Planning a trip to see an exhibition at the V&A, the Natural History Museum, or the Science Museum? Maybe you have tickets to the show at the Royal Albert Hall? Or possibly you fancy a bit of West London retail therapy and will be going shopping along High Street Kensington very soon? Whatever the reason, finding a great restaurant in South Kensington or High Street Kensington an be tricky with so much choice at your disposal. We've done the hard work for you and chosen the 10 best restaurants in Kensington.
Kensington / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
Visit Kitchen W8 to sample some top-notch food at one of London?s Michelin-starred restaurants. Scooping the prestigious culinary award every year since 2011, this stylish eatery boasts a contemporary European menu packed with picture-perfect dishes, which evolve with the seasons. If you?re feeling fancy, treat yourself to the spectacular six-course tasting menu or indulge in a hearty three-course Sunday lunch. As you?d expect there?s an impressive wine list on offer, but you can bring your own bottle on Sunday evenings.
Balans Soho Society Kensington High Street
Kensington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
A free-spirited stalwart of Kensington High Street for more than 15 years, Balans Soho Society has re-emerged from a refreshing and spiffing spruce-up ready to welcome the convivial and creative, the rogues, the rascals and those playful pleasure-seekers once again. A café, restaurant, bar, member's establishment and definitely a place where rules are made to be broken - Balans Soho Society is the place to indulge. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-dark activities in the company of fellow bon vivants from early morning 'til midnight. A place to go, surrounded by fellow eccentrics, bohemians and dreamers, when you feel like doing things you probably shouldn't.
Kensington / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
Forming part of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London's Hyde Park, The Magazine was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. The restaurant brings innovative, high quality cuisine to customers. The Magazine dining room features a flowing membrane roof, and columns that flood natural light into the dining area. Stunning glass walls also give the impression of dining in the surrounding garden. Open from breakfast through to dinner, The Magazine also serves weekend brunch. Head chef Emmanuel Eger utilises quality local produce to create bold and balanced flavours.
Kensington / Restaurant / Cuisine: Italian
Verdi Italian Kitchen at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington offers casual dining and authentic flavours of Italy in one of London's most iconic settings. Open for lunch and dinner, Verdi Italian Kitchen restaurant offers delicious food, a relaxed atmosphere and warm service in a spectacular setting. It's the perfect place to wind down, laugh and eat well with friends and family over a bottle of great Italian wine and satisfyingly authentic food. The menu includes stone baked pizza and pasta dishes. Live music is performed every Friday night, Saturday and Sunday lunchtime.
Kensington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chinese
One of our favourite Chinese restaurants, Min Jiang knows exactly how to play to its strengths. Smashing and authentic cuisine matches the interior decor where Chinese vases and blue-red colour scheme puts you squarely in the Far East. Glance out of the huge windows and you'll find the very best views that West London has to offer. A restaurant both romantic and elegant in completely different ways.
Dirty Bones Kensington
Kensington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
This place operates as a traditional hot dog stand throughout the day, and by night the venue reveals a quirky twist. The menu, created by Group Creative Development Chef, Ross Clarke (previously at the Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen), features a selection of playful takes on the classic American snack, using only the highest quality British sausage meat, and Dirty Bones own recipes. The Dirty Bones concept has been developed by Rock E VC, a private fund set up to create exciting hospitality concepts and invests in young talent across the hospitality sector.
Kensington / Restaurant / Cuisine: English
Maggie Jones's looks a bit like your loving but senile grandmother was allowed to decorate. Buckets filled with lavender and sunflowers, picnic baskets and other trinkets adorn the walls whilst a beehive offers a rhythmic hum. Maggie Jones's cosy and country themed atmosphere has welcomed patrons for forty years. Sister of the Belgravia French restaurant La Poule au Pot, Maggie Jones's breathes home. Known in the Kensington area, the decadent menu is awash with delicious traditional dishes such as rack of lamb, stuffed roast chicken and hearty meat pies and homely desserts including apple crumble and bread and butter pudding.
Afternoon Tea at Park Lounge
Kensington / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
Everybody knows that Afternoon Tea in London is a favourite English tradition. It is upheld in its finest form at The Milestone Hotel, located opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens. A delicious array of delicate finger sandwiches is accompanied by warm freshly baked scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade preserves, as well as a selection of pastries including éclairs, tartlets, cupcakes and macaroons. Enjoy tea at your leisure, accompanied by a vast tea menu or perhaps a glass of champagne, in fine surroundings and experience the superior service for which The Milestone is renowned.
Kensington / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pan Asian
This winter a touch of Pan-Asian sophistication arrives in Kensington in the form of Naga. An Oriental restaurant and bar, Naga combines a chic and contemporary décor with a warm and welcoming atmosphere making it a neighbourhood gem that people will travel from near and far to visit. In the brief period since it has been previewing, Naga has already won Best Chinese Restaurant in London at the prestigious Asian Curry Awards which recently took place at Grosvenor House and were attended by some of the leading luminaries of London's culinary world, as well as other notable politicians and celebrities.
Chelsea / Restaurant / Cuisine: Polish
Ognisko restaurant is housed in the beautiful Victorian building of the Polish Hearth Club. Non-members are welcome in the restaurant, which offers the perfect refuge from Exhibition Road, with a calm gentility and warmth. French windows open onto the terrace that overlooks one of London's famous garden squares. A canopy, embellished by embroidered gold stars, stretches over the terrace where tables are waited on by smart and friendly staff. The menu changes regularly in keeping with the seasons, retaining the traditional flavours of Polish cuisine with a light touch. Vodka receives extra special attention, from a single shot to carafe and cocktails, similarly seasonal.
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