We love visitors at the Tom Faulkner showroom – and we never want our friends to go hungry while doing the rounds in Chelsea! To keep you well fuelled, we’ve pulled together a list of tried-and-true local restaurants. We hope they’ll bring just the spark you need to keeping rolling through your day with some bounce in your step. Please do stop by the London showroom to let us know how you enjoyed your meal!
Ah, Medlar. If the beautiful Turner Pocock-designed interior isn’t enough to get you through the door, the exceptional menu and top-notch wine list should do the trick. Expect classic French cooking without the typically cher price tag. A recipe for success, if you ask us.
La Famiglia is a true Chelsea institution. Perhaps it’s the classic, pared-back ambiance, or it could be the goldmine of traditional Italian delights on the menu, or the warmth of the famiglia that greets you. In any case, it’s a place we will always come back to for those easy, languid lunches.
Brinkley’s is a London classic. It’s easy to wind up camping out here for the afternoon if you’re not careful. With lots of outdoor seating and a diverse, bistro-style menu, it’s a crowd-pleaser on all fronts. Plus, they’ve got their own wine shop just next door. What’s not to like about that?
For a slightly more intimate, laid-back experience, Il Trillo is just the spot. Their refreshingly inventive takes on traditional Italian staples always hit the spot. But it’s the chilled, quintessentially Italian ambience that really makes a mark. It all comes together to make a distinctly wonderful hideaway, day or night.
Bluebird is quite the experience. It’s somehow always buzzing with energy, whether you have as seat al fresco or take your meal inside the Grade II listed ex-garage. It’s a fantastic space, with memorable food and drinks to match. It’s a mere ten-minute walk from the Tom Faulkner showroom, making it the perfect post-visit destination!
For something a little off-piste, 606 Club has got to be your first port of call. This one is less about the food and more about the wonder of the classic jazz club. Pass through an unassuming arch and down a narrow stairway to this perfectly unpretentious, bustling musical maelstrom. The world-class jazz acts and enveloping ambience make for a truly special night.
If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, hop aboard the river boat at Chelsea Harbour and shoot across to Vauxhall’s Brunswick House. The striking Georgian building is not only home to a fantastically eclectic restaurant but also Lassco, a treasure trove of antiques and decorative delights. It’s well worth taking a spin through the shop while you wait for a few small plates. A winning combination!
Text by Annabel Colterjohn