London Restaurants that Cost More Than a Holiday

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Date September 12 2023
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London Restaurants that Cost More Than a Holiday

London is an exquisite, expensive city, where everything one wants — one can get. This is why luxury restaurant scene here is one of the best ones in the world. Visiting these restaurants is more of a theatrical experience, where chefs put on a show and guests put on their best garments. Of course, the prices at such establishments are equal to buying a one-way ticket to an exotic country.

Although this kind of activity may not be an everyday affair, going to one of Londons most expensive restaurants for a very special occasion is an interesting experience and certainly the one that will be remembered for a long time. This time, we have prepared for you a list of the most expensive restaurants in London that are worth every penny they ask for their high-end service.

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Benares
is a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant located in the very heart of the fashionable Mayfair district. The menu ranges from a variety of traditional Indian dishes including curry and tikka masala to the modern, street food-style assortments of kormas and kebabs. Comparing to the many other Michelin-star restaurants in London, Benares is easily on the more cost-effective side as they offer tasting menus for the price of £98 per person. However, the unique menu as well as the outstanding work of the chef, Atul Kochar, who is the first Indian chef to receive a Michen star, make this place an especially compelling and a truly unforgettable gastronomic experience.

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2.    Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, Wilton Place

Celebrity chef Marcus Wareing opened this restaurant in 2008 following his scandalous falling-out with the not less famous chef Gordon Ramsey. According to the owners promise, the Michelin-starred restaurant specialises in creating inventive modern European-style cuisine using only the best ingredients to deliver the most memorable experience for every single guest. With the menus starting at a price of £155 per person for a five-course meal, Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley offers an affordable but certainly a luxurious experience.

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3.   Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Knightsbridge

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is one of those fancy London restaurants that hold not one but two Michelin stars, meaning that the quality of dining here is directly proportional to its cost. Blumenthal, the world-famous chef and the owner of another couple of incredibly highly-rated establishments that have in the past received titles of Worlds Best Restaurants, owns this universal recognition to his unique style of cooking inspired by the historic Tudor-style dining experiences. The five-course meal menus start at the price of £155 per person, which is little price to pay for trying the edible history experience that this unique establishment offers.

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4.   Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Carlos Place

This three-Michelin-star French restaurant that serves haute couture cuisine in an elegant setting of pink pastels and beige wooden panels, offers a sensational experience with personalised menus, exceptional ingredients and no less spectacular desserts. With the prices starting at £195 for an exquisite five-course meal that includes the internationally-acclaimed Signature Baba with the restaurants very own armagnac, this is a perfect place for a cute birthday dinner. Another amusing   fact about this restaurant is that the staff at Hélène Darroze can take a polaroid picture of your party and put it in a card as a souvenir!

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5.   The Lecture Room & Library at Sketch, Conduit Street

Not long after the London Atelier for Christian Dior had closed on 9 Conduit Street, a sketchy restaurant, Sketch, captivating everyone with its mind-boggling art-deco design, opened its doors in the year 2002 and has quickly achieved worldwide recognition after becoming the most expensive restaurant in London. This, however, was not enough and soon Sketch received three Michelin stars, making it also one of the best restaurants in London. Just visiting Sketch for a cheeky cocktail is an experience of its own, but dining there is a very very big deal. So big that, although the prices for todays London may not be the most exorbitant with the tasting menu being mere £190 per person, booking a table is always almost unrealistic and has to be done months in advance.

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6.    The Araki, New Burlington Street

The Araki is one of the most authentic Japanese restaurants in London partly because it only has 9 sits. However, the real reason for its worldwide fame and mind-blowing prices is that The Arakiis the first restaurant in London to bring the real mind-widening tradition of Edomae Sushi, which is an authentic sushi preparation style originating from 200 years ago in former Tokyo. Brought to the curious, but rather sophisticated gourmands of London by the legendary Tokyo Oyakata (Sushi Master)Mitsuhiro Araki, this establishment offers an immersive, theatrical experience of sushi omakase prepared in front of the guests. Considering the combination of the level of professionalism and tradition with the quality of ingredients, it is no wonder that the price of the set menu is £310 per person, excluding the drinks.

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7.    Le Gavroche,  Upper Brook Street

Renowned for its utmost delicious old-school French cuisine, the three-Michelin-star restaurant has also become famous for being the training ground for a few of the worlds best chefs including Marco Pierre White, dubbed the first celebrity chef, and Gordon Ramsey himself. Opened by Albert and Michael Roux in 1967, it continues to exist as a family establishment, now run by Michael Jr, son of Albert Roux. The restaurant combines rocks the fashionable quite luxurydesign and fascinates guests with impeccable service and choice of wine. The price of the exceptional seven-course menu starts at £200 per person, with the option to enhance your experience with a matching glass of wine selected by the restaurants Sommelier for an additional £115.

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8.   Kitchen Table, Charlotte Street

This restaurant is another famous two-Michelin-star restaurant, where the guests are offered not only to eat exquisite meals prepared by the world-class chef James Knappett but to fully immerse themselves into the world of fine-dining by having a chance to watch their orders being prepared from scratch in front of them. Considered to be the previously unseen kitchen theatrethis establishment is always busy with serving the poshest crowd their innermost gastronomical dreams, as the menu changes daily and focuses on the freshest locally-sourced produce. While the tasting menu starts at £200 per person, the drinks are charged separately and can easily go over hundreds of pounds.

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9.   Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, Royal Hospital Road

This upscale and sophisticated venue designed in the best traditions of a London fine-dining institution has been created by the worlds most acclaimed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. Although since 2015, the team has been led by Matt Abé, Ramseys unquestionable protege, this three-Michelin-star establishment is still one of the best ones in London. Based in Chelsea, it is also, of course, one of the most expensive London venues as well, where the Carte Blanche menu starts at £220 per person. The price is justifiable though, considering that the chef prepares a special bespoke menu for the guests.

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10.   Sushi Kanesaka at The Dorchester, Park Lane

Sushi Kanesaka opened at The Dorchester Hotel only this July and has already been called the most expensive restaurant in the country. In this new establishment, Tokyos chef Shinji Kanesaka brings the art of traditional Edomae sushi to an extent unseen before in London. With the use of finest ingredients, including Kanesakas own rice blend from Japan, a team of eight chefs, sommeliers, along with a traditional okami-san (a job that passes from generation to generation of women within a family) this experience is more of a portal through space and time, transporting guests back to Tokyo hundreds of years ago, than the usual fine-dining in London. The 18-course menu is priced at £420 per person, which certainly adds to making a visit to Sushi Kanesaka a truly unforgettable experience.

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