London’s best restaurants, bars and hotels revealed as city scoops awards

GQ Magazine hosted its eighth annual Food & Drink Awards, where a record number of people voted for their favorite hotels. Held at Decimo at King’s Cross Standard, industry titans gathered to crown the winners.

The judging panel includes experts from the hospitality, interiors, media and food and drink sectors, including Adam Baidawi (the first editor of GQ Middle East), chefs Paul Ainsworth (chef patron Paul Ainsworth at No 6 and previous winner of Best Chef and Best Pub awards), Tom Kerridge and Junior Bake Off presenter and writer Ravneet Gill.

London-based restaurants and hospitality titans won 13 of 16 awards, including Mayfair’s Indian restaurant BiBi which was crowned GQ’s Best Restaurant for 2022. The site called Chet Sharma’s first restaurant a “hit stratospheric” with Adam Baidawi saying “its flair, atmosphere and energy are unmatched.

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Chet Sharma’s BiBi was crowned best restaurant

The Belvedere Best Bar award went to SOMA in Soho, which first opened its doors last September. You’ll find the likes of Curry Leaf Gimlet and Pickled Mooli on their menu.

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, based in Kingly Court, won the award for best breakthrough. Run by Syrian refugee Imad Alarnab, who was forced to flee his hometown of Damascus in 2015, cooking for other refugees on his journey through Lebanon and Europe before arriving in London. It opened its first permanent restaurant in May 2021 and earlier this year received the Bib Gourmand award from the Michelin Guide.

Other London venues that have won fame include St James’s Fallow with the Sustainability Award, Hélène Darroze at Connaught (Overall Experience), and the Red Room at Connaught in the Best Interior category. Honors have also been given to London-based personalities, such as Best Chef award winner Clare Smyth (Core in Kensington), who Tom Kerridge described as ‘without a doubt one of the greatest chefs cooking today’. today – not just in the UK, but around the world”.



Imad Alarnab won the Breakthrough Award for “Imad’s Syrian Kitchen”

Gordon Ker won Best Restaurateur for Blacklock, known for its mammoth-sized roast dinners and meat platters. Best Sommelier Awarded to Henna Zinzuwadia at Fitzrovia’s Akoko, a Michelin-starred restaurant serving West African cuisine

Pem’s (Westmister) Emma Underwood won Best Front of House, Fergus and Margot Henderson (Shoreditch’s Rochelle Canteen and St John, which has offices across the city) received the Editor’s Special Award.



Angela Hartnett won the Lifetime Achievement Award

Angela Harnett (Murano, Mayfair) was crowned with the Lifetime Achievement award, with GQ noting “it is doubtful, however, that modesty would allow her to mention her MBE for services to the hospitality industry, the OBE she received for her cook-19 program which has provided meals to NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic, or that within the hospitality industry she is considered not only one of the most beloved and respected chefs of the United Kingdom, but as a real national treasure.

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GQ Food & Drink Award Winners:

  • Best restaurant – BiBi
  • Best Chef – Clare Smyth – London Based Chef
  • Best Bar in Belvedere – SOMA
  • Best Breakthrough – Imad’s Syrian Cuisine
  • Best Interior – Red Room at The Connaught
  • Best Bartender – Maxim Schulte
  • Best Restaurateur – Gordon Ker for Blacklock
  • Sustainability Award – Fallow
  • Best Sommelier – Henna Zinzuwadia in Akoko
  • Best House Facade – Emma Underwood at Pem
  • Best Overall Experience – Hélène Darroze at Connaught
  • Best Hotel – Callow Hall, Peak District
  • Best Pub – The Lamb Inn, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire
  • Veuve Clicquot Innovator – Lorraine Copes for Be Inclusive Hospitality
  • Special Editor’s Award – Fergus and Margot Henderson
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Angela Harnett

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