If you go to a restaurant, do you go for the food or the atmosphere? For me, it’s all about the atmosphere. I like to get dressed up, I love to people watch and I want to feel like I’m in one of the coolest places in town.
All of the places below are accessible to non-celebs, you just have to book in advance and turn up looking your best so that you fit in. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how average the prices are and how normal the menu is. Think simple dishes done well and you won’t be disappointed.
As of January 2019, our fave restaurants are:
This sexy South American restaurant is the hottest space in town. Located in Notting Hill, it’s become a neighbourhood local for the Beckhams as well as Prince Harry when he’s staying at Kensington Palace.
Inside its wood decked and clubby, part jewellery box and part Titanic cruise liner. It oozes luxury. There’s an upstairs smoking terrace which is open until 10pm where you can sip caphrinias and celeb spot. The dress code is European chic – chinos and shirts for the men and bodycon dresses / loose maxi dresses for the ladies. If you’re single, you never know what millionaire’s on the next table.
123A Clarendon Road, W11 4JG. Casacruz.london
The Allis White City
The Allis is located at the bottom of White City House, the newest outpost from the Soho House Group in the former BBC TV Centre. All the coolest people are members as are those in town from Los Angeles so you never know what movie star / tv star / music icon you might see walk in as you dine.
It’s a brasserie so the dress code is more going out tops, jeans and strappy heels. Your goal is to look like you’ve just come from an important interview or casting and are grabbing a burger on the way home. There’s only one entrance and exit from White City so stay alert if you want a selfie with a celeb!
101 Wood Lane, W12 7FR. Thealliswhitecity.com
We love this restaurant for its Instagram potential, for the secret location in the heart of Chelsea and for its delicious Japanese dishes – the perfect way to line the stomach before a night on the town.
Underneath the blossom tree is a gorgeous place for a date and you won’t find better Japanese food in London. Dress to impress because everyone else in the restaurant does! If you have a trouser suit with a sharp blazer or a velvet jumpsuit or a cute cape that you’ve been dying to wear for ages, get it out the closet and show off at Kiru.
2 Elystan Street, SW3 3NS. Kirurestaurant.com
Andre Balzas’ Marylebone restaurant and club has a been a celeb magnet for 5 years and it shows no sign of diminishing. The décor is slick, the menu has something for all tastes and the service is magnificent. It’s open all day and we like hanging out in the garden for a spot of lunch.
Dress code is clubby and most diners eat late so they can stay on at The Ladder Shed afterwards. Wear something you can dance in!
1 Chiltern St, W1U 7PA, chilternfirehouse.com
China Tang at The Dorchester
This is one of Kate Moss’s favourite restaurants, she recently celebrated her 45th birthday in a private room. If its good enough for Queen Kate then its good enough for us! We like the fact that there’s a big commitment to the avoidance of MSG, which is often added to Chinese food.
The Dim Sum is divine and the Peking Duck is a must for a special occasion as it comes three ways and is carved at your table. It’s an opportunity to really, really dress up as you’re at The Dorchester, darlings!
53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA. Chinatanglondon.co.uk