Going to London’s museums and galleries 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 the paleozoic era and the precambrian. 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, and Google whether that painting you saw was of a fruit basket or a parrot. These are the best spots to hit after spending a few hours at the museums around South Kensington.
Ceru is a cheerful Levantine restaurant with a long menu that you should approach as more of a checklist. Sure, you might doubt whether you can fit in karides, houmous, hamara, a feta salad, zucchini fritters, merguez chicken, and a whole lamb shoulder all in one sitting, but please know that we’re rooting for you. And your stomach capacity. But whatever you do, don’t skip the houmous here as it’s some of the best in town. It’s also worth noting that they do £11 big lunch platters that are guaranteed to arrive within 20 minutes, which is perfect if you’re looking for a great, quick bite between museums.
We don’t know who Muriel is, but we imagine she bakes fresh fruit scones daily, exclusively wears Cath Kidston prints, and refers to everyone she knows as ‘lovely’. This all-day bistro has got you covered whether you’re after banana and ricotta pancakes at 8am, or afternoon scones between museums. It also works just as well for a takeout coffee as for a sit-down situation.
Yashin Ocean House is a sophisticated Japanese spot that has more theatre than an exhibition on Shakespeare. The tuna comes with truffle. The sashimi comes covered in caviar. And there’s a giant horse in the dining room that also happens to be a lamp. Although a meal here can set you back a couple of hundred pounds, it’s worth it for all of the dry ice, beautiful counter seating, and some of the best sushi in London.