Finding a great place to eat in Kensington isn’t always easy. Finding a great place with a patio or terrace is even less so. But there are a handful of spots that are not only dependable, but that also have outdoor seating. Here’s our guide to knowing where to go, whether you want caviar sushi or a £10 pizza.
Da Mario in Kensington is a big cheesy grin of a restaurant that we absolutely adore. Pizza, huge bowls of steaming pasta, and an absolutely unmissable tiramisu, are all even better on one of the tables on their corner terrace.
This converted stables in South Kensington is a great spot for a small group meal or a fun date. There are tapas options, as well as lamb, pork, and beef chargrilled on the robata. We tend to go for their sushi. It’s served without soy sauce. Instead, each piece of fish is topped with something that enhances its natural flavours, like a sliver of truffle, or a tiny mound of caviar.
The outdoor seating at The Builder’s Arms makes it perfect for summer days and drunken evenings. And it’s just one of the things that makes this such a great pub. They also have a pretty exciting menu of updated British classics that all come in at under twenty quid, a hefty wine list, and local craft beer tap takeovers.
Ceru is one of the sunniest restaurants in this part of town, and along with the modern Levantine dishes, their new and expanded -for-2020 al fresco dining area gives this South Ken spot proper vacay feels. The all-day menu is full of seafood, fritters, halloumi and spiced meats. Basically, if it goes with mint yoghurt, it’s on the menu.
The terrace at Le Petit Sud might not be the spot for fine dining and mind-blowing French food, but it is the spot for making your way through the wine list and eating excellent charcuterie on a romantic first date.
Brindisa in South Kensington really comes into its own when the sun is out, the windows are open, and the outside seating is laid out. The usual standard tapas classics are all on the menu, so if you’re in need of a half-decent meal near the museums, this isn’t a bad shout.
Melabes only have a couple of tables outside, but grabbing one of them when the sun is shining would not be a mistake. Their huge Mediterranean menu has everything from salads, to a schnitzel pita that is a true feat of engineering. But the small plates. Oh, the small plates. The hummus with pita ‘small plate’ (lies), is basically a creamy chickpea pond. With every new dish, another gravy boat of greek yoghurt or aioli will appear with it. This is the perfect spot to share a beer with a friend.