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Galvin at Windows

Restaurants, Haute cuisine Mayfair
4 out of 5 stars
(17user reviews)
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Time Out says

Few restaurants offer such captivating views of London, but the panorama from the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton was, sadly, the best thing about our most recent visit here. Start, if you like, in the adjoining bar, which attracts a raucous crowd unfazed that bottles of Budweiser come with a lofty price tag of £7.50. A well-mannered and plentiful service team runs the swanky dining room.

Menus range from a £25 set lunch to a £95 dégustation. We settled for the prestige menu (£68) and found blips throughout the meal, starting with humdrum parmesan gougères with taramasalata. Much better was a pleasingly balanced starter of lightly curried Scottish scallops with cauliflower purée, mango chutney and roast peanuts, though the scallops were under-seared. Tender loin of Herdwick mutton was complemented by the warming flavours of onion (in various guises), pearl barley and ruby chard. The dish came with a separate helping of shepherd’s pie that, despite being over-salted, was deemed a hit. Buttermilk panna cotta with marinated pineapple was let down by a watery lychee granita, but lime and raspberry marshmallows ensured a joyful end.

The enterprising wine list offers 40 choices by the glass. We hope Galvin at Windows returns to its previous lofty standards soon – a new era is being ushered in following the departure of head chef Andre Garrett in September 2013.

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Address: 28th floor
Park Lane
London
W1K 1BE
Cross street: London Hilton
Transport: Tube: Green Park or Hyde Park Corner
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4 out of 5 stars

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tastemaker

This gem of a restaurant, a stone-throw from Hyde Park and walking distance from Mayfair, comes with excellent credentials. It’s not just set in a beautiful area of London,  but it’s also hosted by the Hilton Hotel and, in addition, boasts a Michelin Start. Once you’ve walked past the Hilton’s impressive lobby and taken the lift to the 28th floor, you’ll have the choice between a top notch restaurant or a tempting cocktail bar. If time is on your side, why not try both? 


The menu features seasonally inspired dishes based on modern French haute cuisine. Among the tasty treats available on the menu du jour: octopus with saffron aioli, roasted pork rump with caramelised apple and baked apple mousse with spiced crumble and vanilla ice cream. Whatever you pick, your taste buds will not be disappointed. 


Having indulgent in a range of delicious flavours, you’re probably ready for a post-dinner drink. Head on over to the adjacent bar and be ready for a change of atmosphere: the lights are dimmer and the music more prominent (a live saxophonist is playing some all time classics). And of course let’s not forget the drinks: the menu has it all, from signature cocktails designed by Galvin’s mixologist to the usual classics. But even the classics are a little special when sipped on the 28th floor of the Hilton. Think pink gin and tonic with little red edible hearts floating in your glass. Sit back, enjoy and watch the city lights flicker in the distance.


Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. And fear not, although the typical menu comes with quite a price tag, there are always offers for a set lunch or dinner menu which makes this a great pick also for more budget conscious restaurant lovers. 

Tastemaker

When you’re heading to the 28th floor of a plush 5-star hotel in Mayfair for dinner, you know it’s going to be a pretty special treat.


A modern French restaurant, Galvin at WIndows is in a class of its own when it comes to service. From the concierge right down to the cloakroom attendance. The politeness and willingness to accommodate you are fantastic. You feel like a VIP here.


If you arrive a little early, that’s cool. You can spend some time sipping champagne in the swish bar beside the Galvin as staff prep your table.


The food was good. I was a tad disappointed with my starter (braised pork cheeks with vegetables) but the corn-fed chicken and pan-fried sea bream for mains brilliant. Instantly you can tell only the best ingredients are used at the Galvin.


At 28 floors up, it’s an incredible view looking over Mayfair and beyond. Get your camera out and fire up Instagram for those ‘likes’.


It’s not hip and trendy as we’ve so become so accustomed to hearing in London. But for those with a penchant for the finer things in life, you’ll appreciate the glamorous 1930’s decor that the Galvin at Windows evokes. It’s timeless beauty.


Make no mistake.This is a place to come if you’re looking to impress. It will set you back a bit and your credit card will hate you for it but you’re sure of a pretty memorable night.

tastemaker

28 floors up - you definitely won't be disappointed having lunch or dinner here. 


It’s a hidden gem in the wealth of London offering panoramic views all the way round the restaurant and bar. Try and nab a window seat obviously, however not to worry they also have a clever higher middle platform which provides a similar look out over the city.


Althoughthe décor inside is more reminiscent of a standard hotel dining room, the efficient and cheerful waiter service and buzz of the place made it a memorable evening. The restaurant has a selection of menus to choose from and we picked our evenings choices from MENU DU JOUR. 


We chose the following:


Salad of beetroot, fig, almond granola & calvados jelly

Pork cheek “pot-au-feu” & braised vegetables


Potato gnocchi, sweetcorn, baby leek & camembert

Corn fed chicken, sautéed mushrooms, caramelised apple & braising jus


Selection of seasonal cheeses from “Buchanans”


The eclectic dishes are made with premium ingredients and beautiful presentation, you definitely won't regret booking a table here.


What are you waiting for! Do it!


Perfect for: Girly lunches/dinner, proposals, something romantic



tastemaker

A fancy place for a fancy night out 28 floors up. When you think of views over London this place wouldn’t have hit top 10 in my list, mainly because I didn’t know it existed. It’s a hidden gem in the wealth of spectacular London views of the city offering panoramic views over Park Lane, Green Park right the way round. Try and nab a window seat obviously, however not to worry they also have a clever higher middle platform which provides a similar look out over the city. I found it quite hard to find (not usually finding myself in the area) and immediately felt relieved at wearing a dress…you would feel out of place if you didn’t dress up a little.

Although not quite spectacular décor inside and more reminiscent of a standard hotel dining room, the efficient and cheerful waiter service and buzz of the place made it a memorable evening. We had luckily pre-booked on a travel zoo dinner offer which gave you a cocktail/ wine on arrival with 3 set courses for 29…the macaron dessert was divine. With tips and a further glass of wine drunk it came to about 50 per person and we left full up! Avoid the still bottle of water and opt for tap water, I got tricked into that one! An extra star for the divine marshmallows in the jar at the end.

tastemaker

After wanting to try this restaurant for ages, my boyfriend treated me for my birthday.

The service was 5*, as was the food and drink.

We had the £35 lunch menu which had 3 courses and a Bellini. Although you only get two choices per course, this suited us and we thought it was a bargain for a Michelin starred restaurant.

The food was cooked to perfection and the addition of chocolates was lovely when we ordered coffee.

As it was my birthday, they sent out an extra cake, however I was a little bit disappointed that we weren't sat by the window.

The view was excellent, but when seated you don't have 360 degree views due to the raised seating section in the middle, so it's worth a wander round the floor after.

Overall we had a lovely time and would definitely go back.

tastemaker

Visited this restaurant with a friend who had a Groupon voucher for 'Picnic in the Sky'. We got a cocktail each and a platter including chicken wings, mini burgers and mini pound cakes. Everything was delicious, the service was impeccable (you pay service charge on top of the voucher). We finished the food quite quickly and stayed for more (non-alcoholic) drinks, as we couldn't stretch to the £16 cocktail prices. Our booking was at 8pm which was a perfect time to watch the sunset over London and then also see the bright lights when it got a bit darker. I'm so used to seeing London views which include the river, it was nice to see a different side of London.


I booked pre-theatre offer at the restaurant in the afternoon at 1730 which was the earliest I could book (restriction on booking timing from 1730 to 1815). After I finished second course it was getting close to the musical starting time so I asked the waitress if she could bring the dessert given the timing of the musical. Once the dessert was put on the table I started digging in but not long after that I saw an insect in my dessert!! I was stunned as I was absolutely not expecting the food quality and safety level at a Michelin starred restaurant was as such! I called the waitress over and showed her the insect. She took the plate away without providing any options for solving the issue. As you would understand - I had lost all of my appetite by then. Hence, I asked for bill settlement. However, at the same time two more dessert plates were put on my table which was an illogical and – to an extent - rude gesture: 1) the waitress knew that I was running out of time given the musical schedule; 2) those two plates were coming from the same kitchen where there were insects. I was asked to pay the full bill with no good gesture from the restaurant after all of this. I did not have a choice as I was already late for the musical!

The experience I had at the restaurant was unacceptable to any extent. If Galvin at Windows wants to position as a Michelin starred restaurant and at the same time allow this level of service and food to be provided to customers with an extremely short-term sight on profitability – outlook of the restaurant is deeply worrying.

tastemaker

A friend and I had a voucher for cocktails and a picnic sharing platter in the bar. We managed to book a table on a Friday night and was amazed to find we had seats overlooking Hyde Park, especially considering we were using a voucher. We had an amazing experience from start to finish and loved every minute of our experience at Galvin’s. The staff were all friendly and added a personal touch. The bar itself was very impressive and the live DJ created a very chilled atmosphere, perfect for unwinding and catching up with friends before the weekend. The picnic sharing platter was perfect, we especially loved the mini burgers! Having looked at the bar menu, the cocktails ranged from about £12-£19, so a little pricey, however perfect for a little treat!

Tastemaker

Galvin was every bit as amazing as I thought it would be. 


We booked for lunch at 12.30 and the restaurant was almost empty when we arrived but heaving by the time we left after 14.00. 


We were seated in the middle of the restaurant, with minimal views of the city, what I basically felt were 'the cheap seats' for everyone who was on the set menu but not everyone had have the best seats in the house.


I'll be honest, my artichoke salad wasn't the most amazing thing I've ever eaten but there's only so much you can do with artichoke so I dont hold the chef entirely responsible. The rest of the food and service were everything you would expect for this type of restaurant and the additional chocolates and marshmallows were the icing and the cherry on the proverbial cake. 

Even with the set menu it is as pricey as you would expect by the time you add a glass of wine and a digestif unless you plan on accompanying your Michelin starred meal with tap water. Well worth it for a special occasion.

Tastemaker

Galvin at Windows is an impressive and luxe dining establishment. Situated on the 28th floor of the Hilton on Park Lane, it was always going to be something fancy.

My friend and I went there to eat on a Thursday night (Thursday is the new Friday!) And it was super busy. We had a reservation so assumed we would be seated quickly, which we were. However, we had the misfortune of being shoved in the corner away from the food (and the other diners), next to the service hub and the wine fridges. Our table wasn't laid, no napkins or a piece of cutlery in sight. We had to ask for all of this and eventually received them.

We were there to eat a picnic platter special with cocktails bit were not even asked if we wanted to look at the a La carte menu, which we thought was ridiculous.

The food however was delicious. Our favourites, were the mini burgers and the Korean chicken bites. So so yummy! The cocktails were lush too.

Though the service on this occasion left a lot to be desired, I would return for the food and hopefully for an actual view!

Tastemaker

Located in the Hilton hotel on Park Lane, Galvin offers Michelin star food with scenic views of London. I went for a friends birthday and they even allowed us to walk through the kitchens afterwards so that we could stand on the balcony and admire the evening city skyline. 

We were so in love with the marshmallows (probably one of the few tables still with enough stomach space to polish off a jar of the soft squares) they made us each little foil swans as goodie bags.

Tastemaker

Galvin at Windows was a Valentine's Day treat for my girlfriend and I, taking advantage of a special set menu for £29, including 3 courses and a bellini cocktail to get us started. From the moment we stepped in to the hotel and to leaving it, the whole experience was rather special! 


Part of the Hilton, the attendants downstairs ordered a lift for us that took us directly to the eloquent restaurant level. The hostess directed us to our table, and within moments we'd been offered drinks, menu, an introduction as well as 2 postcards that they would post for us to anywhere in the world.


I've been to several Michelin star restaurants before, and Galvin is perfect as one of the more casual places that won't make anyone feel uncomfortable. There's a real buzz in the restaurant with people talking and laughing, and the waiters are all happy to chat over any topic from the menu and restaurant to other recommendations in London. 


The food itself was superb, with some really interesting cooking and unique dishes like kimchee risotto, and an artichoke dish that I would love to eat again! 


Overall, a fantastic experience that won't break the bank if you're looking for something special. Highly recommended and am already planning to go back again! 

Staff Writer

I have visited Galvin at Windows once for a celebratory lunch party and I cannot stop thinking of going back ever since!! Not only the views on London are amazing but the food in your plate is delivered in a one Michelin Star style with great service! Its beautiful. classy and an outstanding venue. Definitely worth the money you will pay at the end of your gourmet lunch/diner.A special place for a special occasion!


I visited the bar at Galvin at Windows with a group of girlfriends last summer and enjoyed some fantastic cocktails with an amazing view across London (even if it was raining!) The Maitre D is the lovely French man from Channel 4's 'First Dates', so if the views and cocktails aren't enough to attract you, he should be!


Got an invitation to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Wanted to make a day of it so booked a window table here - overlooking the palace. Its strange looking back as it was treat to go to tea with The Queen, but the real highlight was lunch. Wonderful food, awesome views. Rather a good start to a special day.


I have had lunch at Galvin at Windows and the best thing about the restaurant is that it has amazing views, so it is a great place if you want to impress someone on a date or have a meeting with a client. It would benefit from a live ensemble to create some atmosphere, but there isn't too much space. Other venues like Coq D'Argent also have excellent views and more space to add live music.

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