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South Kensington has long held a reputation for fine dining with restaurants such as Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens and Conran’s Bibendum, but in recent years they’ve embraced all sorts of eateries including Spanish, French and Italian as well as a few well-chosen gourmet gastropubs, so every craving from ciabatta sandwich to carpaccio is covered.

Pavilion - South Kensington | Image credits:- www.telegraph.co.uk

Pavilion – South Kensington | Image credits:- www.telegraph.co.uk


It may be part of a very exclusive members club, but fortunately the team behind Pavilion have been kind enough to open this sophisticated restaurant to Joe Public too. With a central marble bar and Art Deco features it feels like stepping into The Great Gatsby, while Head Chef Adam Simmonds (formerly of Michelin-Starred Danesfield House) serves up fine Modern British food such as guinea fowl, scallops and steaks.

Address: 96 Kensington High St, London W8 4SG
Phone: 020 7221 2000


Friendly and welcoming, rustic neighbourhood restaurant Bumpkin is known for their organic ethos, locally sourced ingredients and sustainable attitude to delicious British dishes. While lunch and dinner are lovely, we particularly recommend the breakfast options of Eggs Benedict, homemade Bumpkin Granola and Eggs Montagu. Grab a table in the corner and enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch with the papers.
Address: 102 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3RD
Phone: 020 7341 0802

Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens

It’s nearly impossible to live in Kensington and not have taken a visit to Kensington Roof Gardens, even if just to enjoy the beautiful themed gardens and expansive views across London. Plan to stay for dinner or drinks at Babylon on your next visit though, where you can properly soak up the sights with delicious contemporary British dishes and high-end cocktails.

Address: 99 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA
Phone: 020 7368 3993


Everyone needs a trustworthy local Italian restaurant, and Daphne’s on Draycott Avenue fits the bill perfectly. A Kensington favourite for over two decades, this elegant restaurant is a must-visit for any fans of proper Italian cuisine such as pappardelle with wild boar ragu, crab linguine and grilled squid.
Address; 112 Draycott Ave, London SW3 3AE
Phone: 020 7589 4257

La Cave a Fromage

What did the the cheese say to itself when it looked in the mirror? Hallou-mi! If you’re keen on this delicious dairy product then head over to La Cave a Fromage pronto, where you can buy the best French and British cheeses from the passionate team at this wonderful shop-cafe. The small seating area means you can relax enjoy the ultimate trio (cheese, bread and wine) within the shop, and they hold regular tasting events too.

Address: 148 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DZ
Phone: 020 7221 1000


With an address such as Michelin House, you can expect high prices and haute-cuisine at Bibendum, which is also the first Conran restaurant to exist in London having opened near 30 years ago. The stained glass windows add another level of reverence to the food, which is largely French with a contemporary twist, and make it ideal for a very special occasion.

Address: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, London SW3 6RD
Phone: 020 7581 5817

Cambio de Tercio

Take a trip to Spain without leaving South West London at this authentic tapas restaurant filled with dramatic art and warm, yellow-walled rooms. For the ultimate experience, come with a large group so you can try most of the menu – the Spanish omelette, gazpacho soup and veal cheeks are not to be missed.
Address: 163 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 0LJ
020 7244 8970

Barts Bar - South Kensington | Image credits:- www.barts-london.com

Barts Bar – South Kensington | Image credits:- www.barts-london.com

Barts Bar

Searching for a secluded nightcap spot? Barts Bar may be the worst kept secret in this pocket of London, but it’s still one of the best spots for a quiet drink in luxury surroundings. Hidden behind an unmarked door in Chelsea Cloisters, this speakeasy-style bar serves up potent cocktails and even has a dressing up box for raucous weekend nights.

Address: Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DW
Phone: 020 7581 3355

The Anglesea Arms

Once a Georgian Market Garden, there’s may no longer be vegetables growing at this site on Selwood Terrace, but the great outdoors are still strongly represented at the Anglesea Arms with an expansive terrace area at the front of the pub. Sit outside in the sun and feast on proper pub classics and local beers or make your way into the restaurant for more high-end seasonal dishes.

Address: 15 Selwood Terrace, South Kensington, London SW7 3QG
Phone: 020 7373 7960


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