A visit to The Design Museum is one of the best ways to spend a day in this city. But, it’s also a lot of effort. There’s all that standing, the countless thoughtful head tilts, and the anxiety of pretending you know the difference between Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. That’s why it’s important to go to the right restaurants that are not only nearby, but where you can sit down, relax, refuel. These are the best spots to hit after spending a few hours on Kensington High Street.
Maggie Jones’s is about as close you can get to being a museum whilst still being a restaurant. Open for over 40 years, it’s full of old knick-knacks, portraits of dead people, and has a history involving the royal family, but that doesn’t mean it’s stuffy. This place serves some truly excellent British food, fresh game, and an apple crumble we regularly contemplate writing love letters to. Whether you come by for lunch or a full-blown romantic candlelit dinner, their fish pie will never let you down.
Dishoom is the kind of restaurant that works for a lot of occasions, and that includes group hangs, date nights, and yes, sorting out a serious lamb chop craving after a trip to the Design Museum. Their huge all-day Kensington spot looks a lot like a grand train station with big red booths and old school Bombay portraits on the walls. You can expect dishes like prawn koliwada, paneer pineapple tikka, and slow-cooked biryanis. You can also expect queues, but there is a prohibition-style cocktail bar where you can wait with one of their martinis.