While Hot Dinners were ignoring vertigo and pressing our noses up against the window in the Shangri-La Shard doing the traditional "where's my house?" motions, across town there was another restaurant crowd gathering to see who'd done well at this year's Tatler Restaurant Awards.
The annual gong ceremony - which goes somewhat against the grain - didn't have to try too hard to work out what was going to be their Restaurant of the Year. It was, hands-down, the paparazzi haunt of the Chiltern Firehouse.
The full list of this year's awards were as follows:
- Best rising star chef: Brad McDonald at The Lockhart
- Best front of house: Wiltons
- Best wine list: Sartoria
- Best kitchen: Merchants Tavern
- Most civilised restaurant: Bellamy's
- Test of time: Hush (1999)
- Best room: Hoi Polloi, Ace Hotel
- Best dish: Theo Randall at the Intercontinental - homemade egg pasta filled with veal and pancetta
- Best of Britain: Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse, Henley-on-Thames
- Taste of London award for Best New Restaurant: Berners Tavern
- Laurent-Perrier Lifetime Achievement Award: Pierre Koffmann
- Restaurant of the Year: Chiltern Firehouse