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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Yashin Sushi is an excellent, creative, and modern sushi restaurant with an ever-changing list of unusual and seasonal ingredients.
Daylesford Organic is an all-day café, farm shop and restaurant at Brompton Cross that serves pizzas, salads, and surprisingly hearty mains.
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.
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Ciao Bella in Bloomsbury is an old school Italian restaurant where the spaghetti doesn’t matter as much as the story you’re listening to.
Originally from Copenhagen, Mother is a pizzeria located in the railway arches of the new Battersea Power Station development.
Officina 00 is a super-useful Old Street restaurant with a cool, laidback feel, serving affordable handmade pastas.
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