London took home a glut of stars this year at the 2024 Michelin awards, with a few wins particularly notable. Congratulations are due to the Ledbury, which joined the ranks of London's other three star restaurants, and it was a triumphant night too for Gymkhana, which became London's first Indian restaurant to ever win two. Joining it in the two-star camp were Trivet, in Bermondsey, and Brooklands, Claude Bosi's restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel in Knightsbridge. Elsewhere, ten London restaurants were awarded one star.
The news is especially impressive given the past 12 months have been far from plain sailing in the restaurant industry. Discounts on rates have been cancelled out by spiralling food and staff costs, and VAT remains a thorn in the side for an industry increasingly calling for more support. In London and across the UK, a glut of high profile closures, from Michel Roux's Le Gavroche to Simon Rimmer's Greens showed that no business was impervious to these pressures, and yet new restaurant openings continued apace. Despite Michelin seemingly snubbing London in the recent Bib Gourmand announcement, London’s dining scene has continued onwards, with 2024 set for a record number of openings.
Restaurants in London with three Michelin stars
NEW The Ledbury, Notting Hill. Brett Graham’s luxurious west London spot has long been a Michelin favourite and remains one of the hardest tables in London to land a reservation at. Read our review.
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair. The French fine-dining establishment went up from two stars to three in 2021, and has retained them since. It first won two stars back in 2011.
Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill. Clare Smyth’s first solo venture won its three stars in remarkable time — Core first opened in late 2017 — and maintains them for another year.
Sketch Lecture Room & Library, Mayfair. The quirky 18th-century townhouse, serving sophisticated French food, holds onto its coveted third star at the upstairs restaurant. Read our write up here.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea. Ramsay’s French fine-dining restaurant has held three stars since 2001 and keeps them all in this year’s guide. Read our write up here.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair. The restaurant serving contemporary French cuisine, using seasonal French and British ingredients, maintains all three of its stars. Read our write up here.
Restaurants in London with two Michelin stars
NEW Gymkhana, Mayfair. JKS’ flagship Indian restaurant in Mayfair is a haven to rich, elegant dining, where the lamb chops are as tender as any in London and the biryani celebrated by any who encounter it.
NEW Brooklands, Mayfair. French chef Claude Bosi did the same thing at Bibendum, entering the Guide not with one star, but two. Brooklands is less a homage to classical French cuisine but just as much a nest of opulence. Read our review.
NEW Trivet, Southwark. Ex-Fat Duck chef Johnny Lake partners with master sommelier Isa Bal at this airy Bermondsey restaurant, where the menu moves from crispy chicken wings to cured sea bass, and the wine list, as long as any in the UK, explores everywhere from Georgia to Lebanon. Read our review.
Alex Dilling at the Cafe Royal, Mayfair. The dining room at the Café Royal has been home to Dilling since September 2022, after his departure from the Greenhouse during the pandemic. The menu, which modernises fine French classics has proved a hit.
Ikoyi, The Strand. The restaurant famous for combining West African spices with British ingredients rises from one to two stars. The award is likely to be a popular one — few places are so widely and regularly praised. Read our write up here.
The Clove Club, Shoreditch. Isaac McHale’s restaurant with an innovative British menu, using often-overlooked ingredients, won two stars last in 2022 and has retained them for 2024. Read our write up here.
A. Wong, Pimlico. Andrew Wong’s world famous restaurant in Pimlico holds onto its two stars with a menu celebrating flavours from across China.
Da Terra, Hackney. Rafael Cagali’s East London spot continues to be a winning one. Food here is incredibly detailed, perhaps as Cagali once worked at The Fat Duck.
Restaurant Story, London Bridge. Tom Sellers’ restaurant, with a British tasting menu of seasonal dishes, stays at two. The news is impressive given its recent overhaul, which saw the restaurant shut for much of last year.
La Dame de Pic, the City. Anne-Sophie Pic’s inventive, high-end French restaurant in the Four Seasons hotel is once again on two stars. Read our write up here.
Kitchen Table, Bloomsbury. The intimate 19-seater counter-only restaurant which changes its menu daily, retains both its Michelin stars.
Dinner by Heston, Knightsbridge. Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant, serving modern dishes inspired by historic British gastronomy, keeps both its stars.
Restaurants in London with one Michelin star
Mountain, Soho. Under the stewardship of chef Tomos Parry, Mountain opened in July 2023. It joins sister restaurant Brat in holding one. Read our review.
1890 at The Savoy, The Strand. Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, opened in 2022, has won a Michelin star. Ramsay now holds 18 across the world.
Pavyllon, Mayfair. Multi-Michelin starred French chef Yannick Alleno arrived in the capital in 2023, quickly establishing a home to classic fine dining at his restaurant at The Four Seasons hotel, Park Lane.
Dorian, Notting Hill. This charming neighbourhood restaurant opened last year, an “anti-Notting Hill” space serving seasonally led dishes in a buzzy bistro setting. Read our review.
Akoko, Fitzrovia. Aji Akokomi founded West African restaurant Akoko in Fitzrovia in 2021, a restaurant aiming to use British ingredients, African spices, and shine a brighter light on food from the region in a modern way. Read our review.
Humo, Mayfair. A wood-fired dining concept in Mayfair from the Creative Restaurant Group revolving around a four-metre long grill, with no electricity or gas used as fuel.
Humble Chicken, Soho. Head chef Angelo Sato is not yet 30, but has already closed and reopened his cosy Soho restaurant. Now, diners are served a 13-course, East Asian-inspired omakase experience, one that moves from the progressive to the near-hallucinogenic.
Sushi Kanesaka, Mayfair. London’s most expensive restaurant upon opening, in 2023, with a £420 menu (it has since surpassed), Michelin described its sushi as being as “good as Tokyo.”
Aulis, Soho. Simon Rogan’s experimental counter dining experience in Soho expanded to double the size last year and now operates with the same forward-thinking ethos, but as more of a restaurant, less of a testing ground.
Ormer, Mayfair. Tucked away in the basement of Flemings Mayfair hotel, the restaurant is upmarket but relaxed, with Michelin talking of “charming, unstuffy service,” and superb ingredients from the British Isles.
Luca, Clerkenwell. Young Turks Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith founded Luca back in 2016 and have quietly, but assuredly, refined Italian cooking with immaculately sourced, thoroughly British ingredients, the restaurant retains its star for the second year.
Cycene, Shoreditch. Theo Clench is late of Clove Club and more recently Akoko. His dynamic cooking style and breadth of influence is on display at the highly refined Cycene.
Taku, Mayfair. Tucked behind the Royal Academy of Arts on Albemarle Street, Taku is the sister spot to the Michelin-starred Jin Paris, also founded by sushi master Takuya (Taku) Watanabe. Watanabe’s high-end omakase menu, made up of 17 courses, is designed to delight and inspire his guests, focusing on the freshest possible ingredients.
St Barts, Smithfield. The latest seasonal British restaurant from Johnnie Crowe, Luke Wasserman and Toby Neil has been built for accolades. The food, which focuses on British seasonality, spans Yorkshire beef, Welsh wagyu and Exmoor caviar and was awarded it's star in 2023.
Sollip, Southwark. Despite a somewhat lukewarm reception on opening, this Korean quickly established itself as a must-eat for its innovative and ground-breaking cooking. Read our write up here.
Kol, Marylebone. Santiago Lastra couldn’t pack diners in quickly enough as his modern Mexican, which uses only British ingredients. It was the most talked about restaurant in 2021 and has stayed busy after gaining a star last year. Read all about it here.
The Frog by Adam Handling, Covent Garden. Handling had long wanted a star and at his oft-overlooked flagship, he finally received one in 2022.
Wild Honey St James, St James. Anthony Demetre’s super-luxe brasserie, where the Negronis are famous.
Jamavar, Mayfair. The Mount Street restaurant took over what had been long considered a cursed site, but has picked up a reputation as one of London’s finest Indian restaurants.
Evelyn’s Table, Soho. James Goodyear moved from the Michelin-starred Adam’s in Birmingham to takeover the hobs of his former HIDE and Le Manoir colleague Luke Selby in January of this year, and retains its star.
Sola, Soho. Victor Garvey’s sort-of Californian, sort-of Japanese, very definitely fine dining.
Cornerstone, Hackney. Tom Brown’s east London seafood spot got its first star in 2021 after years of onlookers predicting it would.
Benares, Mayfair. Those. Lamb. Chops. The Berkeley Square Indian is a worthy recipient.
Casa Fofó, Hackney. A popular neighbourhood spot which specialises in seasonal eating.
Muse by Tom Aikens, Belgravia. No stranger to Michelin, little surprise Tom Aikens’ latest venture fares well. The menu is all but a secret, and inspired by the chef’s life.
Behind, London Fields. Chef-owner Andy Beynon somehow managed to open up in 2020 and, even more miraculously, grab a star after just 20 days of trading. He maintains his star.
Umu, Mayfair. London’s first Kyoto-influenced restaurant, which was awarded its first star within five months of opening in 2004.
The Dysart Petersham, Richmond. The family-owned Richmond restaurant earned its first Michelin star in the 2020 guide, with former Roux Scholar Kenneth Culhane at the helm in the kitchen, and Barney Taylor managing the restaurant.
Endo at the Rotunda, White City. Sushi master Endo Kazutoshi’s 16-seat restaurant in the former BBC Television Centre.
Brat, Hackney. Tomos Parry’s Shoreditch Basque restaurant retains the star it picked up in 2019. Read our write up here.
Sabor, Mayfair. Nieves Barragan Mohacho’s high-end tapas restaurant keeps the star it was awarded in 2019. Read our write up here.
Hide, Mayfair. Ollie Dabbous’s acclaimed Mayfair residence retains its 2019 star. Read our write up here.
The Ninth, Fitzrovia. Jun Tanaka’s Charlotte Street venue serving French and Mediterranean-style sharing dishes.
Pied à Terre, Fitzrovia. A local favourite and one of London’s longest standing Michelin restaurants, which continues to push forward. Read our write up here.
City Social, the City. Sky-high, modern British spot from Jason Atherton. Read our write up here.
Club Gascon, the City. The French restaurant with an award-winning wine list keeps its star. Read our write up here.
Lyle’s, Shoreditch. The seasonal British restaurant with set tasting menus in a stripped-back dining room. Read our write up here.
The Harwood Arms, Fulham. Laid-back gastropub with an upscale, modern British menu . Read our write up here.
The River Cafe, Hammersmith. Well-loved seasonal Italian cuisine for well-heeled types. Read our write up here.
La Trompette, Chiswick. High-end and much-loved modern French spot.
St. John, Clerkenwell. The original site of this traditional British restaurant, which has been specialising in nose-to-tail eating for more than a quarter of a century, keeps its star. Read our write up here.
Angler, The City. The modern seasonal seafood-focussed British restaurant at the South Place Hotel, with mirrored ceilings and 7th-floor City views, keeps its star. Read our write up here.
Elystan Street, Chelsea. The Chelsea kitchen serving contemporary, seasonal European cuisine stays in the guide with one star. Read our write up here.
The Five Fields, Chelsea. The modern British restaurant holds its star. Read our write up here.
Kitchen W8, Kensington. The relaxed and friendly modern European restaurant is in the guide after holding its star.
Trinity, Clapham. The swish neighbourhood restaurant with modern, seasonal menus stays in the guide after maintaining its star.
Galvin La Chapelle, Spitalfields. The restaurant serving polished French cuisine with a contemporary twist in a Grade II-listed building stays in the guide with one star. Read our write up here.
Chez Bruce, Wandsworth. The high-end modern French restaurant keeps its star. Read our write up here.
Amaya, Belgravia. The restaurant serving tapas-style Indian dishes with an open kitchen keeps its star.
Pétrus, Belgravia. One from the Gordon Ramsay group, specialising in modern French fine dining. Read our write up here.
Gymkhana, Mayfair. Indian restaurant with tandoori oven roasts and seasonal curries. Read our write up here.
Kai, Mayfair. The South Audley Street restaurant specialising in “Liberated Chinese Cooking” stays in the guide with one star.
Murano, Mayfair. Angel Hartnett’s modern European restaurant with a strong Italian influence keeps its star. Read our write up here.
Pollen Street Social, Mayfair. Jason Atherton’s longstanding flagship restaurant stays in the guide with one star. Read our write up here.
Veeraswamy, Mayfair. The restaurant serving high-end Indian cuisine with Maharajah-inspired decor keeps its one star. Read our write up here.
Locanda Locatelli, Marylebone. The longstanding Italian favourite with an emphasis on quality, freshness and creativity stays in the guide with one star. Read our write up here.
Portland, Marylebone. The seasonal modern European, with a wine list that focuses on lesser known regions and varieties, holds on to its star. Read our write up here.
Trishna, Marylebone. The upscale Indian from the southwest coast using fish and coconut keeps its star. Read our write up here.
The Ritz Restaurant, Piccadilly. The London institution, serving seasonal British cuisine in one of London’s most lavish dining rooms, maintains its star. Read our write up here.
The Dining Room at The Goring, Westminster. The restaurant, popular with the Royal Family and often praised for its consistency, makes this another year with a star. Read our write up here.
Quilon, Westminster. The restaurant, specialising in south-west coastal Indian cuisine, keeps its star.