July 23, 2019

The GSM London Restaurant Guide: Take Two

It’s the return of our London restaurant guide, as voted for by our students! While our previous suggestions were all centred on getting the most for your money, the following eateries are great if you’re looking for something a little more fancy – perhaps for celebrating graduation or exam success in your part time accounting and finance degree.

A London restaurant guide voted for by our students

The Criterion

Situated in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, The Criterion first opened its doors in 1874 and its stunning dining room promises to offer a dining experience like no other. Built in neo-Byzantine style by the architect Thomas Verity, its longevity and reputation means that today it stands among the most prominent names on the London dining scene. The food is the perfect match to the opulence of the venue, with Head Chef Artan Hasa crafting a modern-European menu which is both simple and luxurious.

The Criterion

When we spoke to The Criterion, here are some of their reasons why you should make a reservation:

As you sit and lose yourself in the opulence of the neo-Byzantine architecture, it’s easy to conjure up visions of the Criterion Restaurant’s glorious past.

You can become part of history and walk in the footsteps of famous names and faces from TV, film, books & history. From when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first imagined the meeting between Dr. Watson and the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes, in the Criterion Long Bar, to the gatherings of the proud suffragettes, and how their resolute discussions changed the face of democracy, or the charged negotiations between Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George as the two political titans thrashed out their views.”

How much will it cost?

With The Criterion held in such high regard, it should be no surprise that it’s not the cheapest dining experience around. That being said, prices for starters and mains begin at £8 and £18 respectively, while a dessert will set you back a further £8. Not bad when you’ve earned yourself a proper treat! There’s also a set menu, with two courses for £20 and three courses for £25. Be sure to check out their website for availability.

Where can I see the Menu?

Click here to see all of The Criterion’s menus, from Mains and Starters to Afternoon Tea.


For a true taste of Italy, Bacco restaurant and wine bar is a fantastic choice. Located in the Holborn area, they have paired a stylish dining room with exceptional plates of food and the team are passionate about using only the freshest ingredients on hand, with the result being a meal that is tasty, colourful and healthy. Combine these beautiful meals with a glass of fine wine and you will have a true match made in heaven.

How much will it cost?

Bacco is slightly cheaper than The Criterion, with the cheapest main on their a la carte menu being £10.50. The most expensive item is the sirloin steak, which will still only set you back around £22.50.

Where can I see the Menu?

Click here to see Bacco’s a la Carte menu. They also offer special seasonal menus, such as the Christmas menu.

Le Gavroche

Le Gavroche

Being the first restaurant in the UK to hold three Michelin stars, Le Gavroche offers stunning dishes that are designed as a true feast for the senses, awakening the palate to delightful new flavour combinations in the process. The creative mind for the works of art assembled on the menu is Michel Roux Jr (you might recognise him from MasterChef: The Professionals), who incorporates his wealth of knowledge in French classical cooking to create dishes of true magnificence. We also got in touch with Le Gavroche, who offered a few words about why you should pay them a visit – if by any chance you needed further persuading!

“Since it opened in 1967, Le Gavroche has set the standards of cooking and service by which others are judged.  Indeed it became the first UK restaurant to be awarded one, two and three Michelin stars. 

The fact that Le Gavroche continues to maintain a high profile within the world of critics is testament to the excellence of the food being prepared by Michel Roux Jr.  Le Gavroche has always followed its instincts and thus has the reputation of setting fashion and never following it. The restaurant has always instinctively provided surroundings suitable to any requirement and takes the business of comfort very seriously.  Not surprisingly it can boast a regular clientèle of around fifty percent and as one regular wrote, ‘If the whole world is getting you down, grab your coat and make a dash for Le Gavroche!’”

How much will it cost?

With the average price of a meal around £130, it certainly ranks at the higher end of the costing scale. As Two Michelin-Starred isn’t cheap, perhaps it’s best to save Le Gavroche for your graduation from your part time degree in London.

Where can I see the Menu?

Le Gavroche offers a variety of menus depending on the time of your visit. Click here for the full list of their sample menus.


An elegant brasserie, Kettner’s first opened in 1867 by Auguste Kettner – the chef to Napoleon III. His legacy still stands strong today, with this menu inspired by his original French dishes while being combined with British classics to offer a taste sensation. From the classic boeuf bourguignon to Veal Cordon Bleu, this eatery really does offer something for everyone.

How much will it cost?

The prices here are modest, which is quite surprising considering its reputation. With starters from £6, mains from £12.95 and puddings a meagre £6.25, it’s a great way to enjoy fantastic food.

Where can I see the Menu?

At Kettner’s they don’t just offer the single menu, and you can find menus for every occasion by clicking here.

Lord Wargrave

For those longing for a traditional pub experience, the Lord Wargrave in Marylebone offers all this and then some. Recently undergoing a serious refurbishment, it offers all the hallmarks of a traditional pub with the combination of simple food favourites – although it would certainly rank more in the high-end scale.

How much will it cost?

With burgers starting from £12 and choices from the grill ranging from between £12-£14.50, it’s one of the cheaper options on our list. There’s also a full wine list and wide variety of continental lagers, meaning there’s sure to be the perfect meal to match.

Where can I see the Menu?

Click here to take a look at the food menu, and here if you fancy the perfect wine to accompany your dish.

Image Credit: The Criterion, Le Gavroche

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