Leanne Kelsall Picks Five Must-Visit London Restaurants In 2018


Best for…a shopping pit stop: Sakagura

Shopping on London’s Regent Street? Schedule in Sakagura as your lunch stop. This sushi, steak and sake bar launched early last year and offers Japanese fine-dining with dishes that are best shared.

Leanne Kelsall Picks Five Must-Visit London Restaurants In 2018 3The authentic décor will take you away, with Japanese artifacts, traditional crockery and hanging hessian curtains. Dark wood tables and dim lighting add a touch of modern sophistication.

The menu is large enough to scare indecisive foodies like me but the friendly waiting staff are on hand to tell you all about the ‘washoku’ cuisine and how it works.

The ‘grill-your-own’ steak (available as Wagyu) is a highlight – served on a hot lava stone for you to sizzle away at your table. Handmade sushi and sashimi are exceptional and arrive like a work of art on a bed of foliage and crushed ice. The deep fried salted squid (Ika Karaage) deserves a special mention – served with fresh jalapenos and a punchy chili mayo.

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Sakagura’s biggest draw is its hot and cold sake menu. There’s a specialist sommelier on hand if you’re looking to delve into the vast collection, boasting bottles rare and contemporary, as well as famous whiskeys and plenty of premium spirits.


Leanne Kelsall

Luxury Travel and Lifestyle Journalist

Leanne jumped ship from a sleepy suburban town to the Big Smoke to pursue a career in creative writing and advertising. She now freelances as a luxury travel and lifestyle journalist for Luxurious Magazine. As an avid storyteller, she combines her love of the written word and luxury travel to review trending and undiscovered hotels, restaurants and events. Recent adventures have taken her as far as Fiji, Iceland and New York to discover what really makes the world’s top hotels tick. As well as writing, her passions include boutique luxury escapes, fine dining, theater and music events, alongside a keen interest in fitness having been a previous British swimming record-holder and a current fitness/figure champion.

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