We’re so lucky to have some of the most amazing restaurants in London, designed by some of the world’s most creative interior designers and architects. For both from a design and a food perspective, here are our top five current favourites.
Henrietta at the Henrietta Hotel, Covent Garden
A French hotel and restaurant from the Experimental Group, owners of Grand Pigalle in Paris, Henrietta, designed by Dorothée Meilichzon exudes understated French glamour, while nodding to the architectural heritage of its Covent Garden location. More masculine than its name, Henrietta, has an assortment of different and sometimes oddly shaped tables with a mix of upholstered banquettes and chairs. The dark wood, grey and green colour scheme of the restaurant merges into the copper and stainless steel of the open kitchen where Michelin-starred chef, Ollie Dabbous and his team can be seen at work, giving a fun and upbeat atmosphere to the place. The menu is ingredient-led, seasonal modern French cuisine.
Minnow, The Pavement, Clapham Common
Just opened, Minnow, founded by Chris Frichot and fiancée, Saba Tsegaye is a gorgeous neighbourhood style restaurant serving modern European food with influences from the Indian Ocean, where Chris’s family come from. Think Squid with lemongrass, lime and ginger, Baby octopus with curry leaf paste and charred green mango, Whole roast poussin from Minnow’s Robata grill. Its pretty, boutique exterior looks lovely on Clapham Common’s well known Pavement. Minnow is very feminine and floral, with modern furniture and monochrome hand-tiled floor, softened by pastel walls, indoor trees, greenery and a long marble bar and an outside terrace with lots of flowers, giving it a very homely, easy-going and welcoming feel.
Bōkan – Canary Wharf
Opened just a few months, Bōkan is currently the place to go in Canary Wharf. Taking up the top three floors of Novotel’s flagship skyscraper, this incredible restaurant, bar and terrace has unbelievable views across London. The interior design, by agency, Mystery is Dockland chic, with clever references to the area’s heritage. A mixture of industrial materials and elegant luxury, Bōkan is full of clever, yet subtle details referencing Canary Wharf’s past, with industrial pulleys and an imposing monolithic verdigris-aged metal staircase and floor levels and menus indicating the floor you’re on with dockside tide mark designs. The menu by chef Aurelie Altemaire features innovative twists on classic European dishes, using locally sourced produce.
Rawligion, Tottenham Street, Fitzrovia
If you’re the healthy sort, you’ll love Rawligion. This amazing grab and go restaurant in Fitzrovia serves an array of healthy and delicious raw food meals, snacks, smoothies and desserts. The design inspiration is honest raw materials to reflect the unprocessed, natural and fresh products. Design features include a living moss wall, hanging plants and lights which give it the feeling of a little oasis right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of its central location, yet with USB chargers for customers to stay connected! The soft natural materials, such as timber and hanging plants, combined with more sophisticated slate provide a neutral backdrop for the array of vibrant colours of its range of delicious juices.
From the Soho House stable, Shoreditch House is six floors of house, hotel, spa, restaurants and bars. As with everything the Soho House people create, Shoreditch House is incredibly well presented and designed. Tom Dixon designed the interiors of this beautiful old tea house in London’s edgy East End and like a lot of Soho House style, its interior has a more masculine, darker and matte palette. With Fifth Floor, Mandolin and the Roof Top Restaurants to choose from, there’s something for everyone and a range of styles and cuisine.
The light and airy roof top restaurant is beautifully relaxing with hanging plants, rustic wood and an eclectic mix tables and chairs, a central bar and lots of comfy sofas for relaxing in the sunshine. It serves food all day but it particularly good for breakfasts. The Fifth Floor is more gentleman’s club, darker and cosier with darker wood and ornaments. The British menu serves mac & cheese, flat iron chicken, curry on Tuesdays and traditional Sunday Roast.