Six recommended London restaurants

The world’s top tastemakers reveal their unbeatable eateries

Dock Kitchen at Portobello Docks, W10
Dock Kitchen at Portobello Docks, W10 | Image: Peer Lingreen

Rosetta Getty, womenswear designer “The last meal that truly impressed me was at Defune in Marylebone. I have been going there for 15 years but recently rediscovered it with my children when we were staying at Chiltern Firehouse just around the corner. The space is tiny – like a Japanese café – but for an elevated dining experience you can opt for the more formal downstairs area. We loved the casual family feel upstairs, as well as the fresh sashimi and creative maki sushi rolls. The whole experience felt entirely authentic.” 34 George Street, London W1 (020‑7935 8311; www.defune.co.uk).

Defune on George Street, W1
Defune on George Street, W1

Shigeru Ban, Pritzker Prize-winning architectJ Sheekey really knows how to take advantage of natural materials – excellent cod, Atlantic prawns – and they don’t smother them in rich sauces. Everything about dinner there is wonderful: the wine list, the vibrant ambience, the knowledgeable and attentive staff and, above all, the perfectly grilled salmon.” 28-32 St Martin’s Court, London WC2 (020-7240 2565; www.j-sheekey.co.uk).

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Nina Campbell, interior designer“Rabbit in Chelsea is totally un-grand but also totally enchanting. Run by a family that has a farm and grows and rears everything themselves, it serves tiny plates of English tapas. Last time I went I had minced-veal rolls and endive parcels stuffed with goat’s cheese and all kinds of loveliness. It’s delicious and unusual.” 172 King’s Road, London SW3 (020-3750 0172; www.rabbit-restaurant.com).

J Sheekey on St Martin’s Court, WC2
J Sheekey on St Martin’s Court, WC2

Edmondo di Robilant, co-founder of Dover Street gallery Robilant + Voena “At The Square, the food is 10 out of 10 and the atmosphere is nought out of 10, which is just perfect. I like it quiet so that I can hear myself and the person next to me talking, rather than at those super-trendy places where you come out feeling that you have been in a tumble dryer for the past three hours. And they don’t interrupt you every two seconds to discuss your food or your wine.” 6-10 Bruton Street, London W1 (020-7497 7100; www.squarerestaurant.com).

Rabbit on King’s Road, SW3
Rabbit on King’s Road, SW3

Charlotte Olympia Dellal, shoe designer “My favourite local restaurant is Dock Kitchen on Ladbroke Grove; it serves delicious food inspired by countries and spices from around the world and the menu changes every three weeks.” Portobello Docks, 342-344 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 (020-8962 1610; www.dockkitchen.co.uk).

The Square on Bruton Street, W1 
The Square on Bruton Street, W1 

Marc Newson, designer“For the best Italian food outside Italy, it has to be River Café. I am still amazed by how good it is – the branzino, the tagliatelle pasta with tomatoes and ricotta, and the atmosphere are all excellent. On my recent visit I arrived by boat, and that made the whole experience even more special.” Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 (020-7386 4200; www.rivercafe.co.uk).

River Café at Thames Wharf, W6
River Café at Thames Wharf, W6

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