Gordon Ramsay – world-renowned, multiple award-winning, profanity-spouting chef – initially wanted to become a footballer.
It’s always important to have goals.
But while an injury put paid to that particular goal, he fortuitously happened to have a plan B of triple Michelin-starred chef, TV presenter and cookbook writer in his back pocket.
After college, he trained under industry greats including Joël Robuchon and Marco Pierre White before manning the kitchens at Aubergine – earning it two Michelin stars in the space of three years. After that, he went on to open his first solo venture, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. This remains the longest-running restaurant in the country to hold three Michelin stars – and he has four others across restaurants in both London and France. With twelve more Gordon Ramsay restaurants in London – plus a smattering across the globe – he shows no signs of stopping soon.
His secret to success? Training each of his chefs up to meticulous standards, so that they’re not imitating, but putting their own mark on the plate.
He swears by it.
Set in an old Georgian pub in the Docklands, The Narrow fits into its niche of riverside al fresco dining pretty well. It’s one of the more relaxed Gordon Ramsay restaurants, serving up gastropub-style fare with a Mediterranean accent, like pan-fried sea bream with mussels and a cider cream sauce; wild mushrooms with fried leeks and crispy polenta; and of course, a cracking Sunday roast. Plus, there’s a slew of house cocktails to wash it all down.
Details: 44 Narrow Street, E14 8DP | Open daily from noon-11pm (10.30pm Sundays)
Taking up a grandiose spot overlooking Regent’s Park, York & Albany is an airy, beautifully designed restaurant, bar, terrace and hotel in a townhouse designed by John Nash (an architect who also turned his hand to other minor projects like the Brighton Pavilion and Buckingham Palace). Decked out in a muted palette, the restaurant comes into its own for sun-flooded brunches or cocktails in the evening, bolstered by a Modern British menu. Its best kept secret, though, is the private dining cabin in the garden, which takes on various themes throughout the year.
Details: 27-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS | Open Mon-Thur 7am-12am; Fri & Sat 7am-1am; Sun 7am-11pm
Sure, with its smooth concrete flooring; eclectic strip lighting and industrial columns; Union Street Café might not scream classic Italian dining. But head chef Davide Degiovanni is plating up some of the best Italian in London, thanks to his upbringing in Northern Italy (though stints at Michelin-starred spots like Locanda Locatelli probably didn’t hurt). For a more intimate setting, head downstairs to the Olive Grove – a dining room sporting Tuscan style plaster walls (complete with shutters and window-boxes), and al fresco-style seating under a pergola overgrown with vines and olive trees, where you can even score olive oil cocktails. It’s the perfect spot for their Mangia e bevi Sundays – a feast of Italian dishes alongside bottomless prosecco and negronis. READ MORE
Details: 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 0BS | Open weekdays 12-3pm, 5-10.30pm; Sat 12-4pm, 6-10.30pm; Sun 12-5pm
Ramsay opened this spot after spending some time in the States – and its influence is imbued in everything from the setting to the food. Bread Street Kitchen has the feel of a sleek NYC loft conversion, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, chequered tile floors, schoolbus-yellow booths and a sprawling open kitchen, over which hangs a vast mezzanine cellar. The food here – unsurprising, given the City location – is on the pricier side, but remains a reliable pitstop for steaks and Josper-grilled cuts, or after-work cocktails. READ MORE
Details: 10 Bread Street, One New Change, EC4M 9AJ | Open Mon-Wed 7am-12am; Thurs & Fri 7am-1am; Sat 11am-12pm; Sun 11am-10pm
Gordon Ramsay’s let the cat out the bag – it’s his newest, flagship restaurant, replacing his former Michelin-starred eatery, Maze. Inspired by 1930s Tokyo, it’s a dark, moody, and glossy affair, with a menu of dishes that hop liberally across Asia. There’s a raw bar (serving kingfish sashimi and razor clams), a chef’s table (with private platings of Burmese crab masala), and three private dining rooms – or you can just prop up the bar and sip ‘Lucky Negronis’ – a drink whose ingredients are decided with the roll of a dice.
Details: 10-13 Grosvenor Square, W1K 6JP | Open Sun-Wed 12pm-1am, Thurs-Sat 12pm-2am
Previously Maze Grill, and next door to Lucky Cat, the focus here is on steak, steak and steak; doorstopper hunks of prime cut beef from a trio of UK rare-breeds and USDA from across the pond, alongside a selection of dry aged cuts. There’s also breakfast buffets, all day American dining, a central cocktail bar, and a ‘butcher’s block’ chef’s table-style experience.
Details: 10-13 Grosvenor Square, W1K 6JP | Open daily, 6.45am-1am
Maze Grill Park Walk is a site steeped in restaurant history. It’s not only the spot where Ramsay won his first two stars in its incarnation as Aubergine; it’s also where he booted out critic A A Gill for writing that he acted “like an 11 year old”. Thankfully, critics have written nothing but positives about Maze Grill Park Walk, with Grace Dent calling it “the best steak [she’d] had all year”. READ MORE
Details: 11 Park Walk, Chelsea, SW10 0AJ | Open weekdays 12pm-12am, weekends 9am-11.30pm
Opening hot on the heels of the Park Walk branch, this hat trick in the Maze Grill has all the hallmarks – buttery soft banquettes; Josper-grilled USDA, Japanese and UK steaks; and delicately assembled sushi – only it’s about ten minutes closer to central London.
Details: 79 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HN | Open weekdays 12pm-12am, weekends 9am-11.30pm
Pétrus | Knightsbridge
Unsurprisingly for a restaurant named after one of the world’s most famous grape-hooch, Pétrus is all about the wine.
And we mean that very literally, because the circular dining room (seating an intimate 50) is set around a cylindrical wine cellar at its centre, filled with the bottles that make up its 40-page wine list (including Château Pétrus dating back to 1928). Of course, the food isn’t too shabby either, having held onto a Michelin star for the past 7 years. Plus, you can impress your dining companion with the fact that Giorgio Locatelli once spat on the wallpaper here, causing an estimated £1,300 worth of damage.
Details: 1 Kinnerton Street, SW1X 8EA | Open Mon-Sat 12-2.30pm, 6.40-10.30pm; Sunday 12-2.30pm, 6.30-9.30pm
The Savoy is always a safe bet for old-school glamour, and the Gordon Ramsay restaurant here is no exception, with candlelit round tables huddled beneath glitzy chandeliers and polished walnut walls. He’s back to his fine dining roots here, so expect pure decadence in the form of caviar, lobster thermidor, veal steaks, and suckling pig served from a table-side carving trolley. Don’t miss a nightcap at the American Bar – currently 2nd according to the World’s Best Bars.
Details: Savoy Hotel, Strand, WC2R 0EU | Open Mon-Sat 12-3pm and 5pm-12am; Sundays 12-4pm and 5-11pm
Sibling to the Bread Street Kitchen, the Heddon Street Kitchen similarly sports claret-toned seating, low-lighting, and loft-style exposed pipes criss-crossing the ceiling. Dissimilarly, however, it also has a dedicated ice cream bar and an interactive wine counter… READ MORE
Details: 3-9 Heddon Street, W1B 4BE | Open weekdays 7.30am-12am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-12am
London House sits in an unusually-shaped former coal warehouse in Battersea – though you wouldn’t know it from the slightly stiff, ultra-modern interiors. Much better to visit in the summer months, when you can nab a table in their beautiful garden and tuck into some reliably delicious bistro fare, like duck breast with borlotti beans and gem lettuce; nectarine, burrata and rocket salad; and lamb carpaccio with quail egg and capers.
Details: London House, 7-9 Battersea Square, SW11 3RA | Open weekdays 12-11pm, Saturdays 10am-11pm, Sundays 10am-9pm
Last but certainly not least is the flagship Gordon Ramsay Restaurant… Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Holding onto three Michelin stars for nearly 20 years, this is the spot for elegant, classic French cuisine, served in immaculate surrounds. The Prestige tasting menu takes you through the restaurant’s finest dishes – or for £1000, you and three friends can take a seat at the private ‘Inspiration Table’, where the chefs themselves will serve you their most innovative new dishes. READ MORE
Details: 68 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HP | Open Tues-Sat, 12-2.15pm and 6.30-10.15pm
NOTE: You can book and find out more about all the Gordon Ramsay restaurants in London on their website HERE.
Last Updated: 4th November 2019
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