Fancy experiencing a piece of the action? Book in for one of London’s best chef’s table experiences and it’ll feel as if you’ve stepped foot into the kitchen, learning all of the techniques and hidden culinary secrets from some of the best in the business.
From Hélène Darroze’s three Michelin-starred kitchen to Heston Blumenthal’s clever flavour combinations, these are the best chef’s tables in London.
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
Fancy taking your chef’s table experience up a notch? Book in for Hélène Darroze at The Connaught to experience the three Michelin-starred kitchen in action.
Keeping in line with the rest of the pink-hued restaurant, the chef’s table takes place on a beautiful pink marble table set on a Terrazzo dias, under the ceiling art by Rochegaussen and designed lamps created by Matteo Gonet for Pierre Yovanovitch. Set here, expect a specially designed menu from their expert culinary team curated from seasonal and fresh ingredients.
THE CONNAUGHT, CARLOS PLACE, MAYFAIR, W1K 2AL
London’s chef’s table scene doesn’t get much more dramatic and extravagant than Kitchen Table. Aptly named, it’s a dining experience that’ll see you guided through the evening by James Knappett and his team as they prepare, serve and talk you through the evening’s tasting menu.
Starting at £250 per person, guests are seated around a horseshoe shaped table and will be presented foraged seasonal British ingredients. Each course focuses on a single ingredient and pairs it with beautiful tasting notes and flavours to bring the produce to life.
70 CHARLOTTE STREET, FITZROVIA, W1T 4QG
London’s hottest Mexican restaurant, KOL launched a unique chef’s table experience earlier this year and it’s already seen huge success. Hosted in a convivial space inspired by the grand houses of Oaxaca, the intimate dining room looks out over its own kitchen.
Perfect for special occasions with close friends, the experience provides seating for up to 20 guests and showcases an exciting seven-course menu for £180 per person. Their menu includes lobster, bone marrow salsa and sourdough tortilla tacos; tostada of wagyu ribeye, fermented plum and guajillo; asada served with condiments and fresh tortillas shared for the table; and dessert of nicuatole made with apple and elderflower, hibiscus and meadowsweet.
With their very own agave bar, KOL Mezcaleria, offering a refined assortment of Mexican spirits, KOL provides the best of both worlds when it comes to dining. Both spaces are available in November and December.
9 SEYMOUR STREET, MARYLEBONE, W1H 7BA
You can’t get much more intimate than Aulis, Simon Rogan’s eight seater chef’s table hidden just off Dean Street, Soho.
The space is headed by executive chef Oli Marlow and head chef Charlie Tayler, and invites you to delve into the behind-the-scenes of kitchen life, a space where nature and the wild meets technique, imagination and passion.
Boasting a menu of dishes such as Newlyn turbot, courgette, lovage and smoked bone sauce; mussel and seaweed custard with beef tendons and caviar; frozen tunworth with London truffle honey; and whey poached pear with caramelised yoghurt sauce and lemon mint. There’s also a delicious vegetarian menu too.
Specialises in quintessential British and Irish cuisine, fusing seasonal produce with Richard’s incredible flair.
16A ST ANNE’S COURT, SOHO, W1F 0BF
Home to acclaimed celebrity chef, Richard Corrigan, the restaurant specialises in quintessential British and Irish cuisine, fusing seasonal produce with Richard’s incredible flair.
Corrigan’s Mayfair is home to a number of private dining rooms, including the Chef’s Table allowing guests to delight in a truly unique experience. Warm and club-like, the experience allows you to be part of the action, all from the comfort of your own table.
For those who prefer an up-close view of the action, the Kitchen Library seats six and is an intimate dining experience which looks directly onto the pass. Adorned with Chef Corrigan’s a personal collection of cookery books, this charming space is perfect for extra special occasions and important business dinners.
Recognised as one of the finest dining experiences that you can book in the UK.
28 UPPER GROSVENOR STREET, MAYFAIR, W1K 7EH
Visit Angela Hartlett’s Mayfair Michelin-starred restaurant for an evening of luxury. Seating up to 12 guests, the chef’s table will see you looking over the kitchen through a window as they carefully craft your special set menu.
Level up the evening a notch and enjoy a tasting menu with matching wines hand selected and paired by Angela and her expert team.
20 QUEEN’S STREET, MAYFAIR, W1J 5PP
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
You know him for inventing the weird and truly bizarre flavour combinations on the TV, but how about trying his artistry in real life? Well, you can over at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Here you’ll be able to soak up the energy and activity of the kitchen from the comfort of your table.
Showcased through a series of edible story-led menus, the chef’s table experience accommodates four to six guests, with a bespoke menu and your own dedicated sommelier on hand to serve expert wine pairings to suit every dish and occasion.
Enjoy a menu of hay smoked trout with Gentleman’s relish and pickled lemon salad; meat fruit of Mandarin, chicken liver parfait and grilled bread; roast sea bass and green sauce; and black foot pork chop with spelt, mushroom, apple and Robert sauce.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK, 66 KNIGHTSBRIDGE, SW1X 7LA
The Sea, The Sea
If you’re more into your fish, look to The Sea, The Sea Hackney’s chef’s table offering. Home to just 12 seats, it’s truly intimate and will see you and your friends up close to the most professional fish cooking in the capital.
With executive chef Leo Carreira at the helm, their chef’s table uses the finest fish from the UK and beyond, and uses dry-aged fish prepared from their own custom-built ageing cabinets.
The menu changes but expect dishes such as razor clams with turnip and finger lime; squid and daikon; mackerel and beetroot; langoustine with wild mushrooms and black truffle; and kaffir lime and Sichuan peppercorn macaron.
ARCH 337 ACTON MEWS, HACKNEY, E8 4EA
Bread Street Kitchen & Bar – The City
Book in for the best seat in the house and see the chefs make your special menu in front of you as you sip on cocktails, snack on small bites and catch up with friends.
Available for groups of up to eight people, this special dining experience includes a cocktail, range of snacks and choice of starters, followed by their legendary beef wellington and a sweet treat to finish.
11, 13, 14 SOUTH PLACE, EC2M 7EB
By The Handbook