The uninterrupted view over the Serpentine makes this Benugo-run café a great place to kick back for an hour or two. Designed by Patrick Gwynne in the 1960s for Charles Forte (when it was called the Dell), the building looks like the bottom layer of an enormous pagoda and has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer perfect sightlines of frenetic boat and pedalo activity.
On a sunny day, the outdoor terrace packs out. Customers are also lured in by the juicy 8oz beefburgers (with all the trimmings) coming off the barbecue. Tourists and families commandeer trestles or small tables, while deck chairs fill up with newspaper readers and the odd sunbather.
The menu covers a host of breakfast options, soup with crusty bread, salads, fish and chips, sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas and a few specials, such as sea bass with crushed potatoes and buttered spinach. Quality is good, but prices are high (pizzas £11.50-£12.50, salads all more than a tenner). Kids love the ice-cream cart by the entrance, while adults appreciate the Citröen van converted into a gin bar.
|Venue name:||Serpentine Bar & Kitchen||Contact:|
|Cross street:||Hyde Park|
|Opening hours:||Open Summer 8am-9pm daily. Winter 8am-5pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Hyde Park Corner tube|
|Price:||Main courses £4.90-£18|
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