The A-Z of Quiet London
D is for deathNunhead Cemetery Possibly the most attractive of the great Victorian cemeteries of London, Nunhead was consecrated in 1840 and is a fantastically calm place to lose yourself for a couple of hours. Within its 52 acres, situated on a wooded hill, you’ll find a ruined Gothic chapel, magnificent gravestones slowly disappearing into the flora, and a nature reserve. Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, SE15. Nunhead rail.Silent muttsWhen the Duke of Cambridge’s dog was run over outside Victoria Gate in 1880, he decided a simple grave in the garden wasn’t good enough. So he built the Dog’s Cemetery, hidden away in a quiet corner of Kensington Gardens. Dog’s Cemetery, Kensington Gardens, W2. Lancaster Gate tube.
E is for eating
Lindsay House Richard Corrigan’s flagship eatery benefits from its aloofness: it’s secreted inside a townhouse, and you have to ring the doorbell to get in. Expect spectacular food using top-notch European ingredients – foie gras soaked in sherry, ravioli of chorizo and feta, and fillets of sole were some of the highlights of Time Out’s visit.21 Romilly St, W1 (020 7439 0450/www.lindsayhouse.co.uk) Leicester Square tube.
E is for eating - RIBA Café
Tucked away upstairs in the RIBA building on Portland Place, this café boasts a beautiful garden terrace with a water feature. It’s a good centrally placed café to nip into for snacks, sandwiches and a bit of a sit-down. And you can always have a roam round the architecture gallery afterwards.
RIBA Café, 66 Portland Place, W1 (020 7631 0467) Oxford Circus tube.
This classy restaurant in Barbican has lovely views over the lake. It’s never as busy as it should be, and with a good Modern European menu and welcoming staff, it’s a hidden gem.
Searcy’s, Level 2, Barbican, Silk St, EC2 (020 7588 3008/www.searcys.co.uk) Barbican tube.
A modern rethink of a 1930s tearoom. Only loose-leaf teas are available from the tea counter. There’s a brunch menu (scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes and salads) or you could have an indulgent afternoon tea (scones, jam, clotted cream, the full works). Customers on their best behaviour make this a very civilised place to visit.
Tea Palace, 175 Westbourne Grove, W11 (020 7727 2600/www.teapalace.co.uk) Royal Oak tube.
Wallace Collection’s Café Bagatelle
This is one of London’s most charming museum restaurants. Food from the innovative menu is served at well-spaced tables in the glass-roofed courtyard of the Wallace Collection, set in a handsomely restored, late eighteenth-century house.
Café Bagatelle, Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, W1 (020 7563 9505) Baker St tube.
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