Whether it's London Fashion Week, a movie premiere or a red carpet event, London plays host to glamorous events that attract celebrities from around the globe. If you don't get a chance to catch these stars out and about in the city, make your way to one of the many famous restaurants that have become celebrity favorites.
From gourmet Japanese cuisine to Venetian tapas, settle in to a ritzy dining destination to rub elbows with London's elite and do some celebrity spotting.
Here are five London restaurants where you're likely to run into a celebrity or two:
Make your way to Mayfair, an upscale neighborhood and home to trendy Cecconi's restaurant. The venue is home to an authentic Venetian-style tapas bar and serves a variety of gourmet Italian favorites in a modern, sophisticated setting. Stars including Stella McCartney and Bono have been spotted enjoying meals here.
If you're in the mood for Chinese food during your celebrity-spotting venture around London, head to the Dorchester Hotel for a meal at China Tang. This is the place to indulge in Sir David Tang's signature Peking Duck platter and sample some other Cantonese favorites. You'll soon learn why the likes of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell frequent this restaurant.
Owned by Michelin-star chef Joel Robuchon, this gourmet eatery has attracted celebrities including Helena Bonham Carter, Elle McPherson and George Clooney, among others. The Japanese-inspired counter concept and open kitchen experience make this restaurant truly one of a kind. Head here for a night of dinner and entertainment as you keep your eye out for your favorite celeb.
This is said to be Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurant in Britain, and it continues to attract gourmet foodies and stars with its seasonal "feasting" menu. Bring your appetite to this Smithfield restaurant to dig in to signature favorites such as a whole roast suckling pig, braised lamb with carrots and mint sauce, whole crab and mayonnaise, and foie gras.
It's one of the most talked-about celebrity restaurants in Britain and has made its mark with an innovative "new style" Japanese menu and stylish décor. The restaurant is located on the first floor of the glamorous Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane. Celebrities including Elton John, Brad Pitt, Katy Perry and Cheryl Cole have enjoyed a meal or two here, and the venue often hosts celebrity-filled private parties and corporate events.
by Sabah Karimi
Top: Katy Perry is one of many celebs who frequent Nobu in London. (Photo by Sylvia Linares/FilmMagic)