Eating & Drinking
With its leafy streets, green spaces and proximity to some of London’s most famous landmarks, it’s no surprise that South Kensington is home to a wide variety of excellent cafes, bars and restaurants. From Michelin-starred spots to quirky, independently run bistros, there’s a truly eclectic mix of gastronomic experiences to be found right on our doorstep.
A true institution with the legendary Claude Bosi at its helm, Bibendum serves spectacular food and also boasts one of the city’s most beautiful dining rooms. Similarly, there’s the Michelin-recommended Margaux on Old Brompton Road, with an enviable menu of French food and fine wines. Daquise is another favourite legendary among locals, which has been serving traditional Polish cuisine for over sixty years, including their famous dumplings and goulash.
If you’re looking for Italian, there’s Scalini’s on Walton Street – a trattoria bedecked with pictures of its celebrity clientele who come back time and again for their authentic, flavourful dishes -, or Daphne’s on Draycott Avenue is a similarly iconic establishment. Once a haunt of Princess Diana, it serves regional Italian fare, alongside delicate dishes like salads, carpaccios and seafood.
If you’re looking for a more laid-back affair, take a stroll to Brompton Food Market for brunch and organic small plates, or The Bluebird which is always popular with the well-heeled ladies who brunch. The Anglesea Arms, a traditional pub with an AA rosette for culinary excellence, is the perfect place to relax with a pint or enjoy some hearty British fare. If you’re looking for a menu that’s small but full of flavour, Cambio de Tercio is an authentic taperia serving up regional specialities and pinxos from its distinctive sunset-coloured dining room.
Thali is a great choice for Indian, and Gaucho has long been a favourite with meat lovers, serving the very best grass-fed Argentine steaks, alongside a bold, creative and contemporary menu.