London restaurants - Chelsea, Kensington

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ABC Kitchens

Old Barrack Yard, Belgravia, London SW1X 7NP

Right next door to The Berkeley is The Maybourne Group's all-suite hotel, The Emory. Their signature restaurant is another team-up with chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (who's also at The Connaught) for a restaurant that combines the best of his ABC restaurants in America, including his renowned pea hummus.

Cantinetta Antinori

4 Harriet Street, London SW1X 9JR

This high-end Italian restaurant has an impressive background, coming from the Antinori family, one of the most famous winemakers in Italy. The restaurant is focused on Tuscan cuisine, so as well as pasta, carpaccio and other dishes, you'll also find huge Florentine T Bones here. The design is a highlight, with a much more homely feel than typically upscale Italians, so it has a much more cosy vibe.

Studio Frantzen

87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL

The arrival of top chef Björn Frantzén at Harrods clearly had to make one hell of an entrance to the London dining scene. Billed as a mix of Nordic gastronomy with Asian influences the space has redefined the store's gastronomic offering. It also saw them adding Harrods' first ever roof terrace with a bar and restaurant area offering views right across London.


12-14 Basil Street, London SW3 1AJ

While it has a name that comes with perhaps unfortunate connotations in the UK, this high-end Japanese restaurant, which comes via the Middle East, has managed to find quite a following here. It mixes Japanese dining with a clubby feel, but there's also notable skill showing through in a menu that certainly has the odd nod to Nobu. They're also blessed with a rooftop area overlooking Knightsbridge.

Cedric Grolet at the Berkeley

The Berkeley, Wilton Pl, London SW1X 7RL

Cedric Grolet is often described as the best pastry chef in the world and this is his London outpost (the first outside France). Here he's in charge of the main pattisserie at The Berkeley hotel where you can both have his pastries in the cafe or sit at the pattiserie counter for a cake and pastry tasting experience like no other.

The Aubrey

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

Taking over The Mandarin Oriental's lower ground floor, this Japanese izakaya is a warren of opulently designed dining rooms and cocktail bars. Expect to try a range of top-drawer sushi and Japanese dishes with the focus firmly on the cocktail list.

Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols

109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ

London's OG department store rooftop space, the fifth floor at Harvey Nichols is an incredibly handy place to swing by for food as it comprises six restaurants and bars in one space. Underneath the glass roof and leading out to a lovely terrace is the Fifth Floor Cafe but you'll also find a branch of Burger & Lobster up here along with Zelman Meats, Madhu's Brasserie and two more bars.

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

3 Yeoman's Row, Chelsea, London SW3 2AL

Hawksmoor has grown considerably since they first started in Spitalfields - reaching here in Knightsbridge and beyond. At the subterranean Knightsbridge location, you can get all the best steaks and cocktails that they're known for - and some great seafood dishes too.

The Lanesborough Grill

Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA

With the arrival of chef Shay Cooper, this most glamorous of hotel dining rooms now has a chef worthy of the frankly jaw-droppingly beautiful space. Since his arrival, Shay has refined the grill's menu. Expect an ultra seasonal offering focusing on the best suppliers around the British Isles with a few signature dishes like the Coronation crab salad.


4 Knightsbridge Green, London, UK SW1X 7QA

This is the main restaurant inside the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge. It's run by the same group that runs Scarpetta in New York (and a few more restaurants worldwide). Sette is an upscale Italian restaurant, taking in some influences (and signature dishes, like the frozen chocolate dessert) from its American cousins.


315 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QH

Claude Bosi's Chelsea restaurant sees him teaming up with his wife Lucy for a classic French neighbourhood bistro. Named after Bosi's grandmother, the menu is full of French bistro classics and Lyonnaise specialities, with even frog's legs making it onto the menu. it also brings the classic offering of Bouchon-style metre wine to London.


31 Beauchamp Pl, London SW3 1RD

If you need somewhere to regroup from a particularly onerous shopping spree in Knightsbridge then this cool, calm sushi spot on Beauchamp Place is the place to go. Like its sibling restaurant in Mayfair this is a counter dining restaurant at heart; select your own sushi and sashimi or opt for the chef’s choice with an omakase experience.


19 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB

There's plenty to choose from in terms of dining at this Nordic Japanese concept store, from the rooftop restaurant with its seasonal offering and the Cafe Kitsune cafe with its Insta-friendly patisserie to the elegant offering at the lower ground floor Sachi restaurant which serves up super sushi with a Nordic edge.


94 Kensington High Street, London W8 4SH

Jacuzzi comes from the Big Mamma group, also known for the hugely popular Circolo Popolare and Gloria. Here in Kensington it's an opulent three-floored affair decked out with trees and flora throughout. As for the food, expect Italian cuisine in huge portions and a few high-end items like caviar that are better priced than you might find elsewhere.


275 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9JA

Ukrainian Chef Yurii Kovryzhenko has been an ambassador of Ukrainian cuisine for years and has now established his own restaurant in London. Expect an exploration of Ukrainina cuisine.


9 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY

Housed in an architecturally eye-catching pavilion on Duke of York Square, Vardo is the Caravan Group's Chelsea outpost. The menu takes a more global approach to suit the area's international audience but you can obviously enjoy a top-tier coffee here too.


383 King's Rd, London SW10 0LP

Chicama is a seafood restaurant in Chelsea with a menu inspired by the coastal food of Peru and the bold flavours of Peruvian cuisine. As for the fish itself, that's delivered daily from Cornwall with punchy Peruvian takes making the most of our local produce


The Courtyard, 151 Sydney St, London SW3 6NT

Budget and Chelsea don’t appear in the same sentence very often but this perennially popular Vietnamese spot has long been a good place to grab a bowl of tasty noodles. Everything is made from scratch and the laksa is also worth a try.


112 Draycott Ave, London SW3 3AE

Richard Caring’s South Ken Italian has been in operation since the Sixties and has been serving classic, seasonal Italian dishes to the well-heeled SW3 residents since then. The conservatory is the perfect Insta-friendly backdrop and the terrace tables are much-coveted.


50 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LR

A Chelsea stalwart, No Fifty Cheyne sits in a picturesque position on the river, serving up a modern British menu which plunders the UK’s larder for seasonal inspiration. Brunch is a particularly big thing here.


1A Langton St, London SW10 0JL

Chef Patron Anna Haugh is a TV regular, but here in Chelsea just off the King’s Road is where her heart is. Myrtle restaurant serves up modern European food but with a focus on Irish influences and using the best of Irish produce.


277 Kensington High St, London W8 6NA

Billed as London’s oldest family-run restaurant, Il Portico is run by siblings James and Francesca Chiavarini and specialises in Italian specialities from Emilia Romagna. Much of the produce comes from the family's farm in Kent.


86 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HR

Sourcing from top quality suppliers, the aim of this South Ken pub is to make you feel like you’re in a country pub in the heart of the city. But this is SW3 so obviously there’s caviar on the menu alongside chicken and leek pithiviers.


6 Old Ct Pl, London W8 4PL

For decades Maggie Jones has been a favourite spot for a first date, now it’s just as likely to be thronged with social media types who go crazy for its ‘more is more’ aesthetic. Dishes are as old school and classic as the place itself.


55 Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2PG

Set across the ground floor of the Polish Hearth Club on Museum Mile in South Ken, this popular family restaurant serves up classic Eastern European staples with brio alongside flavoured vodkas and more. The terrace at the back is one of London’s loveliest alfresco spaces.


Lennox Gardens Mews, London SW3 2JH

A glossy take on the Japanese izakaya, this Chelsea restaurant uses the very best of British ingredients for their amazing sushi dishes. It’s a real fusion of taste, technique and influence between Japan and Europe.


25 Elystan St, London SW3 3NT

Founder Roaya was inspired by childhood summers on her family’s farm in Bahrain to set up a restaurant celebrating the produce and food of that area. Expect to find a modern marriage of gulf state dishes finessed for a London audience.


298 King's Rd, London SW3 5UG

When the team behind a new pub includes those with top Mayfair credentials, the mighty JKS restaurant group and Michelin starred chef James Knappet, it all augurs well. They’ve given this King’s Road pub a new lease of life without tearing the heart out of the place.


151 Sydney St, London SW3 6NT

Inspired by the vibes and produce to be found in an English country garden this Chelsea restaurant focus is on its alfresco courtyard. The mix of owner Hugh Stanley’s social connections and MasterChef The Professionals contestant chef Olivia Burt means it’s always humming.


From the same stable as Goodman and Burger & Lobster, Wild Tavern made its name on serving up an elevated combo of top drawer seafood, fresh pasta and USDA steaks.