Gordon Ramsay is believed to favour Chiswick in west London as the location for his third pub.
The chef and restaurant proprietor, who opened a pub in east London earlier this year and has another about to open in the north of the capital, is scouting for his third site in the west London suburb, according to reports.
Ramsay paid an estimated £5.2m for the freehold of the Warrington Hotel in Maida Vale, which is to re-open shortly.
His first venture, the Narrow Street Kitchen and Dining Room in London's Limehouse, opened in March to largely positive reviews.
By Daniel Thomas