We all know about large chain restaurants but what about trying the places that the locals in Kensington use?
Many Kensington hotels offer a great, good quality dining experience but lets face it, you could be in a city in the world so get out there and try something memorable and different.
Unique Dining Experiences around Kensington London
Maggie Jones Restaurant
6 Old Court Place, Kensington Church Street
London W8 4PL
Maggie Jones is a quirky restaurant in the heart of Kensington which has a unique "off the wall" but romantic decor ideal to entertain and impress you and your partner.
Wine is served in magnums on a pay what you drink basis.
Locals flock here for the lunch time special which usually included game and fish.
Sally Clarkes Restaurant
124 Kensington Church Street
London W8 4BH
Frequented by locals for over 40 years, Sally Clarkes is not only a restaurant but also an artisan bakers and a shop.
All produce is sourced from specialist suppliers and the menu changes daily to reflect what is in season.
Their proud boast is that the shop and the restaurant kitchen produce is made without the use of artificial additives or preservatives.
Babylon at the Roof Gardens
7th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street
London W8 5SA
High above the skyline of Kensington with great views across London. Babylon is part of Richard Bransons group of companies and is set in the Roof Gardens on Kensington High Street.
Not cheap but a great experience and diners, for a small fee, can gain access to "The Club" which is a private members only affair with live music till the early hours.[more]
The Cadogan Arms
298 King's Road
London W8 4PT
Not quite Kensington but any visit to Kensington would usually involve the 15 minute walk to the Kings Road in Chelsea.
The Cadogan Arms is a favoured gastropub whose signature dishes include scallops, Shetland Isles mussels, 35 day aged rib-eye steak and real ale battered fish and chips all at really sensible prices.
Upstairs you can have a game of pool. [more]
2 Kensington High Street
London SW3 5UG
Bodo Schloss is an all in one après-ski bar restaurant and a funky club to boot.
This trendy all swinging venue is based in the heart of fashionable Kensington but could easily fit into the slopes of Switzerland. This is thanks to its kitsch ski lodge feel and other detailed features that would even make Eddie the Eagle smile. [more]
Evans and Peel Detective Agency
310C Earls Court Road
London SW5 9BA
Evans and Peel is a cool subterranean lounge bar where the roaring 20s are brought back in grand old fashion.
It is considered to be as secret as those devilish Morse coders during the Second World War.
Even the menu proclaims “At all times do not draw unwanted attention to our venue.” [more]
The Hansom Cab
84-86 Earls Court Road
London W8 6EG
Situated close to Earls Court, Hansom is making headlines for itself in the gastro pub world. By the way that’s nothing to do with the fact that Piers Morgan is involved in the ownership!
The Hansom Gastro Pub actually dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century. Yet it is charming, quaint with some modern touches which feature iconic chef Marco Pierre White directing the kitchen brigade. [more]
Other Kensington mentions:
Wholefood Market on High Street Kensington. A massive choice of cuisines from all over the world. 80,000 square feet of food to for take away or eat in. A good quality meal at medium prices.