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Christine Drinan, Founder

Dovetale London

London is calling. Whether it’s the slew of new luxury hotels, the private clubs that remind you why no one does it quite like the British, or the new restaurants in London on the scene, there’s a reason to pop by for a cup of tea.

Dovetale

The Cuisine: European

Dovetail is a new restaurant in the latest hotel in London’s Mayfair, the 1Hotel. Like the core foundation of the 1Hotels, you know the London location will have that chic organic design vibe. This is the kind of place where you just want to drown yourself in bottomless cappuccinos and work the whole day. The restaurant is led by two-Michelin-starred Chef Tom Sellers, and it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Of course, there’s avocado toast, but there are London classics too like Bubble & squeak on the menu.

Dinner though is elevated, where you have a raw bar and caviar selections to start out the proper way. There’s a carpaccio of Wayne, a warm Cornish crab tart, and veal cheek blanquette, which show you Chef Sellers’ Michelin-level skills.

Arlington

The Cuisine: British and European Classics

Restauranteur Jeremy King came back from the wild, literally, to open his venture Arlington. We would say that his comeback into London restaurants is as newsworthy as the restaurant itself. Though Arlington has quite the history, as it is in the former space of Le Caprice. Le Caprice was where luminaries, including Princess Diana, essentially had their very upscale cantina. A lot of Le Caprice still remains, including the menu and an Art Deco vibe.

At Sloane

The Cuisine: Elevated English

For anyone who counts Hotel Costes in Paris as a go-to, you now have a London outpost. Like Dovetale, not only is At Sloane one of the new restaurants in London, but it’s also a hotel. Set in the Chelsea neighborhood, the At Sloane Hotel is a collaboration between Jean-Louis Costes and the team behind the 300-year-old countryside Cadogan Estate. Like the Hotel Costes, the interiors flirt with opulence, but this time with a clear English sensibility. There’s a bar on the first floor for a tête-à-tête and a restaurant on the sixth floor. Both of which inspire you to elevate the wardrobe for a drop-in.

Josephine

The Cuisine: French

They may have had us at cheese soufflé. Or the photo of that steak au poivre. Josephine is a new restaurant in London that wants to be your go-to neighborhood French restaurant. This means that they lead with service and food that is so classically French it hurts. Claude and Lucy Bosi are at the helm of Josephine, whose cuisine is inspired by Claude’s hometown of Lyon.

Mount Street

The Cuisine: Modern British

Mount Street has been around for a few years, but for a lot of us, it’s one of the new restaurants in London to open since the pandemic. Set right next to Scotts in Mayfair, Mount Street has its own elegant unique vibe. The restaurant is also known for its comprehensive art collection, which is one of the most extensive in a London restaurant. You can say it’s King Charles approved, as he’s been known to dine at the restaurant.

Nico’s

The Cuisine: Italian and Pizza

Part of the 5 Hertford complex, Nico’s is a new Italian grill and pizza restaurant. If the address sounds familiar, it’s because it’s home to the private 5H Club. You may also know the name Loulou’s, which is the famed restaurant within the private club. You know, pretty much where the top of the London food chain goes to socialize. At Nico’s, you’ll find more of the same crowd, that is, if you can get a reservation.

Kyubi at the Mayfair Arts Club

If you think you’re starting to see a theme on our list of where to eat in London, you are. Some of the best restaurants are within London’s private clubs. Kyubi at the Mayfair Arts Club isn’t one of the new restaurants in London, but it is one of the best. We went there on a recent stay at the Mayfair Arts Club and ate dinner at Kyubi two nights in a row. Kyubi is modern Japanese, and it’s everything you want out of a sushi experience. The fish is as fresh as can be, as well as creative. They serve canapé-like taco bites to start with renditions of tuna and salmon and they are an absolute must.

Private Club: Maison Estelle

The Cuisine: International

Estelle is one of the latest private clubs to join the mix, and right now it’s our favorite. Part of that is because of the restaurants and the crowd that come along with them at Estelle. If you’re lucky enough to have a connection in, or a membership yourself, there are several restaurants and a very fashionable club for evening drinks and mingling.

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