London's food scene has never been short of exceptional restaurants - 80 of which hold Michelin stars.
This February saw nine restaurants in the capital join the roster after the Michelin Great Britain & Ireland Guide 2024 gave a cluster of venues their first one-star accolade, as well as two new two-stars for Gymkhana and Brooklands, and a brand new three-star ranking for chef Brett Graham’s The Ledbury in Notting Hill.
When we think of Michelin, one always assumes there's a hefty price tag. Caroline Baldwin, Deputy Editor of The Caterer, explains that isn't always the case.
"When it comes to Michelin you’re talking about restaurants using the best produce, hiring the most talented chefs and serving meals in beautiful venues. This will always come at a price, especially in London, and even more so when chefs are being squeezed by similar inflation costs like the rest of us," she says.
Caroline, an expert in Michelin-starred dining, confirms it’s always worth looking at one-star restaurants if you are in the market for a special meal that is less likely to break the bank. From £25 three-course set menus, to pre-theatre dinners for £40, London's Michelin star offering isn't always as expensive as you might think.
If you're ever in need of inspiration for a special, yet affordable restaurant booking, scroll on for HELLO!'s recommendations.