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Modern European

Manor Clapham: Inspired cuisine that restores faith in food

The Manor Clapham is a second venture behind the accomplished team formerly managing The Dairy in Clapham (one of which is Dean Parker), a venue renowned for Michelin level, Modern focused, inspired cuisine, excellent cooking and friendly, swift service. The second venture is no less well turned out, although the rustic bathrooms could use a ...
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French

Lutyens: Fine formal French cuisine

  Sir Terence Conran’s Lutyens is imposingly housed in the old Reuters building which was originally designed in 1930 and is the third venture of Conran, which also includes Boundary and Albion cafe in London’s highly trendy Shoreditch. The restaurant is classically elegant and has great natural light and a sense of spaciousness. There is ...
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Bars and pubs

Parlour Kensal Green: Fabulous Kensal Green lunch spot

Bustling, retro/vintage vibe Kensal Green gastropub Parlour offers a combination of modern breakfast dishes, typical pub grub with a twist, modern European cuisine and unconventional takes on classic desserts. It’s a lively, friendly venue with quick service and a range of delicious and interesting offerings that are largely well rendered and certainly plentiful and playful. ...
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Modern European

Portland Restaurant: Outstanding Michelin level modern cuisine

With a kitchen headed by appropriately named wizard moniker chef Merlin Labron-Johnson formerly of  Michelin level De Wulf in Belgium, Portland Restaurant a stones throw away from Great Portland Street tube station, offers a modern tapas style menu with innovative elements and fastidious attention to detail which results in superior plates of food. Whether it’s ...
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Cafes

Greenwich Kitchen: Comforting but quirky modern menu

If you happen to be hovering around the O2 or in the Greenwich area one new restaurant venue worth frequenting is most certainly Greenwich Kitchen, a small, modern broadly tapas themed restaurant with a short lunch menu consisting of some modern more innovative dishes such as root vegetables with carrot sorbet and curry granola and ...
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French

City Social: Elegant Michelin dining in the sky

One of Michelin chef Jason Arterton’s ventures, City Social, alongside the prestigious Michelin starred Pollen and equally accomplished Social Eating House is another well turned out, elegant city restaurant, with a modern European menu, formal sensibility and attention to detail that frequently features in Jason’s dishes. The views are outstanding and the cuisine features a ...
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Modern European

M Raw: Michelin level modern food with flair

Casual dining with fast and accessible small plates is the them for M Raw Restaurant with a Head Chef (Jared McCarroll) formerly of the infamous celeb haunt Chiltern Firehouse. It boasts a creative Tartar and Tiradito Bar Menu and a grill bar featuring a more meat laden menu. It’s no surprise with the multifaceted venue ...
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Michelin

Dabbous: Innovation but too much simplicity

Ollie Dabbous formerly of Texture fronts the Dabbous premises in the Fitzrovia area and the It’s stripped back, industrial features and formal atmosphere are characteristic of some of the more modern Michelin level dining venues, such as Tom Aikens former venue and the menu is sparse and minimalist too, but it does tend to lack ...
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British

Marcus Wareing: Still one of London’s finest Michelin chefs

In my humble dining experience Michelin restaurants far outweigh other dining venues in terms of quality, presentation and taste across the board. There are a number of more mundane ventures garnering the damning verdict of ‘nice’ from critics across the globe, but even these are superior to London’s other offerings, bar a few select establishments. ...
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French

The Greenhouse: Intelligently designed food

The beautifully calm zen garden area sets the theme for lunch at the decidedly serene Greenhouse Restaurant located in Hays Mews. It’s elegant, understated and minimalist, much like the food. Another critic decried an antiseptic ambience, but this was not present on my visit, on the contrary it was a rather liveable space for a ...
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Cafes

Gail’s Kitchen: Fabulous Michelin Level Cuisine

Fed exceptionally well with simple food that lacks pretension but tastes fantastic, I might just be in love with Gail’s Kitchen. In fact, it might be the best place to dine in London bar none on the starter and main front. Everything seems to border on the exquisite. I wonder why none of the Michelin’s ...
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Bars and pubs

The Portman: Better than your average gastropub

I’m a professed gastropub loather on most accounts. They linger haplessly in between a pub, restaurant concept, offering fine dining menus that rarely meet the criteria of proficient culinary art and cuisine at any level. It’s a recipe for disappointment to be offered soused mackerel with horseradish cream or chocolate cremoso only to find that ...
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Asian

Babylon Roof Gardens: Some marked flaws at Babylon

Occupying the seventh floor of Kensington Roof Gardens above The Private Members Club and overlooking London’s Kensington High Street, Babylon at the Roof Gardens is an elegant venue with a nature theme typified by vivid green and leaf motifs. Spectacular views make it an oasis from the city bustle, with attractive themed gardens, natural wildlife ...
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British

Medlar Review: One of London’s finest Michelins

As London-based Michelin restaurants go you won’t find stratospherically better food than Medlar on the King’s Road in Chelsea. They don’t seem to try too hard and nor do they need to. Food is often exemplary and doesn’t lack complexity to its detriment. Head Chef Joe Mercer Nairne is ex-Chez Bruce and the manager David ...
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British

La Trompette: Charming and classic Michelin cuisine

Established in 2001 Chiswick based La Trompette is an offshoot of Michelin restaurant The Square and part of the Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole restaurant group, also encompassing Chez Bruce and The Glasshouse. La Trompette offers more simplistic cuisine to The Square, still with a good degree of refinement, such that it earned a Michelin ...
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French

Club Gascon: A mixed barrel and shocking dessert

A souped up pond on a plate was not what I expected for dessert in a Michelin establishment, but is sadly what I got at the highly respected French restaurant Club Gascon, located close to Smithfield Market and Barbican, and lauded for it’s French gastronomy. Top chef Pascal Aussignac has maintained the culinary Michelin accolade ...
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