Grabbing column inches since it came to our TV screens in 2011, Made In Chelsea documents the lives of super-affluent 20-somethings from London’s most exclusive borough. Whether you have a penchant for reality TV or not, these SW3-dwellers notch up some foodie points by frequenting some of the finest haunts London has to offer. From country farmhouse-style delis to the city’s top fine dining spots, these Chelsea restaurants have met the approval of the discerning Made In Chelsea crowd:
Listed as a favourite of MIC queen Caggie Dunlop, Bluebird is as pretty and elegant as its name suggests. Filled with the buzz of the open kitchen, a lazy roof terrace and the famous on-site store, Bluebird is an emporium that’s close to every Chelsea dweller’s heart. Boasting a prime spot on the Kings Road, Bluebird will offer a host of al fresco events throughout summer 2012, from barbecues and film showings, to screenings of Wimbledon Tennis Championships and the Olympics.
A slick, sharp setting in Knightsbridge, Meursault offers a seamless blend of French and Japanese cuisine. The Meursault bar is the star of the show, with a staggering 1600-bin wine cellar, and cocktail alchemy courtesy of Rau Duenas. Meursault also offers dessert of-the-moment, French macarons, in flavours of Coca Cola, salted caramel and mulled wine.
Beach Blanket Babylon
Set in a gorgeous Georgian mansion in Notting Hill, Beach Blanket Babylon offers a whirlwind of baroque glamour and a sterling list of signature BBB dishes. Sparkly candelabras, rich velvets and mammoth fresh flower displays evoke levels of affluence that even the MIC brigade might find a little daunting. Will-they-won’t-they couple Caggie & Spencer were spotted here, as well as writer and blogger Francesca “Cheska” Hull.
The Jam Tree
Synonymous with cool and a failsafe destination for the MIC crowd, The Jam Tree offers European gastro-pub favourites, cocktails, and refuelling brunches. With a nod to the vintage trend, the dining room is awash with mismatched paraphernalia, squashy Chesterfields, and union jack artwork. The beer garden to the rear is filled with sun-kissed socialite limbs throughout the summer, and there’s no need to venture indoors: an outdoor bar serves up an ice-cold selection, whilst regular barbecues offer marinated meats, burgers, and authentic street food.
A flawless Sloane Square favourite, The Botanist blends a chilled Chelsea vibe and effortlessly elegant fine dining cuisine. An earthy dining room features a soft colour palette of beige, caramel and chocolate, whilst vintage-style zoology prints and pretty foliage pots are dotted throughout. As well as serving up favourites British dishes, The Botanist pays homage to its uber-fashionable postcode: offering a Chelsea Flower Show-themed menu, and bespoke cocktails like the Sloane No.7 with champagne, blueberries and homemade sloe gin.
Megan's Kings Road
A far cry from Chelsea’s showy reputation, Megan’s is one of the more discreet foodie spots on the Kings Road. A farmhouse-style dining room and gorgeous shrub-strewn garden make this the perfect hideaway from the SW3 glitz, where guests can enjoy the simple things in life: a drippy boiled egg and soldiers, or a brownie tower with fresh cream and strawberries. Megan’s proves trusty home-cooked fare is an irresistible draw even for the world’s A-listers, and boasts a fan base including MIC’s Chloe Green, as well as Pippa Middleton, and Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.
Named as a favourite of MIC original Hugo Taylor, The Phene is a boutique gastro pub just off the Kings Road. Filled with dark and sultry strokes of plum and black, this library-style snug transforms in the summer, where guests spill out into the lush al fresco garden. Superfood salads are served up for the health conscious, while richly indulgent classics, hearty breakfasts and Sunday roasts champion nostalgic British flavours.
One of the more exclusive favourites of the Chelsea crowd and listed as a favourite of girl-about-town Binky Felstead, Eighty Six showcases complex French cuisine finished to impeccable standards. Set in a 3-storey Georgian townhouse, enjoy fine dining dishes created at the hand of head chef Simon Levy. Glossy black lacquer and gold leaf are swirled through the Art Deco dining room, whilst funky Charlotte Cory portraits (animal heads superimposed onto vintage photographs) offer a light-hearted twist.
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