Five of Alexandra Wood’s favourite London restaurants
Whether you live in London, or like to visit, the plethora of restaurants and bars in this amazing city makes it near impossible to decide where to go. I love eating out and going for a cocktail somewhere nice, and like any London regular I have my favourite places to go. So, when you want to take your friends and your new bespoke suit (or limited-edition tie, blazer, shirt…) for a spin somewhere new, take a look at my top five picks for the best restaurants and bars in London.
Where: 43 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 7QR
Why: For a sophisticated business lunch you can’t go past this classic French restaurant in Mayfair – beautiful food, wonderful service and a plush dining room. A stalwart of the London fine dining scene (it’s been there since 1967), and winner of many awards, it is run by renowned chef Michel Roux Jr. Go at lunchtime as it’s better value: they offer a ‘Business Lunch’ which includes mineral water and a half a bottle of wine.
Where: 33 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JD
Why: For the sheer beauty of it: it’s been voted the world’s most beautiful restaurant. The interiors do not disappoint with dark leather, rich wood, fairy-tale lighting and boughs and boughs of foliage. The food is inspired by the rural tastes of Provence and Tuscany. It’s definitely one for to book for that once in a lifetime special occasion.
Blanchette (Brick Lane)
Where: 204 Brick Lane, E1 6SA, London
Why: For lunch after you’ve visited our Shoreditch store, of course! Yes, it’s French (there is a trend, I know), but I love this one when I’m working at our Cheshire Street location. It’s got a lovely, rustic belle-époque feel that’s perfect to wind down in, but still has an East London Edge. The food is mainly sharing plates with some Southern French and Northern African influences.
Mr Fogg’s Residence
Where: 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, London, W1J 6JD
Why: This place is fantastic for pre- or post-dinner drinks. It’s brilliantly eccentric in a very British way – the perfect place to show off your bespoke Alexandra Wood suit or statement blazer. They even host talks with British Explorers and a gin and champagne-infused high tea.
Where: 3-4 Archer Street, South Soho, London W1D 7AP
Why: The wait staff spontaneously entertain guests with their singing! This Soho bar makes for a sophisticated but fun location for a drinks session with friends. They have a cocktail bar and sitting room spread over two floors. Make sure you get there early evening and book a table (I prefer upstairs).