Five of the Most Popular High-End Restaurants in London

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While we’ve previously discussed the best places to visit for budget-friendly dining in London, we’re now talking about some of the capital’s most sought-after restaurants, particularly those popular for occasion dining. While these restaurants are on the more expensive side, they are all immaculately decorated and boast impressive menus. 

1. Sketch 

Sketch is a very well-known venue amongst Londoners, famous for its aesthetically pleasing interior and variety of cocktails. This Mayfair haunt is situated in an 18th-century London townhouse and features a number of dining rooms, each decorated whimsically. The most popular rooms are the Gallery and The Lecture Room and Library, each dining room offers its own menu which makes this restaurant somewhere that you can visit a number of times yet have a different experience.


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2. Aqua Shard

As the name suggests, Aqua Shard is a restaurant located on the 31st level of The Shard. Due to its magnificent location, this eatery boasts incredible views, particularly at nighttime when London’s skyline is illuminated by twinkling skyscrapers. Aqua Shard serves British food and provides options for a range of dietary requirements. If you’re in search of a special spot with remarkable views, delicious food, and a luxurious feel, consider visiting this venue. 


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3. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

This glamorous three-Michelin-star restaurant is located on Park Lane and is well-loved amongst London’s elite. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester serves modern-French cuisine in a chic, stylish, and relaxed setting. This restaurant updates its menu frequently and uses fresh seasonal ingredients and produce for all of its dishes. This venue is incredibly popular, so it is important to book in advance if you wish to dine here! 

4. The Ritz Restaurant

This iconic London hotel is well known for its luxurious surrounds and afternoon tea, but many people also visit this famous spot to dine in its Michelin-star restaurant. The Ritz Restaurant specialises in fine dining and features a number of menus, including a vegan and vegetarian menu. While the food at this restaurant is to die for, the opulent dining room and exceptional service is an experience in itself.


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5. Muse by Tom Aikens

This impressive fine dining restaurant in Belgravia only offers tasting menus; a series of small courses that have been carefully curated so that diners experience a journey of flavours. In this instance, the cuisine is very personal to Tom Aikens and has been inspired by significant people and times in his life. The restaurant itself is decorated in natural tones with design-led pieces, and even the food is presented quirkily – making for particularly intriguing Instagram snaps! Aikens promises to cater to all and any dietary needs, as long as customers inform the restaurant prior to their visit.


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