Fancy escaping it all for a few hours? How about a romantic walk through Kensington Gardens, taking in the various sculptures and water features? Make your way to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery to see the latest exhibition, and lastly, stop in at the gorgeous Zaha Hadid designed Magazine restaurant.
You’d be forgiven for thinking Magazine was only there to serve the coffee & cake brigade – but in actual fact it’s a beautifully designed restaurant, with a beautifully thought out menu, serving brunch through to dinner, as well as the obligatory coffee & cake.
Not a single plate or spoon has been ignored, each being perfectly in keeping with the Hadid ethos. Food is also just as well presented – you’d be forgiven for thinking the architect is hiding in the kitchen.
We love a bit of fizz with our brunch and the The Magazine Bellini with homemade spiced plum is a spicy but sophisticated choice.
Starters range from classic scrambled eggs with legendary H. Forman & Son’s smoked salmon but feel free to mix things up with a Thai beef salad if the mood takes you.
Lobster Bisque was warming and light, we loved the pesto bread wedges it’s served with. French Toast with grilled Mushrooms and melted Montgomery Cheddar was surprisingly light, just what you want from a brunch starter.
Steak for brunch? Absolutely! We won’t tell if you won’t! The sides here are absolutely gorgeous, you’ll be hard pushed not to order them all. Perfectly ripe avocado with a harrisa and cumin yoghurt was the perfect accompaniment to the cod.
The storm continued to rage outside so we stayed put and ordered the prettiest dessert we’ve seen in a long time, Vanilla, Coffee & Hazlenut complete with edible flowers.
There’s still time to book for Valentine’s weekend. The set brunch menu is available on both Saturday & Sunday and is priced at just £30 per person. Additionally, the Magazine will open for dinner for Valentine’s with a special five course menu priced at £65 or £95 including wine.
It’s sure to earn you full marks.