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. 

1. Chiltern Firehouse

Tables in the interior of Chiltern Firehouse restaurant

An endless stream of A-listers have passed through this plush Marylebone brasserie since its opening in 2014, 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.

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2. Sexy Fish

Frank Gehry crocodile at Sexy Fish restaurant

There’s fierce competition for tables at Sexy Fish, unless you’re a part of the jet-set that is. Sexy Fish gives silver key-rings engraved with a VIP hotline to celebrities, allowing them to snap up tables at a moment’s notice. The likes of Rita Ora, Anna Wintour, and Kendall Jenner have no trouble finding a seat to dine on Asian-inspired fare at this opulent restaurant. 

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3. 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.

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4. Quaglino's

Interior of Quaglinos restaurant

Quaglino’s is a restaurant that never goes out of style and, as such, has attracted the stars for more than two decades. Angelina Jolie and William Hague famously supped together at this slick European brasserie, while other famous faces including Benedict Cumberbatch and Alexa Chung have been known to make an appearance. 

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5. China Tang at The Dorchester

China Tang restaurant interior at The Dorchester hotel

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. 

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Prices from £41.00 (USD 54.29)

6. Hakkasan Mayfair

Diners eating behind wooden panel at Hakkasan Mayfair restaurant

A Michelin star, luxurious design and an in-house DJ attract the stars to Hakkasan Mayfair. Will Smith, Kanye West, Rihanna and Naomi Campbell are just a few of the many celebs to have sampled the exquisite Cantonese food, such as the signature dish of Peking duck and beluga caviar. 

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7. J. Sheekey

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, with the likes of Kate Moss and Sienna Miller making frequent visits. 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. 

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8. 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. 

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9. Sketch

Imaginative, modern-European food and no-expenses-spared decor tempts A-listers such as Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez through the doors of Sketch. The Mayfair hot spot contains three Michelin star restaurants, but the Lecture Room is the place with wall-to-wall celebrities. 

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10. 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.

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11. The Wolseley

The Wolseley restaurant interior

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.

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12. Yauatcha

interior of Yauatcha Soho restaurant

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.

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