If you're in the mood to splurge or you just want to have a celebratory night out, there are loads of places to enjoy in London.

Resources to stay up-to-date on the current Dining Scene:  There are numerous resources available to help stay up-to-date on London's ever changing dining scene.  Aside from TripAdvisor's own Restaurant Reviews, Zagat London, Michelin, and the AA all offer commonly used and recognized reviews.  Other websites and apps for smart phones offer different insights.  Perhaps you are seeking a place with history or a unique view, not just a famous chef - London has plenty of these too.

New Entrants to the Restaurant Scene To Consider:  Some of the more recent entrants onto the London scene are new restaurants by the Conran group - including 'Boundary' and 'Lutyens'.  'Dinner' by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental, Jamie Oliver's 'Barbecoa' and the very new 'Dabbous' in Fitzrovia would all qualify as a splurge - if you can get a table!

More Established Spots:  Gather up a group of friends for a truly unique experience at Below Zero & The Absolut Icebar. There is both a restaurant and Ice Bar - despite mixed reviews its a unique place.  Everything (and we do mean everything) is made out of ice - your glasses, the bar, the table..you get the idea. The ice itself is harvested from the Torne River in Sweden - it's safe to say that you'll never have this kind of experience anywhere else.31-33 Heddon Street, Mayfair, 020 7287 8911.

140 Park Lane is great for any special occasion. The views of Marble Arch and Hyde Park are unparalled at thiss truly an exclusive address. They can also cater to large groups wanting to hold a celebration - they've got private function rooms. 140 Park Lane, London, 020 7647 5629.

In the Kensington / Notting Hill area you'll find numerous choices - including No.35 - located at the Hempel Hotel (no longer I-Thai), 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens, 0871 2238047.  Another choice is the Belvedere, located in the former Orangery of Holland Park House, in Holland Park.

For the ultimate in special occasion dining, you'll find it very, very easy to drop astronomical amounts of money at 1880 at The Bentley Kempinski. With set menus going for over 100 pounds a person, this is not for the faint of heart (or those on a budget). But if you can afford it, you won't soon forget a dining experience like this.27-33 Harrington Gardens, 0871 0757206.

Marco Pierre White's l'Escargot in Soho (48 Greek St) is perfect for theatre dining and very good food.  The Goring Hotel (near Victoria Station) has wonderful English food served in a beautiful smart dining room with attentive staff.  L'Avenue in St James is excellent.  For a journey out of town, Petersham Nurseries in Kew is a lovely place to have lunch (hard to get to!) but worth the trouble chef Skye Gyngell.