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Best restaurants in South Kensington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea

The IT edit of where to eat, drink and be merry in South Kensington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea.

 

As you make your way through London’s exciting, constantly evolving streets, it pays to ensure you know where you’re headed, especially when it comes time to eat. There’s nothing more helpful in that moment than having a guide – complete with price indicators – to help you make an informed choice.

Food regret is a friend to no-one, least of all a traveller with only a few days to explore the best the city has to offer. One bad meal mistake can all but ruin an experience – and we’d sure hate for that to happen. For that reason, we’ve compiled this list of best restaurants in South Kensington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea for you to keep close.

 

Price guide is as follows:

$ = You can be satisfied for less than ₤15 per head including a glass or two

$$ = ₤15-₤25 per head

$$$ = ₤25-₤40 per head

$$$$ = ₤40-₤75 per head

$$$$$ = ₤75 plus per head

The Kensington Wine Rooms

 

The Kensington Wine Rooms

127 – 129 Kensington Church Street, Kensington W8
Underground: Notting Hill Gate
Price Guide: $$$
In this wine lover’s heaven there are more than 150 tipples by the bottle or 40 wines by the glass. A wine-suitable menu of nibbles like soft-shell crab tempura (₤8) or a maple-braised duck breast (₤15) makes this a great refuelling stop on a day’s shopping adventure. Lunch specials make it doubly worthwhile – ₤10 for a main with coffee (not wine, a little unexpectedly).

 

 

Kurobuta

Kurobuta, Chelsea

 

Kurobuta
312 King’s Road, London SW3 5UH
Closest underground stop: Sloane Square or South Kensington and uber from there
Price Guide: $$

Drawing inspiration from the Izakayas of Japan, this stylish establishment serves up exceptional Japanese cruisine at seriously reasonable prices. The ultimate place for a catch up with friends, Kurobuta has the kind of chilled out ambience and great food you want – and the kind of food that tastes as good as it looks on Instagram.

Must try: you can’t go past the flamed edamame with sake, lemon butter and sea salt, or the yellowtail sashimi. The Singapore fried chicken is also legendary, as is the Tuna sashimi pizza with truffle ponzu.

 

Cambio De Tercio

Cambio De Tercio

163 Old Brompton Road, London
Closest underground stop: Gloucester Road
Price Guide: $$

Established in 1995, Cambio de Tercio is led by modern and innovative Spanish cuisine. Like mama used to make – but with a fresh twist. Alberto Criado is the head chef, and prides himself on creative dishes that transport the senses.

From classic tapas, to raw and vegetarian small plates, a shared dish set-up between friends is certainly the key to getting the most bang for your buck.

Must try: their famous Iberico ham croquettes are legendary, while the garlic and chilli prawns are also a firm favourite. You can’t go past the spicy patatas bravas they’ve created in what they call a ‘new way’ – or the Spanish omlette with black truffle.

 

The Shed

The Shed, Kensington

 

The Shed

122 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington W8
Underground: Notting Hill Gate
Price Guide: $$$

The Shed is what happens when two country boys leave the farm to their third brother and move into the big smoke to open a restaurant – the farm comes to the city. The shed serves up the best of the Gladwin’s brothers farm produce and surrounds in West Sussex, in laid-back but sophisticated ways. Small plates (₤6-9) designed to share include lots of kale, venison and lamb.

Maggie Jones

Maggie Jones restaurant, London.

Maggie Jones restaurant, London.

 

Maggie Jones

6 Old Court Place, Kensington Church St W8
Underground: Kensington High St / Notting Hill Gate
Price Guide: $$$
Maggie Jones is an honest and rustic restaurant loved by locals for 40 years. Tuck into great value bistro food (Fish Pie ₤18 and a steak ₤22), while the 70s eclectic décor makes it like eating in a nanna’s country kitchen.

 

Frontline Club

Frontline Club, London

 

Frontline Club

13 Norfolk Pl, Paddington
Underground: Paddington
Price Guide: $$
Thoughtful food, and that’s not just about what turns up on the plate. The Frontline Club is a video press club which just happened to have an award-winning, reasonably priced restaurant on the ground floor. Think vegetarian tagine for ₤14 or a rack of lamb for ₤19. The walls are adorned with big-name photojournalists work that compete with your food for attention.

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