The best restaurants in Knightsbridge

Zoe Gunn

21 July 2021

Where to fine dine in London’s glitziest neighbourhood

21 July 2021 | Zoe Gunn

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est known as the neighbourhood in which you'll find Harrods and Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge is undoubtedly one of the world’s finest districts for high-end shopping. Thankfully for those who find themselves spent (both physically and financially) at the end of an intense bout of retail therapy, the area is also home to some seriously good restaurants. From modern vegan dining to decadent Japanese dishes, here’s our guide to the best restaurants in Knightsbridge.

Sette

The London outpost from New York’s hugely popular Scarpetta restaurant group, Sette boasts a menu of indulgent Italian classics with a focus on seasonal, local ingredients. Located in an airy, tastefully designed space on Knightsbridge Green, its all-day dining options mean it’s the ideal spot for a breakfast meeting, intimate dinner date or weekend lunch with your parents. For a memorable night out, arrive in time for aperitivo hour and order a La Dolce Vita cocktail (vodka, yuzu, peach, hibiscus and prosecco) while grazing on cicchetti of arancini, short rib and bruschetta. Once retired to the main dining room, be sure to try the signature Scarpetta tomato and basil spaghetti – it’s made a name for itself on two continents for a reason.

4 Knightsbridge Green, SW1X, settelondon.co.uk

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The proud owner of two Michelin stars and four AA rosettes, no culinary tour of Knightsbridge would be complete without a stop at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Housed in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel, the menu, as the name suggests, is high concept and inspired by the changing perceptions of ‘dinner’ throughout the ages. Dishes are based on historic recipes unearthed by Blumenthal through extensive research and include the famous Meat Fruit, based on a recipe from circa 1500, and Salamagundy – a smoked chicken confit dating back to 1720. Elsewhere, meats are roast on a spit using a pulley system inspired by that of the royal court, in full view of the dining room. This is as much theatre as it is an exceptional meal.

66 Knightsbridge, SW1X, dinnerbyheston.co.uk

Sumosan Twiga

The West London sister venue of the much-lauded Sumosan restaurant, which now sports locations in London, Moscow, Monaco, Dubai and Courchevel, Sumosan Twiga opened in 2016 to offer a full-service entertainment venue complete with restaurant, bar and club. If you hadn’t twigged by the group’s locales (or the fact that Twiga was created in partnership with Flavio Briatore), prices for Sumosan Twiga’s Asian-Italian fusion fare are eyebrow-raising, to say the least. They are, however, not necessarily unwarranted. Served in an elegant dining room decked out in sumptuous velvet chairs and pristine white tablecloths, from the Italian kitchen comes Venetian classics, including veal Milanese and homemade strozzapreti with lamb ragout, while the Japanese kitchen offers contemporary dishes and Sumosan signatures, such as salmon rice pizza, Isobe maki king crab, and truffle hamachi tiradito. This is a restaurant with access to the best ingredients – and the expertise to treat them properly.

165 Sloane Street, SW1X, sumosantwigalondon.com

Holy Carrot

Dining with a large group? With a menu of delicious vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, preservative-free and additive-free dishes, Holy Carrot is your new go-to for catering to even the most restrictive of modern diets. Open for all-day dining and offering an enticing cocktail menu (alcohol, thankfully, isn’t off the list), opt for the small plates to try as much as possible. Highlights include crispy heritage vegetable maki, kohlrabi tartar, parsnip root risotto, and miso caramel sponge cake. Plus, located within the chic Urban Retreat wellness destination, you’ll be mere moments from some of the best blow dries and beauty treatments the capital has to offer.

2-4 Hans Crescent, SW1X, holycarrot.co.uk

Pétrus

Occupying a plush, modern space in the well-heeled neighbourhood between Knightsbridge and Belgravia, this Michelin-starred restaurant from the Gordon Ramsay culinary stable is all about traditional French cooking applied to great British ingredients. Named, as it is, for one of the world’s foremost winemakers, the wine list alone is enough to make Pétrus a destination. Château Pétrus is, of course, the main focus with the restaurant being the first in Europe to offer many of the vineyard’s vintages by the glass, but many other top European winemakers are also present. The food, which includes a full vegetarian offering alongside Prestige and Chef’s Table tasting menus, boasts equal provenance, with Isle of Skye scallops, Herdwick lamb, and Dexter short rib of beef constituting some of the highlights. 

1 Kinnerton Street, SW1X, gordonramsayrestaurants.com

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