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? 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 any of those celebrities away.
What: Cantonese food at the Dorchester
Why: 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 – we can’t 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.
Where: Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA
What: Sushi for the Stars
Why: No celebrity visit to London is complete without a trip to Nobu. A favourite of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jason Statham, Cheryl and Katy Perry, no surprise once you realise Robert DeNiro is Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s co-founder. With London restaurants on Berkeley Street at Metropolitan by COMO, expect swanky sushi… and a hefty bill.
Where: 15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8DY
What: Media types... and Kate Moss
Why: Famous for their 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, Keira Knightley 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 pretty great breakfast on the cards too.
Where: 160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB
What: Modern international dishes with private areas for celebs to lurk in
Why: 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 modern 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.
Where: 47 Hollywood Road, Little Chelsea, SW10 9HX
What: Pan-Asian cuisine with trendy decor
Why: 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, Kylie Minogue and Amber le Bon 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, this is still a very special venue with a pretty spectacular menu.
Where: 145 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PA
What: Posh Chelsea pub
Why: For the Made in Chelsea lovers out there, make sure you head to The Imperial on King’s Road which has become a firm favourite amongst the cast. Be it a drink in the secret garden or a quick lunch between filming, you can regularly see the likes of Spencer Matthews, Jamie Laing and Louise Thompson in there. Keep your eyes peeled, grab yourself a light snack from head chef Tom Hope and get that celebrity spotting started.
Where: 577 King’s Road, London, SW6 2EH
Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green
What: Quirky West London hangout
Why: No one can say that models don’t eat with this restaurant being a firm favourite amongst the modelling elite. It won’t be a surprise for you to bump into Sadie Frost, Daisy Lowe and Kate Moss hanging out as you wander through the building. The venue, which is regularly home to elegant dinner parties, warbling songstresses and of course beautiful cocktails, meaning you are in for a treat no matter what happens. Oh and Jude Law, Nick Grimshaw and Cara Delevingne like it too.
Where: 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London, W10 4AE
What: Another Made in Chelsea hangout with a few high end names too
Why: 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 Delevigne with plenty more recognisable faces to be found.
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU
What: Panoramic views on the 31st floor of the Shard
Why: Have your very own Sex and 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.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
What: Upmarket European brasserie and seafood specialist
Why: Quaglino’s provides not only popular food but live music performance from the likes of Eliza Doolittle and has therefore welcomed a whole host of celebrities through its classic doors. From Benedict Cumberbatch and Jamie Cullum to Henry Holland and 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 Michael Weiss and we don’t blame them.
Where: 16 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AJ
What: Quintessential English restaurant
Why: 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 Hollywood Royalty Brad and Angelina, also the likes of Jennifer Aniston (although we assume separately), Ellie Goulding, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Katie Price have all been seen at the quintessential English venue.
Where: 1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ
What: Mega celebrity hangout
Why: 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, Lindsay Lohan and Simon Cowell to name but a few who are often found on their reservation list. If you manage to bag yourself a space (it’s hard- trust us) there will be plenty of stars to take a peek at whilst you eat some delicious treats, just promise you will take us with you.
Where: 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PA
What: Members-only club
Why: Shoreditch House has been popular with the rich and famous ever since it opened, with David Beckham, Niall Horan and Ellie Goulding amongst the guests at the launch party. Since then, Harry Styles, Nick Grimshaw and Princess Beatrice have been regular faces. It’s members only and they tend to be media types so celebs can socialise in relative privacy.
Where: Ebor Street, London, E1 6AW
What: The Sexiest Of Fish
Why: Sexy Fish, is still one of the most trendy and sort after restaurants for a table. Over the past three years it has built up a loyal celebrity fan base, supermodels, rock stars, you name it, they have all been papped gracing the doorway of this Sexy establishment. Rita Ora sang at its launch party and Kate Moss was drinking in the crowd. Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner made a bee line for the restaurant when they came over from the states last year, need we say more? Ok, just a little, serving incredible Asian cuisine with a ginormous fish tank in the basement, what’s not to love?
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, W1J 6BR
What: Dinners At The Bloomsbury
Why: In the beating heart of the London’s West End you will find the Bloomsbury Hotel. Just last week chef and TV personality Gizzie Erskine hosted a dinner party at the hotel. Amongst the guests was Love Island host Caroline Flack, and Noel Fielding from the most recent Great British Bake Off. The evening was drowned in Gin and enjoyed alongside scallop ceviche, and oven-roasted pheasant with black truffle.
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN
Bunga Bunga Covent Garden
What: Happy Birthday Bunga Bunga
Why: Bunga Bunga Covent Garden celebrated its first birthday this year, and the star studded guests included Lottie Moss and Laura Whitmore. The venue is claiming to be the bigger and bolder version of the original in Battersea. Bringing a variety show, sharing feasts and plenty of drink and merriment to Covent Garden.
Where: 167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PG
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