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5 London restaurants that will remain timeless

W
hich eateries in the capital will never go out of style?

There are classic dishes – think the roast dinner, fish and chips or beef wellington – and there are classic drinks – from a martini to a finely-made Negroni. So why would there not be classic restaurants; traditional eateries imbued with as much character, flavour and interest as the food they serve?

The answer, of course, is that there is. From the leafy stretch of Sloane Square to the sub-streets of Mayfair, London has the highest concentration of timeless restaurants in the world. A real gentleman knows each and every spot. So, if you’re looking for Parisian chic in the British capital or just a classic, extensive afternoon tea, these are the haunts for you…

La Famiglia, Chelsea

5 London restaurants that will remain timeless

Trends have come and gone on London’s iconic Kings Road, but one jewel remains in the crown that is the World’s End, the restaurant known as La Famiglia. Created by the godfather of Italian chefs, Alvaro Maccioni, it first opened over thirty five years ago. This is as authentic cuisine as anyone will get outside of Tuscany.

From Antipasti including Rucola con Parmigiano and Prosciutto Toscano con Melone, through mains such as Pasta E Fagioli, Risotto Con le Seppie and Pappardelle al Cinghiale, to sumptuous deserts including Dolci Dal Carrello and Frutta Fresca, this is food to die for. And, being a bastion of Italy, wash it all down with the finest espresso this side of Turin.

The Wolseley, St. James's

5 London restaurants that will remain timeless

Beautifully designed and discreetly hidden, the undeniable jewel in the crown of the Wolseley is the Private Dining Room, which seats up to 14 guests and available to book for both lunch and dinner. Open from early in the morning until late at night, and serving food and drink the entire time, this landmark of London is a classic eatery, and one that’s never lost its cool.

A shorter than usual wine list is better than usual – and entirely derived from Europe – and accompanies one of the finest menus you can find in London. Oysters, steaks and coq au vin may not sound too exciting – but don’t judge before you try these dishes. Additionally, the Schnitzels and caviar, a little more exotic, are equally as delicious – simplicity, perfected.

Le Caprice, St. James's

5 London restaurants that will remain timeless

The classic St James’s restaurant, Le Caprice is close to the Royal Academy, Burlington Arcade and Bond Street and moments from Piccadilly, Mayfair and the West End. A full à la carte menu is served from midday throughout the afternoon, featuring classic British, European and American favourites, prepared with carefully sourced seasonal game, meat and fish, and boasting a renowned list of desserts.

Le Caprice’s timeless black and white interior is complemented by a collection of iconic photographs by David Bailey and features a long dining bar where the full menu is available – including Lemon sole on the bone with caper and lemon butter, Creedy Carver duck breast with caramelised figs, salt baked celeriac and chestnuts, and the iconic Hispi cabbage side, with caramelised onions and hazelnuts.

Harry’s Bar, Mayfair

5 London restaurants that will remain timeless

A dress code is a good way to establish timelessness to your establishment, and the suit and collared shirt rule in place at Harry’s ensures that the clientele and atmosphere remain sophisticated at all times. As one of the most elegant and sophisticated private members’ clubs in London. Harry’s Bar is famed worldwide for both the beauty of its décor and the quality of its food. Venetian chandeliers and Fortuny fabrics, Murano glassware and a polished wooden floor create an atmosphere of relaxed luxury – and that’s before we even get to the food.

Fresh ingredients and generous portions make this a must-visit bar and, even though expensive, the veal is the best you’re ever likely to try.

5 London restaurants that will remain timeless

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Colbert, Chelsea

5 London restaurants that will remain timeless

Colbert appears to have slowly expanded over the last nine decades from one room to three to accommodate le patron’s ever-growing collection of art & local memorabilia. True to the spirit of traditional French cafés, Colbert, with its prime position on Sloane Square next to The Royal Court Theatre, is the perfect spot to while away a few hours over drinks, snacks or a full meal.

Their classic Parisian all-day café menu takes in breakfast to morning coffee through to lunch, mid-afternoon snacks, early evening drinks and a full dinner service – including Steak Hache, Grilled Paillard of Corn-Fed Chicken and Cassoulet de Toulouse. Divine.

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