Located opposite Kensington Palace this new restaurant and bar brings a new offering to this part of town. The discreet entrance guides you to a warmly lit environment with the walls adorned with eclectic, life-size art pieces by critically acclaimed British artist JJ Adams. There are spacious booths with plush sofas, high seats at the bar and tables along the venue, as well as a private room and club at the rear of the venue.
A fabulous cocktail list, designed by world class bartender Andy Mil, includes signature creations including the Mad Hatter, concocted from Bombay Sapphire, Hyde Ginger Brew and fresh Lemon juice and served in a smoking glass teapot. Another is called the Shell Shock, made from Bacardi Negra, Bacardi Superior, Hyde's own caramel and coconut mix with pineapple juice, and served in a massive ceramic seashell.
Food is provided by Chef Adi Gunawan, who worked under Ian Pengelly for eight years at the famous Gilgamesh in Camden. His Pan- Asian menu is already winning fans and includes dishes such as Plum miso-marinated Chilean seabass and Duck & watermelon salad with cashew nuts and Thai herbs.
For design and art lovers the most exciting part of this venue is the bespoke artwork created by leading artist JJ Adams. JJ Adams is a trained tattoo artist and incorporates his passion for tattoos into much of his work, this has helped to give the artist a distinctive 'signature' style which is much sought after. His last collection sold out almost immediately so the bespoke work he has created for Hyde Kensington will help to draw crowds through its doors. According to the artist: "This project has been absolutely huge and a long time in the making but something I’m so proud of. There are a number of installations that I enjoyed curating that include a full size throne and armour set, custom roulette table, lightbox collection, originals and prints that are either on loan to the venue, specially adapted one off originals or part of a private collection. I also had the chance to collaborate with the incredible London Neon artist 'Courty' who provided the awesome neon artwork seen in the entrance above the throne.
"The lightbox collection, first devised a few years ago and completed over 12 months ago now, were a tester and part of the inspiration for my ‘Surgery Collection’ from later in 2015.
"It’s been amazing to see them up close again after so long but they are in a great home and are definitely worth the trip to see. I will not be releasing limited edition prints of this work as they are part of a private collection from early last year, so this is your only chance to see the originals on display."
Hyde Kensington is open from 4pm on Wednesday through to Saturday, and can accommodate up to 100 guests seated and 200 standing.
1-1A Kensington High Street, London. Tel: +44 (0)20 7368 6677