The dreary weather does little to dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of all those who call London their favorite city. Whether it’s your personal favorite or not, this global city has it all – art, commerce, fashion, entertainment and more, and is unmistakably one of the top cities for travel and tourism.
If your sights are set on London as your next vacation destination, and you wish to double up your journey as a means to see as many celebrities as you can, you just cannot go wrong with the list below. These are the hottest and most happening restaurants in London and a whole gamut of fashionable men and women from the A-list make regular appearances here. So make as many calls as you can, get hold of the most influential people you know, and make sure your tables are booked well in advance!
The Chiltern Firehouse
1 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PA, United Kingdom
If there’s one place in London that is making headlines every day, it has to be The Chiltern Firehouse. Newspapers are even calling it the “world’s hottest celebrity hangout” and they have plenty of reasons to make this claim too. A-listers ranging from David Beckham, Liam Payne, Lindsay Lohan, Kirsten Dunst, Stephen Baldwin and Nigella Lawson to Paloma Faith, Conor Maynard, comedian Jimmy Carr and footballer Harry Kewell have made an appearance at the Firehouse. Some celebrities like Daisy Lowe, Emma Miller and Rita Ora, among others, are even known to make repeated appearances. With this restaurant, you just cannot go wrong! The Chiltern Firehouse is in fact being blamed for draining the other restaurants of their celebrity crowds. Right now, nothing is hotter than The Chiltern Firehouse, though you would probably have to hunt down and befriend an A-lister to snag yourself a place on its booking list. As Tom Parker Bowles says, “Even God would have to wait for a table here!” Add to this the excellent service and food and the stardust experience is complete.
The London Edition Hotel, 10 Berners St, London W1T 3LF, United Kingdom
Berners Tavern was what the Firehouse is today – a favorite celebrity hangout. It hasn’t been completely affected by the Firehouse’s popularity though and still has a fair share of celebrities regularly dropping by. The muted scene has in fact encouraged those who enjoy the food and ambience of the Tavern to come here more often. The impressive building is a stunner, both on the inside and out and has been known to be a perennial cause of envy, even for celebs who seldom like to be outdone by something that looks more spectacular than they do. The friendly staff is a highlight here and so is their professional expertise in recommending everything from the best dishes to the best accompaniments. Berners Tavern is where you might actually walk in for some celebs and walk out feeling like one, thanks to the beautiful food and amazing environment.
Pollen Street Social
8-10 Pollen St, London W1S 1NQ, United Kingdom
If not for the celebs that occasionally drop by to have a quiet meal or two, you should definitely have Pollen Street Social on your list of places to visit for the amazing food. The ambience is the only other factor offering any competition to the meals here and every little detail from the artistic lamps to the neat and tidy bar offer homage to the place as a classy establishment. The bar, the restaurant that lets you peek into the kitchen to see how your order is going, and a dessert bar to wrap up a perfect evening, all come together to make the Pollen Street Special an exclusive experience. The list of impressive dishes is of course as long as the list of celebrities dropping by for refined dining which includes Cornish Mackerel, Braised Irish Ox Cheek and Roast Holly Farm Chicken among others. Where Jason Atherton, the celebrity chef, truly gets the magic going is at the dessert bar, and even for this alone, the Pollen Street Special is worth a visit.
20 Mount Street, London W1K 2HE, England
If you’re fishing for celebrity sightings, Scott’s is the place to be, and while the restaurant is a great catch on that end, it’s well famous for its fish and other seafood too! The classy outdoors, the tasteful interiors and the chic setting is perfect for celebs that frequent here to satiate their cravings for everything fishy. The service here is excellent and considered to be among the finest in London, it still may take a backseat to the food that is served here. Whether it’s the scallops, the haddock, the cod, or the squid, every dish lives up to the hype surrounding the restaurant, and celebrities or not, all those visit Scott’s will come away impressed.
17 Bruton St, London W1J 6QB, United Kingdom
If you wish to mix celebrities and Chinese food, you can’t go wrong with Hakkasan Mayfair. Though the restaurant is constantly compared to others in its category such as Nobu, Zuma and Roku, the Hakkasan Mayfair has a distinct aura to it, something that makes it a favorite with celebrities as well as the classy crowds. Its modern Cantonese menu is overwhelming to those who love Asian fare and the diverse ambience on two floors add to the magic. The favorite dishes that are a surefire hit include Sliced Blue Abalone, Steamed New Zealand Mini Lobster, the Black Truffle Roast Duck and the Dim Sum Platter. A perfect combination of food and famous company make this one a winner.
Now that you have this list, you can be sure that your London trip will be a rich affair, with your camera finding classy celebrities while you enjoy the best food and drink the city has to offer!