Getting lost in Holland Park’s Japanese gardens is already an escape, but it doesn’t involve food or drinks, so we can’t really list it here. But stumbling upon Belvedere in Holland Park takes it up a couple of notches. It’s an old restaurant and ballroom that dates back to the 17th century, and has a faded grandeur that reminds us of the dance hall from Beauty and the Beast and a real-life Hotel California. The French and Italian food is tasty (though it can feel like you’re eating in a posh restaurant, circa 1994), and even though it’s quiet much of the time, having lunch on its outdoor terrace that overlooks the garden is a peaceful way to escape for a few hours.
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Bone Daddies High St. Kensington
Bone Daddies has brought ramen to High Street Kensington, with this location atop a Whole Foods. Hit it for an excellent bowl of noodles.
Daylesford Organic is an all-day café, farm shop and restaurant at Brompton Cross that serves pizzas, salads, and surprisingly hearty mains.
Maggie Jones’s is a romantic, character-filled restaurant off Kensington High Street, serving a menu of excellent quality British food.
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Luca is one of those restaurants that just makes you feel good. The Italian food is some of the best in London, and it has a warm, upscale vibe.
Burro e Salvia
Burro e Salvia, in Shoreditch is a small Italian restaurant that makes excellent daily fresh made pasta and updates their pasta menu monthly.
The River Café
The River Café is a long standing classic London restaurant that literally wrote the book on tasteful, authentic Italian food.
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