Gather around, foodies. Indoor dining has at last returned — and if top tier dishes in effortlessly elegant surroundings are what you're after, there are two London neighbourhoods that need to be on your list.
Together, Mayfair and Belgravia boast some of the fanciest restaurants in the capital. Inside the glorious Georgian buildings that line the cobbles you'll find laid-back brunch spots, Michelin star fine dining, and swoon-worthy patisseries that are perfect for afternoon tea.
Here are some of our favourites, for every occasion.
Best for... brunch
Inspired by Parisian cafe culture, Mayfair's NAC is the perfect place to spend a lazy Saturday. This French bistro's eggs any-style is legendary and you get to choose between al-fresco dining and settling down in a luxurious velvet booth inside.
Another laid-back weekend option in Mayfair is the oasis of calm that is Everbean (go for the homemade granola). Meanwhile, while over in Belgravia, the French toast The Buttery, the charming rustic restaurant at the elegant Lime Tree Hotel.
Best for... satisfying your wanderlust
Did you know that you can eat your way around the world in Mayfair and Belgravia? Fans of Japanese cuisine have got to try ROKA Mayfair's sophisticated take on contemporary robatayaki cuisine, or head to Belgravia for regional dishes from Sachi Yatai, which launches this July at Pantechnicon.
While you're there, you could also discover the freshness of Nordic cuisine at Pantechnicon's other restaurant, Eldr. Meanwhile, Morena serves up authentic Latin American flavours, while Boisdale of Belgravia is dedicated to a cuisine that's closer to home, sourcing beautiful ingredients from the Scottish coast.
Feeling indecisive? Back in Mayfair, Mercato Metropolitano offers street food from all over the world and is worth a visit for the building alone — the gorgeous, Grade I listed St Mark's church.
Best for... ethical dining
Mayfair's Native at Browns are pioneers in ethical dining, using seasonal produce and foraged ingredients to create excellent small plates. Belgravia's plant-packed, laid-back Wild By Tart also has a focus on sustainability and seasonality, as do the neighbourhood's famous gastropubs, The Thomas Cubitt and The Alfred Tennyson.
Best for... sheer indulgence
Neither neighbourhood is short on Michelin star restaurants. In Belgravia, there's the incredibly slick Petrus by Gordon Ramsay, and Marcus Wareing, which opened its doors for the first time this year at The Berkeley. Over in Mayfair, three Michelin star restaurant Hélène Darroze at The Connaught offers expressive, carefully curated dishes in an artfully designed dining room.
Best for... cocktail hour
Fancy a cocktail? Try one of The Blue Bar's famously colourful concoctions at Belgravia's The Berkeley or — for more classic options — head up to the hotel's Bar and Terrace. Meanwhile, in Mayfair, the bar at Claridge's boasts a gorgeous art deco interior and an extensive drinks list.
Best for... satisfying your sweet tooth
The pink paradise of a parlour that is Belgravia's Peggy Porschen is a must-visit for cake lovers and Instagram addicts alike, with its beautiful floral displays and rose-tinted colour palette. There's also a new arrival to the area: Chestnut Bakery is all about extravagant pastries and luscious loaves.
Meanwhile, over in Mayfair, The Connaught Patisserie serves up dreamy handmade delicacies that almost look too good to eat along with champagne, if you're feeling extra indulgent.