Once known to be the epicentre of punk-London in the 1960s, chic Chelsea today is unrecognisable but equally enticing; a hotspot for arts and café culture. Its bohemian roots planted a thriving environment for independent boutiques, cafes, galleries and restaurants. Scattered along the length of Chelsea from Lots Road to the Kings Road are some of London’s finest eateries.
We’ve whittled down the long list of top-class options to give you our refined five favourites.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (££££)
Of course, this has to be the first. Take a trip to the infamous chef Gordon Ramsay’s first-ever restaurant, boasting three Michelin stars. Serving elegant contemporary French cuisine, this is a must for those seeking culinary excellence worth every penny. The dining room’s sophisticated décor and attentive service create a sense of intimacy in the petite space. The stylish interior matches the beautiful dishes, providing a perfect opportunity to dress up. Elegant and well thought through, the plates are a feast for the eyes and stomach. Using sophisticated and seasonal ingredients, the chefs seek only perfection. Rumoured to produce the best food London has to offer, this is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.
The Michelin Guide, 2019 says:
Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant is a model of composure and professionalism
Dishes are executed with great confidence and the component parts marry perfectly
Discover some of London’s best food, book a table at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Three courses at £120.
The Bluebird (£££)
It is not a trip to Chelsea without visiting this local landmark full of famous faces. Looking out onto the iconic Kings road, the recently regenerated Bluebird now has a striking new colourful interior bringing out hints of the namesake “Bluebird Motorcar Garage”. The original metal garage frame painted statement red is accompanied by colourful textiles and leather booths. Trees spring from the floor and wind around the original frame to create a relaxed but vibrant atmosphere. This trendy art deco restaurant delivers modern European dishes in a colourful, bright space. Standing at the centre of the restaurant, the curved illuminated marble bar flows with cocktails and laughter in the evenings. The Bluebird café on the ground floor is a lively little place to grab a light bite to eat in a chilled-out atmosphere. This glamorous and chic restaurant is the perfect setting for an afternoon tea or a champagne-filled dinner while rubbing shoulders with celebrities.
Rabbit Chelsea (£)
Located on the Kings Road, Rabbit captures the essence of the quintessential English countryside through their rural interior and small plate dishes. This quirky restaurant founded by the Gladwin brothers radiates their love of the country. Essences of a farmyard are scattered throughout the room. Tractor doors are jauntily hung, wooden planks line the walls and a cleverly worked tractor bonnet forms part of the bar, holding the spirit bottles for their trademark welly boot “Daily Loosener” cocktail. Their wonderfully unique menu changes daily and focuses on the imaginative use of seasonal ingredients, all of which are wild, foraged or grown locally. Their colourful and attractive small plates are bursting with experimental rural flavours. Enjoy your countryside experience alongside wine from their very own vineyard or sipping on a deliciously created cocktail out of a welly boot! (Don’t worry, it’s an appropriately sized glass welly boot, not somebody’s Hunter!)
The Michelin guide, 2019 says:
Rustic and warmly run restaurant…robustly flavoured plates
Try out the flavours of the English countryside yourself at Rabbit.
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The Ivy Chelsea Garden (££)
Located within the heart of Chelsea, on the Kings Road, this luxury dining restaurant nestled in a Grade II mock Tudor building serves an extensive menu of “cosy but sophisticated classics”. The iconic and ever-changing leafy green foliage throughout the restaurant, bar and gardens blends the rooms seamlessly into one, creating a luscious and very photogenic setting. The restaurant combines vintage and luxury with their naturally colourful décor, indoor and out. Their “pièce de résistance” is a tranquil gem nestled into the busy streets of Kings Road, the beautiful terrace, gardens and orangery designed by ‘Cameron Landscapes and Gardens’. Surrounded by beautiful flowers, trailing evergreens, fountains and an eclectic mix of potted plants, it is a dining experience like no other. You are transported to peaceful woodland, a welcome escape from London’s busy streets. Open all day and evening, this perfect for a meet up with friends and family.
Experience the leafy evergreens and atmospheric terrace at Thy Ivy Chelsea.
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Wulf and Lamb (£)
Recently emerged just off Sloane Square, this modern, popular vegan restaurant provides “fiercely kind food”. Their friendly and cosy atmosphere is that of a well-kept living room, complementing their classic comfort food menu with a vegan twist. They have a slightly odd service system, paying for your food prior to sitting down, however, this takes away that tedious wait for the bill. Their highlight mac ‘n’ (cashew) cheese is totally addictive and the “chilli-non-carne” is already a firm favourite with customers. Those doubting the tastiness of vegan desserts will be proved wrong with Wulf and Lamb’s wide range of delicious cakes, pastries and puds to finish the meal off sweetly. No reservations, so pop in and check out some plant-based comfort food. This is a must for vegans and meat eaters alike; four-legged friends are also welcomed with their very own plant-based treat.
Well worth a visit
Where is your favourite place to eat in Chelsea?