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Fera
Claridges Hotel, 49 Brook Street W1K 4HR
London
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Fera is the new restaurant in Claridges (where Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant used to be before it shut down). It is owned by Simon Rogan who is sometimes there but spends most of his time in his flagship restaurant L’Enclume which has 2 Michelin starts and is located in Cumbria, Fera means ‘wild’ in Latin and Simon and his team try to “create dishes that reflect a deep connection to the elements” and Simon apparently brings quite a few elements from his farm to Fera. The interior at Fera is beautiful – it is much nicer than the interior that used to be at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant. British designer, Guy Oliver, created it, and the restaurant features beautiful flowers and a nice tree in the middle, it is very beautiful.

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4.50

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Langan’s Brasserie
Stratton Street W1J 8LB
London
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Langan’s Brasserie surprised me. I did not expect it to be as good as it was. For a long long time I had no interest in going there, as it looked like it had been there for many years and I thought it was one of these restaurants living on formal glory and not actually being any good. Also it does not look that attractive from the outside and one of my lunch buddies Felipe said he thought it was similar to something like Garfunkels with the bright red sign outside.

Langan’s Brasserie is indeed very old. It is located in Mayfair, just by Green Park station and was first opened in 1976 by Peter Langan and has hosted celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Mohammed Ali and more. It is also particularly famous for its artwork, walls are adorned with works by artists David Hockney, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and more. They also apparently don’t rush people at Langan’s Brasserie and you can enjoy your lunch as long as you want to, they don’t have two or more seatings.

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4.00

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Wingfield Restaurant
The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road SW19 5AE
London
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I went to Wimbledon for half a day to watch beautiful tennis and before going to the court, I stopped at the Wingfield Restaurant for some quick lunch. Wingfield Restaurant is located inside the Wimbledon tennis grounds (so you need a ticket for tennis to go there) on the 1st floor of the Centre Court Building above The Tea Lawn. If you don’t have any preferential treatment and don’t have access to the private area, this is the best restaurant to have lunch.

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2.50

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Modern Pantry
47-48 St John's Square EC1V 4JJ
London
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I have been to Modern Pantry once before for dinner, a few years ago, but I was googling best places in London for brunch and it came up so I suggested we go there with my friends Lasma and Luke for brunch.
 

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3.50

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City Social
25 Old Broad Street EC2N 1HQ
London
United Kingdom
GB

City Social is the new restaurant by Jason Atherton (also behind the Michelin star Pollen Street Social, Little Social and Social Eating House and other restaurants in Asia) and is located in Tower 42, one of the tallest buildings in the city of London. The restaurant however is not located on one of the top floors, but is on level 24 (and you get there by taking a different elevator to the main one, a mistake which I made) but nevertheless the panoramic view of London (and mainly of east London) is wonderful.

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3.50

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Ting
Shangri La Hotel, 32 London Bridge Street SE1 9SG
London
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Shangri La hotel in the Shard has finally opened and with it 3 new destinations – Ting (restaurant), Lang (café) and Gong (bar). I have been to the other three restaurants in the Shard - Aqua Shard, Hutong and Oblix – and naturally wanted to visit Ting as well. Ting is located on the 35th floor, slightly higher than the other restaurants and overlooks the south side of London, so the view is slightly different.

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3.50

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Wedgwood
267 Canongate EH8 8BQ
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
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When I googled best restaurants in Edinburgh, Wedgwood came up, so naturally I was keen to come here (Wedgwood has just been awarded Restaurant of the Year 2013 by Scottish Licensed Trade News for the third time). The main chef and owner of Wedgwood is Paul Wedgwood who together with Lisa Channon wanted to create a restaurant that would offer their “Perfect Night Out”, which means fine dining without the pretentiousness. This also means tables here are not “turned” and you can stay here as long as you want to and enjoy your meal as long as you want, which to me (a Londoner that is often thrown out of restaurants after having my 2h slot) sounds wonderful. As I came here for a quick lunch that lasted only an hour, I did not experience this though.

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3.50

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Five Fields
8-9 Blacklands Terrace SW3 2SP
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Five Fields is a modern British restaurant in South Kensington. I went there on a Friday evening with Marieke, Josh and my boyfriend. The restaurant is located just off the main road in a nice house. The chef patron is  Taylor Bonnyman and the Head Chef is Marguerite Keogh and they cook food with an emphasis on native British artisanal produce. They can do this as they have their own herb and vegetable garden in East Sussex overseen by a lady that previously looked after the garden at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons which I have seen and which was extremely impressive.  Their garden has more than a hundred herbs, many of which are very rare or nearly forgotten as well as the freshest and most seasonal produce. Even though they said they are a British restaurant I did see a bit of Asian influence in their food.

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4.00

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Marianne
104 Chepstow Road W2 5QS
London
United Kingdom
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Marianne is a restaurant in Notting Hill named after the main chef and co-owner Marianne Lumb. She comes from a butcher’s family in Leicestershire, has worked in many great restaurants in London, including the The River Café and Le Gavroche, as well as a private chef for many famous people and in 2009 she made it to the final three of MasterChef: The Professionals. She has also published a book 'Kitchen Knife Skills' and in September 2013 launched her first restaurant ‘Marianne’. I actually got to meet Marianne after our dinner as she came to say hi and she seemed lovely, super sweet.

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4.50

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Smiths of Smithfield
67-77 Charterhouse Street EC1M 6HJ
London
United Kingdom
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It is really hard to review Smiths of Smithfield because the restaurant consists of 4 floors and each serves a different type of food and each floor has a different atmosphere, which means to fully capture Smiths of Smithfield (or SOS like people call it) you would have to review each floor, which I am not doing here. SOS consists of  ground floor restaurant, second floor restaurant and top (3rd) floor restaurant as well as a lounge and cocktail bar and a private room (on the first floor), which is where we had our Christmas party on a Wednesday evening in December. The higher up you go in the building the more luxurious the dining experience gets (ie ground floor has the most casual food and top, 3rd floor, the most luxurious sophisticated dining). Each of the four floors has a distinctive style – food, design and atmosphere – offering pretty much something for everyone depending on mood, budget or time.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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