The Ivy Kensington Brasserie opened in December 2015 offering all-day dining and a long cocktail list a mere stone’s throw from Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. The original Ivy restaurant is synonymous with sightings of a high-waisted Simon Cowell exiting with his celebrity friends but don’t let that put you off their new offering. Since opening in various other locations around London, Richard Caring’s high-end chain of restaurants has taken on a more relaxed, altogether preferable vibe with sparkling service and a menu that caters for all. Boasting fantastic people watching and exquisite service we’d take Mum along for lunch. It’s a menu that caters for the ‘lady that lunches’ vibe.
Seared scallop starters, lemon sole and their famed shepherd’s pie made with braised lamb shoulder are reason enough to keep returning, always reliably excellent. We loved the vibe here though for a weekend brunch (served until 11:30); avocado and spinach Benedict, truffled eggs and a vegetarian take on a full English packed with grilled halloumi and avocado make it an excellent base for a Saturday morning.
With a newly-opened terrace for the summer months, ensure you get a table in the sun for a glass or two of rosé. The South of France has never has felt so close.