The London Edition hotel is a city-centre show-stealer – although we’d expect nothing less from Studio 54 co-founder turned hotellier Ian Schrager. The hotel’s star turn restaurant Berners Tavern has dazzling 19th-century detailing and Ferran Adrià-trained chef Jason Atherton’s patronage – say ‘how do you do?’ to this hotspot and our pick of London’s finest dining rooms…
Even the most blasé trendsetter will be awe-struck by Berners Tavern’s fine-art jigsaw puzzle walls, restored Rococo-style stucco ceiling and begging-to-be-swung-from chandeliers. Surreptitious celeb-spotting comes second to admiring Schrager’s take on ‘old-fashioned good taste’, and patron chef Jason Atherton – mastermind of Michelin-star-awarded Pollen Street Social – has spruced-up British comfort food for the menu (macaroni cheese with braised ox-cheek and bone-marrow crumble? Yes please).
Self-proclaimed ‘cocktail Jedi’ Davide Segat’s creations – ‘Are you trying tequila?’ and ‘Mead, myself and I’ – are charmingly puntastic and very sluggable, too. However, don’t expect the debauchery of Schrager’s era-defining club (riding in on horseback is likely discouraged): Berners Tavern is for frock-wearing and grown-up date nights.
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BLAKES RESTAURANT BLAKES HOTEL
Blakes’ subterranean, Orient-inspired dining room is intimate and seductive, with low enough lighting for a little naughtiness. Don daring togs and feed each other Beluga or Oscietra by hand…
THE FOYER CLARIDGE’S
Leading off from the lobby, the Foyer’s art deco detailing, impeccable service and Porter-esque piano-tinkling lure coteries of lunching ladies and afternoon tea aficionados, and Dale Chihuly’s chandelier adds contemporary cool.
MASSIMO RESTAURANT & BAR CORINTHIA HOTEL
Massimo’s deep-sea chic (bathysphere-shaped chandeliers, vintage map prints and Breton-striped pillars) give it Poseidon-standard gravitas, and its oyster bar begs to be propped up.
SIXTH FLOOR RESTAURANT SHOREDITCH HOUSE
When you have sprawling sixth-floor views of London, you don’t need chandeliers. With mix-and-match retro furnishings, trailing greenery and industrial overtones this hip rooftop restaurant is the touchstone for grand dining du jour.