The first London restaurant to launch the phenomenon of dining in outdoor igloos was Coppa Club back in 2017. Since then, various other London haunts have followed suit, launching igloos by the river, on rooftops and even indoors in some cases. In Kensington, those looking to snap a selfie or two can head to London Secret Garden, an outdoor restaurant which features five standalone domes.
Guests are able to exclusively book one of the domes for a unique night out, with available experiences including a multi-course pan-Asian menu, a classic afternoon tea topped up with Champagne, and a Sunday brunch served alongside bottomless Prosecco. We visited during the evening, when the domes are lit up by fairy lights festooned around the interior, adding a whimsical, romantic touch.
Each dome is named after an iconic late popstar, such as David Bowie or George Michael. We dined in the Aretha Franklin dome, but to be honest, didn’t get a feel for how it was themed around the songstress, aside from a picture of her on the front of the menu. The domes are cute and cosy spaces though, and manage to avoid feeling cramped. It’s also worth noting that they come equipped with heaters and fur throws on chillier nights, so there’s no need to worry about being exposed to the elements.
Once you’ve settled in, amiable staff present you with a run of crowd-pleasing dishes from across Asia. You’ll start with the likes of prawn crackers served alongside a sweet chilli dip with a subtle flash of heat or bowls of edamame studded with rock salt. For your mains, expect a selection of curries – a fragrant coconut curry is studded with plump prawns, while classic Thai green curry comes with all of the expected punch and spice. Desserts meanwhile, might see banana spring rolls or a bundle of cardamom chocolates.
It’s clear that London Secret Garden isn’t reinventing the wheel when it comes to Asian food, but there’s no denying that this is a fun and relatively unique experience, offering something different on London’s ever-competitive restaurant scene.