The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Last spring AMH and I did a little tour of the UK. We first stopped in Wales, drove to Scotland and then onto London, England where we dropped off our rental car and spent a few days getting acquainted with the incredibly easy to use tube. But my favourite way to travel in London was on foot. One morning we decided to get up early and head to The Ivy Chelsea Garden restaurant in you guessed it, Chelsea. We stayed in nearby Kensington so the walk was rather easy and might I say, beautiful. The architecture and gardens were oh so beautiful, we even passed by the former home of Beatrix Potter! 

The Ivy was actually my husband's idea. An Instagram account he follows posts often about the restaurant so we thought we would check it out. We didn't make a reservation and if you are thinking of going, please make one. The first thing they asked us was if we had one. The answer, no. They said they could seat us if we promised to be out in an hour. We found it a little odd but since we didn't plan on staying longer than that, we agreed. I will add that this was 8 am on a weekday and there was maybe 15 other people in the restaurant. Which meant it was pretty empty and no one came in after us. Not sure what the time panic was about but it was unnecessary. But, onto better things...

Like the food. To die for. I should probably mention that when you are being seated there is a sign asking you to not take any photos inside the restaurant. In this day and age (I mean, did you really have a meal if you didn't post it on Instagram?) so... all of our pictures where taken quite overtly. I must say, the hubs and I should join MI6 (I only know that from watching Bond movies) because we still managed to take photos. We started with a tray of pastries and jellies which I am going to tell you right now, you have to order. Frankly I was ticked we had to share, they were sooooo good! 

AMH ordered the fruit platter, a fresh green smoothie and toast. He's such a healthy guy! 

I, on the other hand, ordered the eggs benny because I am me and I have it whenever we go out for breakfast. It was so delicious and this iPhone photo does not do it justice. 

I also ordered the prettiest ice tea I have ever seen! The Garden Ice Tea is peach, elderflower and lemon with Ivy 1917 and afternoon tea blends. I highly recommend this too!

Our meal was fabulous, the interior is gorgeous (I really wanted to snap a photo of the marble bar but alas could not swing it) and the staff were attentive, kind and did not rush us. I have to say that when we travel back to London I would like to try dinner here. This time though, I will make a reservation!

Even if you can't make it in for a meal, the outside is a treat all on its own! 

The restaurant is always covered in flowers (they are faux) and makes for some pretty great photographs! 

Have you been to The Ivy Chelsea Garden before? Planning on going? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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