Damien Hirst's formaldehyde installation at Tramshed, Shoreditch Damien Hirst's formaldehyde installation at Tramshed, Shoreditch © Tramshed

Experiential restaurants in London

In light of this month's Frieze Art Fair, we've found the best dining experiences in London where the focus is all about the art 


London Editor

England's greatest export is irrefutably its language and thus, historically, its creative greats have tended to fare better with the pen than the paintbrush. That said, art is synonymous with the landscape meaning that what Britain lacks in artistic talent it makes up for in taste: just look to the artworks found in its palaces, stately homes and national galleries. London's art collections are among the most prestigious in the world, its galleries second to none, you'll find artworks emblazoning the capital's bars, shops, restaurants and even buildings.

This season is also the richest for art, with fairs ranging from Frieze to the LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair, alongside seismic auctions at Christie's and Sotheby's. For further dining inspiration check out the numerous works curated at the Dean Street Townhouse, the sprawling 17-metre graffiti wall murals at Chotto Matte or, further afield, gallery-cum-restaurant spaces The Wapping Project and Topolski, dedicated to the German artist whose works loom large as the backdrop.


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Sophisticated society stalwart Scott's oozes panache and authority over everything – from the clientele to the impeccable service and textbook dishes – even down to its artwork. The walls here feature specially- commissioned works by leading British artists including Gary Hume, Fiona Rae and Don Brown and there are even curator-led Saturday morning art tours of Scott's and sister restaurant 34. www.scotts-restaurant.com

Related: Frieze London, a guide


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This gastronomical art outpost doesn't just hang art so much as hold it at the heart of its DNA – so much so that passers-by treat it with the reverence of a gallery. There's an art map of the premises, installations in the lobby, sculptural architecture, creative talks and an entire restaurant decorated by and dedicated to the artist David Shrigley. www.sketch.london

Related: London's best restaurants with a view

Brunswick House


Housed in an architectural salvage shop in an old Georgian mansion near London's centre, the first impression of Brunswick House is not of its cuisine but rather of its decoration. However, the food quickly grabs your attention. With fresh ingredients, Jackson Boxer creates simple dishes that leave a lasting impression. Visit the Brunswick House at the Frieze Art Fair this month, where you can enjoy their autumnal dishes while browsing over 160 art galleries. www.brunswickhouse.co.uk

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Art imitates life at Mark Hix's Shoreditch restaurant, where the only options on the menu are chicken and steak; locally reared and expertly prepared. Its iconic centrepiece is a specially-commissioned Damien Hirst installation seemingly suspended from the rafters of the former tram shed, featuring a chicken and cow preserved in formaldehyde. Downstairs, the CNB gallery throws dedicated art suppers. www.chickenandsteak.co.uk

Related: London's best restaurants with a view



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Caravan is another restaurant that, due to its legendary coffee and scrumptious bites, will be making an appearance at the Frieze Art Fair this October where they will celebrate the art of food and drink. Dishes like flat iron chicken, kimchi slaw & gochuchang ketchup are accompanied by drinks like smoked maple syrup soda, showcasing Caravan's affinity for local, seasonal ingredients. If you don't make it to the Frieze Art Fair, stop by their permanent location in King's Cross for their well-loved brunch dishes and to enjoy the bright, open, warehouse-like setting. www.caravankingscross.co.uk

1 Frieze London
2 Caravan Restaurant
3 Scott's
4 Sketch
5 Tramshed
6 Brunswick House