Top 10 homes with the best possible taste
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Royal Hospital Road SW3
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge SW1X
Mosimann’s, West Halkin Street SW1X
Kensington Place, Kensington Church Street W8
William Curley, Ebury Street SW1W
Petrus, Kinnerton Street SW1X
Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge SW1X
Tom’s Kitchen, Cale Street SW3
Tartufo, Cadogan Gardens SW3
The Dorchester, Park Lane W1K
A great local eatery is a bonus when you are moving home. Here are ten top properties near London’s hottest restaurants. Perfect for foodie fashionistas.
Fabulous service is the hallmark of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Royal Hospital Road (www.gordonramsay.com). Clare Smyth runs the kitchens here and her classical fine cuisine has retained the three Michelin stars awarded to the eponymous TV chef in 2001. Just a stroll from the Thames, past the Chelsea Physic Garden, these streets are lined with elegant mansion blocks and pretty mews houses. One of the smartest addresses in the area is Royal Avenue. A five double bedroom house here is available to rent for £3,250p/w (http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=54808EE5322C4)
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge has views over Hyde Park and glass walls, so that diners can watch the chefs in action in the kitchen (www.dinnerbyheston.com). Around the corner is Lowndes Square, SW1X, a charming garden square surrounded by tall, stucco-faced mansions. Access to the communal gardens can be negotiated if you rent this bright one-bedroom flat. And here, too, it’s furnished, so your dining guests can sit at the breakfast bar to watch your action in the kitchen. It’s for rent at £795p/w (http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=4FA14A90969A7)
For nearly three decades, a former Presbyterian church in West Halkin Street, Belgravia has been serving up delights that could be described as spiritual. The welcoming architecture of Anton Mosimann’s private dining club delivers a feast for the eyes to add to the one on your plate (www.mosimann.com). Just doors away, along this impressively grand SW1X street, a two-bedroom apartment is up for sale. It has a charming courtyard garden and south-facing reception room. The price is £3,650,000 (http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=527296BB11819)
Kensington Place is a bright, modern and bustling restaurant, with elegant chairs and clean lines. It’s a hit with the locals of Notting Hill and prides itself on quality ingredients, beautifully presented. Seafood is a speciality here and it is highly rated (www.kensingtonplace-restaurant.co.uk). A short walk to the south brings you to High Street, Kensington, W8. Here, among the wide range of shops and cafes, sits this generously proportioned flat. It’s on the market at £1,375,000 (http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=54B7FCD538BE1). On the second floor of an art-deco mansion block, it marries a prime spot in the heart of the action with a calm atmosphere and peaceful seclusion.
An alternative to the usual dining experience is offered by William Curley in Ebury Street (www.williamcurley.co.uk). His weekend-only dessert bar offers afternoon tea – with a difference. William is a chocolatier and patissier. Here, you can linger indulgently over a five-course dessert menu. Savouring the sweet spot, take yourself a street or two distant, and discover this delightful three-bedroom house. It’s tucked away in the very private Burton Mews, SW1W. For sale at £6,750,000, it has an enormous drawing room (http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=52CFD4BF3C952)
Petrus is another of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants, this time in Kinnerton Street, Belgravia (www.gordonramsay.com). It has a Michelin star and serves modern European dishes sufficiently elaborate to warrant that honour. A little further up the road, this apartment in Kinnerton Yard, SW1X, would be very convenient for dining here. The two-bedroom property has its own front door and private patio. It is on the market for £2,250,000 (http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=5412E5FD5877A)
Dahling, it’s absolutely fabulous. The Fifth Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nicks was a hit with Patsy and Edina (www.harveynichols.com). Ladies who lunch aren’t the only ones who have discovered this oasis serving fine seasonal food, but this area is a shopper’s paradise, with Harrods a short stagger away on designer heels. Behind these two world-famous stores is Basil Street, SW3, lined with bow-fronted and iron-balconied mansion blocks. This fourth-floor flat, on at £2,250,000, has two double bedrooms and access to private gardens (http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=537C7136419A0)
Tom’s Kitchen is perfect for weekend brunch. Its family-friendly Chelsea restaurant is vibrant and buzzing, using ingredients from artisan suppliers (www.tomskitchen.co.uk). It is housed in a smart town house on Cale Street, which has a number of specialist shops. This little community can be found just around the corner from a three-bedroom house for sale in St Luke’s Street, SW3. Laid out over four floors, it also has a terrace, a patio and a garage. The price is £4,275,000 (http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=54AFA8FDA5090)
Hidden away in Cadogan Gardens, Tartufo serves modern European food in intimate surroundings (www.tartufolondon.co.uk). There’s more than a whiff of Italy on the menu under chef Manuel Oliveri, but the lower ground floor décor is pure Sloane. Close by this split-level flat has two bedrooms and a high-tech lighting and heat control system. It’s on the market for £2,750,000 (http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=53D104E73B613)
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester has three Michelin stars and offers contemporary French cuisine in impeccable surroundings (www.alainducasse-dorchester.com). The Seasonal and Tasting Menus play to rave reviews. From here, it’s just a ramble through Hyde Park to William Street, SW1X, where this third floor lateral apartment is for rent at £2,100p/w (http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=53AAA3CA76468). It has a large reception room and a separate dining room, if you want to entertain at home. You can take it furnished or unfurnished.