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#5,897 of 17,513 Restaurants in London
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European, British, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Breakfast
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Reviewed 28 April 2022

Arrived for lunch about 12. After being seated and order taken it became clear that the service was overstretched and pretty disorganised. Head waitress spent ages talking to guided tour groups who seemed to have priority, and avoiding eye contact when I tried to find...out how longer I would have to wait. Kale salad with chicken , when it eventually arrived,was ok, but huge helping and some pretty scraggy bits of chicken. Overall disappointed as it’s a lovely place and could so easily be brought up to scratch with decent management.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 5 April 2022

Great place and location and really nice staff but -sorry- the menu is very disappointing. At a first glance you might be fooled and think you can find gluten-free and dairy-free options, however, that's not really the case. Especially if you have both allergies...forget it!...Best eat somewhere else to spare yourself the aggravation and come here for a coffee or tea or drinks. Although I really wouldn't recommend this place for the food, the staff are amazing. We were very impressed by the service, especially having gone there on a sunny day when the place was absolutely packed and everyone was rushed off their feet. A very special thank you to SOFIA from Portugal who was ever so helpful to us throughout, courteous and so quick on her feet on what what was a crazy busy day.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 27 March 2022 via mobile

Very funky restaurant, wonderfully designed building and nice menu. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience especially my hash browns and my virgin mary. However, they were limited on dishes and also not so accommodating to people’s needs. I would return though as the experience was overall...good.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 13 March 2022

We went here with some friends and their kids as well. We arrived around 12.30pm. We were seated and from here on the experience got worst. They came for our order and it was this point we were told they had no chips. We had...geared the kids up for fish and chips. Who runs out of chips at the start of the meal service? We were then asked if instead of chips we wanted mushrooms. I don’t know any 3 year old that likes mushrooms never the less order them. We then ordered a bottle of wine which they confused and did a glass. She even stated that her manager did mention 4 glasses. For pudding the staff didn’t know what flavour ice cream they had. I feel that the restaurant needs to train their staff so much better. If they did the meal would have been quite pleasant.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 12 September 2021

How many times have readers of Tripadvisor had an enjoyable time at a restaurant only to return on a later date to find that it’s closed for a private function? That was our experience on the afternoon of 11 September 2021 when we thought we’d...return to The Magazine to repeat the great experience we’d had there on 4 September 2021. Although we could see people sitting outside, eating and drinking, a hand-written notice told us that The Magazine was closed. This message was reinforced by an employee of the restaurant who, when I asked why it was closed, replied that the closure was for a private event. The Magazine is run by Benugo and provides very high quality food and drink pleasantly served and at an affordable price. I’ve been there several times both for lunch and tea and will probably return. However, planning a visit and then finding that the chosen restaurant is closed plants a doubt in ones mind about its reliability as a place for a meal or a cup of tea and a slice of one of Benugo’s delicious cakes. The question will always be asked, “If I choose this restaurant will I be disappointed and find it’s closed when I get there?” I can’t deny the fact that all hospitality venues have been through a difficult time during the public health crisis created by Covid-19. Also, that a private event will yield more revenue than customers who just want lunch or a cup of tea. Nonetheless, eateries such as The Magazine must decide what they are there for: are they restaurants catering for the general public or venues for hosting exclusive private parties?More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 11 August 2021

Went for lunch after the Van Goch exhibition in Hyde Park. Small plates were excellent and flavoursome. Service very good. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 August 2021

I went there for Sunday lunch with an old friend, our second visit to this amazing building. Designed by Zaha Hadid, from the outside the restaurant looks like an undulating canvas marquee, but the inside is stunning with large white pillars expanding at the top...to join the arched roof. With glass on three sides, the restaurant has an airy feeling, and there is also outdoor seating on three side of the building. The restaurant has re-opened only recently under new management as 'The Magazine', and the fairly short menu concentrates on freshly sourced ingredients with several vegan items. Perhaps because it was a Sunday, there were only two main dishes and three 'small plates' on offer, compared with four and five listed on the internet. However, we were not disappointed as the food was very tasty and the recipes were unusual and interesting. I chose two small plates instead of a main and the quantity was equivalent to a main course. One plate was harissa aubergines with braised tomatoes crushed pistaccio and herbs; the other was flatbread, zuccini and ricotta, costing £14 for the two. My friend chose Norfolk chicken caesar with grilled gem lettuce, egg yolk and split butter milk dressing costing £16. Although we were sitting outside, service was attentive and well informed as to the ingredients. We also had a bottle of the Primitivo red and shared some olives and a dessert. My only observation is that the choice on the menu could have been larger, but a limited choice with fresh ingredients is better than a long menu. Provided that you do not want traditional English fare, I recommend that you try this place. You can also visit the adjacent art gallery in the original magazine building and also this year's temporary pavilion located halfway between the restaurant and the Albert Memorial.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 8 July 2021

Revisiting after four years, feeling the same pleasure to enter this clean bright restaurant in the middle of the parks, with good service - but it's all downhill now as the food rapidly disappoints. Mussels not fresh and why serve so many that have not...opened? Nice white fish cooked to dried-up death again. Skin-on fries have lost their previous magic.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 27 June 2021

Absolute hidden gem: Food was fantastic, light, clean and well thought out menu. The chef nailed it here. Very reasonably priced. Great location Hidden rear garden is a special spot and beautifully planted Note this place has just been relaunched with new chef etc, so...not the old placeMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 12 June 2021

We visited for the soft opening of The Magazine in the impressive Zaha Hadid building of the Serpentine Galleries. Just beautiful! Hats off to the whole team. Welcoming and knowledgeable service, outstanding food which we were told is zero waste. We loved the small plates...to share, it made the experience so relaxed but intimate. I am vegan and was blown away by the diverse choice, and for once, I could share most of the food with my non-vegan friends! The drinks were also spot on with a range of cocktails, Prosecco and wines! I will definitely be back perhaps for a long lunch and cocktails in the garden.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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The Magazine is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5