Best London restaurants for star spotting

Try one of the best celebrity restaurants in London, where you could find yourself dining next to an A-list personality.

Even superstars need to eat! London's bright lights, plus the never-ending stream of globally famous events, and of course the great London restaurants, draw the rich and famous to the capital from all over.

1. Chiltern Firehouse

Tables in the interior of Chiltern Firehouse restaurant

Come and see for yourself just what makes this former London fire station one of the hottest tables in town, attracting the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, David Beckham, Bradley Cooper and Noel Gallagher. Sprinkled with stardust from Hollywood's Chateau Marmont by creator, André Balazs, the Chiltern Firehouse requires early reservations - unless you arrive clutching your Oscar.

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2. 34 Mayfair

Keep your eyes peeled in 34 Mayfair, the latest celebrity restaurant in London for A-list appearances. Recently spotted: Anna Friel, Imelda Staunton and several members of the Royal Family. Plus, the fascinating collaborations with perfumers, fashion designers and more make the restaurant itself gossip-worthy.

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3. Sexy Fish

Frank Gehry crocodile at Sexy Fish restaurant

You've definitely arrived when the maître d' hands you your very own Sexy Fish silver key-ring engraved with a VIP hotline number that allows you to reserve a table at short notice! Failing that, book ahead and you may be sitting next to Kendall Jenner, Nicole Scherzinger, Ciara or Jennifer Lawrence here as you enjoy Asian-inspired fare at this opulent celebrity favourite.

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4. Kitchen W8

Kitchen W8 dining room
Relaxed main dining area. Image courtesy of Kitchen W8

Enjoy the laidback ambiance in Kitchen W8, a relaxed and friendly Michelin-star neighbourhood restaurant. Perhaps it's the friendliness or the amazing value set menu that attracts a discrete clientele, including Tom Cruise, Giorgio Armani and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Whatever the secret is, Mark Kempson's cooking draws an A-list clientele to this understated street in Kensington, especially for Sunday lunch.

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5. 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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6. 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 Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Bradley Cooper recently spotted dining there. Located in Covent Garden, the fuss-free, deliciously fresh fish menu makes it a faultless dining experience.

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7. The Swan, Shakespeare's Globe

Take a chance on bumping into one of the cast at The Swan at the Globe Theatre before the performance. Mark Rylance, Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Jude Law have all been spotted here before curtains up.

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8. Nobu Berkeley Street

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

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9. Pied a Terre

Dining area at Pied a Terre in Fitzrovia
Pied a Terre's main dining room. Image courtesy of Stellar Public Relations

Come and see for yourself that you can get superb Michelin star food in central London without breaking the bank. Fitzrovia's Pied-a-Terre has some amazing lunch and pre-theatre offers under £40. They've been serving superb French inspired food to the likes of Robert De Niro, Nicole Kidman, Kanye West, Brad Pitt and Colin Firth for more than 25 years.

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10. Sketch

Sketch Lecture Room main dining area
Sketch's two Michelin star Lecture Room restaurant. Image courtesy of 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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11. La Petite Maison

Keep your Côte d'Azur holiday vibe going with a visit to the London cousin of La Petite Maison in Nice. The Beckhams, Stella and Paul McCartney and Amanda Holden have all been spotted enjoying the French Mediterranean cuisine and excellent wine list in this Mayfair bistro.

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12. The Ivy

Join everyone who is, was or will be anyone at the original celebrity haunt. The Ivy London, perfectly situated in the heart of Theatreland, routinely draws in celebrities from the worlds of film, TV and theatre. Laurence Olivier and Noël Coward have made way for David and Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie and Kate Hudson. Book a post-theatre table for classic British fare in a cosy setting.

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13. Petersham Nurseries

Petersham Nurseries flower filled garden restaurant
Petersham Nurseries garden restaurant. Image courtesy of Petersham Nurseries.

Come for lunch and take home an exotic plant. The Richmond site of Petersham Nurseries is a rustic choice for the likes of Madonna, Mick Jagger, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. About twice a month they host very popular prix fixe suppers. Reservations definitely required.

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14. 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.You don't even have to break the bank to dine here, with a cheap dim sum afternoon tea available Monday to Thursday.

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