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    Tried & tasted: Statement restaurants

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    Finding a stand-out restaurant among a sea of venues in the city can be a tricky task. To help, we’ve highlighted four statement restaurants that boast exceptional interior and design elements to make guests’ jaws drop.



    Piccadilly, London
    0203 146 8666, 85piccadilly.co.uk
    Three floors make up the recently opened Hide, which includes two restaurants and a wine bar known as Above, Ground and Below. Hidden behind a huge wooden door, you ’d be forgiven for thinking this venue was another office space, except it isn’t. Overlooking the beautiful views of Green Park, diners can enjoy London at its best as they tuck into barbequed octopus, grilled spiced quail, steamed turbot and much more.

    But it’s the interior that really makes its mark. A hypnotic, spiral staircase joins the three floors together, while neutral shades and wooden aesthetics provide a calming effect from the hustle and bustle of London.

    There are several spaces available for private dining in Below, including The Shadow Room, The Broken Room and The Reading Room, which all feature an individual design depending on what party you are catering for. Elsewhere, the marble bar on this floor is a work of art in itself, where wine enthusiasts can sip on their favourite vino all night long. Be sure to check this place out on your next jaunt.



    Principal Hotel, Bloomsbury, London
    020 7520 1806, Neptune.london
    Tucked away inside the Principal Hotel in Bloomsbury, London, sits the new seafood restaurant, Neptune. A Grade II-listed building with a dining room welcomes guests to take a pew and soak up the beautiful décor.

    A pewter-topped bar takes centre stage, while dreamy peach booths and wooden stools and chairs transport diners back to a glamorous art-deco era.

    The oyster bar is a particular highlight that will make an impact with any party dining here, where all manner of fresh shellfish is displayed. Keep Neptune in mind if you want to make a lasting impact with seafood lovers.

    San Carlo

    San Carlo

    Regent Street, London
    020 7494 9435, sancarlo.co.uk
    The opening of San Carlo will see something special come to Regent Street. Specialising in Italian cuisine, this new venue has spared no expense as rare stones such as brown Collemandina marble and Crema Marfil have been combined to make the stunning floor.

    Shades of cream and a Jade green make up the furniture colour scheme – it looks like a whimsical land to escape to. Meanwhile, the second room boasts delicate creams and light wood to create an open and airy space.

    As guests take in the beautiful décor, I’m sure they’ll have no trouble devouring some of the delicious dishes.

    Beach Blanket Babylon

    Beach Blanket Babylon

    Notting Hill, London
    020 7229 2907, beachblanket.co.uk
    Notting Hill‘s Beach Blanket Babylon certainly doesn’t do things by halves. Four private dining rooms are available for hire inside this old Georgian House, which all epitomise pure decadence. From The Ballroom and The Chapel to The Crypt and The Drawing Room, each boasts its own unique design and layout.

    Dubbed ‘an old English mansion of rococo elegance’, diners can sample seafood linguine, sirloin steak, crispy duck and a halloumi burger, topped off with a house cocktail – the elderflower daiquiri will certainly hit the spot.

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    Vincenzo Ferrara

    Vinny Ferrara, Staff Writer for PA Life

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