London's most beautiful restaurants

We list the beauts

They say we eat with our eyes... and we think that probably even starts before you see the food - what would get your belly rumbling better than stepping into a thoughtfully designed venue which sets the scene for what you're about to eat before you've even glanced at a menu?

From sumptuous dark-wooded hotels, to country cottages, Chinese red lanterns, minimalist interiors and more - we list London's most beautiful restaurants...

Sketch Lecture Room & Library
9 Conduit Street W1S 2XG
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: In terms of visuals it’s hard to pick just one restaurant at Sketch, as each space has been individually designed by a leading artist. In the case of the two Michelin-starred Lecture Room& Library, Gahban O’Keeffe has created a stunning room in rich reds, yellows and browns that’s as muchof an incentive to visit as the food.

  • 8/100
  • USERS 9/10
The Ritz Restaurant
150 Piccadilly W1J 9BS
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Green Park

AIL Says: If you’re looking for sheer opulence they don’t come much grander than The Ritz, with its chandeliers and frescoes fit for a royal dining room. The classical paintings cover the entire ceiling, while floor to ceiling windows look out onto the pretty terrace. Don’t even think about turning up sporting jeans or in the case of the gents, without a jacket.

  • 26/100
  • USERS 7/10
Bob Bob Ricard
1 Upper James Street W1F 9DE
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Bob Bob Ricard’s interior is styled like the legendary Orient Express trains, with art deco design evident in the booths, electric blue furnishings and tiled floors. The result is highly chic yet playful, there is after all a “Press for champagne” button in each booth.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
Berners Tavern
10 Berners Street W1T 3NP
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Jason Atherton’s restaurant at the plush London Edition Hotel combines classical and modern décor – the walls are filled with modern art while intricate marble carvings hark back to the building’s origins in the Edwardian era. Minimalist it is not, but the muted colour scheme keeps lend an air of subtle extravagance.

Galvin La Chapelle
35 Spital Square E1 6DY
Region: Shadwell
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: When you have a building as atmospheric as this little needs adding. Formerly a Victorian school, the main feature is the 30 metre high vaulted ceiling and a mezzanine area with tables that overlooks the main dining area. Aside from a few palm trees, the Grade II listed venue remains true to its 19th century origins.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Hakkasan Hanway Place
8 Hanway Place W1T 1HD
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road

AIL Says: Ever since Hakkasan opened in 2001 it’s been a hit with London’s beautiful people, in no small part thanks to its glamorous setting. Seductive lighting, carved oak panelling and the use of Chinoiserie here and there make this one of the capital’s most stylish restaurants.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 9/10
Momo Restaurant
25-27 Heddon Street W1B 4BH
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: As well as owning Momo Mourad Mazouz is the proprietor of Sketch, therefore he knows a thing or two about décor.Momo encompasses a souk-inspired café complete with brass lanterns and low tables, while the restaurant stays faithful to the theme with arched Moorish windows and dim lighting.

  • USERS 8/10
31 St Thomas Street SE1 2TH
Region: Southwark
Nearest Station: London Bridge (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: At Hutong the impressive views from the 33rd floor of the Shard are as pleasing to the eye as the interior itself. Decor is kept simple, with accents like Chinese red lanterns and hand carved wood panelling, nonetheless the result is sophisticated and glamorous.

  • 30/100
Garrison Public House
99 Bermondsey Street SE1 3XB
Region: Bermondsey
Nearest Station: London Bridge (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: The Garrison is decked out a little like a country cottage, albeit a tongue-in-cheek one. Stuffed animals hang from the walls gazing down on the punters, there’s mismatched furniture and plenty of knick knacks that could have been reclaimed from an elderly relative’s house. The shabby chic look really works - booking is advised as it gets very busy.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
33 Roland Gardens SW7 3PF
Region: South Kensington
Nearest Station: Gloucester Road (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Marco Polo would have loved the restaurant at this luxury Knightsbridge hotel. Anouska Hempel’s décor features Oriental murals and artefacts that would make any explorer proud; complemented by dark wood and warm colours it gives the impression of a gentlemen’s club, but sexier.


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