David Thompson of Nahm
Focusing on Bangkok ... David Thompson. Photo: Supplied

DAVID THOMPSON'S Nahm in Belgravia, the celebrated London restaurant at the forefront of the Australian food invasion of Britain, is to close.

The first Thai restaurant in Europe awarded a Michelin star, Sydney chef David Thompson confirmed Nahm's wok burners will be turned off next month.

"Nahm in London will be closing on December 15," Thompson said. Nahm opened at The Halkin Hotel in London's swish Belgravia district in 2001.

Thompson was part of an early posse of Australian chefs and food figures to try their luck in London, including Tetsuya Wakuda, and later arrivals Bill Granger, and Brett Graham at The Ledbury.

Thompson earned a worldwide following for his Sydney restaurant, Darley Street Thai, and encyclopaedic tomes on Thai food.

Behind the scenes, Thompson was struggling to keep the Thai restaurant at the highest level, and was stretched by the opening of a second Nahm restaurant in Bangkok in 2010.

Thompson will concentrate on Nahm in Bangkok, which this year debuted at number 50 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.