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The Magazine at Serpentine North Gallery, London, London

The Magazine at Serpentine North Gallery

3.8
3.8
55 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

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 9:00 am–6:00 pm Breakfast Sat, Sun 9:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    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 55 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
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West London

    Great for Brunch

  • West London

    Great for Lunch

  • West London

    Scenic View

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  1. f

    felix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Outstandingly bad service, Worst I’ve had in London.

    The Magazine at Serpentine North GalleryResponded on November 15, 2022Hi Felix, We're so sorry to hear about your experience with us here at The Magazine. We aim to give the best service possible to all of our customers and would love to invite you back to dine with us on the house. Please send me over an email at with a date and time that is most convenient for you . Once again we're so sorry about your experience and hope you will consider giving the Magazine another chance. Kindest regards, The Magazine team.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The waitress was very rude. Everything was a problem for her. We would ask for things and she wouldn’t bring it over. We had to ask for it twice and sometimes three times. She even rolled her eyes when we said we needed a little bit more time to choose our dish. The ambience was good but the lunch was ruined by the waitress.
  3. O

    Oluu

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous views on a sunny day, with great and attentive service. Had a lovely time with our drinks offering a calming moment after a Sunday stroll
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    All round bad service, the staff were very rude and were successful in making me and my date feel very unwelcome, the treatment felt personal as everyone else in the restaurant was greeted with smiles and good customer service, at one point it literally felt like just me being there was a crime. I wouldn’t advise black people to go there as it was very obvious that the crime I committed was “being black” As I looks around the restaurant nobody else was receiving the same awkward customer service.
  5. ML

    MajorL

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The beautiful Zaha Hadid "light scoops" were working 100% on this sunny day... looking almost like a film set out of a science fiction film. The restaurant was strangely quiet, with only 10 other tables occupied, many only having a coffee. The menu was printed on a very tired and worn piece of paper... but the food was lovely. I had the mussels and chips which were delicious (and not over-cooked as often happens). Fancy cappacinos, wacky nibbles, non alcoholic wine. On a sunny day this restaurant combined with the 2 free Serpentine art galleries, and the new architectural coffee installation is a London gem (& Lady D fountain, & Lake boating)
  6. V

    Vegan

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious food with plenty of vegan/veggie options
  7. C

    Cyclopath777

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Not nearly as good as previous attendances I regret to report. A sticky table replaced with a wonky table. Not a busy time but though a second member of staff a delight, another perhaps less so. My kale and chicken salad was chewy and lacked taste. Overall, not an experience I would choose to repeat.
  8. CC

    ClaudiaC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Love this place, so calm and beautiful but they're menu is incredibly reduced. I would have love to have more choice in food
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Nice ambience
  10. CD

    CharlieD

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I was disappointed that the menu was not all plant-based. Also, our first course portions were very small.

    The Magazine at Serpentine North GalleryResponded on July 22, 2022Good Morning Charlie, I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed that our menu wasn't fully plant based. Our Climavore menu proposes an adaptive regenerative form of eating. Please see below for more information. https://.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/climavore/ Apologies also for the confusion regarding the size of our plates, as our menu was created as a sharing concept. Please don't hesitate to email us and we will be more than happy to look after you on your next visit.

  11. J

    Jessica

    Yorkshire

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely brunch in great setting - can’t wait to return
  12. YL

    YvonneL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I loved the menu (which is why i returned). This time the bacon wasn't as crisp as before, which meant I had to pick at it, but it was still super-tasty. We sat outside in the sun and it was most pleasant.
  13. JE

    JEF1

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved this place! Beautiful building and ambience. Food was excellent. Will definitely return
  14. C

    Catherine

    Essex

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    8 of us had lunch at The Magazine and we all agreed it was a lovely experience. Beautiful location, friendly and efficient staff and interesting, tasty food.
  15. JV

    JoseV

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was absolutely delicious menu selection not too much choice but excellent value Service was good and the ambiance was cordial
  16. l

    larry

    Kent

    137 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The most beautiful building. In a most beautiful park. On the most beautiful day. What could go wrong…. Restaurant choice!! Service so bad. So disorganized and chaotic. First hurdle. A beer! Second hurdle olives. After 15 min wait and multiple requests. Told sorry. It’s a new menu. We’re working it out. Cheeseburger without cheese. Chicken salad without chicken. Meal disjointed with one diner finishing before the second got a meal… We will go again. Once under new ownership.
  17. SM

    SimonM

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    What a let down. Traveled from Yorkshire to teat my friend to a birthday lunch. Bit on the up side the toiles had a fancy tap. That should not be the highlight.
  18. NK

    NikhitaK

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    poor service and very slow. menu is small and they didn’t have a lot of stuff that was on the menu which was disappointing
  19. KB

    KevinB

    Birmingham

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful birthday brunch at The Magazine. Super brunch menu and good value. Lovely ambience and a friendly and helpful team. Highly recommended.
  20. KS

    KateS

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The space is fantastic and the food menu is interesting and appealing, but the service is not brilliant and very slow. There were not that many diners in the area when we were there but it took ages for us to be served .
  21. J

    Jasper

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great venue and food. Lots of vegetarian options.
  22. v

    victoria

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Booked a table for early dinner, staff were disinterested (to the point of rudeness), tables unclean, service extremely slow and still a brunch menu at 4pm (not reflective of the menu online and no indication online anywhere about an 'all day menu' or the dinner menu starting at a certain time. When asked if there was another menu the blunt response was 'no' - maybe the website needs updating then? We left promptly after a drink and had a wonderful meal somewhere else.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was good
  24. KB

    KimB

    London

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Didn’t have our booking, despite having emailed a few hours before we arrived. Short staffed therefore slow. Restaurant was ‘grubby’ with food dropped on the floor not cleared. Expected a restaurant, more like a glorified tea room. Such a shame because the building is interesting and this could be a great venue
  25. AJ

    AnneJ

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful location and building, interesting menu and very good food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  27. JJ

    JulieJ

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Yet again not a good experience! Won't be returning, although food was good and setting lovely. This was my 3rd attempt to eat here, the last 2 occasions I had to fight to get the climavore £20 set lunch menu. It's advertised on their web site and on open table. One member of staff, both times has informed me I can't have it, she is rude and tries to tell me it is my problem. We had to ask to speak to the manageress, who amazingly arrived with the set menu! No other diners were being offered this menu even though it is clearly advertised on their own website. To top it all, our bill was not correct and in there favour, they came back with another and that too was wrong, in their favour again!!! The experience was unpleasant and I won't eat there again. I think the Sepentine should break ties with Benugo's The Magazine, as the whole experience reflects badly on them!!!

    The Magazine at Serpentine North GalleryResponded on February 2, 2022Hello Julie. We are really sorry to hear your expirience was unplasant. We have tried to make up for our mistakes by acknowledging the issues on the day and looking after you but we apologize if you still felt like we didn't do enough. We are not taking your experience for grunted therefore we are running an investigation regarding the waitress behavior and we are looking to improve our service. Please do accept our sincere apologies. Best Regards, Elisa

  28. h

    heather

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    lovely food great vegetarian options in perfect setting
  29. MJ

    MJ2022

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was served almost cold. Great architecture, interesting menu choice.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was unique, sustainable, delicious and filling! The location is spectacular.
  31. CA

    ClareA

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely setting with a small but delicious menu and good service
  32. B

    timB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch in a lovely setting. Perfect! Highly recommended.
  33. t

    topnosh61

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food in an iconic building in a beautiful setting Great options for omnivores, climavores!, vegetarian or vegan. Good service Comfortable tables and chairs with ideal spacing for a cosy lunch. Great option away from the bustle of South Kensington since it's a stroll into Kensington Gardens from all the South Kensington musems.
  34. P

    Pickylondoner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Go for the architecture, not for the food. They really need to improve their menu.
  35. GW

    GreenwichWriter

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    A beautiful place, stunning. The menu was good, the non- alcoholic cocktail amazing. The service and welcome fine. Situated in the park next to an art gallery, it is the perfect place to meet Put it on your special places list!
  36. AR

    AlisonR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A lovely place to relax in Hyde Park, delicious food and excellent service
  37. NO

    NatO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catch of the day, Rose prosecco and service was amazing. Thanks for a great birthday lunch.
  38. OS

    OdeliaS

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    We waited almost 45 minutes for our food. Clearly the kitchen staff is minimal (as opposed to servers) and couldn't handle the amount of diners even though there weren't many. We had to ask for serving spoons, plates and water. Seems that the staff is still in training.
  39. P

    Pickylondoner

    Dubai

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A beautiful seasonal menu, created to be shared. You won’t be disappointed! The deep fried feta, fish of the day, kohlrabi and bread and butter pudding were just a few of my faves! You also can’t beat the venue!!!
  40. LS

    LizS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service. Great location

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Magazine at Serpentine North Gallery is rated 3.8 stars by 55 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 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

  • Neighborhood

    Brompton

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 9:00 am–6:00 pm Breakfast Sat, Sun 9:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • 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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