45 Jermyn St.
When it comes to dining in London, why not opt for a quintessentially British affair at 45 Jermyn St? The restaurant is centrally located close to the internationally renowned royal crest department store Fortnum & Mason, and showcases old-school glamour with world-class food. Offering a truly delightful dining experience that will have diners returning again and again, it is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar serves everything from its own extraordinary cocktail creations to champagne cocktails and a Bloody Mary menu. The Rickies cocktail menu features home-made syrups mixed with hand-crafted House Blend Acid and highly carbonated House Soda, alongside suggestions of spirits to pair each one with. There are also retro-inspired, grown-up takes on childhood favourites such as boozy ice cream floats – the Grand Fiasco with chianti, blood orange sorbet, beetroot and tarragon syrup, and pistachio ice cream is a taste experience. As well as cocktails, you will also find a carefully edited selection of wines divided by region, ranging from whites, reds, rosé and dessert wines to champagne, sherry and port.
The food here really stands out from many of the restaurants in central London for its quality and seasonal ingredients. You’ll find grouse on the menu when it’s in season and don’t miss truffle season towards the end of October. Starters will leave you spoilt for choice, with caviar, Piccadilly smoked salmon, and the creamiest Burrata ever imaginable served with Trombetta courgette, confit lemon and pesto. The mains are equally something to get excited about, with highlights including beef Wellington, tagliatelle of rabbit ragout, gnocchi with girolles and Datterini tomatoes, or Dover sole. 45 Jermyn St. is the perfect place for Sunday roasts and don’t forget about dessert – for an extra theatrical experience, we highly recommend the tableside flambé experience.
45 Jermyn Street
Located on the prestigious St James’s Street off London’s Piccadilly, Avenue pays homage to the New York brasserie. Light and airy, the restaurant is a great place to while away a leisurely afternoon or, alternatively, why not make a reservation for the evening, when the huge illuminated chandelier really comes into its own? Diners can expect contemporary set menus and a la carte options. Starter highlights include hand-picked Devon crab with toast, and hand-chopped beef tartare with soft-boiled quail’s egg. Mains include venison and red wine sausages, ratatouille with goat’s cheese, and Waveney Valley pork belly – all hearty options for autumn dining. Be sure to save room for dessert as, with options such as raspberry and vanilla cheesecake, and chocolate fondant, you won’t want to miss out.
Hawksmoor’s award-winning restaurants are among the best places to go in London and Edinburgh for the finest steaks. The eatery’s famous steaks are cooked on a charcoal grill for added juiciness and flavour. Starters will appeal to meat-eaters and those who love fish, with potted beef and bacon Yorkshires, smoked mackerel salad, and bone marrow. When it comes to the main event, you can select your steak from daily specials and a menu of large and standard-sized cuts of T-bone, fillet and sirloin, accompanied by an array of sides – the macaroni and cheese is a must order, as well as the creamy spinach. Diners can also opt for a very generous pre or post-theatre express menu, which is superb value for money. Desserts are the icing on the cake, with classic Hawksmoor choices such as sticky toffee pudding, peanut butter shortbread, and salted caramel Rolos, which are incredibly moreish – you can even purchase a box or two to take home.
A glass or two of red is a great accompaniment to your meal, and Hawksmoor’s extensive list of wines won’t disappoint. The cocktails are quite the taste sensation too, and digital editor Kirsty Welsh highly recommends the Marmalade cocktail or Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew – think of this perfect winter pick-me-up as a ginger shot with a potent dose of alcohol.
Oblix at the Shard
If you want a foodie experience with a difference, then head to Oblix at the Shard for the best Instagram content in London. The restaurant is situated on the 32nd floor of the famous Shard building, and diners can choose which area of London they want to look out over, with spectacular views over the city from east to west.
Menu options range from a la carte to a signature tasting menu and desserts – we highly recommend the suckling pig served with gremolata, Wagyu tenderloin, and lobster served with lemon verbena and garlic butter. Our top tip for dessert is the toffee banana creme brûlée tart served with coffee ice cream.
The restaurant also offers its famous afternoon tea with a twist and this quintessentially British affair is accompanied by unlimited champagne – what’s not to love? This month sees eclair brand Maître Choux team up with Oblix for a unique afternoon tea collaboration. Highlights include British classics with a twist such as sticky toffee pudding-flavoured eclairs and a tea flight – both perfect ways to treat your taste buds.
Oblix at the Shard