There’s no doubt about it: London’s food scene is thriving. It wasn’t so long ago that the city lurked in the shadows when it came to culinary excellence, but not now. From the abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants to sensational street food and a continual line-up of fresh, original dining concepts, the capital is now a centre for innovation. Fera at Claridge’s hotel was the hottest opening of 2014, and with good reason. Celebrated chef Simon Rogan’s intention was to play with the idea of fine dining, stripping down the formalities often associated with high-end restaurants.
At Fera, the chefs come out to serve people and, in turn, the customers are made aware of the kitchen through big doors which look on to the action. Removing the barriers between the diner and the chef creates a relaxed environment and a sense of intimacy. At James Knappett’s Kitchen Table, up to 19 guests literally sit and eat around the kitchen, conversing with, and watching, the cooks at work.