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The Royal Family's favourite London restaurants

  • Food & Wine
  • By Kirsty Martin
  • Published 26 May 2022
  • Revised 30 June 2022

Fancy dining like the royals do? In this article, we're giving you a taster of some of the finest restaurants in London, known to be favourites of the Royal Family. And because the perfect place to lay your head after a slap-up meal is oh so important, we have the ideal luxury London hotel recommendations for you too.

1. The Ivy, West End

The Ivy is of course famed for its celebrity clientele, and Her Majesty the Queen is among the prestigious visitors to this iconic London restaurant. You can see why it would appeal to the monarch, too, as The Ivy has retained a traditional opulence and elegance characterised by dark oak-wood panelling and stained-glass windows. The mouth-watering menu is traditionally British too – apparently the Queen’s preferred choice – but with the occasional nod to world cuisine.

Where to stay: After your sumptuous meal, why not return to the ideally-situated W London Leicester Square? A short walk from The Ivy but worlds away in style, this five-star boutique hotel is achingly chic. Alternatively, if you desire something more traditional – but a taxi ride away please note – then the royal-approved Mayfair institution, Claridge’s, is the perfect choice.

2. The Goring, Belgravia

Situated in the heart of London’s prestigious Belgravia area, and just a stone’s throw from Knightsbridge and Mayfair, The Goring is one of the most historic luxury hotels in London. A beacon of traditional elegance, it hosted Kate Middleton the night before her wedding to Prince William. The Duchess of Cambridge has also been known to indulge in the hotel’s celebrated afternoon tea; which included a special royal-themed selection of delights in honour of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee. Fit for a queen indeed!

Where to stay: If you’re looking for something a little more contemporary though, try the Bvlgari Hotel London in Mayfair. Showcasing the same classic elegance with a contemporary twist  like the brand’s famed jewellery, this is a property that oozes style. While you’re there, let the mixologist whip you up something special at the ultra-chic Nolita Social. This underground cocktail bar epitomises the vibrancy of the New York district it is named after.

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3. Bellamy’s, Mayfair

Iced lobster soufflé and steak tartare are among the delectable offerings of Bellamy’s, deemed to be one of the Queen’s favourite restaurants. Clearly Her Majesty is a fan of Franco-Belgian cuisine, which the Mayfair-based brasserie specialises in. And as the French are known for their flair with fish, the menu boasts an array of seafood specialities including sea scallops à la planche and smoked eel mousse. 

Where to stay: From Bellamy’s, it’s just a short walk to five-star property The Biltmore Mayfair, LXR Hotels & Resorts, in its prestigious location in the heart of Mayfair. This elegant and eminently luxurious hotel offers sanctuary away from the urban buzz however, situated as it is on a leafy square. Unwind in sumptuous surroundings and sample yet more world-class cuisine at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

Image credit: Sophie Ziegler

4. Launceston Place, Kensington

Tucked away in a discreet Kensington location, the award-winning Launceston Place was reportedly a favourite eatery of Princess Diana’s. Wine enthusiasts will certainly be in heaven here, as the restaurant has garnered multiple accolades, including an AA Rosette for ‘Notable Wine List’ and ‘Best Wine List’ in the Tatler Restaurant Awards. Its sumptuous menu – crafted by the equally award-showered Ben Murphy – features exquisite European dishes with contemporary flair.

Where to stay: The five-star Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is just a short taxi ride away from Launceston Place. This elegant property boasts beautifully-appointed accommodation in a first-rate location in the heart of Knightsbridge. You’ll soon forget that you’re in the city though, once immersed in the serene sanctuary that is The Spa.

Image credit: Instagram @launcestonplace

5. Dean Street Townhouse, Soho

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly had their first date at this stylish London eatery, and you can see why it’s the perfect setting. This establishment is cosy yet chic; with a warmth that exudes from its deep red furnishings, vibrant décor and eclectic artwork. Classic British cuisine with an elegant twist is the restaurant’s signature style. You can expect anything from burger and chips – deluxe, of course – to steak tartare with a Burford Brown egg.

Where to stay: Why not complement your visit to Dean Street Townhouse with a stay at iconic five-star hotel, The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel? Around 15 minutes’ walk away from the restaurant, this timelessly elegant hotel has seen a host of celebrated stars grace its luxurious rooms, whom the property’s suites pay homage to.

Image credit: Instagram @deanstreettownhouse

6. Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone

Indisputably one of the trendiest places to brunch in London, Chiltern Firehouse has been graced by a string of royals. Meghan Markle has been spotted sipping cocktails here; while siblings Princess Beatrice and Eugenie both held their engagement parties at the New York-style brunch establishment. Expect classic breakfast dishes taken to an incredible next level; such as scrambled eggs served with parmesan and wild mushrooms, or Eggs Benedict served with lobster. 

Where to stay: A mere two minute-stroll away from Chiltern Firehouse, The Marylebone is the perfect luxury base; being every bit as chic and vibrant as the restaurant and surrounding area. Guest rooms and suites are immaculately styled, while the lobby, bar and 108 Brasserie restaurant perfectly distill Marylebone’s trendy vibe.

7. L’Escargot, Soho

London’s oldest French restaurant, L’Escargot has long been a favourite of the royals. Princess Diana was known to enjoy dining there, with other iconic former guests including Judi Dench and Coco Chanel. As the name heavily suggests, the menu here is very much classic French cuisine, with the quintessential Franco dish of Escargot, or snails in garlic butter, naturally receiving top billing. Of course, it is also Parisian fare of the highest calibre.

Where to stay: Within easy walking distance of L’Escargot is stunning boutique hotel The London EDITION. From the moment that you step into the dramatic lobby with its ornate high ceilings and marble pillars, you will be in awe. The London EDITION effortlessly blends historic beauty with contemporary style, featuring jaw-dropping décor throughout, while still feeling cosy and inviting.

Image credit: Instagram @lescargotsoho

8. Dans Le Noir, Clerkenwell

This unique restaurant’s reputation as one of the world’s most original precedes it, but for the unfamiliar: Dans Le Noir offers an entirely different dining experience. It takes place in complete darkness; the concept being that taking away the ability to see heightens your sense of taste. The added bonus of course, is privacy, which is likely what attracted Prince William and Kate Middleton to the restaurant on a number of occasions, reportedly.

Where to stay: We think that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be equally drawn to Rosewood London. Tucked away in a secluded corner of Holborn, this property is a luxurious hidden gem. And much like the royal couple, it has a regal quality while still radiating warmth. From the attractive Edwardian entrance to the sumptuous dark woods and leather furnishings, Rosewood artfully combines English-Heritage style with modern chic.

Image credit: Instagram @danslenoirgroup

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