The best restaurants in Kensington and Chelsea | Hot Dinners recommends

From longstanding neighbourhood favourites to more glitzy, new establishments, this part of town has it all. We pick out the best restaurants in Kensington and Chelsea for your delectation. 

 

chicama

Address: 383 King’s Rd, London SW10 0LP

What We Know:

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

Read more

Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Address: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD

What We Know:

Originally at Hibiscus, Claude Bosi’s home is now at the classic Bibendum building. Being in the Michelin building seems a very good fit for Bosi whose fine-dining French style has already won him two stars. He’s also in charge of the downstairs seafood restaurant.

Read more

colbertnew

Address: 50-52 Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8AX

What We Know:

Opened by Corbin & King and now part of The Wolseley Hospitality Group, this all day cafe restaurant on Sloane Square was inspired by some of the best Parisian grand cafes. The all day menu is a love letter to French classics from onion soup to Sole Meunière.

Read more

daphnes

Address: 112 Draycott Ave, London SW3 3AE

What We Know:

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.

Read more

Elystan Street

Address: 43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, London SW3 3NT

What We Know:

This is the main London home for chef Philip Howard, and he’s earned it a Michelin star too. They pitch themselves as serving “pure, seasonal, ingredient led, gimmick free” food and is showcases a more casual dining approach than his previous restaurants.

Read more

hunan

Address: 51 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NE

What We Know:

Hunan is rated as one of London’s best Chinese restaurants, loved by chefs and critics alike. As the name suggests, you can expect Hunanese cooking here – so there’s going to be plenty of heat.

Read more

ilportico

Address: 277 Kensington High St, London W8 6NA

What We Know:

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.

Read more

kitchenw8

Address: 11-13 Abingdon Road, London W8 6AH

What We Know:

This is a joint venture between top chef Philip Howard, best known for Elystan Street, and his business partner Rebecca Mascarenhas. The chef here is Mark Kempson, who worked with Howard at The Square. This has slowly become a Kensington institution, a laid-back neighbourhood restaurant, but one that has a Michelin star.

Read more

kutir

Address: 10 Lincoln St, London SW3 2TS

What We Know:

The chef and GM who headed up London’s top Indian restaurants including Gymkhana and Jamavar are behind this Chelsea venture. Housed in a townhouse just off the King’s Road, it serves up Ghai’s modern take on a range of Indian classic dishes.

Read more

Launceston Place

Address: 1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL

What We Know:

Launceston Place has been a mainstay of the high-end Kensington dining scene for some time. And now it’s had something of a rejuvenation with new head chef Ben Murphy at the helm. Expect a tasting menu with more than a few twists taken from Murphy’s background.

Read more

Medlar

Address: 438 King’s Road, London SW10 0LJ

What We Know:

This independently-run Chelsea restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Joe Mercer Nairne and manager David O’Connor. It serves up impeccable French food and strives successfully for ‘perfect neighbourhood gem’ status.

Read more

myrtle

Address: 1A Langton St, London SW10 0JL

What We Know:

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.

Read more

5ocheyn

Address: 50 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LR

What We Know:

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.

Read more

phatphuc

Address: The Courtyard, 151 Sydney St, London SW3 6NT

What We Know:

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.

Read more

Rabbit

Address: 172 Kings Road, London,SW3 4UP

What We Know:

If you could bottle the English countryside and transport it to the streets of Chelsea then you’d have Rabbit. From the Gladwin Brothers, this restaurant uses produce from their family’s Sussex estate in a celebration of British seasonal produce.

Read more

gordonramsayrh

Address: 68 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HP

What We Know:

Of all his restaurants the world over, this is Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant, based on Hospital Road. Matt Abé is the man in the kitchen here, in charge of retaining Gordon’s three Michelin stars.

Read more

stanleys

Address: 151 Sydney St, London SW3 6NT

What We Know:

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.

Read more

cadogan

Address: 298 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UG

What We Know:

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.

Read more

fivefields

Address: 8-9 Blacklands Terrace, London SW3 2SP

What We Know:

This fine dining restaurant in Chelsea has racked up some serious accolades including a Michelin star and four AA rosettes among others. Produce-driven (they have their own kitchen garden to supply much of what they cook), the 40 seater restaurant has a team with a huge amount of experience at the top end of British, European and American dining.

Read more

thesea

Address: 174 Pavilion Rd, London SW1X 0AW

What We Know:

This addition to Chelsea’s Pavilion Road sees the co-founder of Bonnie Gull opening a fishmonger and deli which transforms into a seafood bar in the evening. And Leo Carreira is in charge of the menu.

Read more

vardo

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

What We Know:

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.

Read more

villamamas

Address: 25 Elystan St, London SW3 3NT

What We Know:

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.

Read more

willdtavern

What We Know:

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.

Read more

 

The best of Chelsea map