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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay: Polished culinary creations

Located in the former premises of Tante Claire, Ramsay’s flagship restaurant holds three Michelin stars. The kitchen has been headed by accomplished chef Clare Smyth since 2008, one of the world’s most celebrated female chefs. Service is impeccable and the decor is ultra refined, occupying a small, muted and slightly sterile space that can leave ...
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French

Koffmanns at The Berkeley: Affordable Classic French Dining

Pierre Koffman is renowned as a culinary sensation having formerly graced three Michelin starred La Gavroche and established his own three Michelin starred London restaurant, La Tante Claire in Hospital Road. He has inspired a generation of global kitchen phenomenons in the chef world. Following his retirement in 2010 Koffman chosen to open a formal ...
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French

Brasserie Zedel: An inexpensive slice of French cuisine

Brasserie Zedel is bustling with diners on a Thursday lunch-time and I am initially a touch overwhelmed by the clatter and ostentatious French decor. Tourists, business people, the odd celebrity (I spot Miriam Margoyles), tourists, families and everything but the kitchen sink is eating here, but it’s easy to see why. The food is distinctly ...
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The Square: Stuffy but consistently good food

The Square headed by Phillip Howard has been serving up a fine dining experience for over 20 years in London’s Bruton Street. Bearing two Michelin stars the restaurant unquestionably provides well-presented and commendable cuisine in one sense, indeed it has a barrel load of critical acclaim, but it’s a trifle boring. Howard is also co-owner ...
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British

Searcy’s Champagne Bar: A solid performance for lunch

As I enter King’s Cross St. Pancras International Station I am immediately reminded that travelling isn’t the most enjoyable of experiences, and as much as a station is given a glossy re-working it’s still not the most desirable venue for a spot of lunch or dinner. Still, Searcy’s Champagne Bar and Restaurant is somewhat of ...
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French

L’Autre Pied: Innovative cuisine at an affordable price

Sister restaurant of David Moore’s Pied à Terre, the Michelin starred L’Autre Pied (My Other Foot) currently plays host to head-chef Anthony McFadden. If anyone can make a vegetarian salad sexy (apart from Yottam Ottolenghi) it’s L’Autre Pied. Bursting with flavour and blessed with sweetness the vegetarian options really are something to savour and anything ...
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French

Angelus Restaurant: Homely food with a focus on local

Stepping inside Angelus Restaurant and Lounge located minutes from Hyde Park I feel like I’ve entered an upmarket gastro-pub. A modern, chic exterior plays host to a restaurant with a traditional rustic feel that is a departure from the contemporary facade. The compact space was formerly a pub and covert meeting place for political figures ...
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Bakeries

Le Pain Quotidien: A Taste of Rustic France

Rustic French cafe and bakery Le Pain Quotidien was established by Alain Coumont. He discovered the fine art of bread making as a small child by watching his grandmother bake bread every Sunday and subsequently embarked upon a career as a chef in Brussels. He couldn’t find the right bread for his restaurant and returned to his roots ...
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French

The Ledbury: Top of the league?

I’ve heard great things about The Ledbury – a two-star multi award-winning Michelin restaurant in Notting Hill established by Brett Graham, who began his cooking career in Australia and subsequently worked under the auspices of acclaimed chefs before opening his own restaurant in 2005. The critics love The Ledbury and almost every one I’ve spoken ...
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Axis Restaurant One Aldwych: Move over Michelin

Fine dining can be an exhilarating, average or exhausting experience depending on where you dine and what your expectations are. If you think Michelin magic is going to pervade your reality and it disappoints you’re left a little crest-fallen, if a luxury hotel has chipped floorboards you wonder why a star wasn’t dropped. The case ...
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Pollen Street Social: A pleasant re-evaluation

After feeling that Michelin-starred restaurant Pollen Street Social was somehow an unfinished venture, I decided to head back to this bustling, comfortable and contemporary venue. I really did like it but felt I’d missed something or perhaps been a tad harsh. With this in mind I sauntered in on a Saturday afternoon. It was much ...
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French

Alynn Williams at The Westbury: A Mixed Bag

Located a stones-throw away from Oxford Circus, The Westbury is a five-star luxury hotel originally established in 1955, with a contemporary feel and ideal location for exploring London. It’s dining area plays host to food fare from Alyn Williams, a chef lauded for producing innovative menus for carnivores and vegetarians alike. Alyn Williams spent six ...
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French

Pollen Street Social: Reflections on Heinz?

Pollen Street Social is a modern bistro located in the heart of London’s Oxford Circus and steered by chef Jason Atherton, formerly of Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Maze’. His first solo project, the bustling venue with its very own Michelin star, has appeared in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants and been lauded for its inventiveness and reasonably ...
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British

Michelin Magic at Pied à Terre

Pied à Terre is located in the heart of Fitzrovia and boasts two Michelin stars. Opened in 1991 by David Moore the restaurant creates beautifully presented and varied dishes. These are prepared by Head Chef Marcus Eaves who left their sister restaurant Autre Pied in 2011. The ambience in this Two Michelin Star restaurant is ...
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