As a cosmopolitan tourist destination, London is blessed with a variety of world class hotels and restaurants. Some bright sparks have managed to combine the two, creating some of London’s finest culinary delights! Here are The Handbook’s Top 8 Hotel Restaurants.
London’s finest seafood is in good company
The Park Tower, Knightsbridge is one of Starwood’s ‘Luxury Collection Hotels’ and has a restaurant to match. Located beneath the Tower One-O-One is Chef Pascal Proyart’s brainchild and his experience in two-star Michelin kitchens in Brussels and Paris is reflected in his dishes. Living up to its billing as one of London’s best seafood restaurants the menu is peppered with immaculately cooked crustaceans and fish flavoured with fiery combinations such as chorizo and saffron or tarragon and orange. Pascal does not just settle for delivering delicious dishes he relishes the challenge of introducing and combining new flavours and this is reflected throughout his food.
Drinks to dine for
Whilst The Cinnamon’s interior, decked in a mix of green glass and deep mahogany, might seem contradictory, the signature vodka cocktails and cuisine are classic enough. Steaks, Grill Platters, Surf ’n’ Turf. It is a crowd pleaser down to its sides which offer hand cut or French fries and everyone’s favourite mac ’n’ cheese and brioche buns.
Classic British Food in a historic setting
London’s oldest hotel, established in 1837, the Brown’s Hotel plays host to a bastion of traditional British cuisine – HIX. After an interesting multitude of vegetable-based starters the a la carte mains get back to good old British grub, with more than a touch of finesse. If flamed duck, loin of Kingairloch red deer or a roast rump of lamb don’t warm your taste buds there is always a trusty Porterhouse to tuck into. With largely locally derived ingredients – Oakchurch farm berries or Herefordshire strawberry for example – the kitchen clearly knows where its appeal lies and there is just as much substance as style here.
Central London’s finest panorama
Within the London Hilton is an unrivalled vista across the capital, where the food and drinks might play second fiddle but do much to elevate its status. Galvin at Windows mixes the brevity and convenience of tapas or a 7-course tasting menu with a traditional a la carte, wonderfully augmented with flashes of citrus.
The relaxed scenic route from plate to mouth
Situated overlooking St Katherine Docks, perched within The Tower Hotel, is The Brasserie at The Tower. But distracting you from the views is a stylish and welcoming interior, punctuated by colourful paintings, creamy hues and most importantly simple yet scrumptious courses. From pear and Cornish brie tart or anglo-Indian lamb shank to rustic chips there is something for everyone to enjoy, and in the summer the terrace is brought to life with the charred barbecued delights. The best bit is despite its lofty setting and lively crowd you will find yourself able to soak in a more laid back atmosphere than many other Hotel Restaurants of this calibre.
Chinese authenticity in the heart of fashionable Kensington
The Royal Garden Hotel offers beautiful views across Kensington Palace and Gardens and Hyde Park, but it is the food which really takes the breath away. Where British, French and American cuisine have defined classic hotel restaurants of late, Min Jiang bucks the trend with its exquisite refinement of classic Chinese dishes. The menu reads simplicity – grilled rack of lamb in garlic infused soy sauce – but it is evident there is a lot going on behind the scenes. Let your stomach be the judge.
An all-day affair
The Northall aims to represent ‘The Great British Kitchen’ in all its breadth. Amongst the vast, towering picture windows and expansive dining room lies a marbled bar, well-suited to all-day dining. The menus echo this bustling sentiment with bloody Mary sauce paired with Beef tartare and an array of inventive cocktails – try the rose & lychee martini if you’re feeling adventurous. With the Corinthia’s Garden Lounge and its library of whiskies and cigars just around the corner make yourself comfortable and settle in for a day of indulgence.
One to tick off your checklist
No list of London’s hotels would be complete without its most recognisable name. The spectacular surroundings of The Ritz Restaurants dining room is virtually unrivalled. Its menu is french-inspired and British-stocked, a classic mix in keeping with the hotel and restaurant’s rich history. With a picturesque terrace and strict dress code the food could easily get lost amongst the pomp but the food does not disappoint. Though you may be tempted by the menu surprise – designed by Executive Chef John Williams MBE and representing six seasonal courses accompanied by wine – there are a variety of more hearty options in form of the cote de boeuf, coupled with truffle mash, bone marrow, red wine and shallots or the leg of lamb with artichoke barigoule and winter vegetables. These, however, are for sharing, something we doubt you’ll want to do once you’ve had a taste!