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.
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.
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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The River Café
The River Café is a long standing classic London restaurant that literally wrote the book on tasteful, authentic Italian food.
Quartieri is an excellent Naples-style pizza in Kilburn, with a spicy diavola pizza that you definitely need to try.
Padella serves brilliant, freshly made pasta at very good prices. If you’re in London Bridge or Borough Market, make this a part of your plan.
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