Beautiful people

Let us show you where the beautiful ones go... and work...

We say we go to bars and restaurants for the great food, the drink, the ambiance, the concept, the quality, the attention to detail... and while this is all partly true, it's mostly so that we can stare at the pretty people.

We've researched this one hard; we've frequented all the best joints across the capital to track-down the prettiest crowds - from the clientele to the staff - and have come up with, undoubtedly, London's best-looking bars and restaurants. So, if people-watching is your thing (and let's keep this as un-sinister as possible) then take a look at our list below.

Things are about to get... pretty.




The Blue Bar
Wilton Place SW1X 7RL
Region: Knightsbridge
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner

AIL Says: The Berkeley’s Blue Bar is beloved of the fashion crowd, so for the best chance to model-watch head here during LFW. Its swish David Collins design, smart cocktail list and attentive service make this one of London’s best bars.

  • USERS 9/10
Buddha Bar
145 Knightsbridge SW1X 7PA
Region: Knightsbridge
Nearest Station: Knightsbridge

AIL Says: The young, well-heeled people of Knightsbridge hang out at Buddha Bar, where chill-out music plays in the background and giant mesh buddhasserve as decoration. During the week smartly dressed couples and gaggles of friends come for the Pan-Asian food, but at weekends the place is truly buzzing.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 1/10
Nobu
19 Old Park Lane W1K 1LB
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Nobu is the celebrity restaurant par excellence, as you can tell by the eager paparazzo that usually gather outside. Now that far eastern food is huge in the capitalNobu’s offering isn’t as special as it once seemed, however it still remains the best place for finding out which Hollywood celebs are in town.

  • JAPANESE
  • USERS 10/10
Zuma
5 Raphael Street SW7 1DL
Region: Knightsbridge
Nearest Station: Knightsbridge (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: At this restaurant both style and substance prevail, as quality food is prepared on the robata grill by skilled chefs, and the likes of Beyonce and Jay Z, Ellie Goulding and Kim Kardashian turn up for dinner alongside Knightsbridge regulars.

  • JAPANESE
  • 93/100
Chiltern Firehouse
1 Chiltern Street W1U 7PA
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: In a very short space of time Chiltern Firehouse has become the hangout for celebrities, their hangers-on and the paps who want to shoot them. They’ve got Nuno Mendes in charge of the kitchen but nobody is here for the food; go for the exclusive atmosphere and to ogle the supermodel-like staff.

  • AMERICAN
  • 94/100
  • USERS 8/10
Crazy Bear
26 Whitfield Street W1T 2RG
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Goodge Street

AIL Says: The Crazy Bear group operate a members’ club, hotels and restaurants in several UK locations; the London branch on Whitfield Street is a lavish restaurant and cocktail bar. There’s a glamorous sweeping staircase and plenty of glitz at this venue, which is patronised by the most affluent local media workers and TV stars.

  • RESTAURANT & BAR
  • USERS 3/10
Mark's Bar
66-70 Brewer Street W1F 9UP
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The basement bar at Mark Hix’s Brewer Street restaurant is as popular as the main dining area, if not more. Cool starlets (read: up-and-coming models and MTV presenters) mingle with media bods over cocktails and ‘snax’.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 7/10
Roka
37 Charlotte Street W1T 1RR
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Goodge Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: With good looking staff and celebrity customers like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Roka continues to cater to the moneyed and the aspirational. Portions are on the small side, as Roka’s diners don’t come here to gorge themselves on food, but to socialise.

  • JAPANESE
  • 74/100
  • USERS 7/10
Milk & Honey
61 Poland Street W1F 7NU
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: If you like drinking in private members’ clubs but can’t afford their fees check out Milk & Honey, which is open to non-members before 11 pm with a reservation.Exceptionally talented mixologists prepare classic cocktails or drinks to order at this Soho establishment, plus one of the house rules states that men aren’t allowed to hit on women unless approached first.

    Hakkasan Hanway Place
    8 Hanway Place W1T 1HD
    Region: Fitzrovia
    Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road

    AIL Says: Chic and serving exquisite modern Chinese cuisine, Hakkasan has been a hit with the A-list since it opened in 2001. Naturally they’ve cottoned on to how much of a “see-and-be-seen” sort of place it is, and in 2012 they launched late night lounge Ling Ling, open Thursday to Saturday till 2.30 am, so you dispense with eating altogether and get on with the people-watching.

    • RESTAURANT & BAR
    • OUR REVIEW 7/10
    • USERS 9/10


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