Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

20 Hottest Tables in the Capital; SURVEY REVEALS A-LIST DINING ROOMS AS RAMSAY CONTINUES REALITY TV MAULING

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

20 Hottest Tables in the Capital; SURVEY REVEALS A-LIST DINING ROOMS AS RAMSAY CONTINUES REALITY TV MAULING

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Byline: OLIVER REED;LUKE LEITCH

IF you want to book a table at the capital's hottest restaurant you will not be given a reservation until 2005.

The astonishing length of the waiting list at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at Claridge's is revealed in an Evening Standard survey today.

We anonymously approached 20 top restaurants to book a table for two at 8pm on a Friday evening - and found that a table at Claridge's would not be available for the rest of the year.

While there is no question that the cuisine and service at Claridge's is of the finest quality, Richard Harden - co-editor of the Harden's restaurant guides - believes the cult of celebrity chefs is just as important as the food.

He said: "This survey is proof that it is not only about what chefs do in the kitchen but what they do on TV that makes a successful restaurant."

But it is not only the celebrity chefs who are receiving the attention. At London's celebrity canteen The Ivy, diners who are not on the A-list must wait 27 weeks for a prime Friday table.

Here is what our survey found:

Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's, W1 Waiting time: nothing available for rest of year Price*: [pounds sterling]72 Celeb spotting: Sophie Dahl, Jasper Conran, Gwyneth Paltrow

Gordon Ramsay, SW3 Waiting time: booked out for next month. Only takes bookings one month in advance Price: [pounds sterling]72 Celeb spotting: still popular, although the fashionistas now prefer to be seen at his Claridge's venture

Fifteen, N1 Waiting time: bookings only open two months in advance. Nothing available at our time slot - but could manage a 6.30pm booking on 16 July Price: [pounds sterling]60 Celeb spotting: Kylie

The Ivy, WC2 Waiting time: 27 weeks Price: [pounds sterling]48 Celeb spotting: the Beckhams, Sir Elton John, Liza Minnelli, and other celeb royalty Le Caprice,

SW1 Waiting time: 11 weeks Price: [pounds sterling]48 Celeb spotting: Lord Archer

Petrus, SW1 Waiting time: 10 weeks Price: [pounds sterling]80 Celeb spotting: Madonna

The River Cafe, W6 Waiting time: six weeks Price: [pounds sterling]56 Celeb spotting: Richard Rogers, Alan Yentob

The Wolseley, W1 Waiting time: five weeks Price: [pounds sterling]42 Celeb spotting: Tom Ford, Kate Moss

Le Gavroche, W1 Waiting time: four weeks Price: [pounds sterling]91 Celeb spotting: Michel Roux - its own celebrity chef

J Sheekey, WC2 Waiting time: four weeks Price: [pounds sterling]53 Celeb spotting: Stephen Gately

Chez Bruce, SW17 Waiting time: four weeks Price: [pounds sterling]47 Celeb spotting: Lulu

Nobu, W1 Waiting time: four weeks Price: [pounds sterling]65 Celeb spotting: Boris Becker

Hakkasan, W1 Waiting time: four weeks Price: [pounds sterling]63 Celeb spotting: Madonna, Zoe Ball

Yauatcha, W1 Waiting time: three weeks Price: [pounds sterling]45 Celeb spotting: it's only new - but watch this space

Locanda Locatelli, W1 Waiting time: two weeks Price: [pounds sterling]46 Celeb spotting: Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Tony and Cherie Blair

La Trompette, W4 Waiting time: one week Price: [pounds sterling]46 Celeb spotting: Chiswick locals

Andrew Edmunds, W1 Waiting time: one week Price: [pounds sterling]29 Celeb spotting: Soho "meeja" brigade

Le Pont de la Tour, SE1 Waiting time: one week Price: [pounds sterling]63 Celeb spotting: Tony Blair, Bill Clinton

Sketch (Lecture Room), W1 Waiting time: none Price: [pounds sterling]160 Celeb spotting: Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake

Quaglino's, SW1 Waiting time: none Price: [pounds sterling]49 Celeb spotting: Lady Victoria Hervey

*Cost for one person of a three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine, coffee, service and VAT. …

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