Bill Clinton recently brought the Ritz Restaurant to a standstill when he made his entrance. Elizabeth Hurley, Elton John, and Tom Cruise are often at The Ivy (London's closest thing to L.A.'s Spago). Madonna lives right around the corner from, and therefore frequents, Locanda Locatelli (the town's latest hot Italian spot, next to impossible to get into). Grande dames like Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, along with Andrew Lloyd Weber and Sting, take their perch at Le Caprice, and if you drop into San Lorenzo (which was one of Princess Diana's faves), you might bump into Bruce Willis, Jerry Hall, Joan Collins, or Roger Moore. But the most consistent celeb watering hole is the very stylish Japanese restaurant Nobu, where Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac recently dined together, where Gwyneth Paltrow and models Iman and Kate Moss nibble on sushi, and where Bruce Springsteen and the Stones might show up when they're in town.
The Ivy, 1 West St., 011-44-207-836-4751
Le Caprice, Arlington House, Arlington St., 011-44-207-629-2239
Locanda Locatelli, 8 Seymour Place, 011-44-207-935-9088
Nobu, 19 Old Park Lane, 011-44-207-447-4747
Ritz Restaurant in The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, 011-44-207-493-8181
San Lorenzo, 22 Beauchamp place, 011-44-207-584-1074