Best London restaurants for star spotting

With film premieres, concerts, fashion shows and football matches galore, London is a great place to glimpse the rich and famous – you just have to know where to find them.

Superstars need to eat just like the rest of us. To increase your chances of spotting a celebrity, book a table at one of these top London restaurants, where the rich and famous love to hang out. 

Chiltern Firehouse

This plush Marylebone brasserie is the latest A-listers’ hangout, with the likes of Lindsey Lohan and Bradley Cooper visiting. Nuno Mendes heads up the Chiltern Firehouse’s open kitchen that produces contemporary fare. Tables are scarce so book well ahead.

C London

C London in fashionable Mayfair is often surrounded by paparazzi, hopeful of snapping a picture of Mickey Rourke, Simon Cowell or Nicole Scherzinger as they leave. Feast on comforting Italian dishes while star spotting to your heart's content.

China Tang at The Dorchester

A small slice of Shanghai tucked away inside the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair, this art deco restaurant is frequented by British stars like Hugh Grant, Stephen Fry and Kate Moss, enjoying some of the best Cantonese food outside of China. 

Cut at 45 Park Lane

One of the best steak restaurants in London, Wolfgang Puck's Cut at 45 Park Lane restaurant is a carnivore's paradise. The bill reflects the exclusive Mayfair address, but the quality is delicious enough to keep celebs like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie happy.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

This Knightsbridge restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star in 2012 and is now regarded as one of the world's top 10 restaurants. Heston Blumenthal's unique cuisine includes highlights like meat fruit, and has welcomed stars including celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Momo

Hidden down a side street, sandwiched between Savile Row and Regent Street, this North African restaurant, bar and cafe terrace has lured in such glitterati as Shakira and Stella McCartney with the promise of mezze, music and chilled out Marrakech vibes.

Nobu Berkeley

Sister restaurant to the famous Nobu in Park Lane, this Japanese restaurant in Mayfair is a huge hit with stars such as Calvin Harris and Rita Ora. There aren't many Michelin star restaurants that have a Japanese wood-burning oven and 12-seater sushi bar. 

Sketch

Imaginative, modern-European food and no-expenses-spared decor tempts A-listers such as Jessica Alba through the doors of SketchThe Mayfair hot spot contains three Michelin Star restaurants, but the Lecture Room is the place with wall-to-wall celebrities. 

The Ivy

A classic celebrity haunt, The Ivy in Theatreland draws in celebrities from the worlds of film, music and sport (David Beckham, Victoria Beckham,and Tom Cruise, for example). The Ivy serves traditional British dishes in cosy surroundings with style.

The Wolseley

A spectacular Grade II Listed interior is matched by a sumptuous menu at this grand cafe restaurant on London's Piccadilly. Whether you go for afternoon tea or the famous Wolseley breakfast, you're likely to spot a famous face such as Sarah Ferguson or Lily Cole.

Yauatcha

The ”it crowd” dine on a menu of more than 84 amazing dishes at this sexy dim sum teahouse in Soho. Michelin-star quality and incredible cocktails from behind the fish tank bar brings in big names such as Amanda Seyfried, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gwen Stefani.

Zafferano

You shouldn't be surprised if your fellow diners at this Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge include the likes of Madonna and Al Pacino. Simple Tuscan food is rarely done this well. Booking absolutely necessary.