Guest post about London by an expert on London
The last time I was in London was three or four years ago, just crossing by bus the city between two railroad stations. Everybody who knows me knows that I love to travel and to eat well (simple and ethnic, or fancy and creative). I also am a big fan of public transportation. But in my own schitzy way, I’m happy to take public transportation to and from a luxurious hotel. So when Paul Joseph, a London-based author and writer, offered to write a guest post for Travel Babel, I was delighted to accept. He is currently penning a nostalgic book called Vanishing London on his home city. He also works for a website called Tube Hotels, where you can find and book London hotels near theaters, tube stations and train stations. I leave his British spelling intact
London hotels with Michelin star restaurants
There’s something eminently civilised about strolling down from a hotel room and settling down for something to eat without even leaving the premises. But whilst most high-end hotels have on-site restaurants, only a select few go the extra mile and offer fine dining.
In recent years London has seen a steady proliferation of Michelin starred restaurants opening in the city’s hotels. And whilst it is true that the Michelin accreditation has become somewhat devalued, with stars seemingly handed out like confetti, it is still a pretty reliable barometer for the quality of food you can expect.
This will certainly be the case at The Dorchester, one of London’s most prestigious hotels, located in the exclusive Mayfair district. The hotel is home to Alain Ducasse (left) at The Dorchester which boasts an impressive three Michelin stars to its name. Indeed, it was only the second restaurant in London to receive this accolade. The restaurant offers contemporary French cuisine in a modern and elegant décor.
Out in chic west London is The Capital, whose restaurant is lagging behind the Dorchester with a mere 2 stars to its name. The Knightsbridge establishment is just a stone’s throw from the famous Harrods department store, meaning you could do some pathological damage to your credit card in just a few hours if so willing.
Another historical London hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant is the Connaught. Also located in Mayfair, this hotel offers a platform for esteemed French chef Hélène Darroze to flaunt her gastronomic talents. The restaurant – called Hélène Darroze at the Connaught (incidently, I do love these restaurant names that depicts the chef as some kind of headline act. More evidence that cooking has crossed the realm into show business) – has been bestowed with one Michelin star.
Finally there is The Bingham, located some way out of the city centre in Richmond-upon-Thames, but well worth the trip. Led by highly acclaimed chef Shay Cooper, the hotel’s restaurant also owns possesses one Michelin star.
And there you have it. So if you ever find yourself in London, with a healthy appetite and an even healthier bank balance, you know where to head.
Click on the London hotel names for reservations links: The Connaught, The Capital, The Dorchester and the Bingham Hotel.