Dining with the Stars – the UK’s 10 best restaurants for celebrity spotting
Everybody enjoys a meal out with friends, and celebrities are no exception! In fact, one of the easiest ways to spot your favourite stars in the flesh is to dine out at the same restaurants they frequent.
Nobu, Mayfair, London
Nobu is one of the most popular celebrity restaurants in the UK. Co-owned by Robert de Niro and frequented by the likes of Cheryl Cole, Brad Pitt, Kate Moss, Tom Cruise, Elton John and Naomi Campbell, it is a veritable magnet for A List diners! Boris Becker very recently clarified that his daughter was conceived on Nobu’s stairs, not in the broom cupboard!
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Covent Garden, London
This restaurant is owned by world’s most Michelin-starred chef Joel Robuchon, who trained Gordon Ramsay and has restaurants around the world. George Clooney was seen having dinner here recently while promoting his latest film in London and was, as usual, accompanied by beautiful ladies such as Elle McPherson, Thandie Newton, Jemmina Khan, Helena Bonham Carter and Mariella Frostrup.
Cecconi’s, Mayfair, London
Cecconi’s of Mayfair is glamour personified, with smart waiters, a stylish interior and a genuine Venetian tapas bar. The food is impressive with an amazing breakfast served until midday, a near-legendary carpaccio and a wide variety of very trendy salads. Their chocolate fondant is to die for. Sophisticated clientele love the buzzy atmosphere and there’s a good chance you’ll spot the likes of Madonna or Stella McCartney enjoying ‘the comfiest sofas in Mayfair’.
Automat, Mayfair, London
With a cool dining car interior and a laid back classic menu, this popular all-American brasserie in Mayfair is a hit with the likes of Lily Allen, Mark Ronson and Mick Jagger and family. Harry Potter star Emma Watson recently celebrated her 18th birthday in the club below.
Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, Kensal Rise, London
This is a hugely popular spot for the hip London crowd. Kate Moss, Lily Allen and the Geldof sisters are all regulars here on their late night party nights. Jamie Cullum and Sophie Dahl were seen dining there recently and the Chemicals Brothers often drop by.
The Collection, Chelsea, London
Situated in the heart of Chelsea, The Collection is the place to be and be seen! Combining atmosphere with elegance in a unique way, The Collection offers visitors the opportunity of three unique dining experiences, each complementing one another. Voted the ‘Best Scene Restaurant’ by Tatler Magazine and ‘Best Bar’ in the London Club Awards, The Collection draws the likes of Sweeney Todd director Tim Burton and his wife Helena Bonham Carter. Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole (Mr Cheryl Cole) is often seen there, too.
China Tang, Mayfair, London
China Tang is located in the Dorchester Hotel, a favourite A List celebrity hotel where the likes of Walt Disney and Clint Eastwood, or more recently, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey, have stayed. The restaurant is owned by the flamboyant founder of the Shanghai Tang chain, David Tang, and his movie star friends are often found there sampling Chinese delicacies alongside supermodels and business tycoons. Kate Moss and her pal Sir Philip Green are known to pop in, and Naomi Campbell celebrated her birthday there last May. Their signature dish of Peking duck is one of the finest to be found in the UK.
St John, Smithfield, London
Food celebrities love this trailblazing restaurant, famed for its “nose to tail eating”. It’s supposedly Anthony Bourdain’s favourite restaurant in the UK, and Jamie Oliver follows St John on Twitter. Tracy Emin is a regular at the sister branch St John Bread & Wine at Spitalfields.
Café Sports England, Liverpool
Owned by Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher, who’s often seen there alongside his team mates and manager Rafa Benitez to celebrate match wins and follow other international games. European footballers like to dine here after European cup games, so you could very easily end up seated next to Viera, Totti and a multitude of European WAGS who tag along.
Ithaca is renowned for its innovative pan-Asian cuisine and opulent interior, but it’s the A List clientele that really grab the headlines. Jay Z held his aftershow party here last year, and Kanye West and Posh Spice have enjoyed the sushi. And due to its proximity to Old Trafford, an evening spent there is bound to reveal a premiership footballer or two!
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