If you're looking for a spot of fine dining, then your best bet is in the heart of Mayfair. You'll find more than a few Michelin stars tucked away in here, although the area is starting to see a little more experimentation and invention too. Here's our pick...
The top five
There are a LOT of great restaurants in Mayfair. If you've only got a limited time to get to the best of the best - here's our top pick...
This restaurant is from Karam Sethi, the chef behind Michelin starred Trishna and he's taking the concept of colonial gymkhana clubs as a running theme, serving modern Indian food combined with British ingredients, with a focus on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill.
Jason Atherton has opened his first solo venture in this former Mayfair pub. He's keeping the idea of small dishes and promises 'fine dining with a twist'. The 60 cover restaurant has have two private dining rooms, a large bar where a tapas-style menu will be served, a gin trolley and a dessert bar.
Expect a seasonal menu with regular specials at the heart of this new relaxed bistro-style restaurant, bringing a taste of British new wave dining to Mayfair. And it boasts two very experienced chefs, Alex Harper and Mark Jarvis, at the helm.
The people behind Le Caprice and Scott's have opened a 100-seat steak restaurant in the heart of Mayfair - expect it to be a celebrity haunt. It has a focus on rare breeds and game, while also offering a collection of lighter dishes. It's designed by Martin Brudnizki who also designed Hix, Scott's, Dean St Townhouse and Les Deux Salons among many more.
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Having headed up the kitchens at Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley for the past four years, Alyn Williams has been lured down the road to open a restaurant under his own name. He's serving up modern British fare using fine French cooking techniques.
Run by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, this is the jewel of their mini restaurant empire. A London institution that has an extremely loyal clientele and often the hangout of media types and celebs. Serves a cracking breakfast too.
One of the best-known hotels in the world, originally opening in 1906. It's still as smart as ever and the restaurant, with chef John Williams in charge, finally won back its much sought-after Michelin star. Expect fine-dining French cuisine and also note it's one of the vanishingly few places in London to demand a shirt and tie.
The first Goodman is still the best. When this steak restaurant opened, it was particularly hard to find a decent steak in London. That's all changed now - but this is still one of the places to find the most impressive steak in town.
This is Irish celeb chef Richard Corrigan's main restaurant in London, and one where much of the produce comes from his own farm in Ireland. Expect hearty food and also a damned fine bar attached to it too, called Dickies (with Dead Rabbit's Gregory Buda in charge of the drinks).
Richard Corrigan's second London restaurant and one that's all about seafood. It's something of a London institution, having been around since 1916. Richard Corrigan took it over more recently and made it one of the best seafood spots in town.
This seafood restaurant in Mayfair is also one of its most famous, and the flagship restaurant for Richard Caring's Caprice group. And if you can grab one of the tables outside (weather permitting), it's one of THE places to be seen in town.
One of the main restaurants at prestigious London hotel The Connaught, this is run by French Chef Helene Darroze. Expect high-end French dining that has won the restaurant two Michelin stars. Also does a fine weekend brunch.
Alain Ducasse is one of France's most celebrated chefs and he's done pretty well over here too. This restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel is one of only two restaurants in London to be awarded three Michelin stars.
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