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Celebrities. They’re always trying to steal the limelight away from us mere mortals and now they’re trying to nab away the charm of opening a restaurant from us too! But, of course, we’ve rounded up our favourite nine celebrity owned restaurants because let’s face it, grabbing a pint next to Sir Ian McKellen sounds like a pretty cool story we’d love to tell the grandkids… Here’s where to head:

The Wellington Club

When Damien Hirst is involved you know you’re in for a culinary treat, with a little help from Brett Duarte, formerly the executive chef of the Gaucho Group, of course.

Known for being one of England’s wildly entertaining artists, The Wellington Club follows suit on extravagance when it comes to interiors. From the skull-inspired disco ball hanging from the ceiling to the spray painted shark, you can expect quite the eyeful when you wine and dine into the night here.

On the food front, Brett Duarte and his culinary team are paving a new way for European cuisine with a drastic modern spin. A personal favourite is the tasting of asparagus with tomato fondue, parmesan and truffle, and you’d be foolish miss the whole Cornish dover sole meunière.

Damien Hirst has pulled it out of the bag once again.

where: 91 Jermyn Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6JB

Bertie Blossoms 

We’re in love with these shapes you’ve created, Ed Sheeran.

Having perfecting his musical craft by busking the streets of Ipswich, Ed has since flourished into one of the world’s top rated musicians, but last year saw him turn his hand to something a little different: setting up a restaurant.

Introducing Bertie Blossoms, the new neighbourhood dining experience you need to get your mitts on. Designed to look a little like a local boozer, all that’s left to do is pull up a pew, grab yourself a pint and ponder on why Ed decided to name the resto Bertie Blossoms…


Neat Burger

One restaurant that’s driving us crazy is Lewis Hamilton’s veggie endeavour, Neat Burger.

Yep, Formula-One driver Lewis Hamilton has joined the hospitality craze and opened up his vegan burger joint last summer. Neat Burger is essentially a fast-food chain but delivers on sustainability and deliciousness!

Working in collaboration with plant-based pioneers Beyond Meat and The Eden Projects, the burgers are nourishing and tasty. Plus, for every product sold at Neat Burger, a tree is planted in response.

Think fast-food but without the guilt – thanks Lew!


Where: The Walmer Castle Pub, 58 Ledbury Road, W11 2AJ

Walmer Castle

Who’d have thought Guy Ritchie and David Beckham would join forces and buy a 3 million-pound pub in Notting Hill? Not us, but we’re sure glad they did because it’s become a haven for the locals.

Yep, the pair, one famed for kicking a ball around, the other for making some big ballsy movies, came together to re-open the Warmer Castle, close to the former England captain’s home in Holland Park. We’re still waiting for that “Soho House-style” refurb though…

Tracks and Records 

Sprint on down to Tracks and Records for a bite of jerk chicken and cocktails. The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt opened on up his very own Caribbean resto in Liverpool Street and if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re seriously missing out.

With a Caribbean focused theme, expect to see memorabilia by the metre and general Olympian tat interspersed with reminders of Bolt’s Jamaican roots.

Going back to his roots, the menu is authentic, bursting with jerk grilled prawns, saltfish fritters and a whole lotta wing action. Not to mention rows and rows of rum lined up behind the bar just waiting for you.

Set over two floors with a large dancefloor and DJs, Tracks & Records will be a place to come and enjoy reggae music, food and a generally funky Usain Bolt vibe. We’ll be sprinting there.

The Parrot 

You might know it for being the tropical-themed live music venue, but we know The Parrot as being the latest venture of Luther Star, Idris Elba and twins Lee and Nicky Caulfield.

Tucked inside The Waldorf Hilton, The Parrot is an intimate space with space for up to 60 groovers and cocktails set to the tropical theme. Each cocktail is dolled up to perfection and you might even be lucky to nab yourself one in a lil’ fish-styled glass.

Oh, and they’ve announced that they’re the first bar in London to offer its own chauffeur-driven car. Pretty cool, right?

Nobu London

The most successful example of celebrity restaurant owners has to be Robert De Niro, who encouraged Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (Nobu) to open the first Nobu in New York in 1994. Having put up the cash to get the restaurant off the ground it was only a matter of time until Nobu became a global empire of 29 restaurants.

London’s Nobu London and Nobu Berkeley Street aren’t the Taxi Driver actor’s only London investments, Robert De Niro is set to open a boutique hotel, The Wellington, in Covent Garden so expect more culinary surprises.


The Grapes

From the limelight to Limehouse, Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen owns The Grapes, the East End boozer-cum-gastropub. The pub’s been serving pints for over 500 years and was once a favourite with Charles Dickens (who mentions it in the opening chapter of Our Mutual Friend). Nowadays the restaurant serves up dishes including Ian McKellen branded dishes like the “Sir Ian Meaty Shepherds Pie.”

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