Michelin star restaurants in London 2023: All the capital’s one, two and three star restaurants

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Alex Dilling awarded two Michelin stars   (Justin DeSouza)
Alex Dilling awarded two Michelin stars (Justin DeSouza)

The last few years of the famed tyre company’s restaurant guide has given those who follow such things their fair share of a collective eye rolling, with this years award ceremony offering little by way of change.

Restaurants, particularly in London, are overlooked and occasionally over-rewarded. Often the Guide fights off claims of stuffiness, ignorance of more diverse cuisines and a general lack of modernisation. That being said, the awards, this year held at the Silverstone race track, is still considered the premier accolade amongst chefs – as depicted by the emotive scenes on display at the head of this year’s ceremony.

The past 12 months have hardly been plain sailing in the restaurant industry, since emerging from omicron just over one year ago, staffing costs, energy bills and a shortage of international produce have all hampered what we’d hoped a smooth 2023 would look like. In many ways though, London’s dining scene has come to resemble its glorious former self.

There were four new one-star restaurants in the capital, two new two stars — congratulations to Alex Dilling and Brett Graham — but no new three stars. Sadly it looks like Seven Park Place by William Drabble has lost its one-star status.

Here are all the London restaurants included in the 2023 Michelin Guide, from those world-leading three-star establishments to the still hugely commendable one-star spots. We’ll be updating this guide as Michelin makes its announcements.

Restaurants in London with three Michelin stars

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair. The French fine-dining establishment went up from two stars to three in 2021, and has retained them since. It first won two stars back in 2011.

Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill. Clare Smyth’s first solo venture won its three stars in remarkable time — Core first opened in late 2017 — and maintains them for another year.

Sketch Lecture Room & Library, Mayfair. The quirky 18th-century townhouse, serving sophisticated French food, holds onto its coveted third star at the upstairs restaurant. Read our write up here.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea. Ramsay’s French fine-dining restaurant has held three stars since 2001 and keeps them all in this year’s guide. Read our write up here.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair. The restaurant serving contemporary French cuisine, using seasonal French and British ingredients, maintains all three of its stars. Read our write up here.

Restaurants in London with two Michelin stars

NEW - Alex Dilling at the Cafe Royal, Mayfair. The new dining room at the Café Royal has been home to Dilling since September 2022, after his departure from the Greenhouse during the pandemic. The menu, which modernises the most highfalutin’ of classic French gastronomy – think limousin of veal sweetbread and oak-smoked salmon with morel farcie – has proved a hit.

NEW - The Ledbury, Notting Hill. The formerly two-starred Ledbury has regained its accolades with Brett Graham solidifying Notting Hill’s position as the new restaurant destination in London. The Ledbury’s two-starred nod only further demonstrates the renaissance of W11.

Ikoyi, The Strand. The restaurant famous for combining West African spices with British ingredients rises from one to two stars. The award is likely to be a popular one — few places are so widely and regularly praised. Read our write up here.

The Clove Club, Shoreditch. Isaac McHale’s restaurant with an innovative British menu, using often-overlooked ingredients, won two stars last year and has retained them for 2023. Read our write up here.

A. Wong, Pimlico. Andrew Wong’s place holds onto its two stars with a menu celebrating flavours from across China.

Da Terra, Hackney. Rafael Cagali’s east London spot continues to be a winning one. Food here is incredibly detailed, perhaps as Cagali once worked at The Fat Duck.

Restaurant Story, London Bridge. Tom Sellers’ restaurant, with a British tasting menu of seasonal dishes, stays at two.

La Dame de Pic, the City. Anne-Sophie Pic’s inventive, high-end French restaurant in the Four Seasons hotel is once again on two stars. Read our write up here.

Kitchen Table, Bloomsbury. The intimate 19-seater counter-only restaurant which changes its menu daily, retains both its Michelin stars.

Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Chelsea. The high-end French restaurant from the chef behind the newly opened Socca maintains its two Michelin stars. Read our write up here.

Dinner by Heston, Knightsbridge. Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant, serving modern dishes inspired by historic British gastronomy, keeps both its stars.

Le Gavroche, Mayfair. The iconic London restaurant holds both of its Michelin stars in 2023. Read our write up here.

Restaurants in London with one Michelin star

NEW - Luca, Clerkenwell. Young Turks Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith founded Luca back in 2016 and have quietly, but assuredly, refined Italian cooking with immaculately sourced, thoroughly British ingredients. Behind the unassuming facade Luca welcomes guests into a stunning double-heighted conservatory and has long been one of our predictions for a Michelin star.

NEW - Cycene, Shoreditch. Theo Clench is late of Clove Club and more recently Akoko. His dynamic cooking style and breadth of influence is on display at the highly refined Cycene. The pared-back dining room is the perfect setting for a 10-course menu which invites the diner to explore all aspects of its creation, from entering the kitchen to observe the chefs plating up to journeys into the cellar to discover the matching wine pairing.

NEW - Taku, Mayfair. Tucked behind the Royal Academy of Arts on Albemarle Street, Taku is the sister spot to the Michelin-starred Jin Paris, also founded by sushi master Takuya (Taku) Watanabe. Watanabe’s high-end omakase menu, made up of 17 courses, is designed to delight and inspire his guests, focusing on the freshest possible ingredients.

NEW - St Barts, Smithfield. The latest seasonal British restaurant from Johnnie Crowe, Luke Wasserman and Toby Neil has been built for accolades. Their inclusion in the 2023 Michelin Guide with one star will doubtless soften the blow of the recent news that their original restaurant Fenn in Fulham is set to close. The food, which focuses on British seasonality, spans Yorkshire beef, Welsh wagyu and Exmoor caviar.

Sollip, Southwark. Despite a somewhat lukewarm reception on opening, this Korean quickly established itself as a must-eat for its innovative and ground-breaking cooking. Read our write up here.

Kol, Marylebone. Santiago Lastra couldn’t pack diners in quickly enough as his modern Mexican, which uses only British ingredients. It was the most talked about restaurant in 2021 and has stayed busy after gaining a star last year. Read all about it here.

The Frog by Adam Handling, Covent Garden. Handling had long wanted a star and at his oft-overlooked flagship, he finally received one in 2022.

Wild Honey St James, St James. Anthony Demetre’s super-luxe brasserie, where the Negronis are famous.

Jamavar, Mayfair. The Mount Street restaurant took over what had been long considered a cursed site, but has picked up a reputation as one of London’s finest Indian restaurants.

Evelyn’s Table, Soho. James Goodyear moved from the Michelin-starred Adam’s in Birmingham to takeover the hobs of his former HIDE and Le Manoir colleague Luke Selby in January of this year. RETAIN 1 STAR

Trivet, Southwark. The elegant wine-focussed restaurant picked up its first star last year, the same year that Fat Duck alumnus and co-founder Isa Bal was named Michelin sommelier of the year.

Sola, Soho. Victor Garvey’s sort-of Californian, sort-of Japanese, very definitely fine dining.

Cornerstone, Hackney. Tom Brown’s east London seafood spot got its first star in 2021 after years of onlookers predicting it would.

Benares, Mayfair. Those. Lamb. Chops. The Berkeley Square Indian is a worthy recipient.

Casa Fofó, Hackney. A popular neighbourhood spot which specialises in seasonal eating.

Muse by Tom Aikens, Belgravia. No stranger to Michelin, little surprise Tom Aikens’ latest venture fares well. The menu is all but a secret, and inspired by the chef’s life.

Behind, London Fields. Chef-owner Andy Beynon somehow managed to open up in 2020 and, even more miraculously, grab a star after just 20 days of trading. He maintains his star.

Umu, Mayfair. London’s first Kyoto-influenced restaurant, which was awarded its first star within five months of opening in 2004.

The Dysart Petersham, Richmond. The family-owned Richmond restaurant earned its first Michelin star in the 2020 guide, with former Roux Scholar Kenneth Culhane at the helm in the kitchen, and Barney Taylor managing the restaurant.

Endo at the Rotunda, White City. Sushi master Endo Kazutoshi’s 16-seat restaurant in the former BBC Television Centre.

Brat, Hackney. Tomos Parry’s Shoreditch Basque restaurant retains the star it picked up in 2019. Read our write up here.

Sabor, Mayfair. Nieves Barragan Mohacho’s high-end tapas restaurant keeps the star it was awarded in 2019. Read our write up here.

Hide, Mayfair. Ollie Dabbous’s acclaimed Mayfair residence retains its 2019 star. Read our write up here.

Hakkasan Hanway Place, Fitzrovia. The modern Cantonese restaurant, serving dim sum and signature cocktails. Read our write up here.

The Ninth, Fitzrovia. Jun Tanaka’s Charlotte Street venue serving French and Mediterranean-style sharing dishes.

Pied à Terre, Fitzrovia. A local favourite and one of London’s longest standing Michelin restaurants, which continues to push forward. Read our write up here.

City Social, the City. Sky-high, modern British spot from Jason Atherton. Read our write up here.

Club Gascon, the City. The French restaurant with an award-winning wine list keeps its star. Read our write up here.

Lyle’s, Shoreditch. The seasonal British restaurant with set tasting menus in a stripped-back dining room. Read our write up here.

The Harwood Arms, Fulham. Laid-back gastropub with an upscale, modern British menu . Read our write up here.

The River Cafe, Hammersmith. Well-loved seasonal Italian cuisine for well-heeled types. Read our write up here.

La Trompette, Chiswick. High-end and much-loved modern French spot.

St John, Clerkenwell. The original site of this traditional British restaurant, which has been specialising in nose-to-tail eating for more than a quarter of a century, keeps its star. Read our write up here.

Angler, The City. The modern seasonal seafood-focussed British restaurant at the South Place Hotel, with mirrored ceilings and 7th-floor City views, keeps its star. Read our write up here.

Elystan Street, Chelsea. The Chelsea kitchen serving contemporary, seasonal European cuisine stays in the guide with one star. Read our write up here.

The Five Fields, Chelsea. The modern British restaurant holds its star. Read our write up here.

Kitchen W8, Kensington. The relaxed and friendly modern European restaurant is in the guide after holding its star.

Trinity, Clapham. The swish neighbourhood restaurant with modern, seasonal menus stays in the guide after maintaining its star.

Galvin La Chapelle, Spitalfields. The restaurant serving polished French cuisine with a contemporary twist in a Grade II-listed building stays in the guide with one star. Read our write up here.

Chez Bruce, Wandsworth. The high-end modern French restaurant keeps its star. Read our write up here.

Amaya, Belgravia. The restaurant serving tapas-style Indian dishes with an open kitchen keeps its star.

Pétrus, Belgravia. One from the Gordon Ramsay group, specialising in modern French fine dining. Read our write up here.

Gymkhana, Mayfair. Indian restaurant with tandoori oven roasts and seasonal curries. Read our write up here.

Hakkasan Mayfair, Mayfair. Modern Cantonese spanning two floors for up to 220 guests, with definite 90s-nightclub vibes. Read our write up here.

Kai, Mayfair. The South Audley Street restaurant specialising in “Liberated Chinese Cooking” stays in the guide with one star.

Murano, Mayfair. Angel Hartnett’s modern European restaurant with a strong Italian influence keeps its star. Read our write up here.

Pollen Street Social, Mayfair. Jason Atherton’s longstanding flagship restaurant stays in the guide with one star. Read our write up here.

Veeraswamy, Mayfair. The restaurant serving high-end Indian cuisine with Maharajah-inspired decor keeps its one star. Read our write up here.

Marcus, Belgravia. Marcus Wareing’s eponymous restaurant maintains its one star, though the second it once held continues to elude it.

Locanda Locatelli, Marylebone. The longstanding Italian favourite with an emphasis on quality, freshness and creativity stays in the guide with one star. Read our write up here.

Portland, Marylebone. The seasonal modern European, with a wine list that focuses on lesser known regions and varieties, holds on to its star. Read our write up here.

Trishna, Marylebone. The upscale Indian from the southwest coast using fish and coconut keeps its star. Read our write up here.

The Ritz Restaurant, Piccadilly. The London institution, serving seasonal British cuisine in one of London’s most lavish dining rooms, maintains its star. Read our write up here.

Barrafina, Soho. The modern Spanish tapas bar with an open kitchen maintains its Michelin star status. Read our write up here.

The Dining Room at The Goring, Westminster. The restaurant, popular with the Royal Family and often praised for its consistency, makes this another year with a star. Read our write up here.

Quilon, Westminster. The restaurant, specialising in south-west coastal Indian cuisine, keeps its star.