London’s Best Luxury Parkside Restaurants
As we move further into Spring and the weather warms up, London’s Royal parks are a stunning destination. So where should you go to eat when you’ve spent time soaking up the great London outdoors? From Hyde Park through Green Park to St James’s Park and up to Regent’s Park, we look at London’s best luxury parkside restaurants.
Spanning a massive 350 acres, Hyde Park is London’s largest Royal park. It takes in Kensington, Belgravia and Mayfair, which makes it easily accessible from many of London’s best luxury restaurants. So which dining experiences are ideal to visit after an afternoon exploring the stunning gardens, the waterside of the Serpentine, and the spectacular array of art and sculpture?
Céleste at The Lanesborough
Just over the road from Hyde Park Corner, Céleste keeps the ambience natural with its glass domed roof. Here you will find storytelling fine dining, where classic British ingredients are teamed with modern creativity. The Bridgerton themed afternoon tea is the latest seasonal addition which runs throughout spring and summer.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Down the road towards Knightsbridge you’ll find Dinner. After soaking up the majestic sights that abound in Hyde Park, this creative dining experience is the perfect accompaniment. Historical gastronomy is woven through the menu and the views over Hyde Park are uninterrupted. So your enjoyment of the park doesn’t have to end with your meal.
Linking Hyde Park and St James’s Park, Green Park is a calming, wooded space without formal gardens, waterways or buildings. It’s the perfect Royal Park for peaceful and rejuvenating walks. To match this, try a luxury parkside restaurant that continues this relaxed theme.
116 at the Athenaeum
The interior at this parkside restaurant is understated and refined. The seasonal menu is designed to celebrate local ingredients in style. It’s the perfect space to retreat and connect with friends and family. Or dine all year round on the terrace, and continue to enjoy Green Park just over the road.
It’s set out over three floors, and as a result HIDE is the perfect escape to match any mood. ‘Above’ offers a light and airy space to enjoy views over Green Park. Alternatively, the neutral tones and natural interiors of ‘Hide’ provide informal sanctuary with impeccable quality.
St James’s Park
Further East lies St James’s Park, and its dominant lake. There are two islands on St James’s Park Lake, West Island and Duck Island. The habitats provided by this wetland make the park a great location for wildlife lovers. Head south into Westminster or north into St James’s for luxury parkside restaurants.
Named after suffragette, Emily Wilding Davison, The Pem is a restaurant dedicated to depth of flavour and culinary excellence. Since it actively supports traditional local food producers, the menus here reflect British seasonality.
Chutney Mary has gained an esteemed reputation since its launch in 1990 as it serves gourmet Indian cuisine in ornate surroundings. The menus are based on several different regional Indian cuisines, so the fine dining brings a contemporary twist for a memorable experience.
To the North, Regent’s Park is a destination for entertainment, sports and leisure. It’s home to London Zoo and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, so there’s plenty of attractions to keep you occupied until dinner time!
Feng Shang Princess
This floating Chinese fine dining restaurant offers the theatricality that is a match for its Regent’s Park location. It’s a three tiered pagoda on the Regent’s Canal, and has a menu that’s as pretty as its surroundings.
A short walk south of Regent’s Park will take you to Orrery. This French restaurant is classic and elegant, offering a range of European classics. But don’t let yourself get too full to fit in the award winning cheese trolly! The restaurant is flooded with natural light and has a lovely rooftop terrace lined with lavender and olive trees.