London’s Michelin-starred restaurants open al fresco right now – and all those re-opening in May
Most of us have been craving restaurant, bar and pub re-openings over the impossibly long lockdown period. While we can easily grab a pint of beer at home or make a burger using a DIY kit, the fine-dining experience is almost impossible to replicate without professional service and dedicated chefs.
The good news is that with terraces reopening, we no longer need to cling to memories of white tablecloths and petit fours. We have put together a list – and a map – of all the Michelin starred restaurants currently open in London and those that are due to re-open next month when indoor dining will be allowed – hopefully once and for all. Most of the time the menus won’t be as extensive as the regular ones, but these restaurants are still worthy of their reputation.
For one of the best rooftop terraces in the city, look no further than Angler. Take a seat at the top of the South Place Hotel and sample an array of delicious seafood dishes, with fish sourced mainly from Cornwall and Scotland. Book here.
Adam Byatt’s Clapham restaurant keeps it simple by using classic techniques to skilfully craft seasonal ingredients into dishes you won’t likely forget. This intimate neighbourhood joint is loved by locals. Book here.
Giorgio Locatelli has led his eponymous restaurant into its second decade with his unerring passion for Italian cuisine. The menu covers regional cooking from across the country, as well as offering gluten-free pasta options. Book here.
Gordon Ramsay’s Knightsbridge restaurant Pétrus is the perfect venue for a special occasion. As well as treating yourself to some of the best modern French cooking in the capital, you can take in the incredible glass-fronted wine store, housing over 700 bins. Book here.
Italian chef Adolfo de Cecco is the mastermind behind this Hackney operation, which creates innovative fusions between Asian flavours and Mediterranean tradition. Book here.
For a taste of Spain with all of the flavour but less of the Michelin formality, try this critically acclaimed countertop tapas bar on Dean Street the heart of Soho. Indulge in classic plates or try more unusual dishes such as ortiguillas. Book here.
Olly Dabbous’s esteemed Green Park restaurant has opened its terrace, allowing diners to try the chef’s seasonal curated menus, featuring favourites from the Hide Ground à la carte menu and cocktails from Hide Below. Book here.
The River Café
Located in Thames Wharf, Ruth Rodgers’s iconic Italian restaurant is now open, its riverside terrace offering up beautiful views to accompany an array of exquisite and authentic dishes. Book here.
Davies and Brook
The iconic Mayfair hotel Claridge’s has reopened its esteemed restaurant, headed by Daniel Humm. Offering up quality ingredients with a refined and delicate touch, this is a terrace that demands to be visited. Book here.
Andrew Wong’s cooking is inspired by his travels through China, with the various regions being reflected in his sophisticated dishes and famous dim sum. Book here.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
The iconic experimental chef explores the science of cookery at this famous London restaurant, located in the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park. This spacious venue is perfect for an extraordinary al fresco meal. Book here.
Claude Bosi at Bibendum
You don’t get much more Michelin than Bibendum, located in the first floor of the company’s original headquarters. This art deco building now houses Claude Bosi’s remarkable two-Michelin-starred French kitchen. Book here.
Tom Brown, alumnus of the esteemed chef Nathan Outlaw, showcases his remarkable fish and shellfish cookery skills and imaginative originality at this buzzing Hackney Wick restaurant. The restaurant is currently offering a Saturday takeaway menu featuring a few of the chef’s favourite plates and will open fully on 18th May. Book here.
Restaurants reopening in May and beyond
- Kai – 14th May terrace, 17th May indoors
- Marcus – 17th May
- Celeste – 17th May
- Hakkasan – 17th May
- Harwood Arms – 17th May
- Pied à Terre – 17th May
- St John – 17th May
- The Clove Club – 17th May
- Gymkhana – 17th May
- Trishna – 17th May
- Club Gascon – 17th May
- Galvin La Chapelle – 17th May
- Amaya – 17th May
- Hakkasan Mayfair – 17th May
- Murano – 17th May
- Veeraswamy – 17th May
- Ritz Restaurant – 17th May
- Dining Room at the Goring – 17th May
- Quilon – 17th May
- Elystan Street – 17th May
- Brat – 17th May
- Ikoyi – 17th May
- Benares – 17th May
- Sketch: Lecture Room & Library – 17th May
- The Ninth – 17th May
- Five Fields – 18th May
- Kitchen W8 – 18th May
- Pollen Street Social – 18th May
- Portland – 18th May
- Seven Park Place – 18th May
- Muse by Tom Aikens – 18th May
- Behind – 18th May
- Hélène Darroze at the Connaught – 18th May
- Gordon Ramsay – 18th May
- Chez Bruce – 19th May
- City Social – 19th May
- La Trompette – 19th May
- The Glasshouse – 19th May
- Sabor – 19th May
- Leroy – 19th May
- Mãos – 19th May
- Story – 19th May
- Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester – 20th May
- Le Gavroche – TBC
- Core by Clare Smyth – TBC
- Pidgin- TBC
- Kitchen Table – TBC
- Lyle’s – TBC
- Endo at the Rotunda – TBC
- SO|LA – TBC
- Da Terra – TBC
- La Dame de Pic – TBC
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