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The Best Restaurants in London

The StarTripper Journal presents the best places to dine in London, both International gourmet and good British choices.
Our Team to London are professional businessmen who frequently visit London.

London – the political, economic and cultural capital of Britain – the Queen's residence Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, historic home of the UK government.

London is a shopping mecca where you will find absolutely everything in every style and every taste – the real places “to shop til you drop”. From luxury goods in Mayfair to quirky finds in Covent Garden, to large shopping centres like Westfield and department stores like Harrods.

The heart of London shopping, bustling Oxford Street has more than 300 shops, designer outlets and landmark stores. Home to the legendary Selfridges and famous department stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams – and if you get off the beaten track by slipping into a side street, such as St Christopher's Place and Berwick Street, you'll find some real treats.

Bond Street and Mayfair are the ideal places to go for some extravagant retail therapy – London's most exclusive shopping area, home to big names, including Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany.

Carnaby Street, the birthplace of the fashion and cultural revolution during the Swinging 60s, and the surrounding streets are two minutes away from Piccadilly Circus – here you'll find an intriguing mix of stores and boutiques. We recommend refuelling at restaurant hub Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street.

Whether you want hip fashion or unique gifts, Covent Garden is a great place to explore. Seven Dials and picture-pretty Neal's Yard for a true taste of London's most distinctive shopping area. Here you'll find Neal's Yard Dairy with its range of delicious British farm cheeses, and the flagship Neal's Yard Remedies.

But don't miss the National Gallery. Here you will find works by masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci and Renoir – and spend some time in the British Museum. Highlights include the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection.

So come to London, do the real art of shopping, but before “you drop” enjoy a sedate afternoon tea cruise along the River Thames, while passing some of London’s most famous sights.

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The StarTripper Journal Recommends these Restaurants:
The beautiful dining room at the Connaught hotel is the surroundings of Hélène Darroze’s restaurant – her lifelong passion for the finest produce and incredible skill is reflected in every aspect of one of Mayfair’s most intimate dining experiences.

Chef Hélène Darroze’s culinary philosophy is inspired by the famously generous hospitality of her native South West France, and her cooking is steeped in the belief that exceptional food is a route to the guests happiness.

Each day, Hélène Darroze selects the very best and freshest ingredients from the network of suppliers she has spent a lifetime gathering, and cooks them with precision, honesty and passion. The resulting menu celebrates the tastes and textures of the most stunning individual produce, prepared in a way that allows each ingredient to shine.

This is true fine cuisine – a thrilling expression of French culinary craft, delivered with a contemporary flourish, enjoyed in a truly elegant setting. The warm service ensures the wood-paneled room never feels too formal.

Top Modern Cuisine. Outstanding cooking.

Carlos Place, Mayfair
The Ledbury is located in Notting Hill - a fairly small restaurant with no more than 20 tables – airy, elegant, modern and very stylish restaurant – discreet luxury. The atmosphere of the Ledbury is immediately welcoming and unpretentious.

The Ledbury offers classic British food with a few twists, Chef Brett Graham's cooking is very modern set in a modern setting without stuffiness. The menu, which features truffles and foie gras alongside humbler ingredients that are accorded equal respect, such as jowl of pork with fennel, mousserons and elderflower honey or the salt baked turnips served with Herdwick lamb.

In our last visit we choose artichokes with Muscat grapes and walnuts as starter, roast Cauliflower, lobster butter and parmesan as second, Iberico Pork with baked purple carrots, mustard and trompettes, and all completed with honey and buffalo milk. It was like a continuous dream, a continuous float of delicious tastes. Again we have experienced what it’s really like to be in a gastronomic heaven.

The service is exacting but highly personable – the staff create an atmosphere that always is relaxed.

The Ledbury is one of the 10 best restaurant our testing-team ever have visited – a restaurant they just have to return to time and again.

127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill
L’Escargot is housed in a magnificent Georgian town-house dating from 1741, set in the heart of Soho and conveniently located near the great theatres of London.

When you are dining at L’Escargot you are dining among Chagalls and Miros at this longtime "Soho house" with outstanding Classic French cuisine and a slightly formal, but very welcoming atmosphere.

Snails are a speciality of the house – Chef Oliver Lesnik’s menu is based on typical French cuisine, bourgeois in style, featuring some of the finest French delicacies including Lobster bisque, steak Tartare, steak frites and duck confit. The tarte tatin is legendary as is the Chocolate Souffle. And there is an excellent wine list with many reasonably priced bottles.

L’Escargot is the place for pre- and post theatre dining – and has been host to stars of stage and screen like Coco Chanel, Mick Jagger and Elton John.

Passionate and knowledgeable service – outstanding cooking – a restaurant to visit time and again.

48 Greek Street, Soho
Located in St James Hotel and Club – the Seven Park Place is a very stylish and elegant and intimate space, with only 26 covers and nine tables. The restaurant uses rich colours and natural fabrics in bright, jewel inspired colours, to produce a stunning backdrop for the perfect dining experience.

Chef William Drabble’s style of cooking is modern-French using primarily British local and seasonal ingredients. His dishes change with the seasons – in the summer he cooks lighter dishes and in the winter time more rustic.

Chef William Drabble has created his own inimitable style menu, influenced by classic French cuisine but made using the best British ingredients and taking inspiration from the seasons – and chef Drabble has his signature dishes such as poached native lobster tail with cauliflower purée and lobster butter sauce, ravioli of langoustine, cabbage and truffle butter sauce, and best end of Lune valley lamb with confit potatoes, caramelized onion and thyme jus – his continuing love of good food ensures that each dish he creates is as exquisite as the next.

A very long and interesting wine list. Top knowledgeable service-team.

And before dinner try chef William Drabble’s Afternoon Tea served in the stylish William’s Bar and Bistro – a true delight.

7-8 Park Place, St. James's
In the luxurious setting of the five-star Goring hotel, The Dining Room is beautifully elegant - a place where traditional and delicious British food triumphs.

Designed by David Linley, The Dining Room is bathed in natural light by day and sumptuously aglow with Swarovski chandeliers at night – the perfect spot for those who 'like things done properly' but without the stuffiness. Chef Cooper’s menu is an appealing mix of British classics and lighter, more modern dishes, all prepared with great skill and understanding – using fresh, high-quality ingredients from suppliers across the British Isles, from Romney Marsh lamb to fish from the Cornish coast, as part of the commitment to serving the finest British food – and The Dining Room still serve roast rib of beef that’s impeccably carved from a silver trolley.

The Dining Room offers an impeccable yet fun dining experience – to celebrate the best in British food this is the right place – top service.

15 Beeston Pl, Victoria
Quilon is easy to find, just footsteps away from Buckingham Palace and St. James' Park and just around the corner from St. James' Park tube station – a modern bright restaurant, yet classic elegant white table clothing.

Chef Sriram’s philosophy is simple – to convey the passion for South-west coastal Indian cuisine, through a quest for perfect ingredients and technique, plus a deep-seated desire to continue learning how to evolve and blend old traditions and modern tastes.

The menu embodies a unique blend of ethnic and progressive dishes with seafood at its heart but also offering meat, poultry and vegetarian dishes, mostly designed for sharing. A meal here will remind you how fresh, vibrant, colourful and healthy Indian food can be. Chef Sriram also offers a tasting menu, tailor-made to please your particular palate.

A world-class wine list specially selected to complement the cuisine.

The service team is knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

41 Buckingham Gate
Casse-Croûte, one of the smallest restaurants in London, located in a former sandwich shop. This tiny restaurant is French, absolutely French by all means, an authentic French bistro.

A cracked wooden sign above the door – old black and white photos – red leather banquettes – an ornately-carved bar – a French radio crackling in the background; it feels like it’s been around for years.

Owner Hervé Durochat is always out front and treats his customers as though they were long-lost friends.

Chef Sylvain Soulard and sommelier Alex Bonnefoy creates a daily changing menu of classic French dishes – all written on the blackboard, photographed and tweeted to the world each morning, «Bonjour. Votre menu aujourd’hui. Bon appétit”. All dishes are peered with an excellent selection of French wines.

If you love the deliciousness of French cuisine, this little French bistro is the right place. You will love Casse-Croûte. Excellent French cooking, an intimate, familial ambience.

109 Bermondsey Street

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