Oh sorry, I asked for no anchovies in my salad! Well, why not tell it to the chef as you get up close and personal at one of London’s best chef’s tables. Unfortunately we can’t promise you’ll be seeing chefs doing an idiot sandwich rendition, or they’ll have quite the potty mouth like Gordon Ramsey himself. With the best seat in the house, you’ll be able to see the chefs showoff their craftsmanship, delicately preparing and plating up the dishes right before your very eyes.
Without further ado, here’s eight of London’s best chef’s tables…
If you’re a lover of the magical nature of Mayfair’s fine dining scene, you’ve probably already nabbed up your chance of tasting the carefully crafted quintessentially British and Irish cuisine served up over at Corrigan’s Mayfair. And if you haven’t, then it’s essential you get a taste of the action at their very own chef’s table.
Watch the theatrics come to life through the glass window, while dining in one of London’s finest private dining rooms. At Corrigans, you’ll be soaking up the warm, club-like feel while watching the chef’s delicately craft each dish to perfection.
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
This summer, Mercante has launched a new menu bringing the taste of the Amalfi coast lemons to nine-new dishes, along with a chef’s table experience to help you learn more about the Italian tipple: Limoncello.
Although you might not be strolling down the Italian seashore and we certainly can’t promise the sunny climes, but at Mercante, they’ll do their best to transport you so you’ll feel as though you’re swanning around the Amalfi coast even if just for one night. Guests dining in groups of eight or more are urged to soak up the Italian summer of Limoncello, with Mercante’s chef’s table experience. Head Chef Davide D’lgnazio will be serving diners their dishes himself, explaining how each dish has been infused with Pococello. You’ll even be leaving with a little bottle of Pococello so you can try recreate the night at home.
Running 22nd August, 5th September, 19th September. Tickets available here
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
You’ll be treated like a royal when you head over to The Leopard Bar at The Rubens Hotel, not just because it’s directly opposite Buckingham Palace Royal Mews, but because you’ll be fine dining sushi style courtesy of Chef Suren’s Omakasi.
Omakasi is a Japanese tradition that’s stuck around, meaning “I will leave it to you”, letting the talented chef expertly choose your order. The stunning 21 course menu has been designed specially by Suren, allowing him to showcase his exceptional culinary talent. You’ll begin the evening with a chat with Suren, allowing him to understand your likes, desires and dislikes, before he gets to work preparing your sushi and sashimi feast, fit for a royal.
Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.2 miles)
Experience Simon Rogan’s intimate eight seated chef’s table and development kitchen in Soho for an evening of fine food. You’ll be devouring a mulitple course tasting menu which will be meticulously prepared before your very eyes and served by your two dedicated chefs. You’ll be the first to sample a menu of newly-developed dishes, before they are potentially served at Roganic London. And, of course, there will be wine pairing exquisitely to complement the dishes.
Where: 16a St Anne's Ct, Soho, W1F 0BF
You know him for inventing the weird and whacky dishes on the telly, but how about trying his bizarre combinations for yourself in person? Well, over at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, you’ll be able to soak up the energy and activity of the kitchen, from the comfort of your table. Chef Director Ashley Palmer-Watts has created a bespoke menu, which will be served directly to your table by the head chef. This intimate experience is available for groups of four to six people, and, of course, your own personal sommelier will be on hand to advise on the perfect wine pairings for each course. Bon appétit!
Where: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
There’s something quite special about experiencing the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen, whilst at the comfort of knowing you won’t be cooking the menu…
Over at Angler at the South Place Hotel, you’ll be able to soak up the bewitching views of London’s iconic landmarks such as the Gherkin and Tower 42, whilst being able to peak through into the Angler’s buzzing kitchen. Fancy wowing your friends with your own specially crafted menu? No problemo, Executive Chef, Gary Foulkes can create your own special menu for any occasion.
Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
Who doesn’t love watching a good ol’ drama on the telly with tea? Okay, okay, this is a chef’s table guide not a TV guide. But how about watching the kitchen prepare your dinns via a video link from the kitchen to your table? Michel Roux Jr’s famous Mayfair restaurant, Le Gavroche offers just so.
Decked out with cookery books collected by Michel Roux Jr himself and a collection of photographs of famous patrons who’ve visited the restaurant, the chef’s library is the perfect spot for an intimate night, with seating up to six people available. As expected, the menus play homage to Le Gavroche classics and contemporary French cuisine, using only the very best of seasonal produce.
Where: 43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 7QR
Tucked in the heart of Mayfair, Angela Hartnett’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Murano, has a private dining room of dreams on offer for groups up to 12. You’ll have a direct view of the kitchen with a retractable curtain if you end up wanting to keep your last course a surprise. They’ve got a selection of exceptionally good set menus and, if you’re wanting something a little more interactive, Angela and the team can devise a tasting with matching wines as part of the experience.
Where: 20 Queen Street, Mayfair, W1J 5PP