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Cento: The essence of Italy relaunches at London’s 100 Queens Gate Hotel

Cento, nestled within South Kensington’s 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel, is creating a buzz with its highly anticipated relaunch. Now under new management, the restaurant has undergone a remarkable transformation, boasting an all-Italian team and an enticing all-day menu that captures the essence of traditional Italian cuisine. With its revamped offerings, Cento aims to redefine the Italian dining scene in South Kensington and provide an unparalleled culinary experience.

Led by the talented Domenico Di Sarno, Cento’s new team comprises skilled culinary professionals hailing from various regions of Italy. With their wealth of experience and expertise, they bring an authentic taste of Italy to the heart of London. This infusion of Italian talent adds vibrancy and authenticity to Cento, elevating it to new heights and ensuring an unforgettable dining experience for its guests.

The revamped menu at Cento showcases the diverse flavours and culinary traditions of Italy’s various regions – from the robust and hearty dishes of the north to the delicate and aromatic creations of the south, with every plate celebrating Italy’s rich gastronomic heritage.

One signature dish that epitomises Italian cuisine is the Chicken Milanese. This delectable creation features tender chicken served alongside a flavourful combination of smoked mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto – a harmonious blend of textures and tastes that embodies the essence of Italian comfort food.

And, of course, no Italian dining experience is complete without delightful desserts, where Cento again delivers with the standout treat that is the Cornetto e gelato. This divine creation combines a warm croissant with a generous scoop of smooth and creamy gelato which is further elevated with a drizzle of decadent chocolate hazelnut sauce.

To complement the food, there’s a carefully curated selection of European wines handpicked by Cento’s sommeliers, from crisp and refreshing whites to bold and velvety reds, that will instantly remind diners of the sun-drenched vineyards of Italy. There are also signature cocktails, including everything from a refreshing Aperol Spritz to a sophisticated Negroni.


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Whether you’re hosting a business lunch, enjoying a meal with family or simply relaxing with friends, Cento provides the perfect setting with its elegant and inviting ambiance, coupled with impeccable service from attentive staff, ensuring that every visit is a memorable one – a great venue to connect, celebrate and unwind, whatever the occasion.

Buon appetito!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cento.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Haven’t been to Kensington for ages, before the pandemic we used to go out there a lot. As we both like Italian food this could be a winner for us. It looks like very stylish.

  2. I went to 100 Queens Gate on a night when Cento was shut. I went into their bar ESQ which has a lighter sort of orientalist tapas menu.

    They’ve got a huge variety of cocktails, a lot of them based on Asian themes.

    If you go to Cento, I strongly recommend that you start with a few drinks in ESQ first.

  3. It’s interesting that you write about the differences between the food of Italy’s north and that of the south.

    Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that once we’re inside a country’s border the food will be pretty much the same.

    It’s a good thing that we get regional variety. A pat on the back for Cento for keeping the regional traditions alive and kicking.

  4. An all Italian team is something that’s very unusual. It’s not often that you a restaurant in a prime London location with waiters from the right country. As well as adding authenticity their background knowledge mst be valuable.

  5. Those pizzas look a far cry from what usually comes in a box! And it’s not just because they’re square. The toppings look really super healthy.

  6. South Kensington has always been one of my favourite parts of London. And with great Italian food and wine around I could be tempted into a visit very soon.

  7. By coincidence I walked past 100 Queen’s gate yesterday and the hotel is looking in tip-top condition. The white stonework was shining in the sun and all the topiary looked as if it had enjoyed a very recent haircut. Also the hotel was getting ready for Wimbledon with displays of dozens of tennis balls and purple flowers in the tennis tournament’s traditional colours. It all looked very tempting and it was unfortunate that I didn’t have time for a meal at Cento. I’m a big fan of Italian food.

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