With Michelin stars awarded to more than 60 gourmet venues, the standard of cooking – and the competition – is exceptionally high, with almost every famous chef having an outpost in the British capital.
Just as you would expect in one of the world’s most expensive cities, London’s restaurants – particularly the Michelin starred ones – will cost you a pretty penny to dine in, while private dining experiences and extensive wine lists will leave a dent in even the healthiest of wallets.
But for a meal costing in the region of $300 per person, you can expect to dine in ultimate luxury, with expertly selected ingredients from all over the British Isles and Europe a given. Perhaps most impressive, however, is the level of technique you’ll get from some of the world’s most famous chefs and their teams.
Unsurprisingly, French cuisine is at the helm of London’s fine dining scene, with the likes of Alain Ducasse – one of the chefs to have praised the capital’s high standard of restaurants – and Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire both focusing on classic cuisine reminiscent of Paris, complete with grand dining rooms.
Although the majority of French chefs make use of the special produce found in the British Isles, including scallops from the Isle of Skye and Cornish turbot, others remain devoted to their native suppliers. Guests dining at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, for instance, can enjoy fresh fish of the day from the Saint-Jean de Luz fish market, as well as south-west France’s finest selection of cheese and wine.
But while some of the best restaurants in London are spearheaded by overseas talent, some of Britain’s finest chefs started their careers in the capital – and have gone on to achieve great things.
Arguably one of the most famous chefs of today, Gordon Ramsay began his cooking career at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant, Harvey’s, in south-west London, before moving to Le Gavroche where he worked under founder Albert Roux.
At Le Gavroche, Ramsay met Marcus Wareing, who went on to be the head chef of Petrus. Both now own two of the most exclusive – and expensive – restaurants in the capital.
Read on to discover our list of the most expensive restaurants in London.