Seven best London restaurants you need to visit next year after being named the top in the UK

If you’re a foodie fan there are always going to be an array of restaurants, bars and pubs on your bucket list, but what are the top spots for London in 2022?

The AA released their Restaurant Guide for next year, detailing the best restaurants the UK has to offer from over 1,700 eateries.

But there are seven London restaurants which were awarded the highest accolade of Five AA Rosettes.

A Five Rosettes restaurant is described as: “The pinnacle, where the cooking compares with the best in the world.

“These restaurants will have highly individual voices, exhibit breathtaking culinary skills and set the standards to which others aspire, yet few achieve.”

So what restaurants nabbed the top spots for 2022?

Restaurant Story, SE1

Headed up by Chef Patron Tom Sellers, Restaurant Story puts British cuisine at the forefront of his cooking.

The restaurant gained its first Michelin star five months after opening in 2013 and received its second earlier this year.

Like the name of his restaurant suggests, Tom attempts to bring a narrative to each plate.

You’ll find a seven or ten course tasting menu featuring dishes such as Wagyu Crumpet, Grilled Carlingford Oyster, Agnolotti with sweet onion, butter and truffle, and Chocolate with Garden mint and lime.

Marcus, SW1

Seven best London restaurants you need to visit next year after being named the top in the UK
© Marcus Wareing/dundascomms With over 30 years in the industry, Marcus has cemented his place at the top of the pack

MasterChef: The Professionals judge Marcus Wareing’s restaurant at The Berkeley hotel makes an appearance amongst the best restaurants in the city for 2022.

As well as earning five AA Rosettes, Marcus also boasts one Michelin star, and has been named Harden’s Restaurant of the Year.

The restaurant features six different menus, including their A La Carte, Taste of Marcus and a Lunch Menu.

Tuck into dishes like their Baked potato tart with truffle, honey and confit lemon, Glazed Scottish lobster with cauliflower, curry spices, pickled apple and shiso, and Treacle parfait with treacle sponge, orange, and yuzu caramel.

Claude Bosi at Bibendum, SW3

Located in the iconic Michelin House, Claude Bosi promises an opulent experience for its guests.

The restaurant is the shining star and arguably has one of “the most attractive dining rooms” around.

Guests have the choice of five menus, including the A La Carte, Taste of Season and the Truffle Menu.

Find the likes of the Bibendum egg with creme fraiche, sunflower seed emulsion and toasted sunflower, Brittany rabbit with Scottish langoustine and French tarragon, and Bibendum double chocolate souffle.

If you’re a fan of shellfish, Claude Bosi also boasts an Oyster Bar too.

Helene Darroze at The Connaught, W1

If you’ve ever wanted to eat at a three Michelin star restaurant, Helene Darroze should be on your list.

Building the menu around seasonal produce carefully selected by Helene herself, you’ll find every menu is a reflection of your personal tastes.

Serving only set menus, you can enjoy dishes such as Torbay prawn with pomegranate, wild watercress and Amalfi lemon, Turbot with Piedmont hazelnut, piquillo pepper, and “calamari pil pil”, and their Signature Baba with raspberries, long and Sarawak pepper, and Chantilly cream.

Pollen Street Social, W1

Just one of a number of Jason Atherton’s restaurants, the Pollen Street Social promises to deliver vibrant food in an informal setting.

Opening in 2011, the restaurant received its Michelin star within six months.

There are five different menus on offer including a four course A La Carte menu, Tasting menu and Sample Chef’s Counter Experience menu.

You’ll find the likes of Roasted Orkney scallop with leek and seaweed potatoes, confit lemon, and Golden oscietra caviar, Cumbrian Suckling pig served with crushed Lincolnshire potatoes with Guanciale and lemon, parsnip and yoghurt, and 70% Valrhona chocolate with sesame and praline mousse, and white soy ice cream.

Sketch, W1

Seven best London restaurants you need to visit next year after being named the top in the UK
© Sketch Enter the magical world of Sketch

Sketch is known for its kitsch and vibrant dining rooms, from the bright pink decor of the Gallery to the ethereal forest of the Glade.

Each of the four dining rooms offers their own menu, including Breakfast, Afternoon tea and Dinner.

On their Late Afternoon menu you’ll find homemade patisseries including Pistachio eclair, Sketch chocolate, and a selection of homemade macarons.

No two menus are the same, so you’ll have to choose which one takes your fancy.

Core by Clare Smyth, W11

Seven best London restaurants you need to visit next year after being named the top in the UK
© Bloomberg/Getty Images Clare Smyth has worked under some of the most iconic names in the industry before setting up her own restaurant in 2017

The last of the best restaurants in London for 2022 is Core by Clare Smyth, who worked under Gordon Ramsay for years before opening up her own venue.

Since opening in 2017, Core has received numerous awards including three Michelin stars, 10/10 in the Good Food Guide, and World’s Best Female Chef in 2017 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

You can try out the Core Classics, Core Seasons or A La Carte menu, which feature the likes of Isle of Harris scallop tartare, Cep tartlet, and the ‘Core-teser’ with chocolate, malt and hazelnut.

So if you’re on the hunt for some of the best food in the city to try out next year, these seven will tickle your taste buds.

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