Our Top 15 Restaurants for Special Occasions

London’s dining scene is always filled with excitement, glamour and obviously striking interior and delicious food. However, with all these new restaurants coming into town, it’s hard to find a restaurant unique enough to celebrate your special occasion. So, we have created a list of our top favourite restaurants in London that will really make a mark on your special night. 

 

 

Continue reading to check out these top 15 ravishing restaurants for your next special occasion: 

 

 

Ave Mario

This neon Italian restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden is the perfect spot for a date night, a special dinner or even group celebration. 

The restaurant’s decor is inspired by the Florence zebra-striped Duomo cathedral, where the funky red, black & white decor with illuminating walls and ceilings really make Ave Mario a one-of-a-kind Italian restaurant. 

 

 

Their fun, traditional menu serves the up-most Italian classics. For Prodotti you can choose the Mortadella, which they call “Bologna’s naughtiest mortadella”,  to a ‘very naughty’ Mac ’n’ truffle crocchetta antipasti. Then to their “This Is Not A ‘Pizza’ and Primi section where their gourmet pizzas are made with a traditional ‘Biga’ Italian pizza making technique, and their pastas homemade. Here you can choose from their ‘Mama Be Extra’ which is a deep San Marzano ragu pizza with smoky stracciatella and basil ‘caviar’, to their homemade Mafaldine al tartufo pasta, with truffle mascarpone sauce and fresh black truffle. You can then finish off with their Giant Stracciatella Gelato for £9, where you can ‘get a slice of heaven’ comprised of a fior di latte ice-cream, shaped into a giant cake marbled through with a crunchy stracciatella chocolate. 

15 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QG  

 

 

 

Amazonico 

This tropical wildlife restaurant blends the Latin American cuisine with unique asian and mediterranean influences. From Peruvian sushi, fresh raw seafood to grilled meats and fish, Amazonico serves seasonal and vibrant dishes that can transport you to Latin America. Their breathtaking room with luscious foliage, velvet banquets and jungle textures creates a high-energy space with a vibrant atmosphere, perfect for a special night out in town. 

 

 

Amazonico also has a live Latin jazz band performance in the main restaurant and a in-house electric DJ at the Bar & Lounge, that not only entertains but sets the mood for an exquisitely fun dining experience at the heart of Mayfair. 

 

10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR

 

 

 

Berners Tavern 

This restaurant located within the London Edition Hotel offers contemporary British fine dining, in a breathtaking setting. 

The restaurant’s low-lit ambience with high ornate plasterwork combines tradition with modernity. The rose upholstered dining chairs with the round oak tables, mixed with their neat collection of photographic portraits, creates an elegant setting making diners feel like they’re eating inside an art museum. 

 

Their menu comprises of authentic British dishes made with the seasons best produce. From the menu you can choose from the Berners Tavern pork and pistachio pie, to their chargrilled Grass fed Scottish steaks served with Koffman fries. For dessert, finish off with their Pistachio and honey flaming Alaska ready for 2. 

 

10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP

 

Bob Bob Ricard

This iconic restaurant in the heart of Soho, is literally the definition of ‘glitz & glam’. Its prestigious establishment offers classic British and Russian inspired dishes served in a stunning gold and blue decored ‘all-booth’ dining room, inspired by the Orient Express and the Golden Age of Travel.

 

Their unique booth seatings all comes with a “press for champagne” button, where you can have champagne delivered to you on demand. The menu first offers Vodka Shots with a selection of Caviar, to fresh Oysters served in either lemon and tabasco, or deep fried with black truffle and parmesan. For starters you can choose from the steak tartare to the truffle, potato & mushroom Vareniki, which are Russian dumplings garnished with crispy shallots and forest mushroom veloute. To mains, the truffle & champagne humble pie with Jerusalem artichokes, mushrooms and truffle champagne under puff pastry is highly recommended, or the 28 day aged beef wellington for two. For dessert, the flaming creme brûlée with Papua New Guinea vanilla (flambeed at the table) and the Bob Bob Ricard Signature Chocolate Glory with valrhona dark chocolate, praline crunch and halal coffee marshmallow with hot chocolate sauce is also something that should not be missed out on. 

 

1 Upper James St, London W1F 9DF

 

 

 

Hakkasan Mayfair 

Hakkasan is not only one of London’s most famous Chinese restaurants, but it is also distinct for its dramatically luxurious fine dining setting. Using traditional Chinese cooking techniques and the finest ingredients, this contemporary Chinese restaurant will be the perfect place to host your special night. 

 

 

At Hakkasan you can choose from their signature set menus available for parties of two or more, or their a la carte menu where they offer a selection of seafood, dim sum, small eats like golden fried soft shell crab, to poultry where you can try their black truffle roasted duck, or their highly recommended stir-fry black pepper rib eye beef with Merlot.  

 

17 Bruton St, Mayfair , Greater London, England W1J 6QB

 

 

Hide 

Hide restaurant at night is sophisticated, yet simple. With its warm patina of antique oak, bronzed mirrors and aged brass, diners are transported to an elegant hidden haven where their fine dining space brings both comfort and delicacy. 

 

For food, their freshly baked Norwegian sourdough is a must. Served to you warm, their variety of breads from seeds & apple, to black truffle & roasted mushroom focaccia at the start of the meal will have you captivated by the rest to come. For mains, indulge in the 50 day-aged short horn beef ribeye cooked over charcoal to share, accompanied by sides of London lettuce with creme fraiche & apple vinegar dressing, to charred broccoli vinaigrette. Then finish off with the Earl Grey custard, with honey wine, saffron and cardamom, or the warm Acorn cake with smoked caramel & choice of liqueur. 

 

85 Piccadilly London, W1J 7NB

 

Ivy Asia St Pauls 

This restaurant offers a unique blend of flavours and ingredients taking on inspiration from a number of Asian cuisines. The restaurant’s setting comprises of a luminous wild green floor that creates a unique immersive environment, that combines Japenese inspired decor to a brasserie styled setting. 

 

For food, from the crispy duck salad with mango, pak choi & ponzu, to the seared wagu beef barbecue glaze sushi rolls, to sesame glazed robot chicken with spiced avocado and fragrant herbs, Ivy Asia’s enticing A La Carte will leave you memorised. 

 

20 New Change, London, EC4M 9AG

 

 

NoMad 

The NoMad Restaurant celebrates the ‘interplay between grand and intimate, classical and colloquial, festive moments of revelry and quiet meals that nourish the spirit’. Set in a lavish atrium with high glass ceilings, white marbled walls and low hanging lamps, the restaurant’s landscape at night creates a charming and intimate setting, ideal for a special dinner or date night. 

 

 

NoMad’s A La Carte offers a NoMad Plateau filled with fresh Grand Fruits de mer to start, to small plates of tagliatelle king crab with Meyer lemon & black pepper. For mains, choose from the 30 day dry-aged ribeye, sliced & wood-fried with charred endive & roscoff onions, or the seared turbot with green curry, aubergine & basil. 

 

28 Bow St, London WC2E 7AW

 

 

Park Chinois 

This extravagant and opulent asian restaurant will have you talking. This Chinese fine dining restaurant in central mayfair is set in a glamorous Shanghai inspired dining room, where gilded ceilings and silk lampshades illuminates the space, and really emphasises their focus of ‘glamour meeting modern sophistication’. 

 

Park Chinois’s luxurious menu allows you to feast on the bold Chinese classics, where you can experience their exquisitely curated Chinese inspired dishes with a twist. 

 

17 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8EA

 

Seabird 

This unique rooftop restaurant is the go to place for your special night, if you’re looking for a restaurant serving the freshest seafood that comes with a spectacular sprawling view of the City. 

 

The Seabird menu features a range of sea-to-table offerings with Spanish & Portuguese inspired dishes. From small plates, you can choose the Pan Con Tomate, to octopus rolls with patron pepper and smoked alioli brioche. To mains, try their charcoal grilled Native Lobster, either half or whole, with Bloody Mary sauce and triple cooked chips, or the Iberica pork presa with ajo blanco, melon, chimichurri and baby gem. 

 

14th Floor, 40 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8NY

 

 

Sexy Fish

This Asian restaurant in Mayfair serves creative and bold japenese-inspired dishes, set within an elegant and prestigious dining room decorated with deluxe artwork and luminous golden ceilings and walls. This glamorous restaurant is perfect for any special occasion that comes with a fun and lively ambience, where the Sexy Fish resident DJ, curates an engaging fine dining atmosphere. 

 

For food you can choose the Sekushi menu that serves a selection of Sexy Fish’s 10 signature dishes. Or from the A La Carte, where you can choose from snacks, sushi, sashimi, tartare, signature dishes of tuna belly, cured & smoked, to fish & seafood of lobster with Sancho pepper & shish butter, to meat of sticky iberica pork ribs with green onion & chilli, or a 250g caramelised striploin prime with garlic miso. 

 

Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR

 

 

 

Sketch

Sketch is definitely a must go destination for food, drinks, music & art. Its entire establishment is covered in unique and fun artworks, spreading over two floors in an 18th century site in Conduit Street.

 

At Sketch’s main dining room ‘The Gallery’, it offers a Lobster fricassee with jersey royal potatoes, baby carrots, fava beans and bisque, to an 18oz De-boned Dover sole meunière stuffed with sweet piquillo peppers, chorizo and shoestring potatoes. The Lecture Room & Library offers a tasting menu, a vegetarian tasting menu and a A la Carte menu, serving a Scottish Langoustine to start, to a pumpkin veloute with gateau de Foie Blond with spinach, sourdough and white winter truffle. For mains you can choose from ‘the sea’, to ‘the land’ dishes. And to dessert, you can finish off with their Grand Desserts, that offers a Hibiscus delight with black sesame cube, Cristal de vent, cucumber with Dill-Orange marshmallow and cassis sorbet. 

 

9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG

 

 

Sucre 

Sucre is an elegant Latin American and European influenced restaurant that is set in a grand dining room, superb for a special and sophisticated evening. The grand dining room retains a sense of glamour and charm, with their white elegant wall mouldings and hanging crystal chandeliers that is juxtaposed with their Latin American colour in the green banquettes and multi-coloured chairs. 

 

Their ever changing seasonal menu offers small to large plates, where you can try a Dorset Crab with smoked cabbage with lime and bottarga, to a Iberico matambre with pepper sauce, or a 800g Bone-in ribeye to share with Chimichurri and fries. For dessert they offer a delectable Dulce de leche fondant with hazelnuts accompanied by a dessert wine or Sherry. 

 

47B Great Marlborough St, London W1F 7JP

 

 

 

The Ritz 

This modern Michelin-starred restaurant is one of the finest cuisines in London, set in ‘one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world’. The beautiful main room holds towering marble columns with floor-to-ceiling windows and sparkling golden chandeliers, that creates an overall elegance that will really make your dining experience at The Ritz special and unique. 

 

 

The Ritz’s Epicurean menu comprised of gourmet dishes and fine wines, offers a 5 to 7 course set menu of their best dishes. Or from the A La Carte, their first course offers a Norfolk Crab combined with Granny Smith apple and avocado, to their mains that offer a traditional Beef Wellington with celeriac and Perigord truffle. For dessert, indulge in their banana and caramel parfait with fudge and Dulcey, or to share, The Ritz’s ‘Arts De La Table’, which is a legendary dessert created by Henri Carpentier in 1895 which comes highly recommended.

 

150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London, W1J 9BR

 

 

14 Hills 

This restaurant is situated on the 14th Floor of 120 Fenchurch Street, with stunning views of London as your dining background. This glamorous restaurant has a range of menus that showcases the best British produce with a flair of French influences. 

 

 

From the A La Carte, choose from the classic starters of Atlantic grilled prawns with garlic brown butter to charred crostini, to a hand cut beef fillet tartare dressed in parmesan and rosemary & potato bread. To mains, you can choose from a native lobster Thermidor with French fries and herb salad, to a 300g 21 day aged Sirloin with West Country grilled baby gem, crispy shallots and ranch dressing. Then finish off the night, with a custard tart with nutmeg and salted caramel ice cream, or a chestnut pudding with mandarin & meringue. 

 

14th floor, 120 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 5BA

 

 

 

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