Evening Standard Review
Things to do in West London: From fine dining to Paddington Bear’s favourite spot
The West has always been somewhere for the smart set, and so it remains: Hammersmith’s Michelin-starred River Cafe leads the way, worth popping into for the Nemesis pudding alone. West Londoner Lucien Freud showed good taste when he named Clarke’s on Kensington Church St his favourite spot. Over in Chiswick, La Trompette has been a destination spot for 25 or so years: very upmarket, but staff keep things friendly. That said, if you’re really looking to push the boat out, The Ledbury in Notting Hill is hard to beat. It held onto both its Michelin stars this year with good reason. If that’s not up your street, try Kerbisher and Malt on Shepherds Bush Road, who do some of the best fish n’ chips in town.
Lockhouse, a burger joint in Paddington’s Merchant Square, had flown under the radar until it scooped the top prize at the National Burger Awards for best signature burger. Try its eponymous patty, stacked high with cheese, lettuce, onion, pickles, and house relish, and wash it down with one of its craft beers. In Notting Hill, go to The Champion, which has recently been refurbished. In its heyday, it was Freddie Mercury’s favourite.