While Britain may not be famous for its cuisine, it’s certainly a nation of food lovers and London’s West End caters to even the most distinguished palettes. Whatever your occasion, this area of London, known for its refined taste, has it all; from the traditional, to the experimental, to the latest ‘it’ places, and the famous institutions that have never stopped being ‘it’.
London is home to 64 Michelin star restaurants, a large percentage of which are in the West End, including 7 out of the 11 establishments which hold two and three stars. A number of homegrown talents have placed their flagship restaurants here, including Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing, and you’ll also find outposts from internationally renowned names including Alain Ducasse. For foodies, a visit to London is an opportunity to tick off many top restaurants from their bucket list.
Dining experiences unlike any other are also part of what makes a visit to the West End unforgettable. Many venues have private dining rooms within them for an intimate gathering among family, friends, or colleagues, and some can even offer you the whole space for hire of weddings and larger celebrations. If you’ve always been fascinated with what goes on behind the scenes, take a look at the restaurants where you can book a seat at the kitchen table, many of whom will create your own menu for you on the day, or perhaps you fancy yourself as a chef and want to partake in one of the many masterclasses to learn from the best.
In a truly international city, nothing brings people together like food, and in this one neighbourhood, you can eat your way around the world and enjoy all your favourite cuisines, as well as exploring new flavours. It takes more than just food to make an exceptional dining experience though, and these restaurants rate just as highly for their service and atmosphere in some of the most beautiful buildings in London. Bon appetit!