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Berkeley Square, London: drinking & dining guide

Glamour, glitz and gourmet palaces draw the most sophisticated denizens to Berkeley Street and Square

It's the Rue de Rhone of restaurants. The Bond Street of good eats. Berkeley Square was, historically, the dandy's playground, immortalised by Beau Brummell, Bertie Wooster and ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.’ Today it's where the peacocks of power dining and the night owls who haunt them shimmer their plumes. Check out these spots for the best dining spots during your night out in London.

Sexy Fish

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When Richard Caring, the genius behind London's sexiest restaurants, opened this mermaid's cave of social design and seduction late last year, the Berkeleys were indelibly marked out as THE destination to see and be seen (over artistically presented slathers of sashimi and seared yellow fin tuna). Damian Hirst works line this Asian fish restaurant where the dishes are as forgiving as the Frank Gehry lighting. The menu's slightly more catholic than the name would suggest, but the clientele is uniformly glamorous. www.sexyfish.com

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Park Chinois

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Opening fresh on the waves of Sexy Fish and no less anticipated, Alan Yau's so-called swan song embraces all the sashay and sophistication of Shanghai-meets-Mayfair. The glamour of the destination is reflected in a menu of caviars and adventurous Pan Asian dishes with a Euro twist; the service as seamless and extravagant as the decor. www.parkchinois.com

Nobu Berkeley

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The sprawling Japanese tree daubed on the wall of Nobu Matsuhisa's second London outpost sprouted more than just the London sushi phenomenon – it heralded Berkeley Street as probably the most important restaurant road in the world. Think sensational sashimis and textbook yakitoris prepared in front of your eyes from the Hibachi table and sushi bar, all with that famous Nikkei kick. www.noburestaurants.com

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Novikov

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If Nobu introduced Berkeley Street dining, then Novikov announced it. The enduringly splashy destination is home to a triumvirate of hangouts. At the Pan Asian restaurant the pearls of the East are selected from the most ethical, homegrown sources, while out back you'll find the sophisticated Italian fine dining restaurant that's all Roccoco flourishes and expertly executed dishes. Or you can skip these and head straight for the perennially pulsing bar. www.novikovrestaurant.co.uk

Benares

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Atul Kochhar's Berkeley Square beauty has showcased his groundbreaking contemporary Indian cuisine for approaching a decade. Intelligent, exotic and accented with a British twist, this restaurant more or less invented Modern Indian cooking, earning world-first Michelin stars for both the restaurant and chef. The backdrop is sultry and the service first class. www.benaresrestaurant.co.uk

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Bocconcino

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This capacious and infinitely elegant Italian joint is as sophisticated as it's accessible. Oven fires fan the flames of textbook Italian dishes – from the artful pizzas to fresh pastas and seafood. The superior wine list spans the toast of the Mediterranean. Simple, faithful and expertly executed, it's a popular Mayfair choice. www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk

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2 Park Chinois
3 Nobu Berkeley
4 Novikov
5 Benares
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