2018 is going to be a big year for fine dining in London. Whether it’s the return of Ollie Dabbous and his new dining project, or the arrival of Quiqui Dacosta (southern Spain’s iconic three-Michelin-star chef), London is continuing to cement its place as one of the greatest culinary cities in the world.
While the fine dining options in Mayfair and Chelsea continue to grow, two of the most exciting areas for 2018 are Covent Garden and White City. The former has always been a hot spot for discerning diners, however the launch of a new Sushi Samba, Temper and Petersham Nurseries, has the potential to make Covent Garden the ‘new Soho’.
White City, however, is undergoing the biggest transformation. Previously living in the shadow of the ubiquitous Westfield, the area is perhaps best defined by its huge variety of Middle Eastern restaurants alongside the odd independent cafe. However with the redevelopment of the old BBC Television Studios (and the inclusion of a new Soho House), the area’s surge in fine dining options will quickly make the west London borough a major dining destination.
With two venues in the capital already, Chucs latest opening will be their most opulent yet. Set inside the iconic Fine Watch Room in Harrods, the restaurant will focus on flavors of the Italian Riviera, with the menu featuring everything from green harissa lamb chops to Devonshire crab ravioli. The interior has been designed to feel like the inside of a luxury yacht, with wooden panelling, polished brass accents and framed photos of the Amalafi coast appearing throughout. The restaurant will open throughout the day, opening its doors at 10am, with last orders at 10.30pm, making this the perfect destination regardless of whether you’re doing a bit of light shopping or looking for a late-night dining spot.