A perennially popular neighbourhood Italian set among some of London’s most charming streets and shops, Daphne’s exudes natural warmth and charisma. Located in Brompton Cross, at the point where South Kensington blends into Chelsea, the restaurant draws a regular crowd of locals and visitors from surrounding boroughs. Head Chef Chris Dargavel’s menu offers an authentic taste of traditional Italy, with simple but inspiring dishes, honed over the years to showcase the finest seasonal ingredients, served up in a glamorous yet informal setting.

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The restaurant’s character reflects that of its founder, the vivacious casting director Daphne Rye, who famously discovered Richard Burton. Daphne adored people and was loved in turn for her ready laugh, exceptional taste and fabulous parties. Her powers of attraction lured the leading lights of stage and screen to her restaurant when it opened in 1964, at the height of Chelsea’s Sixties heyday.

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General Manager Gabriele Esposito plays the lead in Daphne’s current cast of characters, and has been welcoming regulars and newcomers alike with the gregarious charm of his native Naples for more than 20 years. Daphne’s is all about the personal touch, about building relationships so that every guest feels valued and at home. More than just a restaurant, it is a place where memories are made, a place where life happens.

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