Chelsea’s all about nice places to sit, and the area isn’t lacking for them. The Ivy’s SW3 outpost is a bit less rah, and a bit plusher than the average (which is to say then, really quite classy) but it really comes into its own when the weather warms up and sun comes out - their garden at the back is pretty damn lovely. The brasserie-type food is totally forgettable - you’ll struggle to remember what you ate immediately after your waiter clears your plate away, but as a functional spot for things like meeting your interior designer / spiritual guru, it does the job in style.
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Daylesford Organic is an all-day café, farm shop and restaurant at Brompton Cross that serves pizzas, salads, and surprisingly hearty mains.
A solid standby for catching up with friends or pregaming, Beaufort House in Chelsea is also a good place to get some work done during the day.
The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys is a nice Chelsea gastro-pub opposite the Thames serving up some decent and some not so decent food.
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The Gun is an old boozer in Hackney that's been spruced up and now does a great tarted up roast.
St. John Bar And Restaurant
St. John in Clerkenwell is a special place. It’s often referred to as an institution. And having a meal here is one of the best things you can do.
Bergen House is a neighbourhood bar on Newington Green serving a selection of modern sharing plates and a pretty good steak.
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J Sheekey is a classic West End post-theatre hang where you might spot a celebrity and will be guaranteed to have a great meal.
The Ivy Restaurant
You might come to The Ivy Covent Garden to see Kate Moss, but the experience is more than that - come for service, ambience, and nice food.
Chelsea restaurant Elystan Street does very good French and Italian fine dining in relaxed surroundings.
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