The lovely borough of Kensington in West London has become a bit of a byword for luxury living (although we have done out best to hunt out the cheapest spots around) but don't let that put you off - it's not all Michelin-starred dining in this Kensington Restaurant Guide, with everything from the ultra-swanky Kensington Roof Gardens restaurant to our favourite new ramen noodle spot.
The Kensington food scene has really emerged in the last few years, and we're looking forward to see what other gems arrive in the neighbourhood. What's your favourite restaurant in Kensington? Let us know in the comments! Here's 14 of the best:
Filled with rustic tables and chairs, colourful flowers and wire-mesh door cupboards, this relaxed French restaurant is hugely popular with Kensington locals as a result of the charming interiors and good quality French food. The menu is full of classic dishes including beef bourguignon, fish soup and a goats cheese tart.
Address: 37-45 Kensington High Street, London W8 5ED
Phone: 020 7368 0950
Chef Tim Allen has been running the Michelin-starred Launceston Place to critical acclaim for a number of years, and it's not hard to see why. The fine-dining, modern British menu is filled with delights such as roasted quail, hand-dived scallops, organic duck eggs and English veal, and a range of meal options including a set lunch, tasting menu and market menu are on offer depending on your appetite (and budget!)
Address: 1A Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
Phone:020 7937 6912
Situated on Kensington Church Street for over twenty years, Ffiona's cosy, welcoming restaurant is something of a local institution. This candlelit venue serves up traditional food using organic ingredients, with dishes such as steak and kidney pie and a popular brunch menu with American-style fluffy pancakes and maple syrup-soaked waffles.
Address: 51 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BA
Phone:020 7937 4152
Set in the famous Kensington Roof Gardens, this elegant 7th floor restaurant boasts beautiful views and a tasty, sustainably sourced menu. Highlights include braised pork cheek, globe artichokes, roast partridge and crispy duck leg, but make sure to leave space for the dark chocolate baked Alaska and spiced pumpkin tart!
Address: 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
Phone: 020 7368 3993
Part of the Pavilion members club on Kensington High Street, this Gatsby-esque bar is a favourite with the great and glamorous of West London. Chef Adam Simmons has put together a delicious menu with smoked eel, lobster salad, scallops and a great cheeseboard, but it's also a lovely spot for a few drinks at the central bar.
Address: 96 Kensington High Street, London W8 4SG
Phone: 020 7221 2000
The elegant Orangery at Kensington Palace is one of the ultimate places in London to have a classic afternoon tea, but did you know they serve lunch and dinner too? The menu is full of all the traditional British food you would expect but with a contemporary twist, including fig stuffed Yorkshire lamb leg, crayfish bisque and duck Carpaccio.
Address: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX
Phone: 020 3166 6000
This colourful Indian brasserie chain is a great place to get your curry fix in Kensington, with a varied menu stuffed with street food, thali, grills, regional curries and lunchtime wraps. The food is good value, and they even serve Masala Coke - Coca Cola mixed with spices such as cumin and chaat masala, which is a must-try if you've never come across it!
Address: 147 Earls Court Road W.8, London SW5 9RQ
Phone: 020 7373 0220
Similar to Ffionas, Maggie Jones is a rustic Kensington restaurant serving hearty British country food, only this time they've brought the outside in and decorated the whole restaurant like a barn with reconditioned tables, plant pots and baskets hanging from the ceiling. Settle into a corner with a bottle of wine and a roast rump of lamb and it'll be closing time before you know it.
Address: 6 Old Court Place, Kensington, London W8 4PL
Phone: 020 7937 6462
Dirty Bones are tapping into the current dirty food trend with their meat-heavy menu of pork ribs, chicken wings, burgers, hot dogs and triple cooked fries, but rather than go with a dingy dive-bar look the interior is a lesson in retro cool. With a Head Chef from Fat Duck and an experimental cocktail list too, we reckon they'll be here for a while.
Address: 20 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 4EP
Phone: 020 7920 6434
The Michelin-starred Kensington restaurant Kitchen W8 is definitely one for the discerning diner, with a Modern European menu of barbecue glazed quail, chanterelle risotto, Cornish cod and truffled beer tartar. All this luxury doesn't come cheap, but they do have two fantastic three-course menus for early dinner and lunch, both of which are under £25.
Address: 11-13 Abingdon Road, London W8 6AH
Phone: 020 7937 0120
Ken Lo's Memories of China serves an extensive menu of Mandarin and Cantonese cuisine in a large traditional dining room, including all the usual favourites such as duck pancakes, egg fried rice and hand-made noodles with king prawns. If you're keen to try something different, make sure to go for the set menus that promise a 'gastronomic tour' of China!
Address: 65-69 Ebury Street, London SW1W 0NZ
Phone: 020 7730 7734
We said it in our guide to Holland Park, and we'll say it again - established by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones over two decades ago, you'd be hard pressed to find a restaurant in London with a better rock pedigree than Sticky Fingers. This relaxed diner is filled with families on the weekend, who come for the classic American ribs, burgers, chicken wings, pulled pork and macaroni cheese.
Address: 1 Phillimore Gardens, Kensington W8 7QB
Phone: 020 7937 8690
Formerly the ballroom of Jacobean mansion Holland House, the Belvedere is easily one of the most stunning restaurants in London. Set amongst the groomed gardens of Holland Park it's a popular spot for weddings and other special occasions, with a menu from Head Chef Gary O'Sullivan featuring roast duck breast, gigolette of venison and poached salmon.
Address: Holland Park, Abbotsbury Rd, London W8 6LU
Phone: 020 7602 1238
Another uncomfortably-named gem from the team behind Flesh and Buns, Bone Daddies is one of Soho's coolest ramen restaurants, and they've recently opened a second branch on the first floor of Whole Foods High Street Kensington. Expect tasty ramen with miso and kimchee, hrirata buns, a variety of gyoza and some fruity cocktails in the evening.
Address: Whole Foods Market, 63-97 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SE.