The River Café
The River Café is quite simply a London institution. Run by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray until Gray passed away in 2010 (so now Rogers is in sole charge), it is one of most famous and most loved Italian restaurants in town. The fact that chefs like Theo Randall, Sam and Sam Clark of Moro, April Bloomfield, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver have all worked in the River Café kitchen should give you some idea of its quality. The menu changes with the seasons, although there are always a variety of roasted meats and fish on offer and their famous homemade gelati and chocolate nemesis dessert are mainstays. It is on the pricey side but for a special occasion, it’s hard to top, and they have a pretty knockout location too.