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Londoners love a good meal in a fabulous setting – and so do a lot of its visitors. Here’s our pick of the best-looking restaurants in the capital that don’t scrimp on great food or design.
This place is a great find – a branch from Denmark, Sticks’n’Sushi offers a fusion of Danish-Japanese food. The heart and soul of this establishment is the friendly staff, willing to patiently chat you through the genres of the menu. Their ‘sushi with a Nordic touch’ menu requires a specific environment that the Covent Garden restaurant establishes perfectly. As your food arrives on a stone plaque with the sticks and the sushi in perfect harmony, the dimmed lights and sleek cut tables transform into a stage. The brick walls and the wooden minimalistic furniture give the customer a high dining experience for a reasonable price. The creative cocktails are seriously good, served in imaginative glasses.
This is a restaurant focusing on chicken and beef dishes that manages to transform simplicity into something special, with the help of art and interior design. The landmark of the restaurant is Damien Hirst’s ‘Cock and Bull’ formaldehyde work in the middle of the restaurant – part of Hirst’s ‘Natural History’ series in which he famously preserved animals. This piece was designed specifically for Tramshed. The restaurant is located within a disused warehouse, with the majority of the inner structure left untouched.
This northern Chinese restaurant located on the 33rd level of the Shard is worth going to even just for the view. Luckily, the food and interior of Hutong match its spectacular panorama sights over the London Eye and Tower Bridge. Apart from the struggle to get a reservation, this place is worth the expense, especially for a romantic dinner. The combination of wood and Chinese lanterns gives a different type of glamour to the place, plus something often missing from usual expensive dining venues – charm.