Hugging the River Thames, the chic Chelsea area of West London is one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods in the capital. The affluent area is famed for its designer boutiques and fine dining along the busy King’s Road. We’ve picked 10 of our favourite Chelsea restaurants serving a world of culinary treats.
This farm-to-fork neighbourhood restaurant is geared for the eco-conscious diner who knows that good food is all about high-quality, no-fuss ingredients. Rabbit aims to take the flavours of the English countryside and firmly transplant them to Chelsea’s famous King’s Road. This is wholesome, zero-waste dining with a focus on seasonal produce that is foraged or locally grown. All the livestock comes from the family farm in West Sussex, and their delicious small plates can be washed down with a glass of English wine from their own vineyard, Nutbourne. Don’t miss the Sunday roast or eight-course “Local and Wild” tasting menu.
Found just a few minutes’ walk from Sloane Square, along Sydney Street, this restaurant and bar take inspiration from the English country garden. Stanley’s features a charming inner courtyard, timber-clad outdoor booths and an orangery where guests can eat, drink and relax. Dine on a feast of delicious seasonal plates like Trombetta Courgette with lemon and ricotta or whole grilled sea bream, ending with mouth-watering desserts. Pair with the Stanley’s Elderflower Collins (or one of their healthy fresh-pressed juices) to transport yourself into your own English garden sanctuary.
Daylesford is the heavyweight of the locally sourced, seasonally produced, organic farm shops. This where quality organic produce meets with a bright café, serving from breakfast through to supper. Their Sloane Avenue store is one of several of their London establishments, and their menu is inspired by the rhythm of the seasons. The produce, grown on their organic farms, aims to inspire us to live in balance with nature — and it tastes good, too.
A stalwart on the Chelsea restaurant scene, The Ivy Chelsea Garden is hard to miss on the King’s Road — it’s seasonally decorated in swaths of foliage that welcome guests into its Art Deco-inspired space. Think bright, think colourful and think tasty. The Ivy serves from breakfast to dinner, offering everything from modern British cuisine to café favourites. Their rear garden is a sanctuary on sunny days, whilst the orangery and lounge bar complete the lineup.
Moving away from the English garden-inspired establishments and jumping straight into the world of Japanese izakayas (which translates to stay-drink-place), Kurobuta serves tapas-style plates whilst you enjoy a casual drink with friends. Feast on mouth-watering selections — from Bao buns and sushi rolls to classic street food and Japanese salads.
Claude Bosi at Bibendum
Located in the iconic Michelin House on the Fulham Road, Claude Bosi at Bibendum has become one of Chelsea’s most iconic restaurants. Who could miss the huge stained glass windows depicting Bibendum, commonly known as the Michelin Man? And who would want to miss French cuisine that has earned the restaurant two Michelin stars? The ground floor Oyster Bar serves lunch and dinner, and the signature restaurant offers an array of specialties, including the 10-course taster menu said to be amongst the most inventive in London.
When a restaurant’s motto is “Great food, great drinks and great fun” you know you’re in for a good time. Sophie’s Steakhouse is where meat and martini lovers can rejoice, as the place is famed for its 10-ounce martinis, and their meat is sourced from British suppliers before being dry-aged for one month in house. If you’re not craving steak, opt for a hearty bowl of Moules Marinière or the superfood salad.
Chic Chucs Cafe serves all day, making it a great option whether you’re catching up with friends or enjoying a romantic dinner. Start the day with a hearty breakfast bowl, or get transported to Italy for lunch and dinner, thanks to a feast of pizza, pasta and rice options.
Born out of a love of Tuscan-style dining and cuisine, Riccardo’s focuses on the premise that each guest should try a little bit of everything. Small, starter-size dishes form the menu, created from authentic Italian recipes — some passed down for generations.
Transport yourself to the Mediterranean thanks to the ingredients and flavours at Wild Tavern. The menu offers options from both land and sea, plus homemade pasta. End the meal with an amazing dessert or an espresso martini.
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