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Announced: London’s New Michelin-Starred Restaurants for 2018

Bibendum is this year’s big new addition with two stars

The 2018 Michelin UK Guide was announced at a live event in central London this morning, and there are some big additions: England’s capital, historically lean on three-Michelin-starred restaurants, saw its first establishment rise to that coveted honour since 2010, when Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester jumped from two to three. The Araki — a £300 per person 9-seater sushi bar in Mayfair — has been upgraded from its two-star ranking.

This is the UK’s first three-star Japanese restaurant.

“I have a responsibility for my customer. And I do my best,” chef Mitsuhiro Araki said at the ceremony. The chef’s counter restaurant, which has just two seatings per night, opened in 2014. Araki previously held three stars for his now-closed site in Tokyo.

Claude Bosi’s Bibendum, a restaurant named after the tyremaker’s white mascot and situated in “Michelin House,” is the highest new entry, going straight into the guide with two stars. Bosi told Eater, “I knew we would get one, we got an invitation at the end of August, but I was not expecting two straight away. We’ve been open three months [sic]...I’m French [Michelin] is in my blood. It’s a great start.”

London gained a total of eight new starred restaurants. Among the other high-profile and somewhat expected one-star inclusions were: A. Wong, Andrew Wong’s modern Chinese restaurant in Victoria, and La Dame de Pic, the London debut of Anne-Sophie Pic, France’s only current three-Michelin-starred female chef.

Philip Howard was recognised for his cooking at Elystan Street — a restaurant he opened after leaving his two-starred restaurant The Square in Mayfair. Aquavit, a Nordic import from New York, also gained a star, as did The Square, which is currently closed for renovations (and which was not announced during the ceremony.)

Two Indian restaurants, Vineet Bhatia in Chelsea and Jamavar in Mayfair, also received stars, bringing the city’s number of starred south Asian restaurants up to eight.

Chris Denney’s new-Nordic-ish Notting Hill restaurant 108 Garage was among the more notable omissions, as was Core by Clare Smyth, who was previously London’s only three Michelin-star female chef when she ran Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Core opened in August, likely making it too late of a debut for inclusion in the guide.

Pidgin, in Hackney, appears to be the only restaurant (other than Dabbous, which closed in July) to have lost a star.

Anonymous inspectors award worthy venues with either one star ("high quality cooking, worth a stop"), two stars ("excellent cooking, worth a detour"), or three stars ("exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey"). There are only about 100 restaurants worldwide with three stars, with three of them now in London: the aforementioned Alain Ducasse and The Araki, as well as Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.


Here’s the full list of stars for London; upgrades and new stars are denoted with an asterisk.

Three Michelin Stars

“Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Araki*

Gordon Ramsay


Two Michelin Stars

“Excellent cooking, worth a detour”

Claude Bosi at Bibendum*

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Le Gavroche

Greenhouse

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Ledbury

Marcus

Sketch (The Lecture Room and Library)

Umu


One Michelin Star

“High quality cooking, worth a stop”

Alyn Williams at The Westbury

Amaya

Ametsa

Angler

Aquavit*

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

A. Wong*

Barrafina (Soho)

Benares

Bonhams

Celeste

Chez Bruce

City Social

Clove Club

Club Gascon

Le Dame de Pic*

Ellory

Elystan Street*

Fera at Claridge’s

Five Fields

Galvin La Chapelle

Galvin at Windows

The Glasshouse

The Goring (Dining Room)

Gymkhana

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan Mayfair

Harwood Arms

Hedone

HKK

Jamavar*

Kai

Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs

Kitchen W8

Lima Fitzrovia

Locanda Locatelli

Lyle’s

Murano

The Ninth

Outlaw’s at The Capital

Petrus

Pied a Terre

Pollen Street Social

Portland

Quilon

Ritz Restaurant

River Cafe

St. John

Seven Park Place

Social Eating house

The Square*

Story

Tamarind

Texture

Trinity

Trishna

La Trompette

Veeraswamy

Vineet Bhatia*

Yauatcha Soho

St. John

26 Saint John Street, , England EC1M 4AY 020 7251 0848 Visit Website

The Woodford

159 High Rd, London E18 2PA, UK, London, 44 020 8504 5952 Visit Website

Story

199 Tooley Street, , England SE1 2JX 020 7183 2117 Visit Website

Céleste

Hyde Park Corner, , England SW1X 7TA 020 7259 5599 Visit Website

Alyn Williams at The Westbury

37 Conduit Street, , England W1S 2YF 020 7183 6426 Visit Website

Ritz Restaurant

340a King Street, , England W6 0RR 020 8748 7517

Portland

113 Great Portland Street, , England W1W 6QQ 020 7436 3261 Visit Website

Bonhams

101 New Bond Street, , England W1S 1SR 020 7447 7447 Visit Website

La Dame de Pic London

10 Trinity Square, , England EC3N 4AJ 020 3297 3799 Visit Website

The Dairy

15 The Pavement, , England SW4 0HY 020 7622 4165 Visit Website

The Clove Club

380 Old Street, , England EC1V 9LT 020 7729 6496 Visit Website

La Trompette

3-7 Devonshire Road, , England W4 2EU 020 8747 1836 Visit Website

Elystan Street

43 Elystan Street, , England SW3 3NT 020 7628 5005 Visit Website

Gymkhana

42 Albemarle Street, , England W1S 4JH 020 3011 5900 Visit Website

Pollen Street Social

8-10 Pollen Street, , England W1S 1NQ 020 7290 7600 Visit Website

Pidgin

52 Wilton Way, , England E8 1BG 020 7254 8311 Visit Website

Henrietta

14 - 15 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH, UK, London, +44 20 3794 5314 Visit Website

The Lanesborough

Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA, London,

Marcus

Wilton Place, , England SW1X 7RL 020 7235 1200 Visit Website

Texture

34 Portman Street, London, W1H 7BY Visit Website

Pied à Terre

34 Charlotte Street, , England W1T 2NH 020 7636 1178 Visit Website

Galvin at Windows

22 Park Lane, , England W1K 1BE 020 7208 4021 Visit Website

Barrafina

43 Drury Lane, , England WC2B 5AJ Visit Website

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

68 Royal Hospital Road, , England SW3 4HP 020 7352 4441 Visit Website

Quilon

41 Buckingham Gate, , England SW1E 6AF 020 7821 1899 Visit Website

Veeraswamy

99-101 Regent Street, , England W1B 4RS 020 7734 1401 Visit Website

Le Gavroche

43 Upper Brook Street, , England W1K 7QR 020 7408 0881 Visit Website

P Franco

107 Lower Clapton Road, , England E5 0NP 020 8533 4660 Visit Website

Trishna

15-17 Blandford Street, , England W1U 3DG 020 7935 5624 Visit Website

Tamarind

20 Queen St, London W1J 5PR, London, 440207 629 3561 Visit Website

Jamavar

8 Mount Street, , England W1K 3NF 020 7499 1800 Visit Website

Seven

Brixton Station Rd., Brixton, Greater London, London, 44 0207 998 3309 Visit Website

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Carlos Place, , England W1K 2AL 020 3147 7200 Visit Website

Angler

3 South Place, , England EC2M 2AF 020 3215 1260 Visit Website

Petrus

1 Kinnerton Street, , England SW1X 8EA 020 7592 1609 Visit Website

Murano

Queen Street, , England W1J 5PP 020 7495 1127 Visit Website

Hedone

301-303 Chiswick High Road, London , W4 4HH Visit Website

Launceston Place

1A Launceston Place, Kensington, London , W8 5RL Visit Website

Sketch

9 Conduit Street, , England W1S 2XG 020 7659 4500 Visit Website

Kitchen Table

70 Charlotte Street, , England W1T 4QG Visit Website

The Ledbury

127 Ledbury Road, , England W11 2AQ 020 7792 9090 Visit Website

Lima

2151 Salvio Street, , CA 94520 (925) 309-7774 Visit Website

The Ninth

22 Charlotte Street, , England W1T 2NB 020 3019 0880 Visit Website

Harwood Arms

2850 North Harwood Street, , TX 75201 (214) 273-5151 Visit Website

Brawn

49 Columbia Road, , England E2 7RG 020 7729 5692 Visit Website

Locanda Locatelli

8 Seymour Street, , England W1H 7JZ 020 7935 9088 Visit Website

108 Garage

108 Golborne Road, , England W10 5PS 020 8969 3769 Visit Website

Yauatcha

15-17 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL +44 20 7494 8888 Visit Website

Le Dame de Pic

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square 10 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AJ, London, Visit Website

River Café

Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London, W6 9HA

Hakkasan

8 Hanway Place, London, W1T 1HD Visit Website

The Araki

12 New Burlington Street, , England W1S 3BF 020 7287 2481 Visit Website

HKK

88 Worship Street, , England EC2A 2BE 020 3535 1888 Visit Website

The Five Fields

8-9 Blacklands Terrace, , England SW3 2SP 020 7838 1082 Visit Website

Galvin La Chapelle

35 Spital Square, , England E1 6DY 020 7299 0400 Visit Website

Kai Mayfair

65 South Audley Street, , England W1K 2QU 020 7493 8988 Visit Website

The Square

6-10 Bruton Street, , England W1J 6PU 020 7495 7100 Visit Website

Hedone

301-303 Chiswick High Road, , England W4 4HH 020 8747 0377 Visit Website

Kitchen W8

11-13 Abingdon Road, , England W8 6AH 020 7937 0120 Visit Website

The Clove Club

380 Old Street, , England EC1V 9LT 020 7729 6496 Visit Website

Trinity

4 The Polygon, , England SW4 0JG 020 7622 1199 Visit Website

A. Wong

70 Wilton Road, , England SW1V 1DE 020 7828 8931 Visit Website

Bibendum

81 Fulham Rd, London, Greater London SW3 6RD +44 20 7590 1189 Visit Website

Dabbous

39 Whitfield Street, , England W1T 2SF 020 7323 1544

Social Eating House

58 Poland Street, , England W1F 7NS 020 7993 3251 Visit Website

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester

53 Park Lane, London , W1K 1QA Visit Website

Club Gascon

57 West Smithfield, , England EC1A 9DS 020 7600 6144 Visit Website

Umu

14-16 Bruton Place, , England W1J 6LX 020 7499 8881

City Social

25 Old Broad Street, , England EC2N 1HQ 020 7877 7703 Visit Website

The Glasshouse

14 Station Parade, , England TW9 3PZ

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Halkin Street, , England SW1X 7DJ 020 7333 1234 Visit Website

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

66 Knightsbridge, , England SW1X 7LA 020 7201 3833 Visit Website

Chez Bruce

2 Bellevue Road, , England SW17 7EG 020 8672 0114 Visit Website

Core by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road, , England W11 2PN 020 3937 5086 Visit Website

Bright

1 Westgate Street, , England E8 3RL 020 3095 9407 Visit Website
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