We love a special occasion here at H&N – it’s a great excuse to get dressed up and have a brilliant time!
Check out our top spots in London to book for a special evening – these restaurants are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, or whatever else you’re raising a glass to…
Date night: The Baptist Bar & Grill at L’oscar
Taking its design inspiration from Oscar Wilde and the glamour of the Oscar ceremonies, L’oscar’s The Baptist Bar & Grill couldn’t be a more memorable location for a celebratory meal. The restaurant is positioned beneath the dome of the former headquarters of the Baptist church, a Grade II listed building which was fantastically restored and re-imagined in all its Baroque glory by designer Jacques Garcia. Food by Executive Chef Tony Fleming is no less impressive, with dishes such Tranche of Loch Duart salmon, lightly smoked, salad of apple and potato, horseradish, cucumber ketchup and 30oz cote de boeuf, short rib parmentier, smoked bearnaise, devilled bone marrow, king oyster mushroom.
The family are flocking to London to celebrate a big birthday and choosing the restaurant for a slap-up dinner has been left to you. It needs to be somewhere special but won’t break the bank; with food that’s exciting but not too crazy to scare off your granny. The answer? Head to Monica Galetti’s restaurant, Mere, for a meal to satisfy the lot. Fusing influences from classical French cookery and her Samoan heritage, there is either a full tasting or a la carte menu to choose from. Tuck into Tortelli with wild mushrooms, confit chicken & Marmite emulsion; Manuka smoked quail with a pistachio crumb, pickled walnuts & a Mirabelle puree or Shorthorn striploin, burnt butter mash, girolles & an ox tongue mustard sauce.
Engagement: Siren at The Goring
Where does one choose to go for what will probably be the most talked-about dinner of their life? Siren, the new restaurant (its first in over 100 years) from the unforgettable, time-tested Goring Hotel – the last family-run luxury hotel in London – is the spot to book. Siren is luxurious, the food more than special occasion worthy (try Baked scallops dripping in orange and rosemary butter and, for two to share, Grilled whole monkfish, crab sauce & warm tartare sauce) and most importantly, Siren’s unrivalled staff are discreet. What’s more, the garden-facing dining room has been declared “London’s prettiest restaurant with a view” by critic Grace Dent, and who can possibly challenge that?
Anniversary: Kitty Fisher’s
You’ve got a big anniversary coming up and the pressure is on to deliver a special venue, but where to go? The answer every time should be Kitty Fisher’s in Shepherd’s Market. Nestled on a cobbled street with the best tables located below ground level, the main restaurant space is dimly lit and moody with an old school charm. Sip on Bad Kitty cocktails whilst deciding what to order from the short but perfectly formed menu. Head chef George Barson’s current creations include Smoked eel, parsley risotto & egg yolk; Iberico presa, fennel and peach and Rose veal loin with shallots and ale.