Staying at Dolphin Square, you’ll be within easy reach of London’s finest bars and restaurants.
Local restaurants offer a range of international cuisine, whilst nearby Westminster, Chelsea and the West End will leave you spoilt for choice. With an array of traditional pubs, stylish gastropubs and lively bars in the area, you’ll be able to take full advantage of London’s sparkling nightlife without having to worry about a long journey home. Here are some recommendations to get you started…
Described by Time Out London as “the Rolls Royce of London gastropubs”, The Ebury on Pimlico Road has a reputation for exceptional food, serving a French bistro-style menu. On the ground floor there is a comfortable, sophisticated bar and brasserie, and on the first floor is a beautifully decorated dining room. The Contented Vine in Sussex Street is a traditional wine bar-cum-brasserie, and The Thomas Cubitt is a popular gastropub on Elizabeth Street with a vibrant ground floor bar.
There is an abundance of international flavour within walking distance of Dolphin Square. Just around the corner on Lupus Street is Nutmeg – a popular Indian restaurant – and Goya, a Spanish restaurant with a reputation for generous, well-prepared tapas. Uno on Denbigh Street is a busy, modern trattoria serving well-priced pizzas and pasta, while La Poule au Pot on Ebury Street is one of London’s most intimate and romantic restaurants.
Kazan on Wilton Street offers a fine range of Turkish cuisine and mezze, whilst Kym’s – also on Wilton Street – is a favourite of politicians drawn by the excellent, traditional Cantonese fare. Lovers of Japanese food may already be aware of the Ichi-Riki Sushi House, located on Strutton Ground near New Scotland Yard and serving some of the finest, freshest sushi and sashimi in town.
For a complete contrast, the Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain, offers the best of British flavours with an occasional international twist, and The Goring Restaurant in Beeston Place on the doorstep of Buckingham Palace is always filled with public figures and recognisable faces. Boisdale of Belgravia is a fine Scottish restaurant famous for its ‘full and frank’ wine and whisky lists and for the quality of the 28-day matured beef. Featuring what some say is the best steak in London, the menu also boasts a range of authentic Scottish flavours including haggis, salmon and game, and there is nightly live music in the late licensed Macdonald Bar.
Dolphin Square’s proximity to Victoria Station means that residents can enjoy a sophisticated day trip topped off by a sumptuous four-course meal on the British Pullman, a sister train of the Orient Express. The food and service is excellent, with the added bonus of visiting some of Britain’s most beautiful towns and attractions including Bath, Cambridge, Canterbury, Blenheim Palace and Chatsworth House.
Pimlico itself has a great selection of pubs and bars. The Clarendon and the Constitution are traditional English pubs, with a good selection of ales and friendly staff, while Chimes offers one of London’s finest selections of cider, complemented by a menu of traditionally English fare.
There are several pubs along Vauxhall Bridge Road too, including The Lord High Admiral – which has two pool tables and shows big screen football, the White Swan – a tourist-friendly speciality alehouse with unashamedly English food, and The Jugged Hare – a Fuller’s Ale and Pie House housed in a grand, four-columned ex-bank. A wander down Vauxhall Bridge Road towards Tate Britain will lead you to The Morpeth Arms, allegedly one of the most haunted pubs in London. Located behind Tate Britain on St John Islip Street is the Millbank Lounge, a sophisticated, award winning bar with a first class whiskey library, delicious cocktails and a wide range of fine cigars to help you relax in style.