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  1. Behind The Decor

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    La Terrazza is an Italian fine dining restaurant in London that stands out from the crowd with its unique and modern decor. Many Italian restaurants have the same old tired decoration which stifles the atmosphere and makes the whole place feel dated. But La Terrazza is the complete opposite. We strive to create a casual dining space where you can relax and enjoy our delicious seasonal Italian cuisine. The restaurant has a bright and airy atmosphere, with custom-made wallpaper, a modern bar area, and vibrant chairs that add a pop of colour. It’s a world away from the overly formal atmosphere that you find elsewhere. The space is divided into three areas, the main restaurant and the conservatory area and the beautiful outdoor terrace, each with its own unique look and feel.

    The main restaurant is a stylish open-plan space flooded with natural light. The custom wallpaper features an eye-catching, colourful design that makes the space dynamic and exciting. The modern bar area at the centre of the restaurant is the perfect place for guests to relax and enjoy a pre-dinner drink, with comfortable seating, a sleek countertop, and a well-stocked drinks selection.

    The conservatory area is a stunning space, with large windows that allow guests to enjoy the sights of Kensington and watch the world go by while dining. The area is filled with lush plants and flowers, creating a serene and peaceful environment. It’s ideal for a casual breakfast or a coffee with friends.

    The laid-back, stylish decor in La Terrazza creates a great atmosphere for enjoying Italian traditional dining. It’s relaxed and inviting, yet still sophisticated and elegant, making it the perfect setting for special occasions and romantic dinners as well as a midweek meal or an easy-going late breakfast or lunch.

    If you want an Italian fine dining restaurant in London that breaks the mould with a modern setting and new twists on classic dishes, La Terrazza is the place for you. Book your table through our website or give us a call today.

  2. How La Terrazza Began

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    La Terrazza is built on the vision of Head Chef Raffaele Lauriola. He wanted to bring the flavours and ethos of Italian cooking to the UK, with a contemporary twist. A focus on fresh ingredients and traditional staples is at the heart of everything we do, but we have also created a unique Italian tapas style of dining.

    La Terrazza first opened in 2013 as part of the Hotel Xenia, providing a casual Italian dining experience for hotel guests and members of the public alike. The combination of main dishes with smaller Italian tapas style plates allows our guests to sample a range of delicious flavours and enjoy our food at their leisure. This relaxed atmosphere is enhanced by the bright, colourful decor that is a world away from the overly formal vibe you expect in fine dining establishments. Italian dining is not just about the food, it’s about spending long afternoons with friends and family, socialising and sharing in a culinary experience. . Our Italian menu offer a wide selection of flavours, dished and wines from several Italian regions helps bringing all day experiences from Breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas, Dinner to the very Traditional Aperitivo to the heart of Kensington.

    Since opening the main restaurant, we have expanded to create the Conservatory area. This is the perfect space for lunchtime diners working in the Kensington area or those looking for a nice spot to enjoy a glass of wine and some delicious charcuterie on a summer afternoon.

    Although he has created a contemporary Italian tapas twist on many classics, Raffaele still stays true to the core principles of Italian cooking and there are plenty of old favourites you will recognise on the menu. All of the dishes are created using the highest quality ingredients so, even though we are focused on building a relaxed dining experience, the food is still the star of the show.

    If you want to taste the future of Italian cooking right here in Kensington, book a table through our website or give us a call today.

  3. How Italians spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve

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    La Terrazza offers an authentic Italian Christmas experience like no other. If you are looking for something different this year, why not try our special Christmas Festive menu during the festive period?

    It’s no surprise that Italians like to go big at Christmas. Italy is a nation famed for its cuisine and there is a rich culinary heritage stretching back through the generations. Many of the dishes that you associate with Italian cooking are staples of their Christmas menus too. Pasta dishes like ravioli are popular as starters. Seafood also features heavily, especially on Christmas eve. Although the traditional Italian Christmas foods vary depending on the region, seafood is always a big part of the festive menu. The main meal is a classic meat roast, usually lamb or veal, with lots of fresh seasonal vegetables on the side. For dessert, expect lots of delicious Italian cakes and panettone, and maybe a cheese board as well. The common theme that runs through all Italian cooking, not just their Christmas food, is the focus on high-quality, fresh ingredients that shine when prepared in simple dishes.

    The La Terrazza festive menu gives you a true taste of Italian Christmas. Try delicious wild salmon to start, followed by the main course is a beautiful fusion of two cuisines – a traditional roast turkey or Mediterranean Stonebass in pistachio crust. Finish up with a delicious Pandoro with Tiramisu Cream or a Pumpkin and ricotta cheese souffle, raising, pine nuts and orange marmalade. All of the dishes are expertly prepared by experienced Italian chefs, using the freshest of ingredients.

    Come to La Terrazza Kensington this festive period for a truly unique experience. Instead of the same old thing you have every year, you can enjoy an Italian Christmas feast with live music on Christmas eve, Christmas Day and New Years eve!

  4. Christmas is Coming

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    The festive season is upon us and now is the time to share Christmas joy with friends and family. This time of year is filled with parties and gatherings and La Terrazza is the perfect place to meet with loved ones and share delicious Italian food with a festive twist with our Christmas menu.

    We are open on Christmas day with a beautiful six course menu but we also have a range of other menus on offer throughout December. As well as our special Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve menus, we have created a Christmas Festive menu, which is available throughout the rest of the festive period.

    Christmas with La Terrazza is a unique experience that you won’t want to miss. All of our menus feature Italian classics with a contemporary twist, made with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Look forward to elegant dishes such as avocado tartare, wild salmon, home-made ravioli, steamed red snapper and pressed duck. But if you want something more traditional to help you get into the yuletide spirit, don’t worry! Every Christmas menu includes our take on a classic turkey dinner, with our own Italian stamp on it, of course. Finish up with a delicious Christmas panettone or perhaps some parfait honey and orange instead. Every Christmas menu begins with a welcome glass of prosecco and canapes so you can get into the holiday spirit as soon as you arrive.

    Enjoy this delicious Christmas feast in a beautiful setting, appropriately decorated with Christmas trees and sparkling tinsel with live music on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve. We are taking group bookings throughout December and we can accommodate parties of all sizes in our main restaurant or conservatory area. If you are planning to eat, drink, and be merry with friends and family during the festive season, make a reservation with us through our website or give us a call to book a table today. 

  5. Christmas Brought To You By La Terrazza

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    Christmas dinner is the most anticipated meal of the year and it’s always a big event. For a lot of families, the whole holiday is built around a huge feast of turkey with all of the trimmings. But for the person cooking dinner, it’s a lot of stress. Christmas for the cook means getting up at the crack of dawn and then spending the morning in and out of the kitchen. After dinner, you’re left with a big pile of washing up to do.

    A lot of people never even consider restaurants open on Christmas day because it’s always been a tradition to eat at home. But eating out at a beautiful restaurant like La Terrazza can make Christmas feel really special, and you don’t have any of the stress. You just get to enjoy perfect food with your family in a lovely restaurant setting. You can still keep the rest of your Christmas traditions when you get home, you just skip out on all of the hard work.

    Dining out for Christmas also gives you the chance to try something a bit different, rather than having the same dinner you eat every year. You’d be surprised how many restaurants open on Christmas day, so why not do something a bit more adventurous this year? 

    La Terrazza is the ideal spot for your family’s Christmas dinner. The range of festive menus combines traditional Christmas dinner food with classic Italian flavours, all cooked by amazing chefs with over 45 years of experience in the kitchen. On Christmas day, you can enjoy a delicious six-course meal with the option of Turkey, sprouts, and roast potatoes if you want something classic. If you fancy something less traditional, you can choose from grilled seabass, green broccoli and delicate martini sauce or sweet potato basket filled with mixed winter vegetables. The menu features Italian staples like Home-made ravioli with artichoke with vegetable consommé, with a delicious Panettone dessert. You’ll even get a welcome glass of prosecco and some nice canapes on arrival. There are plenty of options for each course, including some delicious vegetarian dishes, so everybody will be happy.

    A three-course version of the menu is available throughout the Christmas period, and there’s a special seven-course New Years’ Eve menu on offer too. So, even if you are not looking for restaurants on Christmas day itself, you can still enjoy an Italian celebration during the festive period.

    La Terrazza brings you the perfect blend of Christmas classics and an authentic Italian experience. Every dish is carefully crafted by expert chefs, using fresh, high-quality ingredients with live music on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve. 

    Even though traditions are great, slaving over the same Christmas dinner every year can be a chore. You can give yourself a break and keep things fresh by finding restaurants open on Christmas day, like La Terrazza. We pride ourselves on serving incredible Italian dishes with a contemporary twist, and our Christmas menu showcases the best that our experienced chefs have to offer. So, why not avoid the washing up this year and join us for Christmas dinner instead?

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  6. Christmas in Kensington

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    Revel in the magic of Christmas in Kensington and join us at La Terrazza with your friends and family to enjoy excellent food and drinks. Christmas in Kensington is unmissable, with the iconic venues of Victoria & Albert Museum and their spectacular exhibitions, Hyde Park’s magical Winter Wonderland, Harrods infamous Christmas shopping, and us, La Terrazza. With La Terrazza expect to taste the flavours of Italy whilst being in the heart of Kensington during this festive season.

    Throughout the most magical time of the year, La Terrazza are offering four bespoke menus during December- Christmas Festive, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve. For Christmas in Kensington our Executive Chef has curated new dishes celebrating Christmas, with a contemporary Italian twist bursting with flavour. Look forward to experiencing new flavours during the most wonderful festive time. La Terrazza are known for contemporary twists on classic Italian flavours, using seasonal ingredients working directly with Italian suppliers and importers to elevate each of their dishes. With La Terrazza perfectly curating dishes which celebrate both Italian cuisine and British Christmas traditions, we have highlighted some dishes which are a must have whilst visiting us during Christmas. To start, the wild salmon marinated with raspberries, their take on traditional turkey and the Italian classic panettone with dark chocolate sauce. 

    We understand that Christmas can be stressful, but by joining La Terrazza this Christmas in Kensington, expect to receive prosecco on arrival, excellent service and exquisite food. We have rooms available to host large Christmas work-dos, a special celebration with the whole family, or a cosy Christmas for two with La Terrazza’s signature twist-on-a-classic Italian dishes this Christmas. 

    Enjoy your Christmas in Kensington festivities with live music on Christmas Eve, Christmas day and Nye Year’s Eve at La Terrazza by reserving your table online or calling 0207 442 4242. Alternatively, email concierge@hotelxenia.co.uk. We look forward to welcoming you this Christmas.

  7. La Terrazza Restaurant

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    La Terrazza restaurant presents our Head Chef Raffaele Lauriola serving delicious, contemporary twists on classic Italian flavour combinations and dishes, inspired by his native roots in Italy, available to you in one of the most luxurious of Kensington restaurants. With the use of different top seasonal products and astonishing creativity, he presents exceptional dishes based on Italian culinary traditions.

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    La Terrazza terrace restaurant and lounge


    La Terrazza restaurant really is the jewel in Kensington’s crown. Serving continental and cooked to order breakfasts, grazing tapas style lunches, indulgent afternoon teas and a seasonal a la carte dinner menu. The kitchen is open from 7am – 10.30pm daily, and is rightly regarded as one of the best Kensington restaurants for Italian food.

    Out of all the Kensington restaurants, La Terrazza is the most beautiful, bright and casual space. Situated on the ground floor of Hotel Xenia, Autograph Collection open to the public and in-house guests. With comfortable colourful chairs set against the custom made Fornasetti wallpaper, the restaurant creates a relaxing space to savour delicious dishes over a long, relaxing afternoon or evening in the heart of Kensington.

    Afternoon tea at La Terrazza is served on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 2-5pm and must be pre-booked. Also, it is a perfect respite serving for those exploring West London and the fantastic array of museums and galleries on the restaurant’s doorstep including the Design Museum, Natural History Museum and V&A Museum.

    With lights dimmed and tables are redressed for dinner service, La Terrazza comes into its own as a romantic setting for a dinner date or pre-theatre dinner before heading to a performance at The Royal Albert Hall nearby. Additionally, with an extensive wine list from the on-site cellar, diners can explore a plethora of Italian wines by the bottle or glass. The collection includes fantastic labels from artisan and organic vineyards.

    Above all, La Terrazza is available for exclusive hire and can seat up to 40 guests for buffet lunches and dining for up to 50 people and networking receptions for up to 70 people with the use of the La Terrazza Conservatory and Terrace.

  8. La Terrazza and Conservatory

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    La Terrazza’s Terrace and Conservatory is an Italian restaurant in Kensington with beautiful terrace. La Terrazza starts the day serving breakfast in the Conservatory. Our delicious and varied buffet breakfast including continental cheeses and meats, freshly baked croissants and pastries and a mouth-watering selection of fruits and juices available for £21.00 per person, with a choice of fresh coffee or tea. Our fresh, cooked to order breakfast menu which offers a choice of eggs and pancakes and is available from 6.30am – 11am Monday – Friday and 7am – 11am Saturday and Sunday including bank holidays.

    La Terrazza and conservatory is an Italian restaurant based in the heart of Kensington on Cromwell Road. It has a separate entrance with access to the bright, spacious and airy conservatory and terrace, serving breakfast from 7am until 11am . Also, it is the perfect setting for a casual lunch with an extensive list of wines also served by the glass.

    La Terrazza terrace and conservatory
    La Terrazza terrace and conservatory
    La Terrazza terrace and conservatory
    La Terrazza terrace and conservatory
    La Terrazza terrace and conservatory
    La Terrazza terrace and conservatory
    La Terrazza terrace and conservatory
    La Terrazza terrace and conservatory
    La Terrazza terrace and conservatory

    On a sunny day the La Terrazza’s terrace provides our Italian restaurant in Kensington with a beautiful spot for an Aperitivo, served daily from 12pm – 6pm, cheese and charcuterie boards with a glass of wine or a relaxed afternoon tea – when the sun isn’t warming the terrace, heaters and blankets make dining al fresco still possible.

    Within a short walking distance from High Street Kensington, Earl’s Court Road and Gloucester Road, the La Terrazza Conservatory and terrace is a great place to meet for a light bite after work or to catch up over a coffee with a friend at the weekend.

    Looking for a private space to hire? Embrace the outdoors and host a BBQ on the La Terrazza’s terrace, a cool city space for a casual al fresco dining with family, friends or colleagues.

    Looking for something a little different? Book an evening of show cooking in the Conservatory with our Head Chef as he shares his recipes before your guests at the cookery station. A fabulous evening for up to 20 guests.

    For information on bespoke set menus and packages please contact us

  9. La Cantina

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    The La Cantina is the perfect venue for all those important celebrations, be it a birthday, engagement, children’s party, or an intimate wedding reception.  

    Offering in-room sound system which allows guests to play their own playlists. In-room mood lighting allows you to sets the tone for your event and can provide a party-like atmosphere or create a warm, relaxing setting. 

    Our wine list expertly communicates the wide diversity of Italian grapes and wines. With an extensive wine list from the on-site cellar, diners can explore a plethora of Italian wines by the bottle or glass. The collection includes fantastic labels from artisan and organic vineyards.

    La Cantina is available for private hire for up to 60 guests. which can be set up to suits your needs,

    Contact us today to discuss room hire options, food and beverage packages and for assistance to plan your prefect meeting or event.

    Available for Private Hire

  10. Bohemia

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    La Terrazza’s stunning private room provides a luxurious and quintessentially chic escape from London’s chaotic day-to-day. 

    Seating up to 12 guests, Bohemia is a perfect choice for private hire in Kensington, be it for dinner or an intimate family celebration. Our Head Chef Raffaelle and his team at La Terrazza offer bespoke private dining menus suitable for birthday celebrations, and family get-togethers.

    Additionally, Bohemia is a perfect private setting for Christmas lunch and dinner celebrations with special Christmas menus created by our Head chef Raffaele.

    Our professional and experienced Events Team will guide you through the stages of planning, offering bespoke menus and packages and set ups to suit your needs and budgets ensuring that everything runs smoothly for a memorable event.

    Available for Private Hire