ONE of the most famous restaurants in the world will visit London for 10 days this year, looking certain to cause a stampede of people desperate to secure a table.

The French Laundry – twice named the best restaurant in the world – will open as a “pop-up” eaterie in department store Harrods this October.

But diners should start saving now – lunch or dinner will be served at £250 a go.

Head chef Thomas Keller will bring 14 of his elite kitchen and dining room staff to London and will also ship in authentic fixtures and fittings from his original restaurant in Yountville, California. The three-Michelin-starred eaterie already boasts an army of celebrity fans, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Mick Jagger, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts – as well as every food critic worth their salt.

But the stars will have to book, just like everyone else, once the restaurant starts to take telephone bookings on September 1.

Keller, 55, says, “We are extremely excited to work with Harrods. We have never ventured to open a restaurant outside of the US – but we realised early on that our philosophies mirrored each other’s and we could not think of a better partner for this endeavour.”

We could not think of a better partner for this endeavour.
Head chef Thomas Keller

Paul Goodale, director of restaurants at Harrods, said: “The opportunity to enjoy The French Laundry promises to be a truly unique and compelling experience for our diners.

“Like Harrods, Thomas Keller enjoys a globally renowned reputation and our collaboration is set to be the pinnacle in a year that will witness a number of exciting restaurant launches here.”

The French Laundry at Harrods will be open from October 1 to 10.