St James’s is known for being one of London’s premier hubs for world cuisine. Littered with delights, it can be hard to choose between the fine dining options, so follow our one of a kind guide for tips on where to find the top international hot spots.
St James’s is host to a number of award-winning restaurants, bars and cafés, amongst which nestles the Ikoyi. The restaurant boasts dishes based on the finest British produce, infused with West African inspired flavours and served on beautiful, locally produced ceramic dishes. It’s a wonderfully surprising dining experience, and its contemporary take on African dishes has won it a loyal fan base amongst London’s critics and local foodie community.
Contemporary dining fans will probably be aware of Chutney Mary’s, so if you still have some room or you’re more of a fan of Indian flavours, try the restaurant in nearby St James’s Street. Opened with the intention of redefining Indian food, Chutney Mary’s consistently produces innovative dishes with unusual ingredients and new takes on traditional flavours. Whilst the restaurant has continued to evolve (relocating from Chelsea to St James’s in 2015) some things remain, namely the glamorous surroundings and the restaurant’s excellent reputation for service. Open for lunch, cocktails and dinner, Chutney Mary’s also offers the stone and leather clad Pukka Bar
Alternatively, if you are after something a little more traditional, this Bury Street institution never disappoints. Famed for being the restaurant where Barbara Cartland found a pearl in her oyster, Quaglino’s boasts an unusually glittering list of diners, having hosted everyone from Princess Diana to Evelyn Waugh, Judy Garland and Lindsay Lohan. The classic restaurant has changed little in its illustrious history, because it hasn’t had to. Expect delicious British classics, expert mixology, and live music.
Or for those always on the hunt for their latest thing, the Distefano family has opened an Italian restaurant on Regent Street St James’s. A must for lovers of fine Mediterranean cuisine, the effortlessly contemporary elegance of San Carlo reflects its culinary offering. The restaurant aims for meals to engage all of the senses, and they publicly state that their sole desire is that “everything that arrives at your table delights you”. San Carlo truly offers a smorgasbord of gorgeous options, but an emphasis on fresh, seasonal, authentic Italian ingredients, often flown in directly, and an impressive wine list with over 150 varieties to choose from makes this a strong contender. It’s a welcome addition to St James’s, central London’s truly international dining spot.