London restaurants recommended by art-world luminaries

From sushi near Savile Row to vegan cuisine in Primrose Hill 

The gallerist Rebecca Willer likes The Five Fields in Chelsea for its emphasis on British produce and seasonality
The gallerist Rebecca Willer likes The Five Fields in Chelsea for its emphasis on British produce and seasonality

Victoria Siddall, director of Frieze art fairs

“The food is fantastic at The Beaumont Hotel. It’s about classic dishes done really well, but the place has the best possible atmosphere – especially the Lotos Room, a private dining area. Around the walls there are black-and-white photographs of men and women who, I was told by co-owner Jeremy King, were all involved in a scandal in some way; I thought this was great. And you can create your own ice-cream sundae from a menu of different flavours, sauces and toppings.” Brown Hart Gardens, W1 (020-7499 1001; thebeaumont.com).

Gallerist Pilar Ordovas likes the “intimate atmosphere” at Chisou in Mayfair
Gallerist Pilar Ordovas likes the “intimate atmosphere” at Chisou in Mayfair

Stephen Friedman, gallerist

I often have an early supper with my husband, Edward, at the bar at our Fitzrovia local, Clipstone, where I’ll order the arancini with brie and wild garlic aioli if it’s in season, or Cornish hake, and always its delicious homemade sourdough. Another favourite is Rochelle Canteen at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold have been catering gallery dinners for me for almost 15 years. It’s such a casual, convivial place with a real mix of people, and often Melanie’s charming son, Fin Spiteri, will wait on us. We’ll usually opt for simple fish and mixed greens, then perhaps elderflower jelly for pudding.” Clipstone, 5 Clipstone St, W1 (clipstonerestaurant.co.uk). Rochelle Canteen at The ICA, The Mall, St James’s, SW1 (arnoldandhenderson.com).

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Marc Quinn, artist

“I like Woodlands in Hampstead, which serves Indian vegetarian and vegan food in large portions. I’ll have tandoori parathas, spicy smoked aubergine and dahi vadas: fried ground‑lentil doughnuts the size of your head. It’s fun – and good for my Instagram account.” 102 Heath St, NW3 (020-7794 3080; woodlandsrestaurant.co.uk).

Frieze’s Victoria Siddall recommends creating your own ice-cream sundae at The Beaumont Hotel
Frieze’s Victoria Siddall recommends creating your own ice-cream sundae at The Beaumont Hotel

Pilar Ordovas, gallerist

“Chisou is an intimate Japanese restaurant near my Savile Row gallery. I like that this place is small, the service is very good, and you don’t need to book in advance. I’ll often go to the sushi bar – by myself or with my husband – and order delicious salmon sashimi and the avocado and seaweed salads. The atmosphere is lovely at night as well.” 22-23 Woodstock St, W1 (020-7629 3931; chisourestaurant.com).

Rochelle Canteen at The Institute of Contemporary Arts has catered gallery dinners for Stephen Friedman for almost 15 years
Rochelle Canteen at The Institute of Contemporary Arts has catered gallery dinners for Stephen Friedman for almost 15 years

Barnaby Barford, artist

“Orford Saloon is a tapas bar and deli in Walthamstow where the food is simple but completely delicious. The different dishes include boquerones [marinated white anchovies], lentejas con chorizo and, my favourite, the perfectly seasoned pulpo a la Gallega [octopus with potatoes and paprika]. I’ve been there as part of a group of 35, and sharing dishes meant that we could swap seats and chat with everyone.” 32-34 Orford Road, E17 (020-8503 6542; orfordtapas.co.uk). 

The Clipstone is a modern neighbourhood bistro in Fitzrovia
The Clipstone is a modern neighbourhood bistro in Fitzrovia

Rebecca Willer, gallerist

The owners of the Five Fields in Chelsea grow much of the produce in a kitchen garden in Sussex, and their restaurant has a Michelin star. On one visit, I had a wonderful starter called Winter, five variations on celeriac, cranberry and salsify in separate bowls.” 8-9 Blacklands Terrace, SW3 (020-7838 1082; fivefieldsrestaurant.com).

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