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Our favourite places to visit near Paddington

Commonly associated with a certain famous Peruvian bear, Paddington boasts an amazing location in Central West London with plenty of excellent restaurants, shops and amenities, and fantastic transport links across the city and beyond. Despite all these attractions it’s managed to remain relatively under the radar for years, as buyers are often distracted by the shiny, chic lights of Marylebone allowing Paddington residents to enjoy this brilliant area in peace.

Word is getting out though, as recent developments in housing and the Paddington Waterside project mean that W2’s star is on the rise with house hunters searching for homes near the flood of cool cafes, wine bars and boutiques suddenly taking over this canal side area.

With plenty to keep you entertained at home and regular trains all over the South West and to Heathrow from Paddington Station for when you want some fun further afield, it’s undoubtedly one of the best places to be in London this summer.

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Paddington | Image credits:- www.thisispaddington.com

The central location of Paddington means residents are just a stones throw from some of London’s best attractions, but why not explore the sights even closer to home this summer with lesser-known attractions such as the Subway Gallery and the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum?

Subway Gallery

With all of the beautiful historic buildings in London which house world-renowned galleries and museums, a gallery in a W2 pedestrian subway can sound a bit dubious. However, you’d be foolish to dismiss it so quickly – housed in the subway underneath the Edgware Road / Harrow Road crossing, this 1960’s space showcases unique art in rotating exhibitions and is certainly worth taking a detour for!

Address: Joe Strummer Subway, Edgware Rd / Harrow Rd, London W2 1DX
Phone: 07811 286503

Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

Scottish pharmacologist Alexander Fleming famously discovered Penicillin in 1928, a discovery which has had a huge impact on modern medicine ever since. If you’re interested in learning more about the life and work of Alexander Fleming, why not take a visit to his reconstructed laboratory at St Mary’s Hospital? It’s been furnished exactly as it would have been in the late 1920s and is filled with fascinating equipment as well as an exhibition on the story of Fleming.

Address: St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street London W2 1NY
Phone: 020 7886 6528

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Kerb- Paddington| Image credits:- www.redonline.co.uk

KERB Food at Sheldon Square

One of London’s best Street Food markets, KERB, is setting up shop at Sheldon Square in Paddington over the summer with a selection of some of London’s best traders on the third Wednesday of every month. You can expect at least ten options from the likes of Annie Mae’s Mac n’ Cheese, Bill or Beak’s brilliant burgers and You Doughnut’s moreish doughnut bites covered in signature salted caramel sauce.

Address: Sheldon Square, London W2 6PY

London Central Mosque

Learn something new at the London Central Mosque this summer, the iconic building in Regent’s Park with the golden dome and tower rising above the London skyline. As well as a place of worship, the mosque has a specialist bookshop, a library and an events hall, where they hold classes in learning Arabic language which are open to all faiths. If you fancy just exploring the building instead, the team there are very welcoming and always happy to arrange tours to show visitors the key features and aspects of the building.

Address: 146 Park Road, London NW8 7RG
Phone: 020 7724 3363

Upcoming Events this Summer in Paddington

There’s plenty going on in W2 this summer, an area which even hosts its very own summer festival throughout the months of July and August with a packed calendar full of fun events. Meanwhile if you’re looking for something cultural, Canal Cafe Theatre has all your comedy and theatrical needs covered.

 

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Paddington Festival | Image credits:- www.westbourneforum.org.uk

Paddington Festival

Paddington is the place to be this summer as the community have organised a jam-packed schedule of free and low-cost events all over W2 for July and August. With everything from arts shows, talent contests, family days and even choir performances, it’s the best time of year for a London staycation.

Paddington Covers in Norfolk Square Gardens

Fancy enjoying the festival vibe, but can’t quite face tents, portaloos and vastly overpriced tickets? Head to Norfolk Square Gardens on 28th August for Paddington Covers, where a series of cover bands will be performing all the hits from top festival headliners. What’s more, they’ve taken the festival atmosphere even further with food stalls, a ping pong table and deckchairs for a true Latitude-in-London ambience.
Address: Norfolk Square Gardens, London, W2

Performances at the Canal Cafe Theatre

Catch up on culture this summer at the Canal Cafe Theatre, where a whole host of performers will be providing everything from comedy shows to thought-provoking plays. Highlights include hilarious sketch shows from Hurt and Anderson and News Review as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Preview, as well as a thoughtful production of bright ideas from the team behind last year’s five star performance of Samuel Beckett’s ENDGAME.

Address: Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, London W2 6ND
Phone: 020 7289 6054

Water Lilies and Wine in Hyde Park

Enjoy an evening of drinks and well-deserved relaxation with the Water Lilies and Wine event on July 22nd in Hyde Park, organised by the Royal Parks Foundation. With a pond dipping session, a guided evening stroll, a sun terrace and a glass of wine all included in the price, it’s pretty much the ideal way to spend a Wednesday evening.

Address: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Phone: 0300 061 2000

Benjamin Children’s Summer Fete

One of the highlights of the Paddington Festival schedule is the Benjamin Franklin House Children’s Summer Fete, a day of fun for the whole family including workshops, printing activities and plenty more activities to be announced closer to the time. The event is free, but tickets need to be booked online in advance.

Address: 12 Holland Park Road, London, W14 8LZ

Places to Eat and Drink in Paddington

Paddington has a wide range of restaurants, with everything from casual Italian pizzerias and chic fine French restaurants to an authentic Ethiopian eatery and even an opera-and-dinner concept spot!

 

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Pearl Liang – Paddington | Image credits:- www.londonfoodfreak.com

 

Pearl Liang

Ignore the current Crossrail chaos and take a trip to Pearl Liang, a sophisticated Chinese restaurant on the lovely Sheldon Square. Serving up speciality dim sum and traditional dishes in a pretty dining room, it’s always packed full of locals who come for the delectable Peking duck and succulent steamed scallops.

Address: 8 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, London W2 6EZ
Phone: 020 7289 7000

Villa Rosa

Despite all the fabulous fine dining options across the city, sometimes all you want is a great pizza. When the craving hits head straight for Villa Rosa, a friendly Italian restaurant serving unpretentious pizzas, seafood and antipasti. Throw in a bottle of wine and you’ve got the ingredients for a great weekday dinner.

Address: 9 Craven Rd, London W2 3BP
Phone: 020 7402 2995

Angelus Restaurant

Book yourself into this Bathurst Street Brasserie for an unforgettable date night this summer filled with fabulous French dishes in a cosy dining room complete with chandeliers. Request a table tucked away in the corner of the Art Deco room and feast on gazpacho, guinea fowl and pan-fried Gigha halibut.

Address: 4 Bathurst St, London W2 2SD
Phone: 020 7402 0083

Queen of Sheba

Step away from your usual favourites and their Mediterranean menus and try something new at Queen of Sheba, an exotic Yemeni restaurant on Bouverie Place. Filled with Middle Eastern antiques and decorations, this family-run eatery is one of the best spots in London for trying authentic Yemeni cuisine such as Mandi Laham, Moutabal and Batata Harrra.

Address: 3-4 Bouverie Pl, London W2 1RE
Phone: 020 7402 6667

 

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Assaha – Paddington | Image credits:- www.timeout.com


Assaha

Transport yourself to a traditional Arabian house in Lebanon at this underground restaurant in Paddington, complete with stone walls, Lebanese decor and a mouthwatering menu of tabbuleh, grilled meats, mezze and falafel. You’re guaranteed to feel thousands of miles from London in this cavernous gem.

Address: 29-31 Craven Rd, London W2 3BX
Phone: 020 7402 4985

The Monkey Puzzle

Weekends in July call for long, lazy afternoons in a pub garden, and fortunately for residents of W2 The Monkey Puzzle on Southwick Street offers just that. They’ve also got a tasty Modern British gastropub menu with sharing boards, beer-battered fish and chips, mussels in white wine and much more.

Address: 30 Southwick St, London W2 1JQ
Phone: 020 7723 0143

Frontline

If you’re the type who likes to know where your food comes from (and no, ‘the kitchen’ doesn’t count), you’ll enjoy the ethos at Frontline, where almost all of the ingredients on the British menu come from the family’s own farm in Norfolk. The room is also fascinating, with photographs by brilliant photographers covering the walls and quick access to the Frontline Club, a long-standing journalist haven, next door.

Address: 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ
Phone: 020 7479 8950

Bel Canto

Prefer your dinner with a side portion of live opera? Bel Canto on Bayswater Road offers the best of both, with a menu of fine French cuisine including braised pork cheek, foie gras and chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream, as well as classically-trained ‘singing waiters’ who perform opera to a rapt dining room every fifteen minutes.

Address: 67 Bayswater Rd, London W2 3LG
Phone: 020 7262 1678

The Summerhouse

Seafood fans will adore this contemporary, light-filled restaurant on Union Canal with a large sun-trap terrace. Get a table outside on a sunny afternoon and enjoy dishes such as New England clam chowder, seared scallops, Canadian lobster and grilled swordfish while watching the canal boats drift by.

Address: Blomfield Rd, London W9 2PA
Phone: 020 7286 6752

The Village Organic Bakery Pizzeria

Pizzeria, bakery, cookery school, cafeteria and deli…is there anything this cute Paddington venue can’t do? With a dedication to organic produce and a relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfect place to pop in for a bite or brush up on your skills in the kitchen.

Address: 43-45 Porchester Rd, London W2 5DP
Phone: 020 7221 7787

Our favourite places to visit in St Johns Wood

The original London suburb, St John’s Wood has gone from being out in the sticks at the beginning of the 19th century to the heart of North West London as our fair capital continues to sprawl outwards. Fortunately, despite now being easily accessible from central London, NW8 retains a close village feel and sense of privacy which have caused everyone from Hollywood celebs to members of the glittering litterati to flock here.

It’s a top spot all year round but St John’s Wood really shines during the summer, with Regent’s Park nearby, great restaurants and pubs with al-fresco dining terraces and plenty of cultural activities to keep the local intellectuals stimulated until September at least. Grab your sunglasses and go get involved!

Food, wine and good times are easy to come by here, as independent boutiques such as The Winery and Panzers keep the neighbourhood stocked full of delicious dishes and quality wines, while classes at Triyoga will keep you fitting into your summer clothes after a few too many gluttonous dinner parties.

Ben Uri Gallery

Part of the London Jewish Museum of Art, the respected Ben Uri Gallery in St John’s Wood is dedicated to showcasing the work of artists of European Jewish descent from the 19th century to the present day. Along with an excellent permanent collection, they’re opening a special retrospective this July to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Ben Uri Art Society.

Address: 108A Boundary Rd, London NW8 0RH
Phone: 020 7604 3991

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Triyoga – St John’s Wood| Image credits:- www.triyoga.co.uk

Triyoga

It’s never too late to sort out that bikini body or embrace a more zen lifestyle, which is why we love this nearby branch of Triyoga. Book yourself in for a range of classes including yoga, pilates and barre instruction, or take a longer course if you’re feeling the need to kick-start a healthy lifestyle.

Address 57 Jamestown Road, Camden NW1 7DB
Phone: 020 7483 3344

The Winery

Pick up a few bottles of the good stuff while learning more about wonderful wine at The Winery on Clifton Road, who personally import all their bottles from around the world to ensure they’re selling only the finest, most expertly created wines from Rheingau to Rome. Check the website for details on regular tastings and wine courses too.

Address: 4 Clifton Rd, London W9 1SS
Phone: 020 7286 6475

Panzers

Don’t let the low-key exterior fool you – Panzers is renowned locally as the go-to grocery shop for finding the most unusual and specialist ingredients. Beloved by chefs and food industry professionals across London, they stock everything from rare veggies to niche foreign ingredients, and can help you source tricky foodstuffs too. Perfect for a summer dinner party or picnic with a twist.

Address: 13 – 19 Circus Rd, London NW8 6PB
Phone: 020 7722 8596

St Johns Wood Church Grounds

Formerly the graveyard for St John’s Wood Church, this pretty green spot is now a public park perfect for weekend picnics. It also has a rather fascinating history if you’re a fan of mysteries, being home to the grave of West Country prophetess Joanna Southcott, who left behind a box of prophecies following her death in 1814 which has never been found. Spooky!

Address: St John’s Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN
Phone: 020 7616 8500

 

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Upcoming Events this Summer in St John’s Wood

Inkeeping with the intellectual inhabitants of this lovely area, the summer schedule in St John’s Wood is packed full of cultural highlights at the Cockpit Theatre and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, although sports fans haven’t been forgotten with England v Australia Test Matches at Lords and even a Flying Trapeze School in nearby Regent’s Park!

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

Sunny evenings call for pub gardens and al-fresco culture, so if you’re fond of the theatre or outdoor film screenings make your way to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for a packed schedule of brilliant performances at sunset. Highlights this year include Anton Chekov’s The Seagull, screenings of Some Like It Hot and Jaws, and stand-up comedy from funny man Jimmy Carr.

Address: Inner Cir, Westminster NW1 4NU
Phone: 0844 826 4242

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Lords Cricket Ground – St John’s Wood | Image credits:- www.sms-environmental.co.uk

Test Matches at Lords

Cricket fans have got to take a trip to Lords Cricket Ground this summer, and among the many matches being played across July and August, we’ve got our eyes on tickets for the England v Australia 2nd Investec Ashes Test Match on July 16th – 20th. Come on England!

Address: St John’s Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN
Phone: 020 7616 8500

Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School

Ever fancied learning how to swing through the trees like a tropical primate? Now is your chance! Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School run lessons throughout the summer in Regent’s Park, teaching everyone from complete beginners to swinging experts how to travel through the air and perform a range of tricks. For a real zero-to-hero experience, sign up for the 4 week course – you’ll be king of the (tree) swingers in no time.

Address: Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR
Phone: 0203 287 7179

Cockpit Theatre

Originally opened in 1970, the Cockpit Theatre is a popular fringe theatre located on the southern edge of St John’s Wood. During the summer a range of productions for the Camden Fringe are being performed, as well as renowned Jazz In The Round nights, Grimm Tales, One-Act Plays from Noel Coward and much more, so there’s something to suit every taste.

Address: The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH
Phone: 020 7258 2925

Little Venice Cruise with Jason’s Trip

Forget the sweaty tube, sticky buses or always-delayed Overground and see London by boat instead, with one of the regular cruises down Regent’s Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock, taking in London Zoo and Lord Snowdon’s Aviary along the way. Jason’s Trip runs regular cruises on an 108 year old canal boat, and there’s even a live commentary about the history of the canal on the way.

 

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Places to Eat and Drink in St John’s Wood

Residents of this North London neighbourhood are spoilt for choice when it comes to drinking and dining options, with everything from Harry Morgan’s infamous salt beef bagels to fine dining and haute cuisine at Ozz Restaurant. Make sure you take a trip to Gelato Mio while the weather’s hot too!

Harry Morgan’s

A local institution since 1948 (!), Harry Morgan’s is infamous in North London for serving authentic New York deli-style kosher food. First timers should go for the meaty salt beef sandwich and the gooey Oreo cheesecake for dessert. Sunny day? Get your bagel to go and enjoy it in St John’s Wood Church Gardens instead – more on that below.

Address: 29-31 St John’s Wood High St, London NW8 7NH
Phone: 020 7722 1869

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Crockers Folly – St John’s Wood | Image credits:- www.hardens.com

Crockers Folly

This beautiful Grade II listed restaurant on Aberdeen is a true hidden gem, having only recently reopened following a ten year closure. Originally built in 1898 it was known for having beautiful fittings and marble interiors, and has been returned to its original glory as a pub, restaurant and cocktail bar full of archways, pillars and elaborate stucco. The food and drinks are pretty good too!

Address: 24 Aberdeen Pl, St Johns Wood, London NW8 8JR
Phone: 020 7289 9898

The Duke of York

Looking for a proper pub in St John’s Wood? Head on over to the Duke of York, a historic 19th century public house with great food, a relaxed atmosphere and traditional interiors. There are tables on the pavement outside for warmer days if you can manage to get one, and Mondays and Wednesdays are dedicated to burgers and steaks respectively, so we hope you like meat!

Address: 2 St Ann’s Terrace, London NW8 6PJ
Phone: 020 7722 1933

Richoux

French restaurant and coffee shop Richoux may sound straight out of Paris with pavement seating, and a simple, classy interior, but the menu is all-English with a host of traditional dishes and all-time favourites such as shepherds pie, fish and chips and an elegant afternoon tea offering. Come for the afternoon scones or sit on the terrace with a full English breakfast on a hot July morning. Bliss!

Address: 3 Circus Rd, London NW8 6NX
Phone: 020 7483 4001

The Rotisserie

A must-visit for dedicated carnivores, The Rotisserie on Allitsen Road serves up a mouthwatering menu of grilled meats in a stylish contemporary setting, complete with NYC-style exposed brick walls and stripped wood floors. Indulge in various steak cuts, lamb chops, beef ribs or even Barbary duck during the week, while weekends call for the infamous roast dinner with a choice of starters followed by a meaty main.

Address: 87 Allitsen Rd, London NW8 7AS
Phone: 020 7722 7444

The Salt House

This gorgeous gastropub is just the ticket for warm evenings and sun-drenched Sundays, with a big dining room full of antique furniture and a large outdoor terrace complete with awning in case of summer storms. The all day menu is filled with relaxed sandwiches, while the mains include IPA battered haddock and chips, Salt House cheeseburger and roasted lamb neck fillet.

Address: 63 Abbey Rd, London NW8 0AE
Phone: 020 7328 6626

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Gelato – St John’s Wood | Image credits:- www.thoughtsinlittleboxes.wordpress.com

Gelato Mio

Craving a cooling ice cream? Forget about getting a soggy Magnum from the corner shop and take a trip to Gelato Mio instead, which serves delectable homemade Italian gelato in a cool, colourful cafe. All the usual flavours are on offer as well as some more unusual offerings such as After Eight and Chocolate Orange, or go all out and order The Goblet, a waffle cone bowl filled with a variety of treats including gelato, chocolate, sauces, flakes, and more!

Address: 138 St John’s Wood High St, London NW8 7SE
Phone: 020 0011 3889

Raoul’s

Combining a gourmet delicatessen and a Modern European restaurant, Raoul’s has casual dining in St John’s Wood covered. With dedicated breakfast, lunch and evening menus you can enjoy relaxed food such as mezze platters, Italian handmade ravioli, and chargrilled spiced lamb chops, or pick up a few cheeses and freshly prepared salads to enjoy in the garden at home.

Address: 8 Clifton Rd, London W9 1SS
Phone: 020 7289 6649

Ozz Restaurant

If you’re a fan of innovative dining experiences à la Heston and co. then it’s time to add Ozz Restaurant on Lisson Grove to the top of your list, which has recently been named as one of the best French restaurants in London. Serving up delectable food in a sophisticated setting, Ozz specialises in using locally sourced food whenever possible. For a truly mouthwatering experience, try the epic 9 course Tasting Menu (with paired wines), but remember to pace yourself!

Address: 41-43 Lisson Grove, London NW1 6UB
Phone: 020 7724 6764

 

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Our favourite places to visit in and around South Kensington

Combining world-class museums, a booming French community and a lot of stunning architecture, South Kensington can sometimes feel like a miniature Paris in the heart of West London. With the buttery croissants of Bute Street and top Lycée schools it is clear France has had an effect on the local restaurants, which have been upping their game and revamping menus ever since.

Summer in South Ken can feel a little empty as residents flee London for the South of France, but don’t think there isn’t enough to keep you entertained for a ‘staycation’ – the Museum District is living up to its name with plenty of exciting new exhibitions, BBC Proms in the Park is on the way, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants waiting to be tried.

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South Kensington | Image credits:- www.spareroom.co.uk

Take time this July and August to visit all the nearby attractions you always intended to visit but never made it to, such as the Museum of Brands, the chic French Cine Lumiere and the spooky-yet-beautiful Brompton Cemetery, before everyone else comes back and clogs up the queues!

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

One of London’s most unique and fascinating museums, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising explores the history of consumer culture over the last few centuries, beginning with Victorian products, posters and everyday items and travelling through time to the present day. While tracing the history of advertising they also reflect on the effect of female emancipation, two world wars and changes in transportation, media and shopping habits. You’ll never look at a branded box of cereal the same way again!

Address: 2 Colville Mews, London, UK W11 2AR
Phone: 020 7908 0880

Cine Lumiere

Part of the Institut Français, Cine Lumiere is dedicated to bringing fine French and Francophone films to the UK. With a cool Art Deco interior and a screening list packed with new releases and classics, give the local Odeon a miss and embrace the arthouse world of French cinema instead.

Address: 17 Queensberry Pl, London SW7 2DT
Phone: 020 7871 3515

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Diana Memorial Playground – South Kensington| Image credits:- www.royalparks.org.uk

Diana Memorial Playground

Created in 2000 in memory of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, the Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens is a brilliant and imaginative place of children to play and explore. With a giant pirate ship in the centre, a sensory trail, teepes, a beach and even an area for less able-bodied children, it’s the perfect place to take the kids on a sunny afternoon.

Address: London W2 2UH
Phone: 0300 061 2000

Brompton Cemetery

Visiting a cemetery may sound a little morbid, but Brompton Cemetery is no ordinary place of interrment. One of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’, it’s a Grade I listed Victorian site full of historic monuments, wildlife, trees and plenty of stories about the interesting people buried here. Take the time to explore yourself, or sign up for one of the many guided tours to get the whole story.

Address: The Royal Parks, Chapel Office, Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Rd, London SW10 9UG
Phone: 020 7352 1201

 

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Upcoming Events this Summer in and around South Kensington

High-end summer entertainment options are a dime a dozen in South Kensington this year, with the outdoor opera returning to nearby Holland Park, a diverse new exhibition at the V&A, and even a brilliant butterfly marquee popping up at the Natural History Museum for adults and children alike.

Opera Holland Park

With the peacocks roaming the ground and the sun setting behind the romantic ruins of Holland House, we can’t think of a more atmospheric spot to enjoy an outdoor opera this summer. The renowned Opera Holland Park is held in an elegant marquee auditorium for the ultimate in al-fresco sophistication, and performances this year include Aida, Flight and Il trittico.

Address: Stable Yard, Holland Park, London W8 6LU
Phone: 0300 999 1000

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the V&A

The V & A Museum are renowned for having diverse and interesting exhibitions, and this latest one is no exception. Shoes: Pleasure and Pain focuses on the history of footwear from around the globe with everything from Ancient Egyptian sandals decorated in pure gold leaf to modern stilettos by well-known designers. This isn’t just about fashion though – the purpose of the exhibition is to explore the cultural significance of footwear and how it reflected changing times and attitudes. Definitely worth a visit.

Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Phone: 020 7942 2000

BBC Proms in the Park

It may not be on until early September, but get your tickets now for BBC Proms in the Park as this popular musical event is sure to be packed. Presented by Tony Blackburn, this year sees special guests including soprano Danielle de Niese, tenor Russell Watson and even the cast of Memphis the Musical, as well as Proms stalwarts such as the BBC Concert Orchestra and host Sir Terry Wogan.

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National Histopry Museum – South Kensington | Image credits:- www.zimbio.com

Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum

For the seventh year running, the Natural History Museum have set up a tropical butterfly house on the lawn of the museum filled with beautiful butterflies from around the world, as well as some vey impatient caterpillars. If you’re lucky, you might even bump into the adorable Prince George too – he celebrated his first birthday here!

Address: Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
Phone: 020 7942 5000

 

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Places to Eat and Drink in South Kensington

South Kensington has long held a reputation for fine dining with restaurants such as Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens and Conran’s Bibendum, but in recent years they’ve embraced all sorts of eateries including Spanish, French and Italian as well as a few well-chosen gourmet gastropubs, so every craving from ciabatta sandwich to carpaccio is covered.

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Pavilion – South Kensington | Image credits:- www.telegraph.co.uk

Pavilion

It may be part of a very exclusive members club, but fortunately the team behind Pavilion have been kind enough to open this sophisticated restaurant to Joe Public too. With a central marble bar and Art Deco features it feels like stepping into The Great Gatsby, while Head Chef Adam Simmonds (formerly of Michelin-Starred Danesfield House) serves up fine Modern British food such as guinea fowl, scallops and steaks.

Address: 96 Kensington High St, London W8 4SG
Phone: 020 7221 2000

Bumpkin

Friendly and welcoming, rustic neighbourhood restaurant Bumpkin is known for their organic ethos, locally sourced ingredients and sustainable attitude to delicious British dishes. While lunch and dinner are lovely, we particularly recommend the breakfast options of Eggs Benedict, homemade Bumpkin Granola and Eggs Montagu. Grab a table in the corner and enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch with the papers.
Address: 102 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3RD
Phone: 020 7341 0802

Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens

It’s nearly impossible to live in Kensington and not have taken a visit to Kensington Roof Gardens, even if just to enjoy the beautiful themed gardens and expansive views across London. Plan to stay for dinner or drinks at Babylon on your next visit though, where you can properly soak up the sights with delicious contemporary British dishes and high-end cocktails.

Address: 99 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA
Phone: 020 7368 3993

Daphne’s

Everyone needs a trustworthy local Italian restaurant, and Daphne’s on Draycott Avenue fits the bill perfectly. A Kensington favourite for over two decades, this elegant restaurant is a must-visit for any fans of proper Italian cuisine such as pappardelle with wild boar ragu, crab linguine and grilled squid.
Address; 112 Draycott Ave, London SW3 3AE
Phone: 020 7589 4257

La Cave a Fromage

What did the the cheese say to itself when it looked in the mirror? Hallou-mi! If you’re keen on this delicious dairy product then head over to La Cave a Fromage pronto, where you can buy the best French and British cheeses from the passionate team at this wonderful shop-cafe. The small seating area means you can relax enjoy the ultimate trio (cheese, bread and wine) within the shop, and they hold regular tasting events too.

Address: 148 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DZ
Phone: 020 7221 1000

Bibendum

With an address such as Michelin House, you can expect high prices and haute-cuisine at Bibendum, which is also the first Conran restaurant to exist in London having opened near 30 years ago. The stained glass windows add another level of reverence to the food, which is largely French with a contemporary twist, and make it ideal for a very special occasion.

Address: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, London SW3 6RD
Phone: 020 7581 5817

Cambio de Tercio

Take a trip to Spain without leaving South West London at this authentic tapas restaurant filled with dramatic art and warm, yellow-walled rooms. For the ultimate experience, come with a large group so you can try most of the menu – the Spanish omelette, gazpacho soup and veal cheeks are not to be missed.
Address: 163 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 0LJ
020 7244 8970

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Barts Bar – South Kensington | Image credits:- www.barts-london.com

Barts Bar

Searching for a secluded nightcap spot? Barts Bar may be the worst kept secret in this pocket of London, but it’s still one of the best spots for a quiet drink in luxury surroundings. Hidden behind an unmarked door in Chelsea Cloisters, this speakeasy-style bar serves up potent cocktails and even has a dressing up box for raucous weekend nights.

Address: Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DW
Phone: 020 7581 3355

The Anglesea Arms

Once a Georgian Market Garden, there’s may no longer be vegetables growing at this site on Selwood Terrace, but the great outdoors are still strongly represented at the Anglesea Arms with an expansive terrace area at the front of the pub. Sit outside in the sun and feast on proper pub classics and local beers or make your way into the restaurant for more high-end seasonal dishes.

Address: 15 Selwood Terrace, South Kensington, London SW7 3QG
Phone: 020 7373 7960

 

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Places to Eat and Drink in Chelsea

Chelsea has a vibrant food and drink scene with a range of new restaurants and old favourites perfect for a date night dinner, casual lunch or relaxing weekend brunch. With many Parisian-style brasseries catering to the large French population, a number of champagne and cocktail bars and some innovative additions, you can get everything from a big juicy burger to Escargots à la Bourguignonne in Chelsea. Bon appétit!

Bluebird - Chelsea | Image credits:- www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Bluebird – Chelsea | Image credits:- www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Bluebird

A veritable West London institution, Bluebird is the go-to King’s Road venue for after work cocktails, European dishes and a glass of wine on the sunny outdoor terrace. Located in the heart of the shopping quarter makes it ideal for a mid-shop lunch, although the champagne afternoon tea may lead to more impulse buys than originally intended!

Address: 350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU
Phone: 020 7559 1000

Amuse Bouche

Just down the road in pretty Parsons Green, a visit to this renowned champagne bar is a wonderful excuse to indulge in a glass (or bottle) of the bubbly stuff. The small interior means booking is recommended on weekend evenings, though you can always prop up the bar while enjoying their live music sets too.

Address: 51 Parsons Green Ln, London SW6 4JA
Phone: 020 7371 8517

The Botanist

Smack bang in the centre of the action on Sloane Square, Modern British brasserie-style restaurant The Botanist is popular all day long for their tasty breakfast menu (we recommend the buttermilk pancakes with smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup), and sophisticated lunch and dinner dishes such as grilled lobster and wild Suffolk venison. The cocktail list is also worth a try.

Address: 7 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EE
Phone: 020 7730 0077

Big Easy

Despite all the exclusive fine dining options in Chelsea, sometimes all you want is some hearty, belly-busting American food. When this mood strikes head to Big Easy on the King’s Road, for big burgers, BBQ’d pork ribs, jumbo shrimp and lobster bake. Make sure you arrive with a hefty appetite.

Address: 332-334 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UR
Phone: 020 7352 4071

Cheyne Walk Brasserie

A proper slice of Provence in the heart of Chelsea, the Cheyne Walk Brasserie is beloved by locals and tourists alike, who flock here to enjoy French fare in a sunny dining room with river views. Perfect for a romantic date, the menu is packed with great Gallic dishes including frogs legs, escargot, beef tartare and steak, plus the wine list is pretty comprehensive. Come on a Sunday or a Monday evening for 30% off the bill too.

Address: 50 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LR
Phone: 020 7376 8787

Geales

A must-visit for any proper fans of fish n’ chips, Geales on Cale Road follows on from the Notting Hill original by serving up a mouthwatering selection of seafood at this upmarket restaurant. Start your meal with homemade fishcakes, mussels in cider or Whitby Bay shellfish soup and continue with their famous beer-battered cod or haddock with chunky chips and perfectly mushy peas. What’s more, on Wednesdays they do a deal with mussels, chips and a bottle of ale for just £12.50. Bargain!

Address: 1 Cale St, London SW3 3QT
Phone: 020 7965 0555

Rabbit - Chelsea | Image credits:- www.now-here-this.timeout.com

Rabbit – Chelsea | Image credits:- www.now-here-this.timeout.com

Rabbit

The second London outpost from the Gladwin Brothers (who also run The Shed in Notting Hill), rustic Rabbit restaurant sticks to the same sustainable ethos as the original, focusing on British and foraged ingredients from the family farm in Sussex. The food has won over even the harshest of critics, and with dishes such as kohlrabi carpaccio and raw scallops with black summer truffle on the menu it isn’t so hard to see why.

Address: 172 King’s Road, London SW3 4UP
Phone: 020 3750 0172

Kurobuta

Originally a temporary pop up version of the Kurobuta in Marble Arch, this trendy Japanese restaurant proved so popular in Chelsea that it moved to a permanent site in April 2015. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength with crowd-pleasing Japanese dishes including sushi, sashimi, steamed buns and much more.

Address: 312 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UH
Phone: 020 3475 4158

Colbert

Across the road from The Botanist on Sloane Square, the venerable Chelsea restaurant Colbert feels almost as old as the area itself. Decorated in the classic Parisian brasserie style with a section of good people-watching tables on the pavement outside, it’s the ideal place to enjoy a Croque Monsieur from the all-day menu while sipping a Kir Royale and seeing the world go by.

Address: 50-52 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AX
Phone: 020 7730 2804

 

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