Some people think that just because West London has a reputation for luxury and fine living so, therefore, must its restaurants.
Those people would be right.
Of course you’ll also find the occasional edgy & inventive spot intermingled here too. But if you’re looking for an area where cutting-edge sushi spots rub shoulders with Michelin Starred stalwarts, cosy gastros, and globally renowned classics then, well, you’ve found it…
The River Café | Hammersmith
West London is often mocked for being less rapidly evolving than its Eastern counterpart. But that’s probably because it’s busy nurturing the award-winning eateries that have been flying the flag for great British restaurants for over 30 years.
Details: Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, Hammersmith, West London, W6 9HA | ££££
The Shed | Notting Hill
It’s the flagship restaurant from The Gladwin Brothers (Rabbit; Nutbourne), serving seasonal British grub, alongside a lengthy list of Modern European wines.
Details: 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill, West London, W8 4RT | ££££
Claude Bosi At Bibendum | South Kensington
It’s Modern European fine-dining courtesy of the illustrious Claude Bosi. You’ll find it in the former Michelin tire factory (hands down the best looking building in South Ken). Here, Bosi and his team are cooking up the likes of Basque pork with parsley root, winter mushrooms, and black liquorice, earning themselves not one but two Michelin stars within a matter of months.
Details: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, Kensington, West London, SW3 6RD | ££££
Hawksmoor | Knightsbridge
Arguably some of the best steak and seafood in London, in a chic, Art Deco setting.
Details: 3 Yeoman’s Row, Knightsbridge, West London, SW3 2AL | ££££
Cellar at Kindred | Hammersmith
You know that old Georgian mansion sitting unexpectedly right in the middle of Hammersmith Broadway? Well, recently it became Kindred, a members club and co-working space. And even more recently, the basement there became Cellar, a moody restaurant overseen by the lauded Andrew Clarke. The menu here draws together influences from around the world, and accompanies them with some very good cocktails – and the best part is, it’s open to everyone.
Details: Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9BW | £££
Core by Clare Smyth | Notting Hill
Clare Smyth was the first female British chef to net three Michelin stars when she headed up Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous joint – and blow us down if she hasn’t done it again with her debut solo spot.
Details: 92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN | ££££
Dinner by Heston | Knightsbridge
Your double Michelin-starred dinner at Dinner will take inspiration from dishes through the centuries, with a little help from Heston’s wacky creativity (this ‘orange’ is actually meat), a very old recipe book, and a historically accurate pineapple roasting pulley.
Details: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA | £££££
Endo At The Rotunda | White City
It’s Michelin-starred sushi served up in an intimate, 24-seater restaurant on the 8th floor of White City’s Television Centre.
Details: 8th Floor, The Helios, Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, W12 7FR | ££££
Maggie Jones | Kensington
A cosy, romantic hideaway hidden in the depths of a Kensington cul-de-sac, filled with ceiling-hung flower baskets, wonky stairs and candle light.
Details: 6 Old Court Place, Kensington, W8 4PL | £££
Elystan Street | Chelsea
Laurelled chef Phil Howard is calling this place his “last hurrah”. Which means you should waste no time in going in to experience his glorious seasonal dishes, served up in a surprisingly pared-back space for the area.
Details: 43 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT | ££££
Last updated: 7th September 2020 | Main image: Chicama
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