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Whits †

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21 Abingdon Road, Kensington, London W8 6AH
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OPENING TIMES
Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday: 18:30-22:30
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Under £35

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WhitsIn the bad old days when eating out in London meant pot roast and soggy cabbage, Kensington's French community created a small oasis of deliciousness on this spot. La Toque Blanche was the first English restaurant to win a Michelin star, and the precursor of our culinary revolution.

After a decade as home to a depressing bar called Goolies, the building has been returned to its roots as a superb restaurant. The mouthwatering menu contains English and Japanese elements - including some very fine sushi - but the bulk of the cuisine is modern French.

Lobster and shellfish ravioli was a confident mixture of rich ingredients, with buttery spinach and salty asparagus standing up well to the strong flavours of the sea food. Pork with sage and apple too often means dull meat with an oversweet sauce, but here the whole lot had clearl been slow-cooking for most of the day, so that tastes and spices mingled into a moist mass of sweeet, spicy shreds. Chef Steve Whitney hails from Texas, and this is reflected in some immense portions.

The restaurant itself is Kensington through and through. Local gents sampled the excellent wine list at the long wooden bar, while most of the diners were ladies of a certain age, clearly regulars and on first-name terms with the owner. In spite of some trendy features (wacky lamps over the bar, oddly-shaped glasses) this has a thoroughly traditional and very English feel, which is also reflected by a pudding menu full of British favourites like strawberries with clotted cream ice cream.

While the history of London dining is mostly a litany of terrible culinary errors, this charming local restaurant has resurrected one of its finest hours.

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Earls Court Tube Station
10 minutes walk
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West Brompton Overground Station
16 minutes walk
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Hornton Street Car Park
4 minutes walk
Young Street NCP
7 minutes walk

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Holiday Inn London - Kensington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £72† 29% off
Wrights Lane, W8 | 4 minutes from Whits
One of the biggest Holiday Inn hotels in Europe, the Holiday Inn London - Kensington was rebranded at the end of 2016 introducing a new open ... More
NH Kensington Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £113† 35% off
202-220 Cromwell Road, SW5 | 6 minutes from Whits
This clean, comfortable modern hotel made up of six Victorian houses is a short walk from Earls Court Tube station from where the Piccadilly line can ... More
The Milestone Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £313† 35% off
1 Kensington Court, W8 | 9 minutes from Whits
'Luxury' best sums up these rooms and apartments overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens in one of London's most coveted positions. Apartments come with fireplaces, en-suite marble ... More
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Kitchen W8
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
11 Abingdon Road, Kensington, London W8 | Same location as Whits
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Princess Victoria, Kensington
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25 Earls Court Road, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Whits
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My Old Dutch - Kensington
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16 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 | 7 minutes from Whits
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222 Kensington High Street, Holland Park, London W8 | 1 minute from Whits
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187 Kensington High Street, Kensington, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Whits
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Whits, Holland Park, Holland Park, London W8 | 6 minutes from Whits
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103 Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater, London W11 | 13 minutes from Whits
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London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 5 minutes from Whits
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165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 15 minutes from Whits
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London > Education > Arts and Drama
155 Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, London W14 | 18 minutes from Whits
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54 Abingdon Road, Kensington, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Whits
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37 Marloes Road, Kensington, London W8 | 4 minutes from Whits
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Piano
London > Nightlife > Bars
106 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 5 minutes from Whits
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Ping
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180-184 Earl's Court Road, Earls Court, London SW5 | 8 minutes from Whits
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Hyde Kensington
London > Nightlife > Bars
1-1a Kensington High Street, W8 | 8 minutes from Whits
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Kensington Conference and Events Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
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Kensington Roof Gardens
London > Business > Venue Hire
99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 5 minutes from Whits
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Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 | 11 minutes from Whits
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