They spend their days creating dishes for other people, but where do London's top chefs choose to go for a meal? We asked ten of the capital’s finest for the restaurants that get their expert seal of approval.
From little-known neighbourhood joints to high-end eateries, the budget right through to the blowout, add these insider dining spots to your must-visit list and you can eat and drink your way around London like the pros. Also, keep your eyes peeled for parts two and three, coming soon...
"My favourite restaurant at the moment is the Naughty Piglets in Brixton. It’s super small with a great, ever-changing menu, seasonal produce and a wine list focused on raw, natural wines."
Recommended by Hamish Brown, Group Executive Chef of Roka
“I rate The Dairy in Clapham, it’s fun and relaxed – no stress just great food.”
Recommended by Paul Hood, Chef Patron at the Michelin-starred Social Eating House
“Right now I like Som Saa. Proper Thai food cooked in the Climpson’s Railway Arch in Hackney.”
"For me it has to be The Palomar on Rupert Street. It is great to sit and relax at the counter and watch the chefs in the open kitchen. They are a young, energetic and inspired team making use of delicious, fresh, seasonal produce. The food is well executed, unconventional and ultimately delicious. Overall it’s just a great experience"
“Usually I find little time to eat out and therefore make myself odd concoctions from what I can find in the fridge. But if I do eat out I love Salon in Market Row Brixton and Naughty Piglets, both of which are near my house. Otherwise, I love a steak from Hawksmoor. I’m also a huge fan of Chinese food and recently discovered A Wong in Victoria which I love.”
Recommended by Will Bowlby, Head Chef and Founder of Kricket at POP Brixton