Michelin Star Restaurants in London To Add To Your Bucket List
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Michelin Star Restaurants in London To Add To Your Bucket List

The capital’s starriest dining spots

London is one of the top cities in the world for fine dining, with 71 restaurants named in the 2023 Michelin Guide. But which ones are worth shelling out for? Here we bring you the C&TH pick of Michelin-starred restaurants in London, from a West African restaurant which was recently named one of the world’s best restaurants to an unassuming Hackney gem and one of the city’s riverside institutions.

Best Michelin Star Restaurants in London 2023

  • Taku, Mayfair
  • La Dame de Pic at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, the City
  • The Ninth, Fitzrovia
  • Evelyn’s Table, Soho
  • KOL, Marylebone
  • Cornerstone, Hackney
  • Ikoyi, St James
  • The Lecture Room and Library at sketch, Mayfair
  • HIDE, Mayfair
  • Restaurant Story, London Bridge
  • Trinity, Clapham
  • Kitchen Table, Fitzrovia
  • Benares, Mayfair
  • UMU, Mayfair
  • Brat, Shoreditch
  • The River Café, Hammersmith
  • Hakkasan, Mayfair and Soho
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Sushi at Taku Mayfair


One of the new additions to this year’s Michelin Guide was Taku, an omakase restaurant in Mayfair. Headed up by chef Takuya Watanabe – who also helms the Michelin-starred Jin in Paris – the eatery offers an intimate dining experience, with just 16 seats and a daily-changing tasting menu made using premium locally-sourced ingredients. There are three menus to choose from: the Tasting Lunch menu (16 courses), the Signature menu (20 dishes) and the Prestige menu, which includes luxurious ingredients like caviar and truffle plus additional courses. 

Ground Floor, 36 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JE, takumayfair.com

The dining room at La Dame de Pic London

La Dame de Pic at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square

Step into Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square’s opulence for an evening of divine food and wine that lives up to the enveloping decor in its decadence. Think refreshing Cornish Mackerel served two ways with Douglas Fir, lactic vinaigrette and brassica ribbons, and creamy Berlingot pasta parcels filled with earthy and creamy Baron Bigod cheese that spills over a mix of soft and crunchy petit pois and a lovage and nettle coulis under your knife. There’s also delicate Scottish lobster cooked over embers, preserved in a Hōjicha shell cracked under a spoon at the table between courses before it is sent back to the kitchen to be expertly cooked by head chef Evens Lopez and his team.

Like the lobster, which later returns with Monk’s Beard and Pomelo Hirado, there are a number of recurring characters in the dining performance of La Dame de Pic. There is the smiling cohort of staff, gentle in their eagerness to please and brimming with genuine warmth. Then there’s the sommelier duo, flowing with facts and tasting notes on their roster of exquisite wine and sake pairings. And there’s the delightfully gamey Guinea Fowl which, if you are lucky enough to order it (the restaurant can only snag 30 of the bird per week, importing from France), will be presented tableside mid-cooking, before returning later perfumed with melilot and tonka, and served with pomme dauphine and morels. The alternative – the Salt Marsh Lamb marinated in kombu and fig leaf – is no downgrade, succulent and soft, served with a playful mint sauce tartlet. End with one of the decadent desserts: choose between a masterful mille feuille presented as a gleaming white cube, a pretty rhubarb creation topped with a dollop of cream, or the Hukambi Chocolate, a curved creation with dollops of Oolong Crémeux, Confit Kumquat and Miso Jam filling chocolate circles – truly divine. By Olivia Emily

10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ; ladamedepiclondon.co.uk

Exterior of The Ninth restauant

The Ninth, Fitzrovia

Jun Tanaka’s French restaurant has been a favourite in Fitzrovia for many years, gaining a Michelin star within its first year of opening. Last summer, a fire meant it had to close its doors for seven months – but this March, it’s back. The team have spent the time giving the interiors a bit of a refresh while ensuring it still has the same friendly neighbourhood feel, and Tanaka remains at the forefront of the kitchen, focusing on French fare with a Mediterranean twist. For its reopening menu, The Ninth will be bringing back some of its signatures, like salted beef cheek with sourdough and langoustine ravioli – as well as some new dishes, such as venison tartare with Jerusalem artichokes. 

22 Charlotte St., London W1T 2NB, theninthlondon.com

Evelyn's Table

Evelyn’s Table, Soho

This intimate chef’s table experience is another favourite among London foodies, scooping up second place in Harden’s 2023 best restaurants guide alongside a Michelin star. Hidden below The Blue Posts pub in Soho, with room for just 12 guests, it has a speakeasy, supper club-style vibe. You won’t find out what’s on the menu until you arrive (dietary requirements are submitted in advance), but you can assure you’re in safe hands with chef James Goodyear, who combines a love for British produce with Scandinavian and Japanese cooking techniques – underpinned by his French training. Expect top-quality dishes, with optional wine pairing, served amid a relaxed, unique setting. 

28 Rupert St, London W1D 6DJ; theblueposts.co.uk


KOL, Marylebone

Growing up in the tiny Mexican town of Cuernavaca, Santiago Lastra first started cooking to help his family cope with the grief of losing their father. Now, he’s making culinary waves all over the world. Santiago made a name for himself running sell out supper clubs around the world, but his most recent venture is perhaps the most exciting yet. Santiago heads up KOL in Marylebone, which offers a unique kind of Mexican food, using British ingredients to create eclectic tasting menus: think langoustine tacos, Cheltenham beetroot tostadas and guacamole made of pistachio. The chef’s table experience is particularly special, offering diners the chance to watch Santiago and his team of chefs cook up exclusive dishes straight out of the test kitchen alongside a bespoke drinks pairing. After KOL picked up its first Michelin star last year, Santiago told us: ‘my dream was to represent Mexico, and the Michelin star proves Mexican food has this feeling of quality. It’s at the level of other cuisines in the world – it’s complex and interesting, but also refined.’

9 Seymour St, London W1H 7BA; kolrestaurant.com


Cornerstone, Hackney

Hackney isn’t your typical location for a high-end restaurant, which makes Cornerstone even more interesting. It’s the brainchild of chef Tom Brown, who trained under Nathan Outlaw before striking out on his own, opening Cornerstone in Hackney Wick – named after an Arctic Monkeys song. Here Tom showcases his creative style of cooking, which focuses on fish and seafood served small plates-style. Think trout pastrami, wild black bream tartare, crab crumpets and hake kiev, alongside a well thought out wine list and cocktail menu. The Cornerstone G&T is made with the restaurant’s very own gin, which is designed to pair with seafood. 

3 Prince Edward Rd, London E9 5LX; cornerstonehackney.com


Ikoyi, St James

This two Michelin-starred restaurant hit the headlines recently after being named in the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Founded by friends Iré Hassan-Odukale and Chef Jeremy Chan, it combines West African spices with British ingredients, made using organic meats, biodynamic vegetables and fish from UK waters dispatched using the Ikejime method. Think aged sirloin with salted citrus and lobster, turbot and caramelised chicken wings, smoked jollof rice and a poppyseed and rum cake. 

1 St James’s Market, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4AH; ikoyilondon.com

Lecture Room & Library at Sketch

The Lecture Room & Library at sketch, Mayfair

A Narnia-style hub of restaurants, bars and art on Mayfair’s Conduit Street, sketch is a dining emporium like no other. Dreamed up by restauranteur Mourad Mazouz, it’s made up of four uniquely designed restaurants and a bar which sits beneath the Instagram-famous pod-style toilets. The Lecture Room & Library is the most high-end offering, with three Michelin stars to its name – making it one of only five restaurants in London to hold this accolade. Somewhat hidden on the left side of the three-storey 18th century townhouse in which sketch is housed, the restaurant has a notably exclusive feel. Upon entering guests are greeted in a dark corridor and taken up a red-carpeted staircase, before being welcomed into the palatial ballroom-like dining room through a set of grand double-height doors. Food is equally impressive: whether you go for the tasting menu or pick dishes from the à la carte, you can guarantee innovative fare served with artistic flourish – think whimsical starters which arrive as miniature banquets and a grand amalgamation of desserts spanning all sorts of textures and flavours.

9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG; sketch.london

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HIDE, Mayfair

Rumour has it over £20 million was spent putting together HIDE, Ollie Dabbbous’ hugely ambitious, multi-floored Piccadilly project. It worked, though: after launching in 2019, the venue won a Michelin star within months of opening. Evidently, the name is ironic: with wraparound windows overlooking Green Park, HIDE is very much on display. There are three different spaces to explore: all-day restaurant HIDE Ground, the more expensive HIDE Above, and bar HIDE Below. All food served here is excellent, but HIDE Above’s tasting menu-only offering is exceptional, with plates presented as works of art. Current dishes include barbecued lobster and glazed veal sweetbread – or, opt for the vegetarian, baby aubergine with tonburi and sesame, and grilled sparassis (also known as cauliflower mushroom). Helming the drinks side is Hedonism Wines; guests can choose from an extensive list displayed on a millennial-friendly iPad. 

85 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NB; hide.co.uk

Restaurant Story

Restaurant Story, London Bridge

Tom Sellers tells his life story through a unique selection of tasting menus at this renowned Tooley Street spot. He opened Restaurant Story aged just 26 back in 2013, following stints at Noma and Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York. In 2018, the restaurant started a new chapter after a refurbishment, taking on a more grown-up feel while upholding the playful element Sellers is known for. There’s no menu as such: diners are asked for likes and dislikes before a tailored selection of dishes arrive theatrically at the table. Some classics feature time and time again though: the ‘Storeos’, for instance, a savoury spin on an Oreo cookie filled with cheese instead of cream; and the beef dripping candle, a candle made from beef fat melting into a dipping sauce for sourdough – Instagram gold.

199 Tooley St, London SE1 2JX; restaurantstory.co.uk


Trinity, Clapham

Holding the award for Clapham’s only Michelin star is Trinity in the Old Town, headed up by Adam Byatt. When the restaurant opened back in 2006, the mission was to serve great food that was ‘seasonal, inspirational and, above all delicious’ – and that hasn’t changed, despite its ever-growing acclaim. At its core, Trinity is a neighbourhood restaurant; clearly high-end, but never stuffy or pretentious. Set menus are the name of the game, with dishes changing seasonally – though the Classics menu is a six-course extravaganza of some of their signatures, such as crispy pigs trotters, shellfish ravioli and turbot cooked on the bone. Upstairs you’ll find a more casual dining room (aptly called Upstairs) which is well-suited to private dinners or events, offering sharing-style plates like bouillabaisse with rouille, devilled Mylor prawns and roasted cauliflower with date ketchup. 

4 The Polygon, London SW4 0JG; trinityrestaurant.co.uk

Kitchen Table

Kitchen Table, Fitzrovia

After 15 months of closure, Michelin-starred Fitzrovia restaurant Kitchen Table reopened in July 2021 with a fresh look and an exciting new menu. Spearheaded by husband-and wife-duo, Noma-trained James Knappett and sommelier Sandia Chang, Kitchen Table used to sit at the back of gourmet champagne and hot dog restaurant Bubbledogs, which sadly closed for good during the pandemic. It’s been repurposed as a cocktail bar though, while Kitchen Table continues to serve as an intimate dining room seating just 18 – meaning the whole restaurant is pretty much a chef’s table. The setting may be low-key, but the two-Michelin-starred food is anything but: diners will embark on a dazzling 20-course gastronomic feast. Prepare for some surprises – the daily-changing menu is intentionally enigmatic, with one-word descriptions of dishes, but the chefs will talk you through their magic along the way. 

70 Charlotte St., London W1T 4Q; kitchentablelondon.co.uk


Benares, Mayfair

Benares has always taken a flavours-first approach to cuisine, and unlike some of its Berkeley Square neighbours, you won’t catch diners letting their sizzling tikka mains go cold while they capture the perfect Instagram shot (the low lighting inhibits photography, even if you should be so inclined). The approach pays off: it delivers flavour in abundance. London has a plethora of excellent Indian eateries, but Benares is the obvious choice for the finest modern Indian food in the capital, with one Michelin star to its name. Don’t miss the Baked Malabar Scallop, a plump Scottish scallop baked in the shell with rich coconut curry plus the vegetarian-friendly Paneer Tikka, a Colston Bassett stilton malai cottage cheese tikka served with quince murabba.

12a Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BS; benaresrestaurant.com

UMU Sushi

UMU, Mayfair

Forgoing the theatrical bells and whistles found at London’s more name-checked Japanese establishments, Umu favours a more refined, less westernized cuisine that won it a Michelin star within months of opening (it now has two). Around 70 per cent of the fish served is British, and such is Chef Yoshi’s dedication to the highest quality produce that he personally trained Cornish fishermen in the ikejime method of killing and preserving fish to ensure it met his exacting standards – order the mixed sashimi, and you’ll taste the difference. But it’s not all about the sushi – the seasonal kaiseki tasting menu takes you on a journey of elegant, traditional and previously unheard-of dishes, with many of the top contenders being fully vegetarian.

14-16 Bruton Pl, London W1J 6LX; umurestaurant.com

Brat, Shoreditch

Brat, Shoreditch

Brat is slang for turbot: the star dish at this endlessly cool restaurant, cooked here in an iron cage over an open wood fire grill. It’s the first solo restaurant from award-winning Welsh chef Tomos Parry (previously at Kitty Fishers), and has become a hugely popular spot since opening in 2018, securing a Michelin star within just six months of opening. Brat sits above the equally trendy Smoking Goat, with pared-back interiors, tightly packed tables and an open kitchen which fills the space with a deep charcoal aroma. Alongside the show-stopping turbot (which will set you back a casual £85), the menu features a selection of Basque-inspired small plates and charcoal grilled mains. 

4 Redchurch St, London E1 6JL; bratrestaurant.co.uk

The River Cafe

The River Café, Hammersmith

A city stalwart set on the banks of the Thames, Ruth Rogers’ River Café has been serving exceptional Italian food to Londoners for over three decades. Little has changed at the restaurant since it first opened, with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and a daily changing Italian menu – alongside some long-standing dishes, like the famous Chocolate Nemesis dessert. In summer, it’s all about the riverside terrace, which calls out for sun-dappled lunches fuelled by Italian wine. 

Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, London W6 9HA; rivercafe.co.uk


Hakkasan, Mayfair and Soho

An internationally acclaimed culinary brand with restaurants all over the world, the name Hakkasan is synonymous with top-end Chinese food. It began its life in London, when restaurateur Alan Yau opened the first branch in Hanway Place back in 2001, eventually expanding everywhere from Miami to Mumbai, plus a second London branch in Mayfair. Excellent Cantonese cooking is the name of the game – both London outposts have retained their Michelin stars for 19 and 11 years respectively – served amid glamorous interiors. You’ll struggle to order a bad dish, but signatures include the Peking duck with caviar, and the supreme dim sum, which features lobster dumplings, wagyu beef with black garlic, and royal king crab.

17 Bruton St, London W1J 6QB (Mayfair) and 8 Hanway Pl, London W1T 1HD (Hanway Place); hakkasan.com