The Hilton London Olympia, along Kensington High Street and just around the corner from Kensington station, epitomises luxury and hospitality. It’s only fitting that the hotel should be equipped with a sleek restaurant and bar, open to the public between the very generous hours of 11am and 2am Monday through Saturday, with only slightly less time to enjoy the solid British haute cuisine and exemplary bar service on Sundays, when it closes at 1am (just in time for bed, surely). The food is classic-but-contemporary, the drinks and service a notch above even the trendiest (but typical) London bar.
Society’s menu has been designed by head chef Rohan Mehta, and it perfectly reflects Kensington High Street’s urban landscape that diners look out over from this bar and restaurant’s first-floor location in the luxurious Hilton London Olympia hotel. Kensington-Olympia’s Victorian heritage has meshed seamlessly with modern London chic over the years and, similarly, both the decor at Society Bar & Restaurant and the superlative menu put a modern spin on classic British. Sharing plates include the Ploughman’s and the Taste of Society, the latter offering a selection of cod fingers, marinated chicken skewers, Cumberland sausages, pork rillette, baked camembert, apple chutney and crusty bread. It’s a perfect introduction to Society’s culinary style.
Rustic mains such as the Society Fish and Chips or the Society Burger supercharge classic British pub suppers, taking them to lofty heights worthy of the Hilton London Olympia’s well-heeled guests. Besides these two satisfying dishes, there’s bubble and squeak, grilled butterfly chicken breast, shepherd’s pie, and ribeye steak to fill the gap. But perhaps the real drawcard at this Kensington High Street bar and restaurant are the fantastic interpretations of classic cocktails. The menu takes pains to inform guests about the history of each and every creation, from the elderflower daiquiri to the huge range of reinvented martinis. From the list of Society Bar & Restaurant’s bartender favourites, the summery Pimm’s mojito is not to be missed.