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Date: 04.03.11 Category:

“As freezing temperatures take hold despite diaries suggesting it's Spring, we take a moment to remind ourselves of the best of British.”

It is not just on the lips of those living north of the Watford Gap on a daily basis; the word 'Dinner' has now entered the lexicon of London's most discerning diners as everybody's talking about the extraordinary feat that is Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (that's feat, not feet, though with Heston at the helm, it is best to check). Praise is coming from all quarters meaning availability is hard to come by, so if you want to experience it for yourself, plan ahead (and I'm talking June) and book a table through LadyBlonde.com today.

Equally (and consistently) steeped in praise is St John, another exceptional British restaurant where you can expect the unexpected. Serving up a more traditional offering with steak taking centre stage, Maze and Hawksmoor continue to delight on every visit, as does Hix Soho where one can counter-dine and soak up the buzzy Soho atmosphere.

J Sheekey serves fabulous fish in chic and characterful surroundings, perfect for pre or post theatre dining, as does The Ivy, a restaurant renowned for offering a quintessentially British vibe and serving up a hit-the-spot menu.

Over in Chelsea, Tom Aiken keeps things real in Tom’s Kitchen serving British food to a well-to-do, local crowd seeking an informal but sophisticated place to eat, drink and catch up with friends. Also offering a rustic but refined spot for locals is Bumpkin in Notting Hill, and Harrison's in Balham where the vibe is kept vibrant with wonderful cocktails too.

And finally, Roast - British by name and nature - offers one of the best, as hearty as they come, good ol' quality, fry ups. So quite frankly, who needs sunshine?

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St John

St John

Restaurant with bar

"It might not always sound irresistibly delicious, but this is an explorative, outstanding menu that will delight and astound. "

26 St John Street, London EC1M 4AY

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Maze Grill

Maze Grill

Restaurant

"Relaxed but refined, Maze Grill offers a contemporary place to enjoy the best of British."

10-13 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP

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Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor

Restaurant

"Fantastic steak, a fun crowd, fabulous service and a relaxed vibe - what more do you want?"

157 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ

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HIX Soho

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HIX Soho

Restaurant with bar

"Is it worthy of the hype? I'd say so; a night here tends to go without a hix."

70 Brewer St, Westminster, London W1F 9TR

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J Sheekey

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J Sheekey

Restaurant

"A theatre-land classic with a fish pie as famous as many of its visitors."

28-32 St Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL

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The Ivy

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The Ivy

Restaurant

"For many The Ivy is more than just a restaurant; it is an institution."

1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ

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Tom's Kitchen Chelsea

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Tom's Kitchen Chelsea

Restaurant

"Tom's Kitchen has a chic but informal atmosphere all day long; a favourite with the Chelsea locals."

27 Cale Street, London SW3 3QP

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Bumpkin

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Bumpkin

Restaurant

"Bumpkin brings rustic, countryside-inspired charm to Notting Hill; all it's missing is a haystack for after dark."

209 Westbourne Park Road, London W11 1EA

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Harrison's

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Harrison's

Restaurant

"Informal but vibrant, this is a neighbourhood brasserie that hits just the right spot whether you are there for a family lunch,..."

15-19 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9EX

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Roast

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Roast

Restaurant

"Located over Borough Market, Roast serves honest, gutsy, hearty and delicious food using only the finest seasonal produce."

The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL

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