London's Michelin star restaurants: our verdict
Female chef power. The most thrilling story of Michelin's latest awards is Clare Smyth winning two Michelin stars straight away for her first solo restaurant Core by Clare Smyth which only opened earlier this year. Jumping one star to two star immediately is very rare indeed, and, a feat only Claude Bosi's Bibendum has achieved before.
Exciting too are the Bib Gourmand awards: these are more informal (and more affordable) restaurants serving seriously good neighbourhood food. This year, there are four London recipients: Sorella: sister restaurant to The Dairy in Clapham and Robin Gill's ode to the Italian Amalfi coast; Kudu, a South-African inflected neighbourhood restaurant in Peckham; Farang, Seb Holmes' Thai meets British ingredients in Highbury and Petit Pois, an intimate French bistro in Hoxton.
Get close up and intimate with two Michelin star chef James Knappett at Kitchen Table, the new recipient of 2 Michelin stars.
Up to 20 guests maximum sit around the U shaped kitchen counter table and can ask the chefs all about the dishes, ingredients and techniques. A brilliant treat for the super-foodie friend.
The menu is inspired by Knappett's travels and time spent working with Rene Redzepi at Noma and Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York. Yet he uses British seasonal ingredients and quirky, artisan producers as local as possible.
A true one-off. The wine list compiled by co-owner Sandi Chang is an inspiration too,
Set dinner £125 for 12 courses