Fodor’s Choice London: Dining

060905_LeGavrocheF.jpgLe Gavroche, Mayfair
French, (photo, right)
Chef Michel Roux Jr. inherits the family culinary gene and outperforms at this clubby haven, which some critics rate the best dining in London.

Galvin, Bloomsbury
French
London’s lucky to have the Galvin brothers blazing a trail for the bistrot de luxe concept on Baker Street.

Busabe Eathai, Bloomsbury
Thai
It’s top value for money at this superior high–turnover Thai canteen. It’s fitted with bench seats and hardwood tables but is no less seductive for the communal dining.

Racine, Chelsea
French
Henry Harris’s chic French brasserie excels because he does the simple things well—and doesn’t overcharge.

St. John, The City
Contemporary
Most people love chef Fergus Henderson’s ultra-British cooking at this converted smokehouse in Clerkenwell. His chutzpah is scary–one appetizer is pig skin.

060905_GordonRamseyF.jpgGordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea
French, (photo, right)
The famous Mr. Ramsay whips up a storm with white beans, lobster, foie gras, and shaved truffles.

Anchor & Hope, South Bank
English
Great things at reasonable prices come from the open kitchen at this permanently packed, no-reservations gastro-pub on the Cut.

The Ivy, Covent Garden
Contemporary
For star-trekking (“Don’t look now, dear, but there’s Hugh Grant”) this is the prime spot in London.

Le Cercle, Knightsbridge
French
Prepare to be wowed by knockout new French cuisine at this ground-breaking restaurant and bar set in a steep, slick basement off Sloane Square.

Locanda Locatelli, Mayfair
Italian
Chef Giorgio Locatelli has the golden touch—hence the mile-long waiting list at this sexy Italian restaurant replete with convex mirrors, beige banquettes, and cherry-wood dividers.

Electric Brasserie, Notting Hill
Contemporary
There’s nowhere better for people-watching than the Electric on Portobello Road’s market day.

060905_TomAikensF.jpgTom Aikens, Chelsea
French, (photo, right)
Wonder chef Tom Aikens trained under French legend Joël Robuchon and excels at his slick modern eponymous restaurant.

The Wolseley, St. James’s
Austrian
Framed with black lacquerware, the Viennese-style café begins its long, decadent days with breakfast at 7a.m. and is open until midnight.

Yauatcha, Soho
Chinese
Expertly designed by Christian Liaigre—with a bar-length aquarium, candles, and starry ceiling—the food’s a match for the Sex in the City setting.

Coach & Horse, The City
English
Farringdon’s award-winning rare-breed gastro-pub gets it right on all levels. 26-28 Ray Street.

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