Céleste at The Lanesborough
The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, London SW1X 7TA
A sensational, Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of London – close to Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, Céleste offers creative, modern food that’s as sensationally presented as it is flavoured. Conceptualised by Chef Eric Frechon with his protégé from Epicure in Paris, Executive Chef Florian Favario, the chefs now hold five Michelin Stars between them.
The setting at Céleste is superb – a richly decorated dining room, naturally illuminated during day by a domed glass roof, whilst seductively aglow under the softly lit chandeliers in the evening. It is a scene that transforms constantly throughout the day. As the light changes, so do the guests; from breakfast time to lunch to afternoon tea and dinner, it’s a beautiful and fascinating spectacle.
Westgate Sreett, London Fields, London E8 3R
Seasonal British dishes and old-world wine in a light, airy space that blends antique and modern. Ellory is a product of both Matthew Young and Jack Lewens’ passions, now open on the ground floor of Netil House, Hackney, the creative suite next to London Fields. Young’s artsy past is in the décor – Ellory is a pepped out bistro with reused woods, clean new polishes and hard stones. Intelligent design in which simple seasonal food is made. Harnessing his interest in décor, Young designs his dishes by how they’ll look first – then devises their ingredients. Carefully selected ingredients in early dishes will include turbot, chestnuts, anise, chicory and ginger ice cream. Lewens’ Old World wine list will suit a fluid eating style: a by-the-glass menu to share with a plate; or a full dining experience, the five-course tasting menu with pairings which’ll change daily.
52 Wilton Way, London E8 1BS
Snug, simple space with wooden floorboards, for weekly changing, Asian-inspired, set 4-course menu. Pidgin is the permanent venture of James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy, the team behind supper club The Secret Larder. The tiny neighbourhood restaurant on Wilton Way, Hackney, serves a weekly-changing four course modern British menu and delicious cocktails.