Best London restaurants for spotting celebrities

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London's top celeb hotspots

London has recently been voted the most glamorous city in the world - beating New York and Paris as the most loved by the rich and famous - and today we reveal the capital's top FIVE best restaurants to spot your favourite celebrities!

With it now known as the mecca for both finance, the arts, and the film industry, London has become a playground for the A listers and it is easier than ever to spot yourself a star.

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A recent survey of 'high net-worth' adults from 16 countries around the world, rated London as the number 1 in showbiz and entertainment and here are the haunts where to find the great and the good eating their A list food.

So if you want to follow in the footsteps of your favourite celeb and literally have a taste of their lifestyle, read on....

Here are the top celeb hotspots to try:

The Chiltern Firehouse - Marylebone

Once upon a time, celebrities liked to hide away in secret. To dine away from paying eyes. These days though they head to the number one showbiz location, the Chiltern Firehouse. The former fire station in Marylebone is so popular that A-listers just can't get enough of it, even though it has been opened for the past three years.

The restaurant is the offering from hotel magnate André Balazs, who owns the glamorous Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and the Mercer hotel in the Big Apple. Originally one of London's first purpose-built fire stations, the Grade II listed gothic Victorian building has been transformed by Balazs into a swanky New York-style brasserie with high ceilings, hanging light fittings, large mirrors and a busy open kitchen.

Guests are greeted by attractive top-hatted doormen and escorted through a pretty garden courtyard to their tables.

Who's the chef?

The kitchen is headed up by chef Nuno Mendes who has created a relaxed but vibrant menu with many American flourishes. Typical dishes include chargrilled iberico pork and blackened salmon with sea kale. But the Chiltern's most famous signature dish is their crab-stuffed donuts. Delicious and bitesize, what more could you want!

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Kate Moss seen outside the Chiltern Firehouse

Who might I spot?

David Beckham, Kate Moss, Simon Cowell, Bradley Cooper and Orlando Bloom have all been glimpsed sneaking out of the back door.

What will a meal cost?

It's certainly not cheap, but it's not preposterously expensive either. Most of the mains are around the £25 mark, while wood grilled ribeye would push you to £36. Three courses about £45, without wine.

How do I get a table?

Your best bet is to start dating a celebrity – the restaurant operates a rigorous screening policy that prioritises famous faces over civilians. If you're not feeling lucky in love, try booking for a less popular time: a Monday lunch perhaps, or an early dinner.


Kitchen W8 - Kensington

One of London's best kept secrets, Kitchen W8 maybe the most popular haunt amongst celebs in town but has kept under the radar. Until now! The stylish venue is nestled unassumingly in one of Kensington's side streets but has steadily built up a reputation as being the number one choice for the rich and famous in the know.


The stars flock there because of its incredible Michelin-starred contemporary food and impeccable service. For years famous faces have been making a pilgrimage there to queue up and sample the delights of their famous chef, Mark Kempson. Known for his no nonsense approach and magic approach to food, Kempson is the driving force which keeps the stars coming back for more.

A- listers are known to fight over his smoked eel with grilled mackerel as well as his other dishes which include mouth-watering combinations as caramelised loin and croquette of Pata Negra pork with potato, apple and watercress.

The stars are also known to slip in for their Sunday lunch at the understated venue with is peppered with modern art.

London's celeb hotspots
Head chef Mark Kempson

Who's the chef?

Celebs regularly give a big thumbs-up to the "high-quality" Michelin-starred act of star chef Mark Kempson and the cosy 'neighbourhood-cum-destination' feel of the place. Kempson's "outstanding" take on contemporary European cuisine rarely turns up a dud dish with his signature dish of smoked eel with grilled mackerel and his Swiss roll with raspberry ripple ice cream and lemon verbena is a hit. The 3 course set lunch for £28 is reckoned to be one of the "best-value Michelin menus" in London.

What will a meal cost?

One of the most affordable Michelin-starred haunts around. With the stars clamouring for their £28 set lunch!

Who might I spot?

On a stars per square inch scale, Kitchen W8 even beats the Chiltern for pulling power at their cosy venue. A real A list favourite with Tom Cruise, Giorgio Armani, David Cameron and the gorgeous Duchess of Cambridge as just some of the regulars.

How do I get a table?

Beg, borrow or steal to get a table for dinner there. Sometimes waiting lists have been up to three months. Easier to get in for their lunch menu.


Pied a Terre - Fitzrovia

This iconic venue, voted as one of the world's top 100 restaurants, has become synonymous for star pulling power and their unbelievable modern French gourmet menu.


Known for its unique fish and seasonal dishes and the grandmaster of all British restaurants that started the explosion in fine dining in the 90s. This showbiz mecca has been going strong for over 25 years and is probably the showbiz venue with the longest staying power.

Known for it's discreet touch with their celebrity clientele, Pied a Terre has some of the biggest names in entertainment coming and going through their stylish doors. Kayne West, Brad Pitt and even The Simpsons Mr Burns turn up there wanting to taste Pied's signature dish of Scallops Ceviche or their exquisite tasting menu.

Last year the world's oldest billionaire, American David Rockefeller celebrated his 101st birthday with a lavish dinner in the private dining area at the restaurant with family and friends. The eaterie has had a who's who of world famous chefs working at the cult three-storey restaurant over the years including Richard Neat, Tom Aitkens, Marcus Eaves and the current star Andy McFadden.


Head chef Andy McFadden (centre) with owner David Moore and Louis Theroux (right)


Who's the chef?

Irish-born Andy McFadden has been cooking for the stars for almost a decade at the Charlotte Street venue and is known throughout the industry for his supreme skills and delicate touch. His signature dish of scallops ceviche is world famous.

What will a meal cost?

Pied's unique tasting menu is a competitive £105 with most of the stars known to go for their unique exclusive Truffle menu for £145 which the stars say must to be tried before we die! Failing that, you can get a set lunch for under £30 for a Michelin celebrity experience.

Who might I spot?

Name any big star from the past 20 years and they have been there. Or are going next week! Robert De Niro, Nicole Kidman, Kanye West, Brad Pitt, Colin Firth, David Giroud and Tony Blair are all faces at the upmarket venue.

101 year-old billionaire David Rockefeller who dined at Pied a Terre last year

How do I get a table?

Tricky to get a table at the last minute because most nights are rammed to the rafters. But lunchtime is a tad easier. Best to know the legendary maitre de, Mathieu to slip you in if you are desperate to dine on the day!

The Ivy - Covent Garden

Famed for its A list clientele The Ivy was undisputed celebrity haunt back in the 1990s. Their iconic brown doors were a gateway to the A – Z of the celebrity world. The Beckhams were regular visitors, so were rock legends such as Elton John, Liam Gallagher and even royalty in the form of Princess Diana. Hollywood's finest would also pay the restaurant a visit with Al Pacino and Julia Roberts being just two star names to dine there.


Although their crown has slipped slightly in recent years, the Ivy is still the place to be seen when in London's trendy West End.

Yet for all The Ivy's grace and glamour, the humble Sheppard's Pie is the long established signature dish, costing £19.50, hardly one to dent the celeb pocket.

Who's the chef?

Executive Chef Gary Lee is known for his signature Shepherds Pie dish. His knowledge and love of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese food and culinary heritage grew at the venue, and can still be seen in his choice of oriental dishes on The Ivy's menu. After a major refurb 2 years ago, Lee brought on a new menu with great seasonal choices, a larger pan-Asian section, more salads and vegetables and a new "sea & shells" section.

What will a meal cost?

An average meal will cost roughly £41 or over. The trademark Shepherds Pie alone will set you back £19.50 as a main.

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Joan Collins is a fan of the eatery

Who might I spot?

In it's heyday in the 80s and Nineties you could see any amount of stars there. Joan Collins is a fan.

How do I get a table?

Getting a reservation can take weeks, sometimes longer, unless you happen to know the right people. Try your luck.

Quaglinos - Mayfair

Quaglinos is a world famous restaurant and jazz club rolled into one and the star crowd flock there in their droves. Angelina Jolie famously spent an evening at Quag (as its affectionately known) with the politician William Hague.

Rocker Mick Jagger is a fan and whilst Lindsay Lohan makes a beeline for the restaurant whenever she lands in Britain. Further down the scale, the TOWIE mob love to spend an evening there too.

A secret must have item amongst celebrities is said to be an 'acquired' ash tray from the legendary restaurant. Hot rumours persist over who owns one. The supersize restaurant seats almost 300 diners, meaning on any given night the chases of spotting a celeb are very high.

The Queen visited Quaglinos back in 1956 making her the first monarch to ever visit a public restaurant.

Located in London's superrich Mayfair, Quaglinos serves a stylish and modern European menu. Their Lemon Meringue Shortbread is a cult classic whilst the Highland Red Deer, a signature dish of head chef Michael Weiss, is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding dishes in the world of fine dining.

Who's the chef?
Head Chef, James Hulme, comes to Quaglino's after having previously worked for various D&D restaurants including, Plateau and Le Pont de la Tour.

When asked to describe his cooking in three words, he would sum it up as fresh, seasonal and clean and he won't deny a competitive streak with his cooking here in London. His favourite seasonal ingredients are autumnal treats where vegetables have a much stronger flavour and meat is also more generally matured and flavoursome. A great dish according to James, is a combination of great ingredients and a little bit of technique, a dual approach that he brings to all his own cooking.

Lindsay Lohan is amongst those who have dined at Quaglinos

What will a meal cost?

Three courses at dinner with a glass of champagne will set you back just £33 a head!

Who might I spot?

Angelina Jolie, William Hague, Mick Jagger, Lindsay Lohan and Bryan Ferry have all enjoyed nights there.

How do I get a table?

The easy of the five to get a table but still quite a challenge on a Friday or Saturday night. Your best bet is to call a week in advance.


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