When the stars are in town, they have to eat, so London's hippest restaurants are a good place to start. To increase your chances of spotting a celeb, below is our pick of the stars' favourite restaurants in London.
A classic celeb haunt, The Ivy is the first place that springs to mind for star spotting in London. Located in Theatreland, not only does it serve up traditional British dishes in cosy surroundings, but it does so with style. No wonder celebrities flock here in droves. It's insanely popular, so it's best to book well ahead.
It opened as a small oyster bar in the 1800s and J. Sheekey has been a firm favourite for the wealthy and well-known ever since. Located in Covent Garden, the fuss-free, deliciously fresh fish menu makes it a faultless dining experience, even without the likelihood of stumbling upon a star or two. Don't miss the famous Sheekey's fish pie.
Sister restaurant to the famous Nobu in Park Lane, this Japanese fusion restaurant and sushi bar is a huge hit with A-listers, and has played host to the likes of Brad Pitt. Be sure to try the giant edamame beans and delicious chocolate bento boxes.Find Prices
With imaginative, modern-European food, no-expenses-spared decor and its own unique flair, is it any wonder the stars love Sketch? Created by Momo's Mourad Mazouz and French chef Pierre Gagnaire, Sketch contains three restaurants, but the Lecture Room is the place to eat if you're after wall-to-wall celebrities. Book well in advance.Find Prices
The interiors of this Soho "tea house" are enchanting. Marvel at the perfectly formed Japanese cakes before descending to Yauatcha's dim-sum restaurant, where an ever-rotating mix of the "it crowd" dine on a menu of more than 84 amazing dishes. Be sure to sample the cocktails served from behind the fish tank bar.Find Prices
Sister restaurant of world-famous Harry's Bar in Venice, C London (formerly called Cipriani) always has a gaggle of paparazzi outside thanks to the high-profile diners. Located in ever-fashionable Mayfair, sit back, relax and enjoy comforting Italian dishes and delicious bellinis while star spotting to your heart's content.Find Prices
China Tang at The Dorchester
A little slice of Shanghai tucked away inside the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair, celebs, supermodels and business barons alike can't get enough of China Tang. It serves some of the best Cantonese food outside China in 1930s art deco surroundings. If you want a real treat, book one of the three private dining rooms – Ping, Pang and Pong!Find Prices
Having fed the rich and famous for more than 30 years, this quaint little eatery in Holland Park is something of a celebrity institution. With its bohemian decor, secretive alcoves and tasty modern European food, Julie's is the perfect celeb hideaway – and even has a secret back door! Don't forget to go incognito with a pair of giant shades.Find Prices
A fashionable Knightsbridge restaurant with clientele to match, everyone from Lady Gaga to Kate Moss has dined here. Zuma has two traditional Japanese dining rooms and serves modern Japanese dishes plus tonics, herbal teas and Japanese beers. Round off the evening with a glass of sake and a people-watching session at the bar.
Celeb spot in style at The Wolseley, a grand old café-restaurant on London’s Piccadilly. With a spectacular Grade II Listed interior and a menu to match, it's a magnet for the rich and famous. You're sure to spot a star whether you go for the European lunch and dinner menus, a traditional afternoon tea or the famous Wolseley breakfast.Find Prices