Above: Crêpe dentelles with chocolate mousse, hazelnut, gold and toasted marshmallow around anise ice cream from Hide restaurant in London

When I travel, I’m most interested in restaurants with a strong sense of place. For years, London was lauded mainly for those serving foreign cuisines, but now the city has numerous fine options for high-end British food as well. I focused chiefly on the latter — plus one or two new hot spots popular with locals. At all of the restaurants below, I never felt that I could be anywhere but London.

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