London's best restaurants with art

Pretty walls and pretty plates

When a city like London has soooo much great food on offer, how do eateries begin to differentiate themselves from the competition? Well, the venues themselves become part of the attraction...

This could come in the form of a cleverly converted venue or a venue with some jaw-droppingly impressive art on show.

On our travels we've noticed some truly impressive visual feasts adoring the walls of some of London's restaurants, so we've decidedly to share some of our favourites...

32 Rivington Street EC2A 3LX
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Old Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This chicken and steak eatery by Mark Hix is as much a gallery as it is a restaurant. Hix commissioned famous British artists including Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas to provide their own subversive take on the themed menu. Hirst's famous cow in formaldehyde hangs in an unmissable spot in the centre of the dining room. He's reversioned it especially for Tramshed by putting a cockerel on its back.

Sketch Gallery
9 Conduit Street W1S 2XG
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Sketch is practically a museum, with each of the rooms evoking completely different moods thanks to a range of artists and designers. There are furnishings and wall paper by Turner prize winner Martin Creed, prints by David Shrigley, African-inspired interiors by Gahban O’Keeffe, and door handles shaped like women’s legs in the ladies' lavatories, among many many other things.

Le Caprice
Arlington Street SW1A 1RD
Region: St. James's
Nearest Station: Green Park

AIL Says: Le Caprice has been a fixture of London's restaurant scene since it opened in 1981. Thanks to David Bailey's iconic portraits, icons of the Swinging Sixties such as Mick Jagger and John Lennon mingle with today's celebrities.

  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
Dean Street Townhouse
69 - 71 Dean Street W1D 3SE
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Next time you're at Dean Street Townhouse take a close look at the wallpaper. The graceful design of leaves and flowers is made up pornographic images, specifically, lady parts. Jonathan Yeo is the artist, also known for using this cut-up technique in his portrait of George W Bush.

  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
Rivington Shoreditch
28-30 Rivington Street EC2A 3DZ
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Old Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Rivington Grill is one of the more affordable restaurants by the Caprice Holdings group, others being Le Caprice, Scott's, J Sheekey and The Ivy. This Shoreditch eatery has a piece by Tracey Emin - a neon light installation spelling out the words "Life Without You, Never".

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 7/10
34-34 Grosvenor Square W1K 2HD
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Bond Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The private dining room at Mayfair's 34 is called 'The Emin Room', and is where Tracey Emin showcases her latest work. As Emin was discovered by Charles Saatchi, who just so happens to be bezzie mates with owner Richard Caring, it makes sense for her to have what amounts to her own gallery here.

Chotto Matte
11 - 13 Frith Street W1D 4RD
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This hip Japanese restaurant has graffiti murals by two renowned artists of the gentre. Brit Tom Blackford has created two huge colourful panels for the upstairs, while graffiti artist Houxe Que from Tokyo has designed a large UV piece for the hallway.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Scott's Restaurant
20 Mount Street W1K 2HE
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Bond Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Art is such an essential component of this seafood restaurant that the Sadie Coles gallery has led tours for people eager to know more about the works on display. British artists Fiona Rae and Gary Hume are among those featured here.

  • USERS 9/10
Trinity Restaurant
4 The Polygon SW4 0JG
Region: Clapham
Nearest Station: Clapham Common (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Award-winning South London restaurant Trinity have opened their upstairs floor as a second dining room, and to complete the decor they've commissioned artist Kristjana S Williams to create a huge floor to ceiling piece. Inspired by food, hexagonal glass windows have been placed in front of images of meringues and eggs, in intricate designs emulating the fine dining tradition of garnishing plates with sauces.

  • 43/100
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 10/10
Sexy Fish
Berkeley Square W1J 6BR
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Green Park (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The show-stopping decor at Sexy Fish includes a ceiling mural of coral reef by Michael Roberts, sparkly fish lamps by Frank Gehry, and bronze mermaids by Damien Hirst. All especially commissioned, naturally.


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