Not the crappy park food stand you may think it is.
We were pleasantly surprised that this was a great little cafe with many options: hot breakfast, baguette sandwiches, coffee, fresh juice, etc. The food was great and the atmosphere was fantastic. It was filled with people from all over the world. Tourists on bikes, locals on bikes, locals jogging, tourists walking, kids, adults, etc. The water makes for a nice view.
Don't half step. Be aware of the birds outside...don't leave that food unattended.
Perfect way to sit by the water in Hyde Park on a summer evening with a light bite to eat.
Not much in terms of food, the pizzas and the salad are nice, but it doesn't matter, because you're there to only people watch, enjoy a light and meal and drink in the sights and sounds of a wonderful London summer evening...there's something blissful about sitting casually in Hyde Park, especially in July. And yes, now you know why all those poets went crazy writing their ode to this place...!
Coming back to Serpentine Bar and Kitchen - you order at the counter, they give you a token and get your food to the table. It's all pretty much self service & easy.
Let's start with the good - nice park restaurant with waterside views. It's in the middle of Hyde park so there isn't the noise of cars and we came early so it was quite peaceful and quiet.
We arrived around 11:30am and it was fairly empty. Only a bunch of moms with prams and their kids. We sat outside and wanted to order breakfast. (Their menu says breakfast served until 12p, last call 11:30a). We were then told we were too late for breakfast. It was exactly 11:30a on my watch. All we wanted were salmon and eggs and we were told we were too late! After a lot of debate, we were finally allowed to order from the breakfast menu.
Then, another one of our party wanted to order from the lunch menu. It was 11.45a and the bar (where you pay) said I had to wait until 12p to order! I said why can't you just take my order and give me the food when the kitchen re-opens? (What an inefficient kitchen that takes so long to transition from Bfast to Lunch!) they said they can't even take my order because that's what the chef says. It wasn't even a limitation on their systems, they just simply wouldn't take the lunch order before 12p! Unreal, especially with a queue forming behind me. I'm a Yank but have been here for 8.5 years so I've learned to be patient about British inefficiencies but this is nuts. Especially on a sunny summer weekend! Just take the order and I'll be happy to wait! Needless to say I wasn't the only one shocked at this. There were a few behind me pretty irritated about this "policy" as well.
FYI there is no wifi here as well.
If I come back here I'll make sure to come well before the transition time. The food is ok, wouldn't say it's the best, but the views are nice and it's a calming environment if you head over before the rush!
Since I mentioned it in my recent review of Hyde Park I figured I better give it its own review as well. I enjoy this restaurant. First off it is right on Serpentine Lake in Hyde park, so it has beautiful views and is a great place to people watch.
They offer a wide variety of food and have a decent selection to choose from. I am especially fond of getting some fresh fruit and pastries in the morning. They have great baked pastries that are both soft and fresh. Also among my breakfast favorites are their fresh smoothies. For those colder or earlier times- coffee is available. They also offer both British classics, like fish & chips, as well as pizza.
The summer months see the serpentine bar & kitchen come alive. They have barbecues, burgers and a bar (gin) where cocktails or wine can be attained. One word of caution - since Hyde Park is a major tourist destination, it caters to foreigners and has a tendency to get quite crowded in Summer - when they do not accept reservations. So if you are headed that way in summer the Lido may be a nice compromise if this is too full.
I like this place as a complement to my time at the park. I regularly go to run or bike at the park and enjoy the convenience the Serpentine bar & kitchen offers. I do not know that I would seek it out in and of itself as a destination in its own right.
Lovely place. Amazing view of the serpentine lake. The food is very tasty, the bread used for the sandwiches is soft. Very good. Affordable prices. Gotta try. They have a good selection of cakes and cookies too. Loved it.
Sitting along Serpentine Lake, enjoying a cool drink (on a warm day) or a coffee (on a cold day) is just the ticket for me. I absolutely love this place, and it's also a great spot to watch the sunset.
Tip: be sure to grab a table and its number before you place your order, to save you a lot of hassle and heartache.
I am surprised no one has given this place a 5 star rating yet!
I cannot think of a better place to go in London than Serpentine on a beautiful summer evening! It has the perfect ingredient to have a great time - Located in the center of lush green Hyde Park, brilliant outdoor seating area by the serpentine river, the most beautiful place to sit and watch the sun set, great pizza, Pimms Pitchers and great crowd! I mean what else can one possibly ask for from a restaurant?
I have been here on several occasions and also hosted my birthday party here last year and it is always a pleasure coming back here. In my last visit yesterday when the sun finally decided to shine on London after a long wait, Serpentine was packed and yet the service was so fast and the spicy pepperoni pizza couldn't taste any better along with my Pimm's Pitcher! The price is very decent for its location and quality, I mean come on its Hyde Park are you expecting brick lane price here?
Verdict: I am in love with this place and will continue to be till it stands tall and beautiful in the middle of Hyde Park!
P.S Do try their cakes, they are delicious!
I think the menu prices have been jacked up considerably high, considering you eat at picnic table. Last I remember you could do that for free!
I felt the lettuce leaves in the Caesar were too large to fit in most peoples mouths, which made eating the salad less enjoyable, than it could have been.
We happened upon this while walking through the park. The sun was out and we enjoyed a few drinks. Had a great time.
Pleasantly surprised by the freshness of the pre packed baguette with salmon and cucumber. Enough salmon to actually call it a salmon baguette (guess you know what I mean).
The people at the pay desk were a bit stressed out even though it wasn't busy and weren't very friendly, save one.
Sitting outside overlooking the lake only makes it sandwich better. And the strawberries and cream were a right treat!
On my way from the outside terrace back to the Underground I had a quick glance at the pizzas on other people's plates, didn't look so nice, but we all know looks can be deceiving so I leave it up to you to try.
£1.50 for a can of coke... seriously?
Your gelato was more reasonably priced at £2.95 for two scoops. But it was boring, lacked real flavour and I question why you feel the need to mix hazelnut and toffee crunch. That's just wrong. It was also far too melty... the end.
Had better food on easyJet.
Avoid here, and bring a sandwich from Tesco and you'll have a much better day!
I loved this place. The boyfriend and I were wandering around in Hyde Park and hadn't eaten lunch yet. We saw this place and were happy with anything.
The location is perfect. We grabbed a sandwich and walked along the lake. The prices were fine, the food was fine. The pastry we had was delicious.
It gets 4 stars for the location. Where we were walking there weren't other places, and this was the perfect spot.
Die Lage ist warum ich liebe diese Ort. Sie ist bei dem See und wir haben einen Sandwich gekauft und wir sind um den See gegangen. Der Sandwich war gut, nicht schlecht, und die Lage war perfekt.
Fairly bog-standard trying-to-be-something-else place. You go here if you want a coffee or a slice of cake in the park. Or dinner, I suppose.
But it's really best avoided.
The coffee is OK at best. (Also, for some reason a flat white is cheaper than an Americano, despite the extra work that goes into it)
They've an ill-though-out queueing system so they've got to tell everyone where to queue; this overworks the service folk so much they can't offer good service, and this results as at best mediocre food and service. Also, all too often, cold coffee. Misheard orders.
I hear the cakes are nice, though.
And they do have the bit where you can sit and look at the Serpentine.
After a leisurely walk around Hyde Park, the Serpentine is waiting for a snack, some wine, and to take your money.
My friends and I went with the personal pizzas which ranged from around 8 to 12 pounds. Fortunately, we realized that the pizzas were pretty large for just one person and ended up splitting them to save some money. Like the previous review, I agree that the drinks were overpriced: sodas, wines, and beers.
I give the Serpentine, three stars though because of the atmosphere. The restaurant has a great view of the lake and park. Inside, the different chairs are covered in pillows, center around a fireplace, and there is outdoor seating.
Though one trip to the tourist trap is enough, if you happen to be in the park and want some lunch go for it.
I have known this restaurant for about 30 years and it has changed so often during this time. However, it always was a nice place to have drink or snak in a nice atmosphere.
Breakfast can be enjoyed in a very relaxed and silent atmosphere. In principal, the food ist good. However, it was not possible to have an ordinary toast (only toasted Italian ciabattabread was available). Anyway, I prefer this location and food to the usual breakfasts in hotels.
This place is ok. If you want to take some out-of-towners to enjoy Hyde Park it's a good spot. The food is decent, but a little overpriced. It might deserve 4 stars because of the location. I got a table right by the water and you have some beautiful views on a nice day. I would go back on a sunny summer day to enjoy a day in the park... but there was nothing memorable about the food.
I don't quite know how I missed the redesign of this place from naff cafeteria to surprisingly decent cafe, considering how often I walk around Hyde Park and the Serpentine. Dwarfed by the monstrous Winter Wonderland, The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen comes as a nice surprise and peaceful retreat.
I was extremely busy and I can't wait to come back on a regular weekend once the fun fair is gone.
Excellent choice of cakes and pastries, but the pizzas looked and smelled good, too.
All "stations" seem to have their own queuing and payment system which seems a bit confusing, but in the end the waiting time was OK and we even managed to find a space at a table (far too cold to braze outdoor seating).
This is the latest addition to Benugo's growing domination of public spaces. Or is it just me, they seem to be popping up everywhere.
Was in Hyde Park on the opening Sunday of the Olympics as they were getting the park ready for the Triathlon. The plan had been to buy sandwiches for the kids and to have a picnic, however, the heavens opened and we literally stumbled onto this place having no idea that it was there.
The food was pretty good indeed. We kept it simple and had burgers and pizzas and they were lovely. A lot of people have made a big deal of it being expensive but three burgers, one kids pizza, two coffees, a coke and an OJ was £52.00. I didn't think that was too bad. And we got to eat it with a lovely view of the lake just as the worst of the weather rolled by.
I can't say that this cafe has the best food ever, but the view is certainly what keeps people coming back. I came here for a little weekend pick-me-up with a nice lunch within the serene atmosphere of Hyde Park. I ordered the fish finger buttie, chips, and a florentine for dessert. Twas all yummy, but nothing spectacular. Like I said, I mostly visited for the view of the Serpentine and the park. The outdoor seating also allows for a great people watching ;)
My friend and I met for brunch in Hyde Park at the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen (serpentinebarandkitchen.…) . It's
such a lovely setting and despite walking by so many times I'd never
actually gone in before. We
arrived just before 11am which was a good time as the place was already
quite busy. I spotted a newly-vacant table by the window and went to
nab it but someone else was there quicker and played the 'we've got a
pram so it's easier to sit here' card, which I didn't really get to be
honest there was just as much room at the previous table, but away we
went defeated. There
was still room further back and we sat at a small table, furnished with
condiments. Although the kitchen is not visible it's still open above
the small partition they've put in front which means you do get a lovely
whiff of grub when you're waiting to eat perhaps a tactic to up-sell
coffees to brunches. You do have to go and order for yourself and at
the prices they charge it seems a little much, service would be nicer.
However, we ordered myself the eggs Florentine and my friend opted for
the same without sauce or spinach (no discount for just wanting a
buttered muffin and eggs I might add). The
food was really nice. The eggs are creamy duck eggs and the Hollandaise
was delicious (although I tried not to have too much as I was watching
the calories). The tea was yummy and I got about three cups from my
teapot but we did have to pay 40p for the hot water (really?!). See the breakfast menu here (serpentinebarandkitchen.…) .
in all it's a lovely setting but gets very busy with families so it's
not the best location for an intimate chat. We teamed our brunch with a
walk around the Serpentine in the brisk January cold, burning off some
of it we hoped. I'd go again for a treat, but perhaps just for a drink.
At £9 without drinks, my breakfast was a little bit of a treat but won't
become a regular expenditure.
Nothing better than a pint in a garden in Hyde Park on a lovely Sunday afternoon. It was very crowded but we still secured a picnic table all our own, near the water. A pint of beer and a pint of cider was £8. It reminded me a lot of dining at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, overlooking the fountains. It was lovely and I'd do it again but definitely an extravagance and reserved for only special occasions.
Alfresco, find a table looking out over the blue Serpentine waters through the green of the cactus and reed beds, shafts of early morning sunshine on the menu, what a treat!
Presentation, quality and reasonable price of the breakfast platter excellent - coffee strong and smooth - definitely worth walking, jogging, cycling or crawling over to the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen for breakfast - recommended, you won't be disappointed.
I held a breakfast meeting here this week and it was absolute perfection: geese on the lake, decent coffee, and tasty breakfasts to suit all tastes, from fried full English to fruit and granola. At 9 am it was almost empty, leaving us to enjoy the view, the music, the food and our work. We might make it a regular meeting place, if we can convince them to share the password for their Wi-Fi network.
Wow what a place.. It has to be the busiest place I have been to. The pizza's are great but keep in mind they don't serve food between 11:30 and 12:00 (breakfast to lunch change)
The restaurant next to the Serpentine lake and river in Hyde Park has just reopened (April 09) and is already an amazing success, just by looking at the long queues of customers waiting to order their food and drinks. The place has been totally redesigned with strong inspiration from gastro-pub food and decor with a fantastic view on the lake. There is both a large restaurant with large open windows that bring plenty of light and a large terrasse under the trees perfect for a sunny day (there are some) in the Park. It is huge (300 seats including outdoor) but doesnt feel so huge). The menu changes for breakfast (8-12am), lunch (12-3) and dinner (5-8pm). We had breakfast there with a choice of classic eggs, bacon, sausages etc. plus pancakes, croissant, muffins, basically everything one expect from a UK/US style breakfast. Food is served quite fast (once you have managed to order) on the nice wooden tables inside the restaurant. There is also an area to seat down and read in comfie chairs, with darker walls and pictures hanging on the walls, cool contrast with the rest. I uploaded a pix of the kitchen. The BIG drawback is that the food ordering system is so badly organised that it almost spoiled our breakfast but I am sure it drove many meny people mad. There is basically no clear signage of how to queue at the bar and staff is totally lost leading to very long queues forming very fast. Super frustrating, the managers must know about this and I hope their process will be redesigned soon. Until they sort this out it will remain a 3-star place but this has clear 5-star potential once this is sorted, it should be great at any time, from early breakfasts to an early dinner facing the beautiful sunset one can catch from that place. Note that this is very child friendly.
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