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Post last updated: May 2023
In a time when eating out is all the rage and new restaurants are opening their doors every day, standing out in a saturated market of talented chefs is becoming a more and more difficult achievement, even for the pros.
So over the last decade, many top chefs have turned to other means of keeping their name out there away from the kitchen, from writing cookbooks to staring in their own TV programmes or appearing as judges on popular cooking shows such as Master Chef.
But in the era of the ‘celebrity chef’, do their namesake restaurants still live up to the hype or are they letting their standards slip? We’re certainly not short of celebrity chef restaurants in London, but how do you choose which one’s are really worth visiting?
After careful deliberation, I’ve put together this guide to London’s best restaurants brought to you by some of the world’s top celebrity chefs that certainly do live up to the hype…
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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Celebrity Chef: Heston Blumenthal
Probably the best-known of the celebrity chef restaurants in London, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal serves one of the city’s most famous and most photographed dishes.
The restaurant’s signature meat fruit – consisting of smooth chicken-liver pâté concealed in orange mandarin jelly – is cleverly designed to resemble an actual mandarin. Who hasn’t seen it on Instagram at least once!?
But there’s far more to the famous British chef’s London hotspot than this one dish. The elegant and sophisticated restaurant, located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, has a unique menu inspired by historic British gastronomy, creatively brought into the twenty-first century.
As well as its 2 Michelin stars, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has won numerous awards and accolades, including regularly featuring high in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.
From the a la carte dinner menu, the famous meat fruit starter will set you back £23.50, while the main dishes are around £50 each. The set lunch menu offers 2 Courses for £39.00 or 3 Courses for £48.00. Special private dining and chef’s table options are also available but considerably more.
Marcus at The Berkeley
Celebrity Chef: Marcus Wareing
Another more high-end affair, Marcus at The Berkeley by celebrated celebrity chef Marcus Wareing offers contemporary dining within The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge.
Whilst Wearing does own a number of fantastic restaurants in London, Marcus at The Berkeley is without a doubt his best, serving a modern British menu with international influences and boasting a much-deserved Michelin star.
Wearing can often be found in the kitchen himself cooking up a storm alongside his dedicated team.
In addition to the a la carte menu, the real gem at Marcus’ are the 5 and 7 course tasting menus. At a cost of £105 and £120 respectively, these menus aren’t the cheapest but they’re certainly worth it for the top-notch offering of exciting seasonal flavours, as well as the option to pair each dish with the sommelier’s selection of wines. The restaurant also serves a set 3 course lunch menu for £50.
Marcus Wearing’s other luxury London restaurants are Gilbert Scott and Tredwells.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Celebrity Chef: Gordon Ramsay
If it isn’t already obvious from the name, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s flagship three Michelin star London restaurant – a prominent player in London’s world-class fine dining scene.
The intimate establishment in Chelsea features a small but exquisite menu of elegant modern French cuisine, with dishes including pressed foie gras, roast pigeon, and pecan praline parfait to finish.
The 3 course a la carte menu at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay will set you back £130.00, while the menu prestige features a few additions and costs £160 per person.
Other Gordon Ramsay restaurants in London worth a try (many of which are a little more affordable) include Bread Street Kitchen, Heddon Street Kitchen, Savoy Grill, and Union Street Cafe. Check out the full list of Gordon Ramsay’s London restaurants here or some great value dining deals for Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants on Red Letter Days here.
Roux at the Landau
Celebrity Chef: Albert and Michel Roux. Jr
Update 2023: Roux at the Landau is temporarily closed, subject to updates.
Possibly Britain’s most famous celebrity chef dynasty, the Roux family have opened multiple restaurants across the capital over the years, including iconic Le Gavroche, the first British restaurant to win three Michelin stars, which was opened by brothers Albert and Michael Roux back in 1967.
But now one of the family’s most exciting ventures in London is headed by Albert and his son Michel Roux Jr., who has unsurprisingly followed in the family occupation; Roux at the Landau.
The formal Michelin-star restaurant at The Langham Hotel offers a contemporary take on European dishes inspired by classic French techniques.
The menu includes favourites such as the Orkney Scallops topped with Oscietra caviar, and the Buccleuch beef fillet with salt-baked beetroot and ox cheek, with the menu changing regularly to incorporate the freshest seasonal ingredients.
While the restaurant’s a la cart menu is on the pricier side, with main dishes costing between £28-40 and their signature 6 course tasting menu for £80, the daily ‘du jour’ menu offers a great value 2 course set menu for £35 and 3 courses for £39.
Celebrity Chef: Angela Hartnett
Known for being a protégée of Gordon Ramsay and for her numerous TV appearances, celebrity Chef Angela Hartnett opened her own Italian restaurant named Murano in 2008. Within just 4 months of being open, the restaurant achieved a Michelin Star, swiftly followed by 4 AA Rosettes.
Situated in the heart of upscale Mayfair, the food at Murano is inspired by Angela’s upbringing learning to cook with her Italian grandmother and aunts, with a menu featuring seasonal, modern Italian dishes using the best of British and European produce.
Murano features a deliberately informal atmosphere, with an emphasis on ‘fun’ rather than ‘fine’ dining and a menu that allows the diner to choose any number of dishes in the order they pick.
Dinner at Murano is priced at 3 courses for £70, 4 courses for £85 and 5 courses for £95, while the lunch menu offers 2 courses for £30.00 or 3 courses for £35.00.
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London Steakhouse Co. City
Celebrity Chef: Marco Pierre White
London Steakhouse Co. is a traditional British steakhouse in London belonging to British chef and television personality Marco Pierre White who is often dubbed as the original celebrity chef, as well as a mentor to the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal.
White’s relaxingly elegant British steakhouse, sat in the heart of the Square Mile, serves a mouth-watering selection of steak cuts from master butcher Aubrey Allen, other timeless dishes including fish mainboards and veggie options, and a great selection of classic English puddings.
With a set menu of 3 courses (incl. steak) for £29.50 per person, London Steakhouse Co. is certainly one of the best value celebrity chef restaurants in London.
You can also find special deals online such as a 3 course meal and cocktails for 2 people for just £55.
Grill off the Green
Celebrity Chef: Antony Worrall Thompson
Tucked away just off Kew Green in Richmond, the amply named’Grill off the Green is celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson’s exciting new pop-up restaurant, replacing his previous steak restaurant Kew Grill which sat for many years in the very same location.
Thompson’s new restaurant still serves his famous grill menu, packed with a fantastic selection of steaks, meats, burgers, and fish, as well as his new bistro menu which features a number of vegan and vegetarian dishes plus traditional favourites including a delicious Sunday roast.
Rather than the glitz and glamour of many other celebrity chef restaurants in London, Grill off the Green has more of a high-end traditional pub feel to it. Reliable and delicious British dining at its best.
Grill off the Green doesn’t offer set menus but as a rough guide, starters are around £10, a burger costs £16 and steaks range from £17 (minute steak) to £48 (Wagyu Sirloin).
Rick Stein, Barnes
Celebrity Chef: Rick Stein
A rare hidden gem in London, Rick Stein Barnes restaurant is one of celebrity chef Rick Stein’s few establishments outside of the charming coastal towns of Cornwall, of which his numerous restaurants, cafes, fish & chip shops, and cookery schools are now a defining feature.
The relaxed riverside restaurant in the pretty neighbourhood of Barnes in southwest London is where you’ll find some of the best seafood dishes in the whole of the capital, with a menu that celebrates the finest fish and seafood from Cornwall and some of the famous chef and restauranteurs most iconic dishes including his Dover sole, Indonesian seafood curry and lobster thermidor.
Rick Stein Barnes offers a great value 3 course menu for just £27.95 Monday to Friday from 12–6pm.
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