Five of the Best: Art Restaurants in London

Part galleries, part restaurants, these hotspots aren’t just great for dinner

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SKETCH

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To celebrate Sketch reaching the end of its first decade, last year, curator Victoria Brooks invited Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed (remember when he asked the public to sprint up and down the Tate Britain for Work No. 850 a few years ago?) to create a work for the venue’s Gallery French brasserie restaurant. So now when you go for dinner, you can see his graphic, zig-zagging marble floor and stacks of mismatched chairs, plus paintings on the wall. Don’t miss The Glade, the woodland-themed bar next door with a gorgeous enchanted fairy-tale forest mural on the walls. 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG; 020 7659 4500; sketch.uk.com

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SCOTT’S

If the works by artist Michael Landy, Gary Hume and Fiona Rae caught your eye when you were tucking into oysters at Scott’s seafood restaurant in Mayfair, sign up for a Saturday morning art tour. Led by James Cahil,l from Sadie Coles HQ gallery, not only will he tell you the story behind the art (including those pieces hanging in the private dining room), Cahill will also take you to Restaurant 34 and Le Caprice, the other restaurants in the Caprice group’s stable, where you can see black and white portraits by David Bailey and a site-specific installation by Eduardo Paolozzi. 20 Mount Street, London, W1K 2HE; 020 7495 7309; scotts-restaurant.com

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DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE

When artist Jonathan Yeo and arts writer Francesca Gavin were co-curating the permanent collection of art for the opening of the Dean Street Townhouse dining room four years ago, they decided to revive the great tradition of the Colombe D’Or hotel in France. Instead of paying artists - such as Mark Titchner, Fiona Banner, Keith Tyson and Mat Collishaw - for work, many of them were given credit at the hotel, instantly turning the place into a hip hangout for the art world. Fast forward to now, and you can admire their handiwork while feasting on food from the, all-day British themed menu or sipping cocktails at the bar. 69 - 71 Dean Street, London, W1D 3SE; 020 7434 1775; deanstreettownhouse.com

CHOTTO MATTE

If you’re a fan of street art, the new Nikkei-inspired Soho restaurant Chotto Matte from Kurt Zdesar (the man who brought Nobu to London and created Ping Pong) is one for you. The restaurant is a vast, three-floor space with a retractable glass wall that features a fixed price raw bar, a 10-seater Robata grill and a cocktail lounge; the food is a Japanese Peruvian fusion. And when you’re not tucking into sharing plates of grilled baby chicken with spicy pomegranate salsa or BBQ pork belly, the chances are you’ll be looking at the art: there are two 17-metre murals by London based graffiti artist Tom Blackford upstairs and a large-scale, UV-illuminated mural by Tokyo based painter and graffiti artist Houxe Que in the hall. 11-13 Frith Street, London, W1D 4RB; 020 7042 7171; chotto-matte.com

THE WAPPING PROJECT

Part gallery, part restaurant, The Wapping Project, in a former power station in east London, is a constantly changing space. With exposed brick walls, old machinery and an industrial vibe throughout, there’s no clear line between art, performance and food. You could be tucking into Sunday brunch with a film projection playing on the wall behind you, admiring paintings or see waiting dancers warming up for a piece. Don’t miss the bookshop - a charming greenhouse in the garden selling art and design tomes - where there are often popular author readings either. Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, London, E1W 3SG; thewappingproject.com

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