by Leighanne Bent
Our friends at DesignMyNight have travelled near and far to find 10 of London’s prettiest restaurants. From the candy pink coloured booths at Sketch to the jaw-dropping rooftop views at Rumpus Rooms; get your camera ready, ‘cos your Insta game is about to reach a whole new level of dreamy.
Sketch is hands down one of London’s quirkiest venues. It has no less than five restaurants and bars; but The Gallery is where you wanna be at. It’s decked out in candy pink velvet sofas with cheeky cartoon drawings on the walls. And for the love of all-things-pretty, do not leave until you’ve taken a trip to their bathrooms – their toilet pods are the definition of magical.
Take time out from your jam-packed schedule and make a reservation at Paradise By Way of Kensal Green. This spot is a popular hangout that stays open until 2am on weekends, but they’ve got a whole lot more going for them than that. Decorated with tall wax candles, grand chandeliers and oil paintings, their downstairs bar is a sight to behold in itself and it’s their decadent dining room and cute attic space makes this joint as one of London’s prettiest places to eat. No question.
Been to The Bloomsbury Hotel and Bar yet? After one visit, this snazzy spot will be in your heart forever more. Although inside is pretty as a picture with mahogany beams and turquoise seating, outside is where you want to be. Their alfresco space is made up of twinkling fairy lights, comfy seating with cushions and greenery galore – with plenty of nooks to enjoy their delicious food and drinks menu from.
Seymour’s Parlour is an eccentric little spot, tucked away in The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone. With portraits, kooky lampshades and bookcases filled with vintage spines, this is a drinking den with loads of character. Although you can order small plates here, we recommend going for the afternoon tea. Pina colada tarts and sloe gin sandwiches will tease your taste buds as you work your through the three tiers.
If you’re obsessed with vintage interiors, Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings is about to become your new spiritual home. The venue is made up of a dining room, cocktail bar, greenhouse, restaurant and café with their greenhouse being the prime and most sought-after dining spot. With intimate tables for two, settle down into one of their floral patterned seats for the evening and marvel at your white brick wall and green foliage surroundings.
If we didn’t know any better, we’d say The Dead Dolls House was plucked straight out of a fairytale. The three-storey venue is made up of a ground floor parlour, second floor library and dining room, and a third floor ballroom. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, they have beautiful illustrations hand-drawn onto their walls and a cosy seating setting. Whether you come for brunch or a couple of cocktails, it’s a great spot to unwind in.
No. 197 Chiswick Fire Station is one of the prettiest brunch places in the capital. End of. It boasts sky-high ceilings, velvet arm chairs, marble table tops – and that’s only inside. Venture past their open kitchen towards the back of the restaurant and you’ll be greeted with a cute-to-boot alfresco area. This secluded spot is decked out with exposed brickwork and has a tall island table perfect for catching some rays.
Rumpus Room is a riverside rooftop bar perched above the Mondrian London and it has recently had a massive makeover. Plush sky blue and purple seating bring pops of colour to their mirrored black tables but it’s the prime views of London that make this spot so popular. The selection of cocktails and sharing plates are top notch here too and are sure to keep you coming back for more.
Hotel-chic and 1920’s suave collide at Bob Bob Ricard for one of London’s most unique restaurants. Electric blue booths and gold finishes stand out from the mahogany panelling and marble counter tops to bring you a cool and eccentric dining destination. The ‘press for champagne’ button is its crowning jewel though – for convenience, one is situated in every booth. While you fill up on fizz, get down and dirty with their boozy dishes; the chicken and leek pie fused with champagne is always a winner.
Forget about staying in for a Netflix binge, head to The Fable instead and live your best fairytale life. This extraordinary eatery situated near Chancery Lane and St Paul’s is inspired by magical literature, and is an absolute must visit. Alongside a comforting menu packed with flavoursome dishes, potted plants and bookcases filled with cute ornaments make this place feel super homely. Want a top tip? Try and nab their storybook seating booth, it’s barricaded with mountains of books.