Chelsea’s all about nice places to sit, and the area isn’t lacking for them. The Ivy’s SW3 outpost is a bit less rah, and a bit plusher than the average (which is to say then, really quite classy) but it really comes into its own when the weather warms up and sun comes out - their garden at the back is pretty damn lovely. The brasserie-type food is totally forgettable - you’ll struggle to remember what you ate immediately after your waiter clears your plate away, but as a functional spot for things like meeting your interior designer / spiritual guru, it does the job in style.
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VIngt Quatre - VQ for short - in Chelsea has been taking care of the late-night West London crowd for years. Grab a late night burger here.
Wulf & Lamb
The name Wulf & Lamb sounds more ‘exotic meat fest’ than strictly vegan cooking, but this Chelsea spot is indeed animal-free.
Il Trillo is a slightly dated, but still endearing Italian restaurant off the Fulham Road, with a terrace and a garden.
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Core By Clare Smyth
Core is an excellent fine dining restaurant in Notting Hill. It’s fine dining for people who actually want a proper meal.
Arches is an old school caf in Bethnal Green ideal for a quiet fry-up, sandwich, or a loaded jacket potato.
St Leonards is a spot in Shoreditch, with an ice bar and a wood-burning hearth, but despite the odd standout vegetable dish, it’s not worth going to.
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J Sheekey is a classic West End post-theatre hang where you might spot a celebrity and will be guaranteed to have a great meal.
The Ivy Restaurant
You might come to The Ivy Covent Garden to see Kate Moss, but the experience is more than that - come for service, ambience, and nice food.
Chelsea restaurant Elystan Street does very good French and Italian fine dining in relaxed surroundings.
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