London has plenty to offer those who enjoy their food and there are numerous places that are a foodie’s dream within a short distance of Park Grand Hotel in Paddington.
Here are just a selection of the must visit outlets in the popular area of the capital city – all of them overseen by some of the top figures in the business.
Barbecoa, City of London
Celebrity chefs have a strong presence in the capital and there are plenty of big name-backed resturants to choose from.
One of the most popular is Barbecoa, which is created by Jamie Oliver and will appeal to those who like steakhouse-style cuisine.
The restaurant has a great open kitchen, with food prepared using wood-fired cooking methods. Barbecoa’s menu features tasty dishes such as smoked Dorchester prime rib of beef with rosemary jus and vindaloo-spiced lamb chops with daal and house saffron yoghurt.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Knightsbridge
Heston Blumenthal remains at the cutting edge of food in the UK and his fine dining menu at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is a great opportunity to sample some very unusual dishes.
Reservations are hard to come by, so visitors need to make sure they book a table at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal well in advance. The restaurant been awarded two Michelin stars and makes use of traditional 15th and 16th century cooking techniques to serve British food with an inspiring twist.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea
No restaurant guide of London would be complete without one of Gordon Ramsay’s establishments.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea has been open since 1998 and has been awarded three Michelin stars.
Serving a mix of modern French dishes, it is perfect for a special lunch or dinner – highlights include foie gras with roasted veal sweetbreads, carrots, almonds and cabernet sauvignon vinegar to ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon poached in a light bisque with oxalis and wood sorrel.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, City of Westminster
Another three Michelin star that is a major draw for foodies visiting London is Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester. Again, French cuisine is the key feature and there is even the option to book an exclusive table that provides a romantic venue for that special meal.