Restaurants in the Kensington and Earls Court Area. The prices are estimated by contributors and meant only as a guide.

Budget = under £15 (per person, food only)
Moderate = £15-30
Splurge = above £30 per person


Dana Café - (Gloucester Road / South Kensington tube) The Dana Centre, 165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington
A small map and detailed bus info can be found here:
Amazingly reasonable café downstairs in The Dana Centre, at the back of the Science Museum. No atmosphere to speak of, but the food is good, and available at a gentle price. Lunch served from 11am, and 'light bites' are available as well. Open 10:00-18:00.

Giraffe - (High Street Kensington tube) 7 Kensington High Street
Highly recommended chain restaurant. Set dinner also comes into 'budget' category. Brunch (till 4pm) also highly recommended.

Dinos - (Gloucester Road tube) just down Gloucester Road (direction of Thames, opposite side of th street from the Tube on the corner)
Good and cheap £5-6 English Breakfasts.

Cafe Creperie de Hampstead - (South Kensington tube) 2 Exhibition Road, London SW7 2HF
To die for crepes. Try anything with Belgian chocolate. The 'flagship' outlet is on a trailer just outside Hamstead tube station.

The Good Earth - 233 Brompton St.
Chinese near the V & A.


Orsini's - (South Kensington tube) 8a Thurloe Place. Opposite the V&A Museum at (just a few doors up from the Rembrandt Hotel).
Getting there: A 5-minute walk from the South Kensington tube. Buses C1, 14, 74, & 414 stop in front.
Authentic Italian food in a small restaurant owned by a young family from Sicily. Salads, panini, risotto, pasta, and meat dishes. The owner's mother bakes the desserts, so save room. Non-smoking downstairs; smoking permitted upstairs.
Main courses are under £10, but a glass of wine, side dish, dessert, and/or coffee will bring you nearer the £20pp mark.


Sticky Fingers - (High Street Kensington tube) 1a Phillimore Gardens, London W8 7EG
Just off the north side of Kensington High Street, approx 500 yards west of Kensington High St Tube.
Close to: Kensington High Street, Kensington Palace and gardens (15 to 20 min walk).
Tasty American/European menus with Rolling Stones' memorabilia thrown in for good measure, a feast for the eyes and stomach. Hard Rock Cafe style restaurant owned by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones. A Relaxed, fun atmosphere. Dinner reservations not always required but suggest you make them anyway. Oh, and Bill has been known to drop in occasionally!
Menu prices are moderate (average £15 per head) but alcoholic drinks can bump the bill up into 'splurge' category! (map on site)

Carluccio's - (South Kensington tube) One Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3HZ
Lovely Italian chain.

Hugo's - (South Kensington tube), 51 Prince's Gate, London, SW7 2PH, 020 7596 4006
Very good restaurant using organic ingredients whenever possible. Excellent breakfasts, and consistently good main courses for lunch. Service can be very leisurely, however. Owing to its proximity to the museums and several major universities, booking at lunch is highly advisable - it can be completely booked up, especially around May/June when students and their parents celebrate graduation.


Clarke's, (Notting Hill Gate tube), 124 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BH
Excellent food using only the finest ingredients. A treat for lunch or dinner, but particularly good value for lunch. It used to be that there was only one menu choice for dinner, but Sally Clarke has changed her policy, and the website states, "After 21 years of offering a no choice 4 course dinner menu, Sally has decided that she has now “proved her point” and is ready for a change - she now offers a choice of dishes in the evenings." Menus for each week can be found at: