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The Magazine at Serpentine North Gallery, London, London

The Magazine at Serpentine North Gallery

3.8
3.8
115 Reviews
£26 to £40
Farm-to-table
Featuring a range of small and large plates we have developed a menu that puts sustainability and seasonality at the heart of the kitchen, ensuring maximum taste and minimum waste.
Working alongside Cooking Sections Climavore project on exciting new dishes, food is utilised to follow the new seasonalities resulting from the climate emergency. Fish is never farmed but line-caught, herbs are from Growing Underground in Clapham where they are grown hydroponically and seaweed features due to its high nutrition, zero irrigation properties.
Even the menu has a story – it's printed on 100% recycled paper made with grass fibres at Frogmore Mill in Hemel Hempstead, on the world's first mechanised paper-making machine dating back to 1895, and still in use today.
Open from 9am for breakfast, then all day dining and drinks.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan, Comfort Food
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sun 09:00–18:00 Breakfast Sat, Sun 09:00–11:30 Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00–17:00
  • Phone number
    020 7298 7552
  • Payment Options
    Cash not accepted
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Tomas Kolkus
  • Catering
    We would love to cater for your special event. Please email us your requirements and we'll be in touch! serpentinegalleries@benugo.com
  • Private party facilities
    We would love to cater for your special event. Please email us your requirements and we'll be in touch! serpentinegalleries@benugo.com
  • Area
    Brompton
  • Cross Street
    West Carriage Drive
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    You can reach us via the following tube stations: South Kensington, Knightstbridge or Lancaster Gate.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 115 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • West London

    Great for brunch

  • West London

    Innovative

115 Reviews
  1. Basil

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We came for morning coffee. Ordered 2 scones. One was stale and inedible. Sent back. New scone came but no jam. Apparently they had run out of jam. Waitress apologetic but slow and inexperienced. Badly handled.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very nice place in the middle of the park , very slow service, not exiting food. For a café is not but .

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  3. SofiiaY

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Beautiful place but awful food. So noisy. And + kitchen sounds

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  4. Kate

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We arrived at peak lunch time hours but we did have a reservation, we were on time, yet we were received in a rather haphazard fashion, taking about 15 mins before we were even acknowledged before being directed to a table. The staff were polite, perhaps understaffed, but sadly it did impact our experience. Wine and food good.

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  5. SLS61

    London

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It's a nice cafe/restaurant with that Social media vibe. The Food is good, we went for brunch so had the egg dishes. The Nduja Omelette could have done with more flavour but it was tasty and served hot. The table we were sat at was sticky, clean but sticky, probably from the cleaning solution used. Service was a little slow and the staff were not very attentive, so you had to call out if you needed something. Its good to go at least once especially if you are going to the Gallery.

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  6. AbdullaA

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing ambience and fabulous building, the food and service were good and would visit again definitely

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  7. Baguette75

    New York City

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tres belle surprise.. bien meilleur que les précédents propriétaires

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  8. PeterLondn

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Perhaps the oddest scrambled eggs ever - more of flat, undercooked omelette. Chef had forgotten to scramble them! Seaweed salad had literally a single strand of seaweed. My friend’s wild mushroom risotto did look quite nice.

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  9. KarenD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was great - respectful and polite. The food is a little overpriced but it is to be expected due to the location of the restaurant.

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  10. GailP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the shakshuka which came with two slices of dry toast and was searingly hot. Delicious, I asked for butter for the toast and the flavours of the shakshuka were just right. I had a flat white coffee and it was the perfect brunch. Unusually it was sunny so looking out of the windows onto the park was a bonus. The architecture of Zaha Hadid's building enhanced the experience.

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  11. JohnC

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A very pleasant venue and friendly staff. Quiet and peaceful

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  12. LouiseH

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They didn’t have our reservation even though I showed them the confirmation then wondered if they could seat us in an empty restaurant. The food was good but the service awful. So slow and always an error and grumpy. It’s an amazing venue and good food which should be full of people. Change the staff and reignite it

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  13. CarolynB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a lovely lunch, food great, wine lovely, very nice surroundings, dog friendly and the staff super nice. In fact I would say it was better than I expected. My only tip would be that it has a very similar name to another Serpentine dining space (the cafe) so don’t get caught out like we did (especially as it was pouring with rain and had to walk across the park to get there).

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  14. Alex

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice place. Don’t have same day booking updates which is silly so didn’t have my reservation when I got there when I booked via opentable but still accommodated which is good. Worth going for sure

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  15. CorinneR

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely location in Hyde Park by the Serpentine. The venue is beautiful, food is ok (not bad, not exceptional) and service was slightly slow but bearable. It's really a lovely place to meet for lunch or coffee/cakes.

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  16. DianaO

    London

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Rather disappointing lunch. Good service but the food was just warm and very under seasoned. The shaksuka was served with sliced brown bread instead of sourdough. A shame as the setting is great.

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  17. DeniseL

    Berkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They couldn't find my table The waitress services was poor, she doesn't feel like serving us Said it's dog friendly restaurant but saying can't let my dog drink inside the restaurant because it's gonna make their floor wet. This isn't dog friendly at all

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  18. Amber

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My friend found a spider in her muffin so clearly they dont store their cakes right. Staff members had no smile on their face very rushed and to a point i felt like one of them was quite racist.

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  19. JacquelineO

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Came across the cafe somewhere online and immediately knew I’d want to visit. Set up a brunch with friends and made a reservation. We arrived to an Italian host cannot remember his name. He was very pleasant and helpful. We sat, looked at the menus ordered drinks I loved my ginger apple carrot drink. And although it was a bit hard for me to order from the menu. As I wanted pasta and they only had vegan pasta he suggested he’d speak with the chef to add some chicken in it for me. As a Nigerian who loves rich flavour and spicy food. I did enjoy the pasta and would definitely try it again sometime soon. It was wholesome being there. I’ll visit again x

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  20. MatthewT

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely ambience in a nice location. Food very tasty, service the slowest in the city!

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  21. OfentseL

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    It really was not great. Waited for a table ignored. Seems staff was limited on the day and even when we were served it was not attentively. No salt, no ask about things being OK, no condiments, Ai guys. Very disheartening really. , the food is just ok

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  22. MeMe

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Unusual setting for lunch. Lots of light and space. All day Brunch was lovely

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  23. vanilla24

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Above all the service and the space are exceptional I've been going to Magazine to celebrate my birthday for years and it is one of my favourite London restaurants. Such stunning architecture and a beautiful design. The flower displays were so incredible. So much space and surrounded by stunning gardens and greenery. I've seen many changes in the ownership and menu but the service and welcoming and warm staff have always been outstanding. The bar staff are great fun and passionate I recommend the Roasted cauliflower with roasted chickpeas And the Shakshuka Highly recommended for a relaxed meal out or drink

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  24. Abpo

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Turned up for a booked table for brunch to be told the kitchen wasn’t working so no hot food available only coffee and cake! Couldn’t someone have sent a message warning us about this. Very poor.

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  25. LouW

    Devon

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    What a disappointment. We arrived for a late lunch to an almost empty restaurant. We ordered starters and main courses, which all came to the table together. We said that we didn't want our mains until after our starters which the waiter seemed quite surprised by! Our main courses were then clearly just put under heat lamps for a while because when they came back they were cold and dried out. No member of staff was around to talk to so my friend had to go and seek someone out and the same waiter came back looked utterly mystified as to why we would not want cold food. He made it clear that we were inconveniencing them, but the food was remade. No-one ever came to ask us if the food was ok, if we wanted more drinks (we did!) if we wanted pudding, hot drinks, the bill. Overall we were left with the strong impression that we were just in their way. I'd suggest that, if they don't want to serve the full menu outside peak times (which they very clearly did not), they stop offering it. The building is beautiful and the food was fine (on the second try) but wild horses won't get me back to a restaurant where the service is so poor.

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  26. Gino

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Need more outside and side tables. Air con to cold and do we need piped music , it's horrid

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  27. HenryS

    London

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They did not acknowledge our booking and tried to turn us away. Even said they do not make breakfast. Wow.

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  28. Nidah

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked a table for 2, had an email confirmation and the booking on the app, the restaurant is located in Hyde park so most likely you’d have to walk 10-15 mins get there after a train, which I did. Got there and there was an private event going on? So I didn’t get seated or accommodated. Spoke to who I think was the manager and she said she had put it on the website or the booking apps which wasn’t there and apparently diners shouldn’t have been able to make a booking but clearly I was, so travelled an hour into the city only to be told I can’t get a table, and my booking is irrelevant. Disappointed as I was truly looking forward to having lunch at the Magazine.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I cannot get my table even I had booking with open table, the magazine told me they are closed for the private event and they closed the booking system already, but I booked just two days ago, anyway it’s a bad experience

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  30. Dantheman

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The ladies just ignore you, the gentleman’s there was nice but once food came out that’s was it. Burnt hard toast with a pot of butter that looked like someone had been eating from it. Such an amazing location it is just waiting for the right person to take it over

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  31. Notapplicable

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful venue. Excellent food. Service a little hard to get.

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  32. Fliesatdusk

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Too noisy inside. Food accomplished but not wildly stimulating. Service good but not 100% focused on outside tables.

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  33. Alison

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to eat. Setting of park, design of building, space, food, all delightful.

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  34. CherylH

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Had the most disgusting burgers possible. 🍔 Was offered mackerel on a toasted bun.... just as bad... was difficult to spot the mackerel. Definitely won't go back !! Staff and manager tried their best.

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  35. Poetdreams

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for helping achieve a perfect afternoon enjoying enlightened conversations with old friends.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We came to see the building and planting in the gardens at the restaurant. We were not disappointed at all with those. Only brunch was available that day which was lucky as I couldn’t find anything I wanted from the more lunch items. Though my daughter and niece could have chosen various dishes :) Our food was delicious, but two of our meals arrived, the third was wrong, as I had an omelette waited but then slowly started to eat as it was a chicken salad coming didn’t think we would wait long. We did and even had to give the order again. When it came all was good except I was now eating a cold omelette. Had to re order the sparkling water with a dash of elderflower too! Not many apologies and all full price and service included when the bill came. Would have appreciated a bit more of an apology besides, sorry about that here’s your meal. Will go again, hopefully able to sit in a more private position as we were right in the middle of the floor, and get better service, I’m sure we would as I’m being optimistic our experience was a one off 🤞🏼

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  37. Gabr

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly and efficient service. The chips were not very nice - overcooked and burnt. Apart from the chips, all the food and drink was very good. Only one vegan option - it would be nice to have had more choice and variety regarding non-meat options. Nice environment and atmosphere. We were not hurried to leave which was really appreciated. Overall very good experience. Thank you.

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  38. AndrewD

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice place, food very good, but the service was very amateurish.

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  39. Frances

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Felt a very calm, pleasant place to dine with friends compared to the madness of some parts of Hyde Park. The trofie pasta dish was delicious. Would like the recipe! Rose wine good too.

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  40. smilla

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a hidden gem of a restaurant. Simple yet delicious menu, cooked with care and attention. Delightful staff and a beautiful space for a relaxing meal

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FAQs

The Magazine at Serpentine North Gallery is rated 3.8 stars by 115 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for The Magazine at Serpentine North Gallery

Serpentine Gallery Kensaington Gardens, London, London W2 3XA

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    West Carriage Drive
  • Area
    Brompton
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sun 09:00–18:00 Breakfast Sat, Sun 09:00–11:30 Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00–17:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    You can reach us via the following tube stations: South Kensington, Knightstbridge or Lancaster Gate.
  • Payment Options
    Cash not accepted
  • Executive Chef
    Tomas Kolkus
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    020 7298 7552
  • Catering
    We would love to cater for your special event. Please email us your requirements and we'll be in touch! serpentinegalleries@benugo.com
  • Private party facilities
    We would love to cater for your special event. Please email us your requirements and we'll be in touch! serpentinegalleries@benugo.com
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