How To Live Like a Local: South Kensington

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Neelam Varia by | Posted on 4th November 2016
How To Live Like a Local: South Kensington

Think South Kensington and you probably think of the V & A and the Natural History Museum, of course when we think of South Kensington we think of the restaurants there (sorry our brains are dictated by food) so we’ve rounded up 9 of our favourite spots…

Restaurant Ours

South Kensington (0.4 miles)

What: The Restaurant on Everyones Lips

Why: Restaurant Ours, the second London restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers has opened in South Kensington and it’s nothing if not impressive. The iconic walkway leads you through to a large restaurant filled with trees and fairy lights and you need to check out the bathrooms too – they’re going to get all your likes on Instagram – think tropical wallpaper and baby pink tiles. We recently headed over for the Sunday lunch which saw us feast on scallops and ham terrine before hearty portions of chicken and roast potatoes. Head here for drinks on a Friday night to start the weekend and on Sunday afternoon to finish it.

Where: 264 Brompton Rd, London SW3 2AS



South Kensington (0.4 miles)

What: South Kensington Classic

Why: Opened 50 years ago by theatre agent Daphne, the restaurant has undergone a revamp and certainly is a favourite amongst locals. In the summer, they open the conservatory doors (the perfect place for a post work rosé), whilst in the winter they fire up the logs for a cosier feel. if you like white truffles you’re in luck as they feature strongly on the menu, whilst other classic Italian dishes include spinach and buffalo ricotta ravioli with pesto or fillet of cod with crab fregola and zucchini.

Where: 112 Draycott Avenue, London, SW3 3AE



What: Art Deco Icon

Why: Housed within the beautiful Michelin building, Bibendum offers a menu that changes regularly using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Locals rave about the Saturday morning lobster sale at the crustacea stall, where they can pick up a cooked lobster with homemade mayonnaise and the oyster bar makes for a good spot for a midweek supper, if you want something relaxed but still special. A recent hiring of Chef Claude Bosi (formerly Hibiscus) hints at a more than promising future for the restaurant – a Michelin star has been rumoured, giving locals an even more exciting favourite.

Where: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD


The Hour Glass

What: Your Local

Why: There’s nothing like a classic London watering hole; this particular pub is a favourite for locals for a whole array of reasons. Firstly, it’s run by the boys who own Brompton Food Market and so their food menu offers only the best pub grub, classics, done well like Cumberland Scotch eggs, and chicken and mushroom pie. Secondly also offer the finest of ales and stouts, plus, they’re dog friendly, which is never a bad thing.

Where: 279-283 Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW3 2DY



What: New Kid on the Block

Why: Squirrel is a relatively new addition to South Kensington, having opened just a few months ago. Brought to you by Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling (Barts, Bunga Bunga, Cahoots et al) and their wives, the cafe serves up fast but healthy food. Swing by for porridge or toast and nut butter for breakfast and stock up on hearty salads at lunch. Staying true to its name, a bar is made up of a fallen oak tree and you can grab a table in the tree house.

Where: 11 Harrington Road, South Kensington, SW7 3ES


Tom's Kitchen

What: Brunch and Sunday Roasts From Tom Aikens

Why: When it comes to weekend brunch then Tom’s Kitchen has it sorted. It’s all about comfort food and classic dishes, but with a little more finesse. To say the menu is extensive would be an understatement, so if you find making decisions hard then peruse the menu before you’re hungover on Saturday morning. Dishes include everything from truffle eggs benedict and brioche French toast to chicken schnitzel and Cornish lemon sole. They also do a pretty good Sunday roast too – so that’s Saturday and Sunday sorted then.

Where: 27 Cale Street, South Kensington, SW3 3QP



What: Relaxed Fine Dining and Great Wine

Why: Nested in to Old Brompton Road, just opposite the Ferrari garage, Margaux is buzzy yet relaxed, designed by the same people who did Dabbous and Tinello. Wine reigns supreme here (no surprise given the French village it’s named after) with hundreds of labels on the menu but unless you really know your stuff, we say ask the staff for their recommendations. The modern European food menu is thanks to Head Chef Xavier Castella Vilamajo, (of Iberica and Spain’s elBulli) which gives classics a twist; think white miso and honey-glazed kingfish, and beef bourguignon with polenta. The weekend brunch is also popular – poached duck eggs with toasted brioche and truffle mayo reminds you where you are.

Where: 150-152 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW5 OBE


Vini Italiani

What: Award-Winning Wine Shop

Why: Vini Italiani’s trophy cupboard is pretty full. Winner of National Wine Retailer of the Year 2015 it’s no surprise that this wine shop has a loyal fanbase. Swing by to pick up a bottle of red for your Thursday night in or something more substantial for your weekend dinner party and chances are you’ll still be there an hour later, sampling bottles with one of the sommeliers. As well as tasting by the glass you can also get the whole bottle, and some sharing platters of Italian cold cuts and cheese which come from local Italian wholesalers. Why not drink your Thursday night bottle in here instead?

Where: 72 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW7 3LQ


The Wright Brothers

What: French Bistro Inspired Oyster House

Why: Oyster fans rejoice – this South Kensington spot is famed for their oysters. Natural, dressed or cooked, they’ve got all your oyster needs sorted. If you prefer shellfish or any other fish, the menu offers that or if you can’t decide, the menu offers large platters filled with oysters, prawns, shrimp and more. All the seafood is sourced from the British Isles and France so you know you’re getting the freshest and the best. For a more intimate setting, head downstairs to The Mermaid Bar where you can enjoy your seafood with a selection of cocktails. Should you wish to learn how to prepare oysters, The Mermaid Bar offer masterclasses but we would rather leave the prep to them!

Where: 56 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3DY


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