From birthdays and anniversaries to proposals and promotions, London is a city made for celebrating. We’ve handpicked 15 restaurants that will make your next special occasion one to remember. The list has a little bit of everything, from fine dining destinations with ambitious tasting menus to restaurants with breathtaking views of the city skyline.
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
Combining British ingredients with classic French techniques, this multi-award-winning restaurant offers a fine dining experience like no other. Treat a fellow food lover to the stunning eight-course tasting menu or book the Chef’s Table and enjoy bespoke dishes with a view of the kitchen.
Ask any Londoner where to celebrate in style and Zedel will almost certainly be on their list. With its stunning art deco interior and traditional French menu, this grand brasserie makes everyday dining feel extra special. Start with Champagne and oysters, followed by familiar favourites like steak frites, boeuf bourguignon, or lemon sole.
Claude Bosi at Bibendum
Situated on the first floor of Michelin House, Bibendum’s dining room boasts floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows that bathe the room in light. It’s a suitably elegant backdrop for chef Claude Bosi’s contemporary French menu. Try signature dishes like turbot à la Grenobloise or splash out on the tasting menu, where seasonal ingredients take centre stage.
Hutong at The Shard
At Hutong, you can explore the flavours of Northern China whilst enjoying panoramic views of the city skyline. Situated on level 33 of The Shard, the restaurant’s signature dishes include roast Peking duck, fiery ‘ma la’ chilli prawns, and halibut with rice noodles in a fragrant Sichuan broth.
If your wishlist reads ‘great food, no fuss’, this West End gem should definitely be on your radar. It’s part of Angela Hartnett’s restaurant empire, so expect homely Italian cooking in a buzzy, relaxed setting. The menu changes with the seasons, but the homemade pasta is always a highlight.
Where better to celebrate an anniversary than at Clos Maggiore, one of London’s most romantic restaurants? If you’re lucky enough to be seated in the conservatory, you’ll enjoy modern French food and fine wine beneath a canopy of flowers and twinkling fairy lights.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Situated in Chelsea, this multi-award-winning restaurant is the jewel in the crown of Gordon Ramsay’s empire. With its intimate ambience and modern French menu, it ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable celebratory meal. Chef Matt Abé has led the kitchen since 2005 and continues to delight diners with dishes like Herdwick lamb with young peas and mint and Dover sole with white asparagus, morels, and Vin Jaune sabayon.
A West End gem for over fifteen years, Salt Yard is perfect for intimate dinners and long, leisurely lunches. With chef Mike Carter at the helm, it specialises in cheese, charcuterie, and small plates inspired by the flavours of Spain and Italy. Expect dishes like gambas pil pil, Iberico lamb with anchovy and caper salsa, and fried courgette flowers stuffed with goat’s cheese.
Hawksmoor has ‘special occasion’ written all over it, whether you’re treating a friend to a birthday steak or hiring one of their private rooms for a wedding or a company dinner. With six restaurants across London, you’re never far away from your next rib-eye, fillet, or Chateaubriand.
Saint Jacques will add sparkle to any occasion with its flawless service and classic French menu. You can sip Champagne in the airy, elegant dining room or dine al fresco in their tranquil courtyard. Treat yourself, or someone special, to a twice-baked Comté soufflé or steak tartare prepared at your table.
With its ornate ceilings, bronze chandeliers, and walls lined with gilt-framed art, Berners Tavern is one of London’s most breathtaking dining rooms. The modern British menu, overseen by Jason Atherton, includes the likes of grass fed Scottish steaks, slow-cooked Herdwick lamb, and a show-stopping strawberries and cream Baked Alaska.
Beloved by celebrities and theatre-goers since 1917, The Ivy remains one of London’s top spots for a birthday lunch or celebratory supper. With its harlequin stained glass windows and stylish central bar, the restaurant exudes old school glamour. While the menu has evolved over the years to include modern dishes with an Asian influence, it still features Ivy classics like prawn cocktail, shepherd’s pie, and iced berries with hot white chocolate sauce.
Helix at The Gherkin
Perched atop one of London’s most iconic buildings, Helix is a sophisticated setting for any occasion. They’re passionate about produce, so you’ll find British meat, seasonal vegetables, and sustainably sourced seafood on the modern British menu. Whether you fancy a sunset supper or a Champagne afternoon tea, this sky-high restaurant is guaranteed to impress.
The Cinnamon Club
Vivek Singh opened The Cinnamon Club in Westminster in 2001 and the restaurant has been redefining our expectations of Indian food ever since. The tasting menu is one of London’s finest at just £85 per head, but you can also dine a la carte and try dishes like tandoor-grilled venison or king prawns with Alleppey curry sauce.
If you want to splash out on some of London’s finest Japanese food, ROKA is the place to do it. After cocktails in the subterranean Shochu Lounge, head upstairs for sushi and sashimi, feather-light tempura, and dishes from their robata grill. The black cod, marinated in yuzu miso, is not to be missed.
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