The district of Kensington boasts some of the most magnificent landmarks in London. It is home to the Albert Memorial, the Royal Albert Hall, the Speke Monument and Kensington Gardens. It also plays host to a plethora of outstanding restaurants, bars and other venues that set the district apart in terms of culinary endeavours. Here we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the very best restaurants in Kensington.
Launceston Place is a hidden gem despite it being right in the heart of Kensington. Head Chef Ben Murphy is so passionate about using the best produce that his constantly-changing menus offer as much local produce as the restaurant can cram in. Launceston Place received two AA Rosettes in 2017, while the wine list has won Tatler’s Best Wine List Award, the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine and Notable Wine List 2015 by the AA Guide. So it’s got quite a nice array of awards; you know your meal and wine will be top notch
For real luxury, two Michelin-starred restaurant The Ledbury really delivers. Chef Brett Graham has worked and trained under such culinary names as Liam Tomlin and Philip Howard, and has since become a world-renowned chef on entirely his own merits. The Ledbury offers courses such as Hampshire buffalo milk curd, truffle toast, and a broth of dried mushrooms, and for dessert, their olive oil cake with blood orange, white chocolate, and tea. It is their supremely unique and exclusive menu options that create such an appeal for this establishment, but it does come at a price. The Ledbury is undoubtedly an indulgent treat, but with food as extraordinary as this, you absolutely get what you pay for.
When it opened up back in 1996, the Havelock Tavern was one of London’s original gastropubs, but unlike many others that have come and gone since, it has done its best to change very little over the past twenty years. Rather than become a restaurant in an old pub building, it is more focused on being a pub that serves really good food, and that it does! The atmosphere is lively and informal so that anyone can eat, drink and feel at home, which is great if you’re looking for something a little more casual to catch up with mates over some good grub.
You’ve got to love a venue that asks you to ‘lose an evening in the finest way possible’, and that’s precisely what’s on offer at Balans. Think light bites such as ham hock croquettes or charred squid & chorizo, alongside more filling dishes like steak and eggs, kedgeree and the ever present burger. Of particular note is ‘eggs in hell’, 2 eggs poached in a tomato chilli sauce, Balans’ potatoes and parmesan. The cocktails are great too. However, if you want to really push the boat out then order the ‘Absinthe Fountain Ritual’. The fountain offers a traditional bohemian experience, using the finest La Fée Parisienne absinthe. If you do, best not to make any plans for the next day.