2014 has been another frantic year on the London restaurant scene with high profile new openings dominating – read on for our guide to the best new London restaurants for 2014.
Fera at Claridge’s
Try the 7 course tasting menu, the a la carte menu or the exceptional value lunch menu with 3 courses for £30. The restaurant has 90 covers around a stunning tree installation and a private dining room seating 12.
The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont
The Colony Grill Room is the hotel’s restaurant with classic grill dishes from both sides of the Atlantic in a gorgeous dining room of red leather booth seats and dark woods. Menu items include oysters, egg dishes, American sandwiches, fish, meats and grill dishes.
The Club Room at Bob Bob Ricard
The Club Room at Bob Bob Ricard combines dining, drinking and entertainment in a gorgeous setting in the basement of the restaurant in Soho.
Continuing with the main restaurant’s tiered booths around a small atrium, mahogany inlaid backgammon dance floor, decadent red and gold banquettes and burgundy marble tables, without forgetting the “Press for champagne” buttons.
London’s love of Peruvian restaurants continued with the opening of Pachamama in Marylebone, this time with a British twist.
Stand-out dishes at Pachamama include the anticuchos and Saddleback pork ribs with peanut glaze.
Not strictly a new restaurant but a redesign and renaming of Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley. The new look Marcus is lighter and more relaxed, although still retaining a formality you would expect from a 2 Michelin starred restaurant.
For group private dining bookings, try the new Chefs Table, pictured above, which seats up to ten and features a gorgeous porcelain topped table, with the kitchen in full view.
One of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year and the most talked about restaurant in recent memory, the Chiltern Firehouse is a new hotel and restaurant on Chiltern Street in Marylebone from famed hotelier André Balazs.
The food is great, the dining room is cool and stylish and the service is slick, but more importantly, dinner here is excellent fun and you will want to linger long into the night.
The dining room at Brasserie Gustave is reminiscent of a quintessential Parisian brasserie with Art Nouveux and Art Deco prints adorning the walls, red leather banquettes, dark wood tables and bunches of sunflowers filling the room.
The menu includes classic French dishes such as snails, moules marinieres, onion soup and a range of fish and grill items.
Barrafina Adelaide Street
With the original in Soho serving some of the best tapas in London with long queues a common sight, it was great news when they opened a second Barrafina on Adelaide Street in the summer.
There has a walk-in only policy, apart from the lower ground floor with a private kitchen and bar that can be privately hired.
Spring is the latest venture by Skye Gyngell located in the New Wing, which is open to the public for the first time in over 150 years.
Enjoy dishes such as slow cooked shin of veal with saffron and meyer lemon risotto and wild halibut with clams, tomato broth, aïoli and bruschetta.
Jason Atherton made his foray into sky high dining on the 24th floor of Tower 42 in The City, offering impressive views of the Capital’s major landmarks.
The 90-cover City Social has an Art Deco design and creative yet simple dishes that showcase the best of British produce, and the City Social bar serves prohibition-inspired cocktails.
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