Kensington is well known for its range of attractions, whether it’s the Albert Hall, its multiple green spaces or any of the numerous museums. Whether you’re looking to take a break from the sightseeing, or for something do in the evening, then we’ve got you covered with a selection of the best restaurants in Kensington – all a short distance from our Kensington hotel.
While the borough is commonly associated with fine dining establishments, there’s also a whole host of more affordable restaurants in Kensington. Alongside some of the more well-known chains, you’ll also find a few of London’s favourites; like the ever popular Bombay
There’s plenty of things to see and do in Kensington, whether it’s events at the Albert Hall or Earls Court, the many beautiful green spaces or any of the famous (and often free) museums. Whether you’re looking to take a lunch break while sightseeing, or for a great place to eat in the evening, then we’ve got you covered with a selection of the best restaurants in Kensington – all a short distance from our Kensington hotel.
While the borough is known for fine dining establishments, there’s also a whole host of more affordable restaurants in Kensington to suit your budget. Alongside some of the more well-known chains, you’ll also find a few of London’s favourites; like the ever popular Bombay Café Dishoom, serving up its famous black dal and naan rolls (an excellent choice for vegetarians too); the reliably good Honest Burgers, which serves exactly what the name suggests (we recommend the XX); or Franco Manca‘s budget-friendly sourdough pizza selection.
Aside from these popular London chains, Kensington has a few of its own gems to enjoy. If you’re after somewhere relaxed, with a bit of variety on the menu then the Prince in West Brompton or Pergola Olympia would be a good start as these spacious and leafy food and drinking halls offer something a little different. With a rotating selection of London’s best street food vendors & restaurants in pop up stalls you’ll always find something delicious to eat. Currently in residence at the Prince in West Brompton you’ll find the infamous burger slingers from Patty & Bun, the excellent NYC style sourdough pizzas of Homeslice and poké bowls full of Pacific-flavours from Honi Poké.
If you’re after an authentic Italian restaurant, complete with pictures of the family on the walls, candles and mosaic tiling, then we’d recommend Pappa Roma You’ll find a warm, friendly atmosphere with delicious comfort food that’s very affordable. Whether you go for the pizza or the pasta you won’t be disappointed.
Maggie Jones’s is the place to go if you’re after delicious British classic dishes, whether you’re after roast pork belly with apple sauce or a succulent rack of grilled English lamb. The setting is quintessentially British too, with the feel of an old country pub or cottage- very comforting after a day of sightseeing in Kensington.
Ramen joint Bone Daddies sits above the Whole Foods store on Kensington High Street in a food hall, you’ll find a counter selling the restaurant’s signature ramen dishes. Slurp your way through a warming bowl of the tonkotsu and leave satisfied.
With Kensington’s close ties with the royal family it’s no surprise that the area has a number of options for fine dining restaurants. The Ledbury, with two Michelin stars, should be your first port of call for something special. While it’s at the upper-end in terms of price, you’ll be in line for a truly unique tasting menu. With an ever-changing seasonal selection there’s always something new to try, with vegan and vegetarian menus also available.
Next up, and for a genuine link to the royals, is Launceston Place. Known as a favourite of Princess Diana, it’s still managed to remain a bit of a hidden gem. You’ll find the best in British and modern European cuisine on the menu here, paired with an award-winning wine list. At lunch you can find an à la Carte offering alongside the regular tasting menus.
Earning its Michelin star in 2011, and maintaining it ever since, is Kitchen W8. Chef Mark Kempson prides himself in offering a slightly more affordable take on Michelin-starred fare. There’s a focus on keeping the vibe friendly and relaxed. The food itself is a French-British hybrid, i.e. it’s the best in seasonal British produce with a ‘French Soul’.
There’s a wealth of excellent places to eat in Kensington, whatever your budget, and if you’ve booked in to Point A Kensington Olympia then our local hosts are happy to help you find somewhere that’s a perfect match for you. Whether you visit one of the Kensington restaurants we’ve featured above or one of our selected A-List partners for an exclusive offer or discounts while you’re staying with us, you’re guaranteed to find something great to eat in Kensington.