North, South, East, West: A Compass Guide to Dining Around Hyde Park

As one of the most vibrant, multi-cultural capital cities in the world, London is a foodie’s dream. With no shortage of restaurants and bars open all hours across the city, choosing the perfect place to eat can be an arduous task. Here are four tried-and-tested spots to try when you’re in the Hyde Park neighbourhood.

North: Island Grill, Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace

Island Grill, famed for its dedication to sustainability, offers a seasonal modern British and European menu.

Using only fresh, local and sustainably-sourced produce, current springtime favourites include:

  • Home-Smoked Salmon with chargrilled sourdough, dill, shallots and horseradish cream
  • Honey-Roast Figs – created with Lancaster London’s own honey – straight from the beehives on the roof.

Take advantage of its prime location on the boundary of Hyde Park with a table looking out of the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Open from 12pm – 10.30pm, 7 days a week.

South: Ognisko, 55 Prince’s Gate, Exhibition Road

Ognisko can be found on the ground floor of the Polish Hearth Club in South Kensington.

Restaurant menus are printed daily, ensuring something unexpected each time you visit. With traditional Eastern European dishes on offer, from the Siberian-style Pelmeni (dumplings) and the Selection of Polish Charcuterie, it’s no surprise this is a favourite with Polish expats.

Open for lunch, dinner or drinks, seven days a week, Ognisko is perfectly positioned on the same road as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the V&A.

East: Trader Vic’s, Hilton Park Lane, 22 Park Lane

A household name on Park Lane, Trader Vic’s was London’s first Polynesian-themed restaurant.

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Nowadays, the menu consists of an array of French Polynesian-inspired cuisine created using custom-made wood-fired Chinese ovens.

Popular options include:

  • The Indonesian rack of lamb,
  • Trader Vic’s Polynesian Snowball for dessert,
  • and the Original Mai Tai, invented by Trader Vic himself in 1944.

West: The Orangery, Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens

Head westwards for a dining experience in Kensington Gardens, adjacent to Hyde Park.

The Orangery is surrounded by the gardens and grounds of Kensington Palace, making it a relaxed yet elegant setting for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea.

Open from 10am – 6pm, seven days a week, the high ceilings and classical 18th Century architecture create an impressive backdrop for the restaurant’s simple menu of English dishes.

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