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The best restaurants in Kensington and Chelsea

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We've picked out the best restaurants in Kensington and Chelsea. From longstanding neighbourhood favourites to more glitzy, new establishments, this part of town has it all. 

Kensington and Chelsea restaurants

hunan
Address: 51 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NE
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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.

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Jacuzzi
Address: 94 Kensington High Street, London W8 4SH
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Jacuzzi comes from the Big Mamma group, also known for the hugely popular Circolo Popolare and Gloria. Here in Kensington it's an opulent three-floored affair decked out with trees and flora throughout. As for the food, expect Italian cuisine in huge portions and a few high-end items like caviar that are better priced than you might find elsewhere.

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

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chicama
Address: 383 King's Rd, London SW10 0LP
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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

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

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daphnes
Address: 112 Draycott Ave, London SW3 3AE
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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.

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5ocheyn
Address: 50 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LR
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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.

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myrtle
Address: 1A Langton St, London SW10 0JL
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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.

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ilportico
Address: 277 Kensington High St, London W8 6NA
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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.

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huntersmoon
Address: 86 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HR
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Sourcing from top quality suppliers, the aim of this South Ken pub is to make you feel like you’re in a country pub in the heart of the city. But this is SW3 so obviously there’s caviar on the menu alongside chicken and leek pithiviers.

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maggiejones
Address: 6 Old Ct Pl, London W8 4PL
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For decades Maggie Jones has been a favourite spot for a first date, now it’s just as likely to be thronged with social media types who go crazy for its ‘more is more’ aesthetic. Dishes are as old school and classic as the place itself.

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ognisko
Address: 55 Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2PG
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Set across the ground floor of the Polish Hearth Club on Museum Mile in South Ken, this popular family restaurant serves up classic Eastern European staples with brio alongside flavoured vodkas and more. The terrace at the back is one of London’s loveliest alfresco spaces.

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dinings
Address: Lennox Gardens Mews, London SW3 2JH
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A glossy take on the Japanese izakaya, this Chelsea restaurant uses the very best of British ingredients for their amazing sushi dishes. It’s a real fusion of taste, technique and influence between Japan and Europe.

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villamamas
Address: 25 Elystan St, London SW3 3NT
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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.

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cadogan
Address: 298 King's Rd, London SW3 5UG
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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.

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stanleys
Address: 151 Sydney St, London SW3 6NT
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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.

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willdtavern
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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.

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Launceston Place
Address: 1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
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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.

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gordonramsayrh
Address: 68 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HP
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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.

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kitchenw8
Address: 11-13 Abingdon Road, London W8 6AH
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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.

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

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

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fivefields
Address: 8-9 Blacklands Terrace, London SW3 2SP
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This fine dining restaurant in Chelsea has racked up some serious accolades, led by Chef Patron Taylor Bonnyman and Head Chef Marguerite Keogh. 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.

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Rabbit
Address: 172 Kings Road, London,SW3 4UP
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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.

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kutir
Address: 10 Lincoln St, London SW3 2TS
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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.

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

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Claude Bosi at Bibendum
Address: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD
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Top French chef Claude Bosi's main London restaurant is 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.

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thesea
Address: 174 Pavilion Rd, London SW1X 0AW
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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.

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