Got an appt up in south Ken this week. Hopefully should finish late lunch time. Bit worried about the appt so I thought I'd reward myself with a lunch and an hour or two in the V&A before coming home. Is there anywhere that's ok to eat where I won't feel like an idiot for eating by myself? Preferably somewhere that I can take a book with me.
Jia for dim sum. Mixed reviews online but feels fine for eating alone. Didn't seem unfriendly just not in your face service which is good if you want to be left to read. Went last week for lunch. £2.80 to £3.50 per 3 dumplings or plate of calamari etc. Wouldn't bother with non-dim sum bit of menu.
Oriel, it's on a side street fairly near the Oratory, on the other side of the road, and it's nice and very solo-friendly. Haven't been there for a couple of years but unless massive re-working has happened, the walk to the lavs is hilariously complicated -friend told me "I promise you will laugh out loud at one point" and I did. Last I went, they didn't mark up the wine very much at all so if you want a glass you will get a nice one for the same price as a less nice one elsewhere.