Where locals eat: iconic Mayfair haunts
Insider guide by antique jewellery dealer Kitty Verity. Exclusively created for guests at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences.
Amid the hot new restaurant openings, there is another side to Mayfair’s dining scene - discreet but sumptuous haunts, popular with picky locals looking for the finest dining in the most elegant of environs.
Read on to discover some of Mayfair’s most iconic restaurants - from French haute cuisine to London’s best oyster bar.
This restaurant by Irish chef Richard Corrigan is a timeless take on British and Irish cuisine with old-world elegance and charm. The menu offers meat and seafood dishes to impress, including battered and fried oysters and a delightful tasting menu.
A restaurant with over 150 years of history, this is one of London’s best seafood restaurants. Enjoy oysters by the dozen at the dedicated oyster bar or tuck into a tasty selection of delicate inventive fish and seafood dishes.
One of the most celebrated restaurants in the world, brothers Michel and Albert Roux first opened its doors in 1967 (though originally at a different location). A bastion of London fine dining, it was the first restaurant in the UK to receive a Michelin star, then the first to received two and finally the first in the UK to be awarded three Michelin stars. Today, the French restaurant holds two stars under the leadership of Chef Patron Michel Roux Jr and famous chefs who have worked in its kitchen include Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White and Marcus Wareing.
The Greenhouse stands in contrast to the other venues on this list for its bright and contemporary style - making it the perfect setting for a special lunch. Guests enter through a landscaped garden decorated with stone artworks by British sculptor Emily Young, and you feel immediately transported to another world. The Greenhouse has two Michelin stars and is a member of Relais & Chateaux and Les Grandes Tables du Monde.
Located in a quiet Mayfair mews, a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street, Ristorante Frescobaldi is the first standalone restaurant and wine bar from Italy’s oldest and most respected wine dynasty, Frescobaldi, and The Good Food Society. You may expect fresh pasta and seasonal Tuscan cooking, alongside an exceptional wine list (of course). There is also a leafy outdoor terrace to be enjoyed on London’s balmier days.