Corrigan’s Mayfair, 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7EH
We’ve visited Corrigans Mayfair far too many times, it really is a wonderful restaurant to escape to. My preference is to dine there in the winter months as the decor is on the darker side. Starting the evening with cocktails at the long-bar is a must and I recommend the tasting menu, it really is the best-of-British (and holds the odd surprise). Leave lots of time though, Corrigans is one to indulge in.
Casse-Croûte, 109 Bermondsey St, London, SE1 3XB
If you’re looking for a little bit of France in London then Casse-Croute is the place for you. Located in Bermondsey Street, one of our favourite parts of London, this little gem offers a simple menu of exceptionally well cooked food in a truly French ambiance. Book early though, it’s a popular place.
Murano, 20 Queen Street, London, W1J 5PP
Angela Hartnett brings luxurious Italian cuisine to the streets of Mayfair. Murano is a small and sumptuous restaurant that’s both inviting and indulgent. The menu is full of mouthwatering Italian dishes and unlike most restaurants, you can choose most dishes as a starter or a main. We’ve been there a couple of times now and sampled the tasting menu which is very special, but make sure you’ve saved your pennies as Murano isn’t cheap. It’s also worth noting you can buy the olive oil in the restaurant and if you’ve tasted it, you’ll know why I’ve added this footnote. One for special occasions.
The Duck and Waffle, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
If you’re looking to impress someone with unparalleled views of London and you like sharing your food, then the Duck and Waffle is worth a visit. Unlike Oblix at the Shard which is a total rip-off served in a cacophony of tourists balking over their bills, the Duck and Waffle offers a refined and pleasurable experience. The menu offers a deeply interesting choice of dishes suitable for the hardened vegetarian through to the hungriest carnivore. The Duck and Waffle is ideal of bigger groups and a more social experience.
Rules, 34-35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
We’ve visited Rules, London’s oldest restaurant numerous times and its an exceptional experience each time. The restaurant is based near Covent Garden and whilst it’s central location and Britannia memorabilia may attract the odd tourist, you’ll never know they’re there. Unsurprisingly the menu is all British and game focused, with all produce sourced from their own estate in the High Pennines. This means the menu at Rules changes regularly so check your hunting seasons before you plan your visit.