Parsons Green is home to many of our favourite eateries, including Hally’s. This California-inspired café is light and bright – modelled after a beach house – and a wonderful place to while away an hour or two, especially over their ‘bottomless brunch’ at the weekend. They’re dog-friendly too; the owners’ Irish terrier, Arthur, is a regular visitor.
This area of London isn’t short of places to have breakfast, and another we particularly recommend is St Clements. You can stop by for brunch (and let it stretch into lunch or afternoon tea) on any day of the week, and know that your food is wholesome, fresh and, wherever possible, locally sourced. We also suggest keeping an eye out for one of their supper clubs.
Fulham and Parsons Green are ideal for families, with stores like Papouelli and Little Heroes not far away. If you do have little-ones in tow, be sure to stop by Cuckoo Hibou, a place whose ethos is ‘created for children, made for parents’. There’s a café (with menus for big, small and very small customers), a shop selling children’s accessories, books and toys, and a workshop space downstairs where classes are taught in both French and English.
Upstairs from Amuse Bouche – a bar (whose speciality is sparkling wine) that’s also worth stopping at – is Claude’s Kitchen. It’s a small but calm and friendly restaurant, with a weekly-changing menu that’s based around British ingredients. If you don’t fancy a full supper, the chefs also create the smaller, but equally delicious, dishes that are served back downstairs.
At the top of Fulham Road sits Michelin House, the former headquarters of Michelin tyres. Treading the line somewhere between art nouveau and art deco, it’s all decorative tiles and stained-glass. You’ll spot many pictures of the famous ‘Michelin Man’, also known as Bibendum, whose name was adopted by the restaurant that’s housed within this iconic building. Opened in 1987 by Sir Terence Conran (whose shop is just around the corner), Bibendum is now headed up by chef Claude Bosi, and serves French-inspired creations. There’s no denying that this is a restaurant to reserve for special occasions, but it’s worth stopping by to marvel at the architecture.
Just a 40-minute walk (or a 20-minute bus journey) from our store will bring you to the banks of the Thames and to River Cafe. The restaurant itself is colourful and fresh, with large windows that, even on a winter’s day, afford wonderful views and bathe the room in light. The food is all about uncomplicated Italian home-cooking. The menu changes daily, but the extensive wine list (all hailing from Italy), ‘gelati’ (ice cream), and perfectly-aged cheeses (from their ‘cheese room’) can always be counted on to appear.