Radiance Guide: Lunch in Central London
by Alexandra Radiance,
With brunch having taken London by storm, we can't help feel that the art of a good lunch has been lost a little. A gorgeous lunch out is one of life's little luxuries. We've tried and tested our favourite restaurants all over London, and picked our top 5 fail safe options. Wherever you are in the capital, eat well.
1. The Petersham - Covent Garden
Floral Street, WC2E 9DS
The Vibe: A botanical dream. The Petersham is a true oasis in central London. Eat in the floral courtyard, and then browse the Petersham Nurseries shop afterwards for a tranquil afternoon.
Menu Recommendation: Spring pea and courgette ragu with scamorza, datterini and pea shoots
2. Daylesford - Pimlico
Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LP
The Vibe: Clean and farmhouse inspired interiors, with rustic and relaxed seating. Seasonal ingredients grown on the Daylesford estate - feel good food.
Menu Recommendation: Summer Beets - beetroot, spiced lentils, dill, orange and pomegranate molasses. Mix with the Super Greens and Daylesford Slaw.
3. Granger and Co - Chelsea
Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP
The Vibe: The stylish Aussie interior of the Chelsea site is relaxing and calm. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Kings Road, it's a regular spot of ours. Brilliant if you're looking for something a little asian inspired.
Menu Recommendation:Black lentil daal, green chilli, sambal, fried curry leaves and coconut yoghurt.
4. Hemsley and Hemsley - Marylebone
3rd Floor, Selfridges, W1A 1AB
The Vibe: Nestled on the third floor of Selfridges next to the Body Studio, the Hemsley Cafe is a must stop if you're in the area. Totally fuss free food and interiors - and excellent value for money.
Menu Recommendation: Feta and black bean burger served with green salas and cultured ketchup.
5. Farmacy - Notting Hill
Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH
The Vibe: Trendy Farmacy is a perfect people watching spot in the heart of Westbourne Grove. With a relaxed yet stylish service, it's a great spot for new trends and dishes.
Menu Recommendation: Kimchi Spring Bowl - Soba noodles, spicy kimchi, sauteed spinach stems, raw seasonal asparagus, raw brine carrots, marinated mushrooms, radish sprouts and tamarind viniagrette.