Best 12 Michelin-starred restaurants in London

For a meal to remember, splash out at one of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in London.
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From world-class venues run by famous chefs such as Alain Ducasse and Jeff and Chris Galvin, to newer, up-and-coming eateries from emerging talents, London is the place to treat yourself to award-winning food.

The options need not break the bank either, with all sorts of eateries spanning various cuisines, from a Michelin-starred pub and classic British hotspots, to sushi specialists or award-winning Indian fare.

There are 71 Michelin-starred restaurants in London. A Michelin star is a mark of distinction awarded by the Michelin travel guides. It recognises the high quality of the cooking and service of a restaurant. A venue may be awarded one, two or three stars, representing very good, exceptional or exquisite cuisine.

Make sure to book ahead for a table, as London's Michelin-starred restaurants are often booked up well in advance.

1. Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

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Michelin-starred dishes at Helene Darroze including langoustine seaweed popcorn. © Helene Darroze/Justin De Souza

Delight in superb French cuisine from two Michelin-starred chef Hélène Darroze at The Connaught. Her menu combines classical French cooking techniques with intense, seasonal flavours. Some of the ingredients that are part of her acclaimed signature dishes include chicken from her native Les Landes, in South West France, Scottish scallops, Indian spices and freshly caught tuna from Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Where: Mayfair (The Connaught, W1K 2AL)

2. Amaya

Enjoy the theatrical open kitchen at acclaimed Indian restaurant, Amaya, in Belgravia. Tuck into a range of seafood, meat and vegetarian food at this swish venue from the team behind Chutney Mary and Veeraswamy. Although contemporary in nature, the dishes here are cooked using traditional techniques, whether in the tandoor oven, over coals or on a hot grill plate.

Where: Belgravia (Halkin Arcade, SW1X 8JT)

3. Chez Bruce

Head to Chez Bruce by Wandsworth Common for high-end French cuisine and fantastic service. Here, it's all homemade charcuterie, slow-cooked braises, classical desserts and excellent bread and cheese. In fact, the restaurant takes its cheese board very seriously and it forms an integral part of the experience. The wine list is also among the best in the UK.

Where: Wandsworth (2 Bellevue Road, SW17 7EG)

4. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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Elegant British culinary dishes served in a contemporary dining room. Image courtesy of Heston Blumenthal.

Discover classic British recipes with a modern twist at two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Inspired by the revival and modernisation of traditional recipes, the menu features simple modern dishes inspired by the gastronomic past, including powdered duck breast and tipsy cake.

Where: Hyde Park (Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, SW1X 7LA) 

5. The Dining Room at The Goring

Treat yourself to a royal experience at The Dining Room at The Goring. Frequented by Catherine, The Princess of Wales, this refined British Michelin-starred restaurant is set in a magnificent Edwardian hotel, The Goring, and the food is as exquisite as the chandelier-adorned setting. Think Rhug Estate lamb or Cornish wild halibut...

Where: Belgravia (15 Beeston Pl, SW1W 0JW)

6. Galvin at Windows

Admire sweeping views of Hyde Park while tucking into delicious French fare at Galvin at Windows, on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane. Menu highlights include marbled duck liver, wild sea bass with pomme dauphine and the delicious apple tarte tatin with calvados.

Where: Mayfair (22 Park Ln, W1K 1BE)

7. Marcus

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Raw scallop, apple and bisque Michelin-starred dish at Marcus Belgravia. © Marcus Belgravia/Paul Richardson

Dine on fine, seasonal British ingredients prepared with French influences at Marcus, acclaimed chef Marcus Wareing's flagship Michelin-starred restaurant in Belgravia. Lake District sirloin with bordelaise sauce, Cornish lobster with scorched yam or pan-roasted foie gras with cep and brioche: the menu is packed with bold and indulgent flavours.

Where: Belgravia (The Berkeley, SW1X 7RL)

8. Hakkasan

Sample Chef Tong Chee Hwee's contemporary take on Cantonese cuisine at elegantly designed, Michelin-starred restaurant Hakkasan, a celebrity haunt in Mayfair. The dim sum are particularly scrumptious. Other highlights include the roasted silver cod with champagne and honey and the black truffle roasted duck.

Where: Mayfair (17 Bruton St, W1J 6QB)

9. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay fan? Join the well-heeled Chelsea set at the celebrity chef's flagship restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. It's one of the rare places in London to boast three Michelin stars. The elegant interior, impeccable service and delicious French menu more than live up to the famous chef's reputation.

Where: Chelsea (68 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HP)

10. The Harwood Arms

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Venison scotch egg served at The Harwood Arms. Image courtesy of The Harwood Arms.

Experience incredible British food in relaxed surroundings at The Harwood Arms, the only Michelin-starred pub in London. A rural haven in the middle of Fulham, The Harwood Arms delights diners with pub classics and new creations executed to perfection, with a focus on game and wild food. The Sunday roasts are to die for.

Where: Fulham (Walham Grove, SW6 1QJ)

11. Cycene

Indulge in an inventive 10-course menu at Cycene, inspired by Eastern Asia and Australasian cuisine. The dining experience is intimate with a 16-seater space, with the menu changing with the seasons. The dishes are packed with indulgent flavours, with highlights including scallop with blood orange and monkfish served with Maitake.

Where: Shoreditch (9 Chance St, E2 7JB)

12. Restaurant St Barts

Experience a 15-course tasting menu focused on foraged British ingredients at Restaurant St Barts, sampling the likes of Cornish cuttlefish, Exmoor caviar and Wiltshire truffles. The world-class seasonal produce is presented through various cooking methods including raw & cured, gentle steaming and open-flame cooking.

Where: Smithfield (63 Bartholomew CI, EC1A 7BF)

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