First time in London for 5 days in August
I will be in London for 5 days for the first time, from August 19-24. I was wondering if anyone could help me with lunch and dinner recommendations. I am staying in Kensington, but will be willing to travel around for good food.
I want to basically experience modern British dining, gastropubs and also maybe some more traditional fare. I am travelling across the rest of Europe following London, so would rather try other European cuisines when I'm in that particular country (Italy, France, etc.) unless the particular London restaurant is spectacular.
As for budget, I'm not sure how expensive food is exactly in London, but hopefully, around 20-30 pounds per person for dinner, and less for lunch? Not looking for Michelin stars, just delicious up-and-coming restaurants.
Thanks for all your help!
The Ebury Wine Bar is reliable and pleasant. It's a ten minute stroll from Buckingham Palace, or a couple of stops on the tube from South Kensington which is where three large museums are grouped.
For a very nice pub The Star Tavern is a good bet. The food is basic, not gastro, but good quality, and it's a great refuge from the madness of Harrods half a mile away.
Thirdly Motcombs is a bit of a fave of mine. Wine Bar/Restaurant near The Star with some pavement tables:
Texture Restaurant is doing a fantastic set lunch menu at the minute, 3 courses for £22.50 from memory. It's roughly a 1 minute walk from Marble Arch tube station, not too far from Kensington. While not 'British', it does 1 star Icelandic influenced cuisine very well.
check out the lunch options at launceston place and clarke's - both excellent and kensington local favourites. also, as you're probably not going to poland, check out daquise in south ken
(limster has a post on it). le cafe anglais on queensway is not to be missed either, you'll do very well for dinner there.
One of these years, I'm going to get to Clarke's. My desire to go there dates back a goodly number of years when Sally Clarke was a minor celeb. chef (not too many woman doing really good things 20+ years ago). Somewhere else always seems to pop up and knock it off our "to do" list.
Since you are staying in Kensington, what about Maggie Jones's - Maggie Jones's, 6 Old Court Place, London, W8 4PL (off Kensington Church St near Kensington High Street.
At lunch it's very cheap. At dinner it costs more. However, get ready for wholesome and large portions. And it's BRITISH.
Simpsons is a nice but very expensive experience. Be prepared for the stuffy, shabby interior but the service is top notch. I don't know if I'd bother going back, though. I've had just as good elsewhere for half the price. Shrug.
My two pence.I'll think about more though.