Bon Vivant’s Emyr Thomas discusses the best hotel restaurants in London.
Creating a successful restaurant inside a hotel can be rather challenging – combining a restaurant that placates the traveller that also attracts regular locals is not an easy task. Hotels need to have a very versatile restaurant that can offer breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and room service, all with impeccable standards and service.
The best hotels, however, are savvy enough to have more than one dining option, often including a special signature restaurant. Here we highlight the best hotel restaurants in London.
Dinner by Heston at The Mandarin Oriental
Dinner by Heston is Heston Blumenthal’s first foray into the London restaurant scene at the Mandarin Oriental. ‘Dinner’, one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of recent years, received immediate acclaim by critics, collecting its first Michelin Star in the 2012 UK Michelin Guide.
The signature ‘Meat Fruit’ is worth a visit alone at one of the best hotel restaurants in London.
Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley
Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley merges elegance and warmth in a luxurious setting in the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. With intricate yet robust flavours, clean textures and a quality ethos the cuisine is something that entices you back again and again.
We would recommend the chef’s table in its own luxurious and intimate air-conditioned space at the heart of the restaurant, or the larger Pomerol private room, one of the best private dining rooms in London.
Bistro Bruno Loubet at the Zetter
The Zetter hotel in Clerkenwell welcomed Bruno Loubet back to the London scene with his restaurant, Bistrot Bruno Loubet. The space may be a bit tight, with tables packed in next to each other, but the crowds keep flocking here for the rustic French cooking with intense flavours.
Alyn Williams at The Westbury
Alyn Williams at the Westbury opened quietly at the end of 2011 in the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair from chef Alyn Williams, who was previously head chef at the two Michelin starred Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley.
Our reviewer describes it as ‘slick, elegant and contemporary cooking, as handsome as it is delicious’ where ‘the décor is luxurious and chic’ – the restaurant gained its first Michelin star in this year’s guide. Click here to read our full review of one of the best hotel restaurants in London
Cut at 45 Park Lane
‘Cut’ opened in the new 45 Park Lane hotel, the latest hotel from The Dorchester Collection. ‘Cut’ is a restaurant by Wolfgang Puck, the celebrated US chef, who opened the original ‘Cut’ at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills in 2006.
The London outpost serves excellent steaks in a suitably glamorous dining room, making Cut a contender for one of the best hotel restaurants in London.
Bar Boulud at The Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge
Daniel Boulud, one of the most coveted chefs in the US, opened his first restaurant in the UK at the Mandarin Oriental with Bar Boulud.
The room may lack real character, but the mix of rustic French brasserie fare and a New York style buzz made it an instant hit, with almost universal praise for the charcuterie boards and the burgers.
Viajante at the Town Hall Hotel
Nuno Mendes’s Viajante is situated in Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel. The cooking at Viajante is experimental, creative and executed with real flair. The more casual Corner Room is also a big attraction, especially for a weekend brunch, meaning the hotel has two of the best hotel restaurants in London
Helene Darroze at the Connaught
The Connaught is home to two of our favourite bars in London, with the warm, cosy Coburg Bar and the glamorous Connaught Bar. The restaurant, neatly placed at the front with views over Mount Street, is equally wonderful.
Helene Darroze serves delectable French cuisine inspired by authentic regional and seasonal flavours, highly deserving of its 2 Michelin stars.
Hoxton Grill at the Hoxton Hotel
A part of the Soho House group, the Hoxton Grill offers a selection of classic American dishes in the Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch. The restaurant is a contrast to the usual hotel dining experience in a cool, stylish but casual setting.
Dean Street Townhouse
Dean Street Townhouse is located on Dean Street in Soho, which is always buzzing with the Soho crowd perched at the bar with cocktails or enjoying the classic British menu.
The room combines vintage armchairs, cut glass chandeliers and wooden floors and the walls are scattered with the cream of contemporary British art. Dean Street Townhouse is one of the best hotel restaurants in London.
Seven Park Place at St James’s Hotel & Club
William Drabble’s dishes at Seven Park Place are modern French in style with fine British ingredients. Seven Park Place’s dining room is chic and intimate, with private dining available for groups of 9 or more.
William Drabble also oversees the stylish William’s Bar and Bistro. With comfortable seating and a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere, the menu features classic bistro dishes, with afternoon tea also served daily.
Hix Mayfair at Brown’s Hotel
Mayfair’s Brown’s Hotel is home to Hix Mayfair from celebrated chef Mark Hix, which focuses on contemporary British food and art. The dining room is traditional with a twist – HIX Mayfair is home to a collection of work by leading British artists including Tracey Emin, Michael Landy and Bridget Riley.
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
One of London’s few 3 Michelin starred restaurants from super-chef Alain Ducasse. Our favourite feature is the Table Lumiere private dining room which is ideal for up to six guests.
Cocooned by a luminescent oval curtain, it is surrounded by 4,500 shimmering fibre optics that drop dramatically from the ceiling – stunning!
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