Getting lost in Holland Park’s Japanese gardens is already an escape, but it doesn’t involve food or drinks, so we can’t really list it here. But stumbling upon Belvedere in Holland Park takes it up a couple of notches. It’s an old restaurant and ballroom that dates back to the 17th century, and has a faded grandeur that reminds us of the dance hall from Beauty and the Beast and a real-life Hotel California. The French and Italian food is tasty (though it can feel like you’re eating in a posh restaurant, circa 1994), and even though it’s quiet much of the time, having lunch on its outdoor terrace that overlooks the garden is a peaceful way to escape for a few hours.
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CERU South Kensington
Ceru is a solid restaurant in South Kensington that serves Mediterranean food, and it always feels like a holiday.
If you so happen to be in South Kensington, Dozo is a great option for a casual lunch or dinner. The sushi is good quality, and the rolls are fun.
Wright Brothers South Kensington
There are a few Wright Brothers restaurants dotted all over town, but the South Kensington location is the one that your mum would like the best.
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Princi is an Italian bakery and restaurant in Soho that’s good for pretty much anything. Hit it for a plate of cheap pasta or aperitivo with a friend.
Lume Restaurant And Wine Shop
Lume is a Sardinian restaurant and wine bar in Primrose Hill serving upscale pastas and mains in a casual, lowkey space.
Trullo is the kind of neighbourhood Italian restaurant you’d find in an actual Italian neighbourhood, and the food is simply fantastic.
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