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Which London spots made the World's 50 Best Restaurants list?

Published On 05/01/2014 Published On 05/01/2014
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1. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA (Knightsbridge)

Brought to you by Heston Blumenthal and Executive Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts, this classy Knightsbridge resto opened in 2011 and is considered one of the best on Earth, serving exquisite British dishes like their signature Meat Fruit (mandarin, chicken liver & foie gras parfait, grilled bread), which earned it two Michelin stars.

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2. The Ledbury 127 Ledbury Rd, London, W11 2AQ (Bayswater)

Opened in 2005, The Ledbury has been awarded two Michelin Stars and it has been consistently voted one of the finest restaurants in the world. Along with his highly skilled team of chefs, Head Chef Brett Graham crafts unique and flavorful menu items that change seasonally.

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3. St. John Bar and Restaurant 26 St. John St, London, EC1M 4AY

If you're looking for world-class traditional British recipes, St. John is a no-brainer in Smithfield. This resto is consistently voted one of the best in the WORLD and it's a favorite of star chef Anthony Bourdain.

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4. Hedone 301-303 Chiswick High Rd,, London, W4 4HH (Chiswick)

Hedone's run by a Swedish food blogger whose allergies prevented him from working in a regular kitchen, a problem he circumvented by becoming a lawyer and earning enough clams to buy his own place, where those ingredients that offend his system are kept away. Food art's hung on the brick walls and scrawled in the ceiling, and daily changing 6/9 course menus boast such flavourful fare as umami flan, scallop sashimi, roast squab leg w/ pistachio, and sea bass w/ almonds & potato emulsion.

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5. The Clove Club 380 Old St, , London, EC1V 9LT (Shoreditch)

Set within set within Shoreditch Town Hall the Clove Club pulls off an elegant, rustic vibe with high ceilings, large windows, and an open kitchen in the back, serving up brilliantly crafted British fare and exquisite cocktails. The reservation system is a bit different—you buy tickets like you would for a show—because the name of the game here is a tasting menu; Block off a good chunk of time to get acquainted with Michelin star British cuisine like Cornish mackerel and Yorkshire suckling pig. Or, the bar menu features plenty of fantastic drinks and snacks—light and crispy buttermilk fried chicken is a must-try—you’ll wish you could order by the bucketful.

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