Summer’s best guest chef residencies

Having spent 28 years with its finger firmly on the pulse of the capital’s dining scene, SquareMeal is London’s most trusted restaurant and bar guide.

Ben McCormack, Editor of SquareMeal, brings us the lowdown on the best summer chef residences in London.

London is the best city is the world for eating out so it’s no surprise that the best chefs in the world want to cook here. And London’s best restaurants are only too happy to host them – as well as their chef mates from around the UK. Read on for our pick of London’s best chef residencies this summer.


What: A Marylebone restaurant where the guest chefs change fortnightly

Who: Chefs on the brink of stardom, from the UK and overseas. Current resident is farm-to-table pioneer Karl Holl from Portland, Oregon; he’ll be followed by Graham Long and Wieteke Teppema, the duo behind hotly anticipated London opening Gezellig, and Sheffield-born, Paris-based chef Daniel Morgan, from the city’s acclaimed Salt bistro.

When: Karl Holl until 13 May; Gezellig 16-27 May; Daniel Morgan 30 May-10 June

Where: 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB

How much: Each chef prepares a five-course dinner menu for £37.50 per person

Taste of London Taste Residence

What: World-leading chefs host intimate four-course tasting dinners at Taste of London

Who: 2 Michelin-starred, preeminent Brazilian chef Alex Atala of D.O.M restaurant in Sao Paolo tees up against 2017’s World’s Best Female Chef Ana Roš of Hiša Franko in Slovenia and Michelin-starred Ollie Dabbous of Dabbous and Henrietta Hotel Covent Garden for London’s most star-spangled chef residency this summer.

This is a chance sample native Amazonian and Slovenian ingredients, and to get up close and personal like never before, as each chef will prepare and serve their tasting menus before taking questions. The Residence has been curated by Andrea Petrini, decade-long French Chair of World’s 50 Best Restaurants and will be hosted by the enigmatic Paulo de Tarso of Margot Restaurant.

When: Alex Atala 14 and 16 June, Ana Roš 15 and 16 June, Ollie Dabbous 17 June. Taste of London festival runs 14 – 18 June.

Where: Regent’s Park, Outer Circle, NW1 5HA

How much: £85 – £145 per dinner

The Cinnamon Club Guest Chef Series

What: Vivek Singh invites some of London’s top chefs to cook Indian for the night

Who: Adam Handling of The Frog E1Texture’s Agnar Sverrisson, José Pizarro and Mark Hix will each cook an Indian-influenced five-course dinner over the summer, with Cinnamon Club exec chef Singh cooking in each of the chefs’ own restaurants in the autumn.

When: Adam Handling 12 June, Agnar Sverrisson 21 June, José Pizarro 19 July, Mar Hix 18 September

Where: The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU

How much: Tickets cost £120

Hawksmoor Borough Cooks’ Room

What: Top chefs cook a meat feast for charity

Who: Robin Gill (The DairyThe ManorCounter Culture), Elizabeth Haigh (ex-Pidgin), Nathan Outlaw and Clipstone’s Stuart Andrew are among the chefs creating their own interpretation of a classic Hawksmoor meal, with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger’s #UniteAgainstFamine campaign. 

When: Robin Gill 4 June; Elizabeth Haigh 9 August; Nathan Outlaw 20 September; Stuart Andrew 5 October 

Where: 16 Winchester Walk, SE1 9AQ

How much: Approx. £150 per dinner

Lyle’s Guest Series

What: The world’s 54th best restaurant plays host to the world’s best chefs

Who: Dan Hunter, chef-patron of farm-based restaurant Brae in Victoria, Australia (recently voted number 44 at the World’s Best Restaurants), will be cooking a menu of British ingredients alongside Lyle’s James Lowe to tie in with his new book Brae: Recipes and Stories from the Restaurant. Pam Yung of Brooklyn hotshot Semilla will be paying a visit in July.

When: 31 May and 1 June

Where: Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ

How much: £79 for a set menu and signed copy of Hunter’s book

Quo Vadis and Friends

What: Jeremy Lee cooks alongside his chef mates in the restaurant’s Blue Room

Who: Two Michelin-starred Cornish chef Nathan Outlaw will be cooking a seafood dinner in July, while for the August bank holiday Andrew Clarke of Brunswick House in Vauxhall is laying on a duck-centric Gascon lunch in the style of his upcoming restaurant, Bastien.

When: Nathan Outlaw 28 June; Andrew Clarke 25 August

Where: 26-29 Dean Street, W1D 3LL

How much: Andrew Clark from £40, Nathan Outlaw from £60

Spago at CUT at 45 Park Lane

What: Superstar chef brings Beverly Hills to Mayfair

Who: Austrian/American chef royalty Wolfgang Puck is so famous he’s been on The Simpsons. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of his flagship Spago eatery, he’s bringing the Californian cuisine of the LA restaurant to the London outpost of his CUT steak joint, washed down with magnums of 1982 vintage Champagne Lanson.

When: 29 June-1 July

Where: 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN

How much: Starters from £14, mains from £32

Can’t get enough of the chefing action? Take a look at our list of the best restaurants with chef’s tables in London

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