London, England is the metropolitan capital of the world, and as such, it is home to some seriously lavish restaurants. At the four eateries below, luxury and opulence abound. From the incredible decor to the mesmerizing food, you’ll love every aspect of dining at each of these lavishly decorated restaurants.
Tucked away in Soho, just north of bustling Oxford Street, lies Berners Tavern. This modern British eatery sits inside the London Edition Hotel and features a historic interior. In essence, the restaurant reflects its food — simple, yet elegant. The interior design includes modern semi-circular leather booths, dim lighting, baroque-style crown molding, and a stunning chandelier, while the main room’s decor is largely comprised of framed paintings that take up nearly all of the wall space. Don’t simply take our word for it, though; Berners Tavern was named recipient of the Best Restaurant Interior Award by GQ in 2015 and the Best British Interior Award by Elle Decoration in 2014.
In terms of food, guests will find gourmet comfort food on the menu in the form of macaroni and cheese with parmesan, a Lincolnshire poacher cheese and smoked ham omelette, an aged Scottish beef burger with bacon, cheese, caramelized onions, and pickles, as well as a club sandwich containing roasted free range chicken, smoked bacon, egg, and avocado. Berners Tavern is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, but be sure to make a reservation in advance.
As you might have suspected, Aqua Shard is an upscale restaurant located in the iconic London building known as The Shard. Aqua Shard is situated on the 31st floor of the glass structure, providing diners with panoramic views of the city and the Thames beneath them. Though it will be difficult to stop staring out the window, the restaurant’s interior is modern and sophisticated. Wide, velvet chairs surround every table, while a sleek bar awaits you in the centre of the dining area.
Even better than the view and the lavish decor is the food. Aqua Shard is known for its upscale British cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner daily and brunch on weekends, dishes include the likes of lobster benedict, Blythburgh pork and crackling, Loch Etive smoked trout, roasted monkfish, Hereford steak salad, and even afternoon tea between Monday and Saturday.
If art deco is an architectural style you love to see revived, then you will be in pure heaven at Bob Bob Ricard. Situated in Soho, Bob Bob Ricard is a Russian-inspired British bistro with a rather unique style.
Divided up into three rooms, each space has its own theme when it comes to decor. The Blue Dining Room features a blue and gold interior, geometric floor tiling, and leather booths inspired by the Orient Express. The Red Dining Room is adorned with red and gold accents, as well as backgammon motifs and oriental patterns. Finally, Bob Bob Ricard has its own private dining room modeled after the Royal Dining Carriage. This room is glamorous, iconic, and also features a blue and gold interior.
In addition to the decor, the gourmet fusion cuisine is like nothing else. The Beef Wellington, for instance, is made of twenty-eight day aged fillet of scotch beef, while the Chicken Kiev is comprised of a chicken breast, breaded and stuffed with garlic and parsley butter. There is also a caviar list and an expansive wine list, and—perhaps best of all—a weekly Sunday Roast.
Lauded for its flower-filled courtyard, Clos Maggiore is frequently voted as London’s most romantic restaurant. This opulent French bistro’s conservatory features a sea of white overhanging flowers, while other rooms are rife with manicured shrubbery and interesting sculptures. In addition to the flora, the restaurant achieves a cozy, intimate atmosphere owing to its blazing fireplace and simple table arrangement.
If the lavish interior isn’t enough to get you in the door, then perhaps the modern French fare is. This Covent Garden restaurant serves up dishes such as Honey Glazed Breast of Goosnargh Duck and Crispy Duck Leg Pastilla, Conference Pear Poached in Tonka Bean Syrup, and Confit and Chargrilled Sicilian Aubergine with Sweet Peppers & Corsican Ricotta.
Clos Maggiore also boasts an award-winning wine list with over 2,500 bottles from 18 countries. Get ready for the most romantic dining experience of your life.