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Being named the world’s best restaurant is one of the highest accolades you could probably ever get in the hospitality industry. But since there are just so many amazing and innovative eateries to choose from, obviously there can’t just be one.
Luckily, Condé Nast Traveller have done the work for us by bringing out the 26th edition of their Hot List. Where this time, the editors at all of the seven worldwide editions have lent a helping hand when deciding the best of the best.
This year the Hot List doesn’t just include hotels, but restaurants, culture and cruises as well. 12 restaurants were given the title of best new eateries across the world, including a little-known London spot. Sessions Arts Club in Clerkenwell managed to sneak their way into the Hot List, being praised for being “about the food first”.
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Condé Nast Traveller dubbed the restaurant “charismatically chaotic and a bit naughty” – maybe a nod to the fact the Club is housed in a former judges’ dining room. Forget the days of judge and jury, Sessions has been transformed by artist Jonny Gent (who also has a studio in the building), restaurant manager Jon Spiteri, and chef Florence Knight into London’s hottest ticket in town.
Anna Prendergast noted in Conde Nast Traveller: “Most of all it’s about the feeling of being here, as if at a party where everyone wants you to have fun, from the witty sommelier to the waiter who gives you a tour of the rooftop bar mid-meal.”
The Michelin Guide said: “The old judges’ dining room is now a characterful restaurant which comprises a rather infectious mix of historical, elegant and shabby-chic.
“Cooking is vibrant, unfussy and flavour-led, with the mix of small and large plates arriving as they’re ready.”
So what can you expect when you venture into a disused courthouse for lunch? Tatler noted the menu changes “according to the supplies of the time of year,” so make sure you watch out when the seasons pass. On their website, their menu is simple, no divulging too much detail about their scran.
Find the likes of Beetroot, goat’s curd & olive crumb, Scallop, radish & jasmine, Hake, ‘nduja & agretti, and Chocolate tart. And if that wasn’t enough for you, guests can take a short detour up to the top floor where you can check out the London skyline and the small rooftop swimming pool.
So for anyone looking to tick off some of the hottest restaurants the city has to offer – Sessions Arts Club is a must-visit for 2022.
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How to get there
Address: Old Sessions House, 24 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0NA
The closest Tube stations are Farringdon and Barbican