandarin Oriental describe their plush basement restaurant, The Aubrey, as an “eccentric izakaya“, we’re forced to assume that their definition of the word eccentric is, well, slightly eccentric.

Because The Aubrey is many things – elegant, polished, luxuriant, fun – but it is not a pub…

Details: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA Book here

Studio Frantzén

Sitting on the top floor and rooftop of Harrods is a restaurant from one of the greatest chefs in the world. And we’re really not exaggerating: Bjorn Frantzén has multiple Michelin stars to his name, his restaurants regularly appear on the World’s 50 Best List, and he used to be a professional footballer. Which – fine – is nothing really to do with his cooking, but just goes to show that the guy’s so talented, he’s actually got spare careers up his sleeve. Here, he’s serving up Japanese-inflected Nordic cuisine, and amazingly, it’s not on a prohibitively expensive tasting menu…

Details: Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL Book here

Harrods Dining Hall

Of course, if you’re just after a light meal and aren’t quite in the right frame of mind to take on a Nordic-Japanese feast from one of the world’s most esteemed chefs, you can always just swing by Harrods’ Dining Hall instead: an art nouveau-styled, high-end food hall where you can pick between oysters and sashimi at Sushi by MASA, A5 Kobe beef at the Grill Bar, or a couple of light snacks from a couple of other Michelin-starred chefs.

Details: Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL Book here or just walk in

Dinings SW3

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Dinings SW3 is all about fusion – specifically, Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine. In practice, that means dishes like fresh sashimi made from fish caught around the British coast; French poussin in teriyaki sauce; seared wagyu beef with porcini ponzu; and seabass with tosazu jelly and fresh truffle. Which is ironic, because you’re unlikely to have mushroom by the end.

Details: Walton House, Lennox Gardens Mews, Walton Street, SW3 2JH | Book here



Technically edging into Belgravia territory, but worthy of a mention due to the lionised chef at its helm, Lyon-born Claude Bosi. And the roof terrace overlooking Hyde Park. And the two Michelin Stars it won straight off the bat, within six months of opening. Yes, the fare here really is that good, fusing Bosi’s classical French training with the cream of the British crop – we’re talking Devonshire monkfish with smoked eel and red pepper miso; devilled Dorset snails; and a so-bizarre-it-somehow-works dessert of Scottish cep mushrooms with banana & crème fraîche.

Details: The Peninsula, 1 Grosvenor Pl, London SW1X 7HJ | Book here

Dinner By Heston

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Heston Blumenthal’s only London restaurant is inspired by the history of British gastronomy from the Middle Ages up to the Victorian era – and has earned itself two Michelin stars on its journey.

With a historically accurate pineapple roasting pulley as its centre piece – the restaurant (somewhat in keeping with Heston’s style) looks like something out of The Science Museum: culinary sculptures and dark wooden panelling give it a post-modern feel.

If you enjoyed the pineapple exhibit – the arrival of the food is going to knock you back to the Dark Ages…literally.

Meat Fruit (c.1500) arrives dressed as a mandarin, only to be revealed as chicken liver parfait; Frumenty is a 14th century dish of grilled octopus, spelt, smoked sea broth and pickled dusle; and lamb and cucumber (c.1830) – saddle of lamb, cucumber heart, peas, sweetbread, borage and mint – will have you rubbing your belly like William IV. 

Details: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, SW1X 7LA | Book here


Zuma Knightsbridge

As seems to be a particularly popular choice for restaurants in Knightsbridge, Zuma aims to emulate izakaya-style dining; Japanese small plates to be shared with friends along with a couple of drinks.

On entering, the mouth-watering smell of the open-flamed robata grill scorching bits of flesh is unbearably good. Couple this with the huge granite dining bar where you can see the chefs working said grill, and almost every sense has been satisfied before you’ve even sat down.

The kitchen, and therefore the menu, is broken down into three parts: the main kitchen, the sushi counter and the robata grill. Expect dishes such as: spicy yellowtail tuna, sansho pepper, avocado and wasabi mayo; grilled Chilean seabass with green chilli and ginger dressing; and sirloin steak with fresh wasabi and yuzu tahoon cress.

If you’re not dizzied by the food, the 40 strong shakes the bartenders have at their disposal should do it. Try the Hokkaido Blossom which ties gin together with lillet blanc, plum sake, orange blossom and champagne. 

Details: 5 Raphael Street, SW7 1DL Book here

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

What would normally be considered as a treat-yourself night out is almost downgraded to a don’t-worry-I’ll-get-this-one restaurant, amongst the grandeur of the other eye-watering restaurants in Knightsbridge.

Hawksmoor’s usual leather seats, art deco lighting and gold trim are all there, like a comfy pair of slippers – but a large marble banquette that dissects the restaurant lets you know that you’re in Knightsbridge.

Other exclusive-London-postcode idiosyncrasies include a caviar blackboard (to enjoy with or without chilled vodka), Brixham lobsters (devilled, Singapore-style or in a roll with yuzu and & sriracha); and a fist-sized, house-made Ferrero Rocher-esque chocolate ball for dessert. 

What? You’re in Knightsbridge. 

Details: 3 Yeoman’s Row SW3 2AL Book here


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This Japanese restaurant sits at the base of Pantechnicon, a vast, five-storey palace of Japanese and Nordic food, design and culture (the rooftop restaurant and Café Kitsune are well worth checking out, too). Set in the original brick-walled cellars of the building, it’s a buzzy, low-lit den where you can dine on boat-fresh sushi; splash out on wagyu and deeply satisfying snacks like tempura and karaage… and make the acquaintance of the restaurant’s sake sommelier.

Details: Pantechnicon, 19 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LB Book here


Petrus Knightsbridge restaurant

Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant (previously co-owned and headed up by Marcus Wareing, before the two had a barney and went their separate ways) is now in its second incarnation, on its first Michelin star, and still named after both his and Marcus’ favourite wine.

So, no surprise then, that the whole restaurant is designed like something out of Star Trek; a restaurant voyager, orbiting around a sleek glass wine cellar that holds several vintages of Château Pétrus, amongst a selection of other top notch vino.

Modern European dishes are the stars here: sautéed foie gras with pickled blackberries, amaranth, smoked duck and mead; turbot with linzer potatoes, coastal herbs, leek and seaweed beurre blanc; and Herdwick lamb, trombetta courgette, Kalamata olives, violet artichoke and marjoram.

Details: 1 Kinnerton Street, SW1X 8EA | Book here

The Sea, The Sea

Technically washing up on the shores of Chelsea, The Sea The Sea is easily the best seafood restaurant in the area – and well worth the 15 minute walk down Sloane Street from Knightsbridge tube. This tiny fishmongers on Pavilion Road transforms into an intimate seafood bar at night, with a handful of stools set in front of the zinc-topped raw bar. Here, the chefs serve up steamed mussels with smoked seaweed butter, shellfish platters and more alongside a selection of natural wines.

Details: 174 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0AW Book here

Cédric Grolet at The Berkeley

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The French do it better – even something as quintessentially English as afternoon tea, as it turns out. Parisian pâttisier Cédric Grolet has come all the way across the channel to show us how it’s done, showcasing his famously elaborate pastry creations alongside glasses of Champagne. There are also stools up at the kitchen’s counter where you can enjoy a kind of ‘chef’s table’ experience, or you can just order something to-go from the counter’s many trompe l’oeil pastries, which is French for trompe l’oeil.

Details: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL Book here


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