5 London Restaurants Perfect for Special Celebrations
Celebrating something special? Find the appropriate restaurant to make it a day, or night, you'll never forget.
Celebration: Civil Wedding
Why: Dine in this charming French-British restaurant (pictured) in the middle of serene Holland Park where peacocks wander freely. It's the perfect spot for a magical reception dinner or lunch after an intimate wedding ceremony at The Orangery next door — a bright and airy venue overlooking the garden with a license for civil marriages.
Off Abbotsbury Rd., Holland Park, W8 6LU; 020 7602 1238
Why: A romantic getaway to this Northern Chinese restaurant on the 33rd floor of the Shard, with panoramic views across London, is a magical way to celebrate a landmark anniversary. Spice things up with their signature dish, the Red Lantern, a basket of crispy soft-shell crab covered with Sichuan dried chile and then tie a wish to the wish tree on your way out.
31 St. Thomas St., SE1 9RY; 020 3011 1257
Hélène Darroze at the Connaught Hotel
Why: A long, lazy brunch at The Connaught Hotel is a wonderful way to start your birthday. Feast on scrambled eggs, fresh juice, pancakes, smoked salmon and freshly baked housemade bread, as well as a selection of desserts and fruit. When you're done, take yourself to the spa in the hotel basement for some much deserved birthday pampering.
The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Pl., W1K 2AL; 020 7107 8880
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
Why: Got money to blow? Treat yourself to dinner at the world-renowned chef's London restaurant. The finest new French cuisine is on offer, made using seasonal French and British ingredients, which currently includes seared John Dory, green asparagus, baby artichokes and more. The service and presentation will blow you away — as will the prices.
The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Ln., W1K 1QA; 020 7629 8866
Cheyne Walk Brasserie
Celebration: Family Reunion
Why: This charming brasserie in Chelsea serves hearty French food cooked on an open wood fire in the middle of the restaurant. Book the upstairs 'salon' for a seated lunch or dinner for gatherings of up to 30 people. (If your family is really huge, they can accommodate 75 people standing.) The beautiful room overlooking the river has a cosy and intimate vibe that feels like eating in someone's home — except here, no one has to cook.
50 Cheyne Walk, SW3 5LR; 020 7376 8787