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The best value Michelin-starred restaurants in London

Published On 11/11/2014 Published On 11/11/2014
Lima London
Club Gascon
Barrafina
Marcus
Alain Ducasse
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1. 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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2. Trishna 15-17 Blandford St , London, W1U 3DG (Marylebone)

Michelin-starred Trishna brings upscale Indian cuisne to Marylebone. Impressive, but not stuffy, this much-loved eatery offers Southern Indian classics, with an emphasis on local seafare.

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3. The Harwood Arms 27 Walham Grove, Fulham, SW6 1QP (Battersea)

THA is a fine British establishment doling out local fare, fresh ingredients, and fresh libations on the reg.

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4. Lima 31 Rathbone Pl, , London, W1T 1JH (Fitzrovia)

From a guy who ran one of the "World's 50 Best" restaurants in Lima, comes Lima, a sky-lit Peruvian spot where rustic wood flooring gives way to geometrically patterned leather banquettes, imposing tilted mirrors for surreptitiously spying on other patrons, art you'll tell your date is "modernist" and probably be right (but then again who knows), and slatted walls clearly lifted from a very nice beehive.

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5. Gymkhana 42 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JH (Mayfair)

Gymkhana is a cozy, Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair. This spot, carefully decorated to evoke the era of British Raj, offers a seasonal, game-heavy menu.

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6. Arbutus 63-64 Frith St, London, W1D 3JW (Soho)

Sweetly situated in London's SoHo neighborhood amongst a thriving theatre district, Arbutus is a fine dining restaurant with a diverse menu with a bevy of choice wines served by the carafe (third of a bottle).

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7. Club Gascon 57 W Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DS

Club Gascon, Michelin-starred since 2002, brings fine dining to Farringdon. This French restaurant offers a truly special dining experience. Expect all the usual upscale French dishes to make an appearance (or, in the case of foie gras, occupy its own section of the menu).

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8. Social Eating House 58 Poland St, London, W1F 7NR (Soho)

The Social Eating House gives British food a better name, taking a seasonal, experimental approach to its cuisine. While Blind Pig serves drinks upstairs, this low-lit eatery serves a game- and seafood-strong menu.

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9. Tamarind of Mayfair 20 Queen St, London, W1J 5PR (Mayfair)

Tamarind -- the first Indian restaurant in the world to be awarded a Michelin star -- offers a first-class dining experience. The moist, well-spiced Murgh Makhani is a excellent choice for any fan of tandoori-style chicken.

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10. Kitchen W8 11-13 Abingdon Rd, London, W8 6AH (Kensington)

You can expect the Michelin-star treatment at Kitchen W8, which opened in Kensington in 2009. The seasonal menu features traditional British game and vegetables. Don't miss the scallops!

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11. Barrafina 54 Frith St, London, W1D 4SL (Soho)

Barrafina brings hearty, upscale Spanish cuisine to Soho. Expect a wait, but it's well worth it. Barrafina does all the traditional tapas well, and for reasonable prices (around £8 per dish).

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12. Amaya Halkin Arcade, London, SW1X 8JT (Belgravia)

Amaya, from the owners of well-known and much-loved Veeraswamy, brings nontraditional Indian cuisine to Belgravia. The menu, which changes frequently, offers perfectly prepared courses in a tasting-style service. And since it's incredibly popular -- you'll definitely need to book your table well in advance.

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13. Marcus 170 New Bond St, London, W1S 4RB (Knightsbridge)

Marcus Wareing, who parted ways with Gordon Ramsing Holdings, brings two-Michelin-star cuisine to the Berkeley Hotel. The terrific menu, which includes winners like grilled rose veal rib and to-die-for pommes pureé, is served alongside an excellent wine list, comes at no small price.

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14. 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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15. Hélène Darroze Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL (Mayfair)

This Michelin starred resto in Mayfair brings sophisticated elegance and a welcoming ambience while exhibiting a true, masterful commitment to French cuisine.

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16. 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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17. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester 53 Park Ln, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA (Mayfair)

Located in Mayfair, this French resto is one of the best in all of London, garnering three Michelin stars for its phenomenal cuisine crafted by the one and only Chef Alain Ducasse.

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