Architecture students regularly congregate outside The Magazine restaurant to prod and poke the space-age extension to the Serpentine’s Sackler wing. Your average suburban curtain-twitcher would have a heart attack if one of the neighbours opted for an urban expansion in the style of award-winning architect Zaha Hadid’s bright white, swooping structure.
Like the Tardis, The Magazine feels bigger on the inside, but there the resemblance ends. More like a wedding marquee than a time travel machine, its light and bright with pretty white posies on each table. Artfully designed asymmetric tables in lime green, grey and white are accompanied by comfy bucket chairs in matching hues. The kitchen is trendily open plan. The food is modern/fusion in approach, and prices for main courses range from £13 to £27.
|Venue name:||The Magazine Restaurant||Contact:|
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens
|Opening hours:||Open Tue-Sun (inc Bank Holidays) 9am–6pm; Mon closed.|
|Transport:||Tube: Lancaster Gate or Marble Arch|
|Price:||Around £90 for two with drinks and service|
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This is a place to dwell a while. Not only is it in the middle of Hyde Park, with two galleries to enjoy on the doorstep, its a beautiful building with a great restaurant inside. By day and night it looks great. The staff are friendly, the food is superb - and its a delight to find a refuge like this in the heart of London.