It’s only in its first few weeks of life and already Kensington Pavilion has proven itself a huge success. The sophisticated restaurant might be the gastronomic branch of an elite business members’ club of the same name but it has also endeared itself to the dining masses. Just passing by during one of its early Friday evening seatings revealed it as a welcome addition to the Kensington’s swanky high street with both young business types and elegant diners flocking to its doors.
And you can expect even more when you enter. Run by Michelin-starred head chef Adam Simmonds, the food – beautifully arranged plates of seasonal, British fare is reason enough to visit. The extras – it has an on-site florist and deli stocked with meats from Borough Market regular Cannon & Cannon, over 50 varieties of cheeses and freshly baked breads and pastries – is a second reason. But our favourite is its modern take on the eternally stylish Art Deco aesthetic – a fitting choice for a restaurant which is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Barkers of Kensington building, one of the city’s most iconic examples of the much-loved style.