A truly great hotel is so much more than a place to sleep. It has a story, an identity and provides an escape from the humdrum and everyday. The decor, the service, the location – these are all important, but is there anything quite like getting dressed up, dining well and then pouring yourself into a freshly made bed a mere lift-ride away?
London’s best hotels are often home to its best restaurants, with many of them boasting one or more of the coveted Michelin stars. To help you choose where to stay when you next feel like indulging in a little luxury, we have put together a short guide of the capital’s outstanding hotel restaurants.
Céleste at The Lanesborough, Hyde Park
How many stars? One, awarded in 2016.
Who is the chef? Steven Gilles.
Known for? European fine dining and their sinfully indulgent tasting menu.
Style? Duck egg blue walls and carpets, romantic mouldings and grand chandeliers. A Venetian confection with a domed glass ceiling to pull together the whole effect.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair
How many stars? Three, which it has had since 2010.
Who is the chef? Jean-Philippe Blondet.
Known for? French cuisine featuring lavish dishes such as the signature “Saute Gourmand of Lobster”. One of only five UK restaurants to have three Michelin stars.
Style? Understated elegance in off-whites and beiges, with the exception of the Table Lumiere, a secluded table for two hidden from view by an opulent, glittering glass curtain.
Quilon, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, St James
How many stars? One, given in 2008.
Who is the chef? Sriram Aylur
Known for? Often hailed as the best Indian restaurant in London, Quilon specialises in seafood. The tasting menu, in particular, will take you on a culinary journey along the South Indian coast.
Style? Dark wood, carved screens and concealed lighting. Moody and sombre with hints of pattern and repetition shining through the decor.
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair
How many stars? Two. The restaurant received its second star in 2011.
Who is the chef? As you may have guessed, it is Hélène Darroze.
Known for? Darroze was named the world's best female chef in 2015 and her ever-changing French-inspired menu focused on fresh ingredients backs up this claim.
Style? Dark wood panelling and colourfully upholstered banquettes and chairs. There is Damien Hirst on the walls and the ingredients being used in the kitchen on display under glass bell jars.
The Dining Room at The Goring, Mayfair
How many stars? The restaurant was awarded one star in 2015.
Who is the chef? Shay Cooper, previously of The Bingham in Richmond, the establishment where he earned his first star.
Known for? Traditional, fuss-free British fare done well – come here for breakfast and sample the famed Eggs Drumkilbo and lobster omelette, both made with eggs from the highly sought-after Clarence Court hens.
Style? Designed by David Linley, it is a light, airy room with bright white tablecloths, enormous windows facing out onto the garden and accents of yellow that give the entire restaurant a sunny, cheerful aspect.
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