Us lucky Londoners are treated to some of the finest food the world has to offer but sometimes it can be tricky to find new places to eat, especially if you’re looking for somewhere a little more special. I don’t know about you, but with all the new restaurants constantly opening, I find it so hard to keep up!
I love eating out, so I’ve put together a list of my favourite most romantic and beautiful restaurants in London. As a self-confessed foodie these establishments also serve up top class food too; prettiness is all well and good but the food has to be delicious too of course!
I hope you enjoy my top six picks, and if you have any other suggestions I’d love to hear them!
You’ve probably seen this stunning space all over Instagram recently, it’s bright, clean and the subtle mid-century décor is ever so stylish. Based in beautiful Somerset House, Spring is the perfect place for an elegant dinner. At Spring, food is celebrated for its friendliness and the joyfulness of sharing seasonal produce. The cooking is driven by heartfelt, wholesome produce so you know you’ll be enjoying the best quality fayre. Head chef Skye Gyngell is now one of Britain’s most respected and acclaimed chefs… After initially training in Sydney and then Paris, Skye moved to London to work at The French House and with a number of high-profile private clients.
Bob Bob Ricard
I’ve eaten at Bob Bob Ricard twice, both occasions it felt incredibly decadent and unique. The interior of the restaurant alone is worth a visit, and the “press for champagne” buttons in each both is a touch of genius (even if you don’t use them!). Not a place to hold back, this iconic Soho restaurant serves a luxury English and Russian menu in London’s most glamorous all-booth dining room. There are also some super swanky private rooms to hire if you feel like pushing the boat out even more. Why not try the platinum vodka shots chilled to -18°C or the luxe lobster mac and cheese?
There are two Blanchette restaurants, one is in Soho but I prefer the feel of its East London sister. The modern French menu also incorporates Southern French and North African influences with spices from the regions, while the décor is inspired by the Parisian Belle Époque era, all combined with the distinctive urban feel of East London. It’s all very romantic! For parties or other special occasions take a look at the ‘The Cote d’Azur’ room which accommodates up to 14 people and features a beautiful hand-painted mural replica of a Picasso sketch by artist Aldo Gigli.
My go to restaurant if I’m in town and feel like treating myself without actually spending much at all, is this place. The incredibly reasonably priced Brasserie Zedel doesn’t scrimp on the quality of its classic French food or its beautiful pink decor. Enjoy classic dishes like bouillabaisse, steak haché and ile flottante and pretend you’re in Paris. After dinner walk across the foyer for a cocktail at the beautifully Art Deco ‘Bar Américain’, or take in a show at the Crazy Coqs – it’s all in house at Zedel. According to Architecture Today Magazine, the interiors of Brasserie Zédel are “probably the best and most authentic series of 1930s interiors in this country”. If that’s not a reason to go, I don’t know what is!
No 197 Chiswick Firestation
The London epicentre of Millennial pink, No 197 Chiswick Firestation ticks all the interior trend boxes. Blush velvet sofas, large cacti collections and brass wall sconces, they’re all here along with some seriously good food. Plop down on one of their comfy chairs and enjoy the gorgeous styling. Their drinks selection is also very impressive, the cocktail menu focuses on classic cocktails injected with No 197 personality featuring spirit infusions, house made syrups and sherbets. I’m sure they even have a cocktail to match those gorgeous pink sofas of theirs.
Trullo is a peaceful little place based just off the beaten track in Islington. It and offers up simple, seasonally focused, modern Italian food that changes daily. All of the fresh handmade pasta is especially good. This restaurant is perfect if you like un-fussy classic food with minimal styling. It’s the sort of restaurant that feels as though it’s “yours” whilst you’re there, a perfect place for a few glasses of red wine and good company. I also really enjoy the simple interiors, the natural wooden floors combined with the 1930’s enamelled lighting and charcoal grey wood-work look cosy and cool at the same time. A good friend got us a voucher to dine there as a wedding present and we’ve been back a few times since!
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