South Kensington, London - South West
55 years after its launch by theatre agent Daphne Rye (who famously discovered Richard Burton), Daphne's maintains the effortless charm and familiarity so synonymous with Italian culture, and which has made it such a favourite amongst the residents of Chelsea and further afield.
Highlights include the pink marble topped bar, vintage Italian 1950's Murano glass chandeliers and a perceptively curated collection of European modern art adorning the walls. The dazzling bar, inspired by the Venetian drinking dens of the Grand Tour, is ideal for dining for up to 14 people. The drinks list has been created by a team of passionate bartenders, and each cocktail has a hint of the homeland. There is a robust choice of staunchly Italian staples on the menu, but a lighter side has been introduced with seasonal salads and a selection of "Secondi Alla Griglia". This chic, understated restaurant is a delight all year round: in summer, the conservatory roof opens to create an alfresco feel; in winter, a blazing fire in the ornate hearth turns it into an intimate retreat.