Eat Lunch Fit for Royalty in Kensington

You will not be disappointed with lunch, or dinner, in Kensington and Chelsea and you will definitely be spoilt for choice. There is something for everyone in this place. The borough has a history of immigration, although different from the east of the capital. In the fifties and sixties, folks from the Caribbean made the areas around Ladbroke Grove their home, so there are plenty of tasty stalls up and down Portobello where you can find some scrumptious lunches. The upmarket nature of the borough means that you can rub shoulders with ladies, and men, who lunch, and pop in to Bibendum for exquisitely dressed food, light salads, or even oysters. If you want to try Persian, one of the best Iranian restaurants in the capital can be found in Notting Hill, Alounak. At Harrods food hall, you can take your pick from fairy cakes, to fresh fish, with everything in between. If you just can't tear yourself away from Harvey Nichols and all its floors of treasure, then why not just swish up to the fifth floor and eat some organic food in their well appointed restaurant. As you are heading back into town, you might be tempted by a late lunch, or afternoon tea at the Lanesborough Hotel, or if you have already lightened your wallet enough with shopping, then you might stop by at Bumpkin for healthy nutritious fare.



London's world-famous department store, Harrods has been a city fixture since it opened in 1849. Impeccable service and a wonderful, diverse selection have earned the store a place in the hearts of Londoners. Although prices are somewhat steep,...  Read More

Harvey Nichols


Favored especially by fashion-conscious folks, this well-regarded department store is known for its propensity towards designer labels. Begun in 1813, the enterprise offers a wealth of men's and women's apparel, not to mention a strong home...  Read More



When your appetite calls for something exotic, this upscale eatery is more than equal to the task. Specializing in South India's tropical fare, Quilon sports a bright, cheerful decor highlighted by lush greenery, soft lighting, and a...  Read More

Notting Hill


As currently trendy Notting Hill rushes by outside, the interior of this fun and funky establishment aims to create the feel of a country cafe. Whether that aim is achieved or not is subjective, but most agree that the...  Read More



Assaggi means, trying in the plural, and that's just want you can do at this delicious restaurant. You'll need to book early to get a table at this well-known spot, whose authentic Italian fare is served simply but with style, and is considered...  Read More



This is home style cooking for London. The restaurant says it models itself on 19th Century crabshacks which popped up all along the American Gulf Coast at the time. This is all about a simple easy going lifestyle. Where people hang out on...  Read More

Bibendum & Bibendum Oyster Bar


London restaurant legend Terence Conran started out with this quirky, elegant restaurant, which doesn't scrimp on a single detail. Sit within a Grade I listed building, where a bold blue color scheme and large, colorful stained-glass window...  Read More



In trendy Notting Hill, this tile-floored trattoria offers authentic Italian dishes with a light touch, such as gnocchi a la gorgonzola, made with light potato dumplings in a rich creamy sauce, and crespoline a la parmesana crisp pancakes with...  Read More



Alounak does delicious Iranian food in comfortable Notting Hill. Locals heap high praise on this eatery, where Iranian-inspired dishes and a comfortable dining room attract expats from all over the city. Tandoor-baked breads beckon to hungry...  Read More



The Lanesbourough hotel might, strictly speaking still be in the City of Westminster, but it's on the road down towards Knightsbridge and Kensington and is Kensington in its ethos. The conservatory-like dining room at the Lanesborough takes...  Read More


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