Celebrities know just where to go for great food and great service. Here is a list of 10 trendy, top-rated restaurants and which A-listers have been recently spotted munching on their fare.
19 Old Park Lane and 15 Berkeley Street
Mayfair, London W1
Is this the world's hippest restaurant chain? The most delicious Japanese food? If you want to show off your new Rolex or alligator Birkin bag while hopping out of a Lamborghini, book a table here. Two London locations in ultra-posh Mayfair are both Michelin-starred. By 10:30 p.m., the bar is packed with patrons like Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Liam Gallagher paying £15 per cocktail.
127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill
London W11 2AQ
The Ledbury has zoomed up the popularity stakes, earning not one, but two, Michelin stars. A three-course dinner is set at £80, an average bottle of wine is another £80, add the tip and you're out the door for $425 for two or $540 for the tasting menu. We assume celebrities can afford it! Jamie Oliver (owner), the "Harry Potter" actor Alan Rickman, garage artist Mike Skinner, Kate Moss, Lily Allen have dined here.
23-25 Davies Street, Mayfair
London W1K 3DE
It was formerly called Cipriani, and was modeled on the famous Harry's Bar in Venice. It's long been a glamorous celeb hotspot in London, with great Italian food for A-listers, wealthy types, socialites and fashionistas. Paparazzi wait outside for the likes of P.Diddy, Ne-Yo, Naomi Campbell, Jessie J, Lily Allen and fiancé Sam Cooper.
1-5 West Street, Covent Garden
London WC2H 9NQ
Some say The Ivy has lost its touch, but still quite difficult to get a reservation unless you're Jude Law, George Clooney or Catherine Zeta-Jones. It's open late and right in the theater district. The stained glass windows have always kept those inside the restaurant safe from the camera flashbulbs outside. Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise, Elton John, George Michael, Kate Moss, David and Victoria Beckham have all been spotted at The Ivy.
28-34 St. Martin's Court, Leicester Square
London WC2N 4AL
This is a sister restaurant to The Ivy. Since 2008, there is a less formal Oyster Bar next to the main restaurant, where celebrities may go at lunchtime. The restaurant was voted one of the ten most popular in England by Zagat in 2011 and is on the favorites list for actors because it is located in the West End's theater district. Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend have been spotted there together, as well as Kate Moss and Sienna Miller.
20 Mount Street, Mayfair
London W1K 2HE
Scott's is a very short walk to top hotels like Claridge's (spotted Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood) and The Connaught, as well as private clubs Annabel's and Mark's Club in Berkeley Square. "Flawless shellfish at nosebleed prices," says Zagat restaurant guide. It should come as no surprise that Jennifer Lopez, Simon Cowell, Guy Ritchie, Jim Carrey, and couple Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy are patrons.
London W1J 5RP
Stop in for a drink nearby at the Punch Bowl in Farm Street, Mayfair. It's an elegant, upscale pub with dining dating from 1750. This place is owned by Guy Ritchie, who was awarded Madonna's share in their 2008 divorce. Ritchie is often there with friends and it seems the place is always packed. In good weather, the pub crowd spills out onto the sidewalk, In winter, there's a cozy, roaring fire. Above the mantle, the countenance of Winston Churchill keeps a fierce watch over the jolly crowd, which has included Jude Law, Leonardo di Caprio, Justin Timberlake, Chase Crawford and Matthew Morrison.
8 Hanway Place, Bloomsbury
London W1T 1HD
It's dark, sexy, incense-infused, in a basement, and tucked away on a side street off Oxford Street; perfect for celebrities! Chic Chinese food in a 1930s Shanghai setting, glamorous cocktails at a slinky bar, and people to match. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie celebrating her 22nd birthday, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry have all indulged here.
Lower Castle Road
St. Mawes, Cornwall TR2 5DR
Five hours' drive from London, overlooking the sea, is this luxury hotel with restaurant known to the A-listers. From the dining terrace, there are uninterrupted views along the coast a blinking lighthouse beyond. The spectacular scenery and slower pace means celebrities like Madonna, Kate Winslet, and Angelina Jolie can wind down while in Cornwall.
at Old Course Hotel
St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the 17th hole, coastal views and the sweeping green spaces of the world's most famous golf course make the Road Hole a perfect holiday restaurant. A long way from London, it's 60 miles beyond Edinburgh, the nearest airport. Spot celebrity golf fans Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley and power-couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones here.