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Kensington

Establishment neighborhood
Kensington Pavilion (Closed)
96 Kensington High St., Kensington
Residents are pretty thrilled about this newcomer, as there is a surprising dearth of good restaurants in the neighborhood. Adjacent to a private member's club, Pavilion does give members special perks like priority booking and "room service," but also welcomes non-members for chef Adam Simmonds' truly worthy British menu. While he's not breaking any rules, the food—straightforward standards like steaks, local fish, and lamb—is great. Plus, when you’re greeted with a bouquet of flowers from the on-site florist and then dine in a somewhat dazzling Art Deco-inspired setting, it makes any meal feel special.
Ffiona’s
51 Kensington Church St., Kensington
Ffiona's serves traditional, rustic staples, like steak and kidney pie and an amazing sticky toffee pudding, but the raison d'être is Ffiona herself, the ever-present owner who makes every customer feel like a personal guest in her small, wooden, candlelit restaurant. Ffiona has recently added an excellent brunch every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with everything from the a English breakfast to fluffy pancakes (and a free cocktail on Saturday). Her traditional Sunday roast is not to be missed.
Victoria Young
The Health Partnership, 12a Thurloe St., Kensington
Using a combination of methods including homeopathy, herbs, and meditation, Young helps clients gently reestablish a healthy balance of mind and body. Often, her clients come to her riddled with the stresses of modern-day life, so she's not just treating symptoms but rather looking for the underlying causes, which can often be emotional rather than physical. Consultations begin with a bioenergetic scan, which gives a reading of energetic blockages, organs that are under stress, allergies, etc. From there, Young tailors her treatment to address these ailments with recommendations ranging from diet to herbal and homeopathic remedies.
South Kensington Club
38-42 Harrington Rd., Kensington
In a city full of stuffy clubs for the elite, the SKC (as it's called) comes as a welcome relief. It's tapped into the wellness scene and created a cozy, comfortable, classy home away from home for the health-obsessed. Here members can drop in for a whirl around the world-class Russian baths, have a quality massage or facial, sup on avocado toast and green juice, and hit the gym after with some of the best trainers in town. (The sessions with Paola of Paola's Body Barre are our favorites.) In the evening, you can check in upstairs for a lecture on some remote part of the world, given by the Voyager Club—and you can also book trips through them to, say, the Arctic—and then head to the DJ booth for late-night drinks and dancing. It pretty much ticks all the boxes for the cool and well-to-do down in Chelsea, South Ken, Holland Park, and beyond.