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.
Alyn Williams at the Westbury
37 Conduit street, London w1s 2yf
Alyn opened his eponymous restaurant, ‘Alyn Williams at The Westbury’ in November 2011. Prior to that he worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing for whom he was head chef at his two Michelin star establishment. 2012 saw his light progressive style of cooking winning him the coveted ‘National Chef of the Year’ title, along with his first Michelin Star. He has since been awarded four AA rosettes.