It’s easy to find fabulous places to eat in London, whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a four course banquet. But, if you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary why not try a restaurant that not only serves great food but is a celebrity in its own right after being featured in a film.
Here are three of my favourites:
. Momo, 25-27 Heddon Street, London W1 – Featured in “Bridget Jones’ Diary” (2001)
Where Bridget (Renée Zellweger) gets advice from her friends before her first date with the caddish Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant)…
Opened in 1997, this bustling North African restaurant is a favourite with locals and celebrities; in fact due to the close proximity of the tables you could literally be rubbing shoulders with a Hollywood star. But don’t let that put you off! The food is elegant and exotic, the surroundings sumptuous and stylish, and the service attentive and friendly.
My recommendation – Try the Couscous Momo, a platter of skewered lamb, Merguez sausage, and an entire lamb shank, accompanied by golden semolina, a bowl of spicy vegetable broth, and a pyramid of couscous grains. There’s also a vegetarian version.
2. Cooke’s, 48 Goldhawk Road, London W12 8DH – Featured in “Quadrophenia” (1979)
The pie and mash shop where the “hero” Jimmy (Phil Daniels) and his greaser mate Kevin (Ray Winstone) eat after meeting up in the bath-house…
Preserving one of London’s finest traditions, Cooke’s has been serving pies, mash, eels and proper desserts since 1934. Located adjacent to Shepherd’s Bush Market plans to redevelop the surrounding area led to a campaign that saw a High Court Judgement passed in their favour. The battle isn’t over yet, so don’t leave it too late to “Mod-up” and visit this historic establishment.
My recommendation – Beef pie, homemade mash, gravy and liquor (a thin parsley sauce), followed by treacle pudding and custard. Comfort food at its best.
3. Nobu, 19 Old Park Lane, London W1K 1LB – Featured in “Notting Hill” (1999).
Where Anna and Will enjoy dinner until overhearing an “unfortunate” conversation…
I’ve been lucky enough to eat at Nobu on several occasions and I’m always surprised each time I watch the film Notting Hill that Anna and Will were even able to hear each other, let alone a conversation at an adjacent table; the acoustics are terrible! However, you can’t fault the food – tasty, stylish, and beautifully presented. And there’s every chance you’ll spot an actual Hollywood actress there (but if you do, be discreet!)
My recommendation – Try the Peruvian style Ceviche dishes (very in!) and go as the guest of somebody else who’s paying…
Dinner and a movie! After enjoying a delicious meal at your chosen “celebrity” restaurant you can watch a film in the comfort of your own London City Serviced Apartment. Many apartments come with high-spec televisions and cable or satellite TV channels, as well as DVD players, MP3 docking stations and Wi-Fi.