Mar 04, 2022
Guests are spoiled for choice when staying at Park International. We are lucky to have some of the best restaurants in London in our part of town, with something for everyone, no matter what you’re in the mood for.
Are you looking to tickle your taste buds or have a culinary experience in the heart of Kensington? Here are some of our favourite eateries in the area.
More information on some of our favourite restaurants in Kensington:
Right across the road from our front door, this unassuming restaurant has something special inside. If you’ve never had Lebanese cuisine before, Baalbakis will definitely be an eye-opener.
Fantastic French restaurants are few and far between in London, so it’s lucky for us that Margaux is only 470m away. They usually stay open until 11 pm at night; great for when you are looking for a late dinner.
Take a right then a left outside the front doors. Walk along Launceston Place until you get to the aptly named Launceston Place. This is what fine dining in London should be, with modern British dishes and a fantastic lunch a la carte menu.
Reservation is a must.
Find an Italian restaurant that evokes the sense of an authentic trattoria, and you know you’re going to have a great meal. Da Mario has been keeping things simple since 1972, and you’ll see from the second you walk up the named tiles on the steps that it’s quite a spot.
It can get incredibly busy around lunch, especially for tourist groups, so best to book a table for dinner and get ready for an Italian feast.
You’ll never have had Polish food in a setting like this. Ognisko is a bright and airy restaurant with a focus on Polish and Baltic cuisine.
In the summer months, it’s a must to book a table for the outside patio for lunch. Even if you don’t know what the name of the dish on the menu means, taking a gamble will result in a great dining experience.
An upscale Italian eatery known for their focus on seasonal dishes. It’s been a mainstay in the Kensington area since opening in 1964, with a recent facelift that has seen a new bar open and vintage Italian Murano glass chandeliers in the main restaurant.
If you were looking for a first-class restaurant experience for a group, booking into their Conservatory room is a must.
Not to be confused with El Gaucho beside South Kensington tube station, Gaucho Sloane Avenue is where anyone looking for a perfectly cooked steak will want to go. As one of twelve Gaucho restaurants in London, it’s an extremely popular chain.
Their Electro Brunch Feast is one of the best brunch experiences in the area.
Like having a little sherry with dinner? Then how does a menu of 125 sherries sound?
Capote Y Toros advertises itself as a ham & sherry bar with a diverse tapas menu and one of the most comprehensive wine lists you’ve ever seen.
If you think Japanese cuisine is all about sushi, think again. Zuma is one of the highest-rated restaurants in the area, known for its informal dining style (known as izakaya) in a very trendy setting.
It gets incredibly busy in the evenings, so booking is advised.
Less big plates of pasta and more elegantly arranged dishes packed full of flavour, Osteria Romana focuses on an often underlooked area of Italian cuisine: Rome.
Much of the food is genuinely imported from markets in Rome every week, bringing a level of luxury that other Italian restaurants in the area can’t match.
Upending the usual experience of going out for an Indian, expect marble tabletops, small plates, quality cocktails and a focus on presentation. Dishoom is great for an informal meal in a trendy setting, with their vegan naan roll a popular dish.
Any Italian restaurant that lets you know their pizza dough rests for at least 48 hours is a restaurant that knows their stuff.
When you’re in a pinch for where to eat and prefer supporting a local restaurant over a chain, San Pietro makes for a quaint dinner option.
Speaking of pizza, a thriving local chain with a focus on sourdough, Franco Manca is always a great shout for a quick lunch option. Their location just a few streets away is always guaranteed to satisfy. Just make sure to get one of their plant base starters to taste how good the dough is.
You don’t need to venture outside to find a great meal with what’s on offer right here at Park International. Guests can choose from:
Open from 12 pm to 10 pm, Checkmate is where you’ll find a fantastic menu with a focus on Thai cuisine. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or want a dinner full of flavour, there’s always a table waiting here for you.
The bar area also runs a happy hour and cocktail deals throughout the day.
Served from 1 pm to 5 pm, book in for an authentic afternoon tea experience in Kensington. Expect finger sandwiches, cakes and plenty of clotted cream.
Looking for somewhere to grab a drink before you go for dinner? Avoid hopping around Kensington to find a bar with the piano bar takeover in Checkmate every Thursday and Friday from 7 pm.
Treat yourself without even leaving your suite. We offer room service 24 hours a day with three special menus. Traditional room service is offered around the clock. From 5 pm to 9:45 pm, guests can order select Thai dishes that are made fresh in the Checkmate restaurant. From 11 pm to 5 am, a nighttime menu is in place.
Never been in the area and looking for something fun to do? Take a look at our pick of the best attractions in Kensington, including world-famous Harrod’s and the V&A Museum.