What are the best fine-dining restaurants in London?

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Helen Ochyra

London is lucky enough to be home to some of the world's very best restaurants and there are few cities with better fine-dining options. Here's my pick of the best restaurants London has to offer:

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
This Chelsea restaurant is truly sensational. Order the seven-course Menu Prestige (£125) and you'll be in here for hours, enjoying modern French dishes made with seasonal ingredients and a combination of classic and modern culinary techniques. This is dining as an experience — with flavour combinations to get your tongue tingling, and service that is second to none. Ask staff to bring wine to match your dishes to enjoy the full benefit of their expertise — and to try something different.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Heston Blumenthal's first foray into the London dining scene has been extremely well-received. The menu here is perhaps London's most interesting, with olde English dishes such as meat fruit (a mandarin, chicken liver and foie gras parfait served with grilled bread), powdered duck breast with smoked confit fennel and umbles and a tipsy cake served with spit-roast pineapple. Service is unpretentious with staff only too happy to explain the unusual menu.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
This excellent restaurant has a seven-course chef's tasting menu for £120. This is packed with seasonal produce and is the perfect showcase for Executive Chef Jocelyn Herland's modern, refined approach. Influences are British and French and new menus are introduced each season. Visit at lunchtime for the set, three-course "Lunch hour" menu, which changes every Wednesday and is served in under an hour. At £55, including two glasses of wine, coffee and water this is probably London's best fine-dining deal.

Joseph Reaney

Fine-dining is about more than just food; it's about ambiance, location, service and a certain je ne sais quoi. On this basis, here are three of my favorite fine-dining spots in London.
 
The three Michelin-starred 'Restaurant' may be Gordon Ramsey's most enduring success, but his newer, single Michelin-starred Pétrus is prefered by many for bringing a refreshing simplicity to haute cuisine. It isn't often that a fine dining restaurant will serve up something as seemingly-simple as suckling pig belly with apple sauce, but its this unfussiness and focus on quality ingredients that makes it stands out from the pack. Combine this with superb stand-back service and a truly beautiful interior, and more Michelin stars are certain to follow.
 
The biggest foody talking point in the British capital for the years, two Michelin-starred The Ledbury in Notting Hill has swiftly established itself as a modern culinary classic. Although renowned for its feather-friendly menu (including pigeon, quail and pheasant), it's the desserts that really make this place a winner.
 
If you're looking for exquisite cuisine with a side order of romance, there's nowhere better than this Covent Garden cubby hole. From the roaring open log fire to the plush brown chairs, the stunning décor (along with fine service and varied menu) all help to create a comfortable and memorable fine-dining experience.

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