Thursday, 25 August 2011 2:15 PM
London is home to some of the country's finest restaurants, where you'll be able to eat award-winning gourmet cuisine in the midst of luxurious settings.
Here, we look at 5 of the best restaurants in London:
Gordon Ramsay, Royal Hospital Road
Located on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea, The Gordon Ramsay restaurant is one of London’s most popular eateries. While the celebrity chef owns several restaurants throughout the capital, it is perhaps the eponymously-titled establishment that he opened in 1998 that holds the most prestige, and you may even see the man yourself when dining here.
Indeed, the 45-seater eatery secured three Michelin stars (the highest possible score) in 2001 and it continues to hold this accolade today. Current head chef Clare Smyth also has the distinction of being the only UK female to secure this rating.
Among the signature dishes are risotto of roasted veal sweetbreads and oven-roasted pigeon, and dining here sees you eat in rooms designed by interiors expert David Collins.
The Gordon Ramsay restaurant can be reached by tube, with Sloane Square on the Circle and District lines the nearest station. Drivers, meanwhile, should enter SW3 4HP into their sat-nav.
Le Gavroche, Upper Brooke Street
Le Gavroche on Upper Brooke Street (W1K 7QR) is another great place for fine dining and has been serving French haute cuisine since 1967.
The establishment has secured several prestigious awards over the years and in 1982 became the first UK restaurant to receive three Michelin stars. In 2008, it was ranked 22nd on the San Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
Run by head chef Michel Roux Jr, you'll find the cuisine here has Asian and Mediterranean influences, something which may be particularly apparent in the lobster salad, which is served with mango, avocado, lime and basil.
Choose from the restaurant's Menu Exceptional and you'll pay £158 per person, although this also includes wine with your food.
Regardless of what you eat, you must adhere to the smart-casual dress code, which requires male diners to wear a jacket.
Situated close to Hyde Park, Le Gavroche is just a short walk from Marble Arch tube station, which connects to the Central line.
Gauthier Soho, Romily Street
You can also tuck into award-winning French cuisine at Gauthier Soho (W1D 5AF). Opened in May 2010, this restaurant is run by head chef Alexis Gauthier and has already been awarded one Michelin star and three AA rosettes.
The Soho eatery claims to stand out from the crowd due its team's use of intuition and attention to the senses when preparing food, with the kitchen said to not contain any timing devices, recipe books or measuring equipment.
Choose the summer a la carte menu and you'll be able to tuck into roasted lamb fillet served with thyme, fennel and parmesan gratin, as well as red mullet poached in lobster broth, with three courses here costing £35. However, you might want to pick the £68 summer tasting menu.
A number of famous people have dined at the restaurant over the years, including Lily Allen and Hugh Grant, so you may get the chance to spot some stars while you eat.
If you're travelling by tube you'll need to get off at either Covent Garden or Tottenham Court Road stations, although you might also want to take the 73 or 390 bus there.
Hibiscus, Maddox Street
Hibiscus on Maddox Street (W1S 2PA) is another of the capital's top restaurants and while menus and prices vary depending on what day of the week and time you eat, you can be confident that the cuisine will be of the highest standards.
Indeed, it has two Michelin stars and was placed ninth on the 2012 Good Food Guide's Top 50 Restaurants list.
Situated just off Regent Street, Hibiscus has been in London since 2007 when it relocated from its original base in Ludlow, Shropshire.
Run by French chef Claude Bosi, the restaurant's Goosnargh duck breast and toasted pistachio souffle are just two of the options on the a la carte midweek evening menu. The four-course dinner on Fridays and Saturdays costs £85, rising to £100 for eight courses.
The Square, Bruton Street
Alternatively, you can try Mayfair establishment The Square (W1J 6PU). Opened in 1991, this two Michelin starred restaurant serves French-inspired haute cuisine, including camomile souffle with apricots and almond ice cream and ballotine of pigeon.
However, it may be the tasting menu that really captivates your senses. Here, the entire table will be served a selection of dishes to tuck into, with this costing £105 per person.
If you're taking the tube to get the restaurant, which is owned by Nigel Platts and chef Philip Howard, you will need to get off at either Bond Street or Green Park station.
With so many high-quality eateries, you'll never be too far away from award-winning cuisine in London. However, it may be a good idea to reserve a table at any of the above restaurants several weeks in advance so that you are guaranteed a booking.
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Written by the team at travelsupermarket.com