When it comes to dinner parties and the classic ‘Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?’ question comes up, are you the person who always seems to have just missed the celebrity, casually hanging out on the street? Us too, but now you can stay ahead of the game with our round-up of top celebrity spotting jaunts. Just promise us there will be no selfies – we don’t want to scare anyone away.
When it comes to celebrity spotting, the Chiltern Firehouse has to be top of your list. Headed by top chef Nuno Mendes, the restaurant is not immune to a celebrity or two with stars such as Tom Cruise, The Beckham’s and Simon Cowell, often found on their reservation list. If you manage to bag yourself a space (it’s hard, we’ve tried) there will be plenty of stars to take a peek at whilst you eat something delicious, just promise you will take us with you.
You’re pretty much guaranteed to spot a discreet lunch meeting taking place at Scott’s. Everyone from David Walliams to Tom Hanks to James Corden has dined here, and for good reason – the oysters are top notch. Don’t think it’s all private though, when celebs want to be seen, they’ll nab a kerbside table. If only tables could talk…
We love this venue so much, we couldn’t resist having our own Christmas party there. And yes, before you ask we did spot some stars of our own. Hi, Kelly Brook, Pixie Lott and Oliver Cheshire. This apres-ski lodge is a firm favourite with celebs from Britain and across the pond. Since opening it has seen Cameron Diaz and Elle Macpherson don their ski gear whilst getting down La Folie Douce style. Rumour has it if you turn up in full ski gear, you get free entry… let us find our goggles.
Offering the best Cantonese food in London, it is no wonder that the likes of Hugh Grant and Stephen Fry can often be spotted at The Dorchester tucking into some dim sum at the China Tang and we cannot blame them. In fact the restaurant is so inundated with celebs, that they have a devoted section on their website showcasing their ‘secret guests’ such as Jemima Khan and Kate Moss. If it has their seal of approval, it has ours too.
Famous for its classic afternoon tea and quality private dining, it is not a surprise that The Wolseley has made its way onto our list being a firm favourite of Victoria Beckham and Sienna Miller. If Posh Spice says that it is good, we are not going to disagree. We just hope that you can manage to convince the rest of the Spice Girls to come along for a reunion. A must for fitting in some celebrity spotting before dashing to work – with a top breakfast on the cards too.
With several private dining areas, it is not surprising that this is another favourite hot-spot of our favourite romantic comedy star, Hugh Grant. Best friend Elizabeth Hurley can also be spied there, enjoying the contemporary international menu. There is also an impressive selection of wine to enjoy, just try not to have too many tipples so as to avoid any unwanted trips and slips in front of your favourite celeb.
It is based in Knightsbridge, so it isn’t surprising that Buddha Bar has quickly become known as a place in which to spy the stars. However, it is not simply the location which sees stars such as Samuel L Jackson and Olly Murs through its doors, the restaurant has won a whole host of awards and accolades meaning the critics love it too. Even if you don’t manage to rub shoulders with a celebrity, you’ll still feel like you’ve had a special night out.
It’s no surprise that members club Shoreditch House is a favourite amongst celebs – with a controlled guest list and ‘no phone’ policy, discretion is key. Members include Ed Sheeran, Nick Grimshaw and Henry Holland – Grimmy even held his 30th birthday party there. See you at the rooftop pool.
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No one can say that models don’t eat with this restaurant being a firm favourite amongst the modelling elite. Don’t be surprised if you bump into Sadie Frost, Daisy Lowe and Kate Moss hanging out as you wander through the building. The venue, which is home to elegant dinner parties, warbling songstresses and of course beautiful cocktails, mean you are in for a treat no matter what happens. Oh and Jude Law likes it too.
The Bluebird is probably one of the most photographed venues in London and understandably so. Based in Chelsea, it is constantly haunted by the Made in Chelsea crew so if you want a cameo, we suggest heading there now. Other celebrities to have graced its beautiful courtyard are Eddie Redmayne and Cara Delevingne with plenty more recognisable faces to be found. Oh, and it’s recently undergone a refurbishment of the restaurant so the food’s top notch too.
Have your very own Sex in the City a la London moment from level 31 of The Shard. The innovative British menu has already caught the attention of Chris Noth and Gwyneth Paltrow meaning finding your very own Big won’t be too much of an issue. Whether you are going for afternoon tea or dinner, you will be spoilt by not only the fabulous views of London but good food – perfect for a romantic treat.
Since re-launching earlier this year, Quaglino’s has already welcomed a whole host of celebrities through its classic doors. From newly engaged Benedict Cumberbatch (sob) to Alexa Chung, it would seem that these stars just cannot seem to get enough of the place, each having taken a stroll up that iconic staircase. The celebrities just cannot resist a meal from Head Chef Mickael Weiss and we don’t blame them.
Describing itself as ‘home from home’ Beaufort House is a private member’s club boasting a bar, restaurant, penthouse and private rooms across 4 floors, and inside you will spy the likes of Frankie and Wayne Bridge, Professor Green, Jamie Campbell Bower, Bonnie Wright, Binky Felstead, Ashley James and many others from the Made in Chelsea crew.
One should not forget The Ivy which has been treating celebrities to its fantastic cuisine for as long as we can remember. Over the years it has wined and dined the social elite in the heart of The West End from The Royal Family to Brad and Angelina (back in the day) and with the birth of its new siblings, long may it continue. Oh, and Kate Moss is practically part of the furniture.
Situated in a tucked-away alley in the West End, Momo is the original North African den in London, producing a combination of Algerian and Parisian flavours. It may be the seclusion of the restaurant’s location that draws people in, but it has become a favorite for some celebrities such as Madonna, Stella McCartney, and Shakira. It must have a pretty good menu if it keeps bringing these stars back, and who doesn’t want to escape to Marrakech for a night?
Much like our friends across the pond, Nobu London is a hub for stars. The two-story Japanese fusion restaurant has housed names like Calvin Harris, Rita Ora, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, George Clooney, and even Princess Beatrice. For double the celebrity-sightings, Nobu has two locations: Berkeley Street and Old Park Lane.
Who says all celebrity hangouts have to be expensive? This chic Chinese restaurant in the middle of Soho gives off an upscale vibe with blue-glass windows and white interior, but has an affordable menu compared to many other A-list favourites. A variety of stars have been spotted here, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Amanda Seyfried, Gwen Stefani and Leonardo di Caprio. Sometimes Soho is the only answer.
The Green Room
If you are looking to spot some stars without the fuss, some have been spotted at The Green Room adjacent to the National Theatre in Southbank. The Green Room is a nod to traditional green rooms which are places for actors and actresses to retire after a show. You will spot some celebs coming here to rub elbows with the leading actors of the running shows, including Russell Brand, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton, and Imelda Staunton to name a few.
A little less well known (read: more exclusive) than some of the restaurants above, Tramp is the London club of choice for Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Drake and was the after party location of choice for this year’s Brit Awards. The exclusive private members club means if you want to get in here you have to cough up for the annual fee but if you’re serious about your clubbing then you’ll find it’s worth it.
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