There is no shortage of exquisite cuisine in the British capital, and Rosewood London’s dedicated can recommend a wide array of options to suit all tastes. Here are a trio of excellent eateries, all located within walking distance of the hotel.
Taking inspiration from the grand European tradition, the Delaunay serves up superb renditions of old-school British cuisine – from kedgeree to chargrilled calf’s liver and crispy bacon – in addition to a range of continental classics like Wiener Schnitzel, frankfurters with sauerkraut and apple strudel. The all-day menu, created by the ingenious arch-restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, is ably matched by David Collins’ intensely masculine design, with its dark-panelled walls and touches of racing green.
55 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4B
Telephone: +44 20 7499 8558
Sister restaurant to the eatery of the same name in Manhattan, it mimics the New York original perfectly, with red awnings, plush red leather banquettes, giant antiqued mirrored walls and beautiful mosaic floors. The trans-Atlantic menu by Chef Robert Reid is similarly successful: signature dishes such as the onion soup remain, and the staff are among most experienced in the capital.
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ
Telephone: +44 20 3301 1155
One of London’s premier steakhouses, the Hawksmoor one-page menu is almost entirely given over to British-reared beef. The steaks from this and other Hawksmoor locations in London have established a well-deserved reputation for excellence – one matched by the wine list and the simple but impeccable cocktails.
11 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JG
Telephone: +44 20 7420 9390
The original nose-to-tail dining experience in the city, St. John is set on the street of the same name near Smithfield, the capital’s still-active Victorian meat market. Fare ranges from bone marrow to rabbit hearts, as well as more mainstream offerings, and the unpretentious but always well-informed service confirms why the restaurant consistently rates in the world’s top 100.
26 St. John Street, London, EC1M 4AY
Telephone: +44 20 7251 0848
A Covent Garden stalwart, the tranquil restaurant and neighbouring oyster bar have a timeless ambience. Specialising in fish and seafood of all varieties, the fish pie is a local favourite, though everything on the menu is excellent, from razor clams to the various varieties of market-fresh oysters. The wine list is extensive and the service always exemplary.
28-35 St. Martin’s Court, London, WC2N 4AL
Telephone: +44 20 7240 2565
Set unassumingly on Farringdon Road near bustling Exmouth Market, the restaurant’s charmingly uncomplicated interiors belie an intense devotion to both food and wine. A daily changing menu serves up a four-course meal nightly, and the neighbouring wine bar offers a selection of à la carte plates. More than 120 wines of all varieties are on offer, along with some of the most knowledgeable service in the city and very reasonable prices.
92-94 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3EA
Telephone: +44 20 7278 1452
One of London’s top tables since opening in 2012, the Fitzrovia restaurant pulls no punches: its austere décor is matched by a no-choice tasting menu of tremendously simple dishes, which make use of surprising combinations of top-quality produce. Wines match the food superbly and there is an attached bar that offers small plate treats to go with great cocktails.
39 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 2S
Telephone: +44 20 7323 1544
PUBS FOR ALL TASTES
For a quick afternoon half pint or an all-evening pub crawl with friends, Rosewood London is perfectly placed within 10 minutes’ walk of a handful of excellent pubs. The grand, Victorian mirrors of the beautiful Princess Louise (five minutes) are just west of the hotel on High Holborn, while the Cittie of Yorke (four minutes) sits just east of the hotel on the same street, oozing atmosphere from its vaulted ceiling and intricately carved booths. To the south, facing the backside of the Royal Courts of Justice, is Seven Stars (seven minutes), an easy-going pub with taxidermy in the front window and a lawyerly clientele. Northwards from the hotel, on hip Lamb’s Conduit Street, sits The Lamb (eight minutes), a classic, unpretentious pub with a broad selection of ales. And last but not least, in the heart of Covent Garden, the Lowlander (seven minutes) offers a cosmopolitan twist with modern décor and Belgian beer.