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What is your favourite London restaurant/ cafe/ bar, and why?

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Absentmindedwoman Sun 05-Jun-16 22:02:01

I need some new places to go smile of all kinds, so fun places for brunch, or drinks, or dinner. Where do you go? What do you love about it?

Looking forward to hearing about all the hidden gems!

Absentmindedwoman Sun 05-Jun-16 22:02:45

whoops this should be in chat..

OhMrBadger Sun 05-Jun-16 22:42:02

Had the best dinner ever at Gymkhana last summer. I still get a bit delirious thinking about it! It's a Michelin starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair.

For afternoon tea, I love Libertys.

glueandstick Sun 05-Jun-16 22:48:24

Peggy Porschen in Belgravia. The strawberry champagne cake is to die for.

antimatter Sun 05-Jun-16 22:54:57

Have you been to Camden Market lately? There are so many street food stalls impossible to choose! I had tortilla snack/bap which was delicious.

AuntJane Sun 05-Jun-16 22:56:06

Borough Market. So much choice.

Blondie1984 Sun 05-Jun-16 23:30:20

Benihana is good fun - as are Big Easy and Circus

Food at Nobu is amazing but it's very much a special occasion place as it isn't cheap

AssembleTheMinions Sun 05-Jun-16 23:38:48

Another vote for Camden Market, the food village bit is fabulous. It's has a vast array of food from round the world and everything I've had so far has been brilliant.

JaceLancs Sun 05-Jun-16 23:40:35

Betjeman arms at st Pancras station

stealthbanana Sun 05-Jun-16 23:43:44

I went to e&o in Notting hill on Friday night for the first time in a few years. Had forgotten how good the food is and how fun the restaurant is.

Dock kitchen is fabulous.

Morito in exmouth market

The bar at the young vic

Fernandez & wells on Lexington st

Lantana for good coffee

Tinello in Pimlico for amazing Italian (it's the cheap locatelli)

Dragon palace on Earl's Court road for the best cheapest dim sum lunch

Caravan in Granary square @ kings x

My very favourite "special" spenny restaurant is J Sheekey - either the restaurant proper or the oyster bar

So many! is a glutton

Smeldra Sun 05-Jun-16 23:46:43

Mildreds, Lexington Street smile

TalcAndTurnips Sun 05-Jun-16 23:48:09

Rochelle Canteen in Shoreditch - it really is a hidden gem; the entrance is a plain door in a garden wall.

It is housed in the bike shed of a former school, plus some outdoor seating among the flowerbeds - a real sun-trap. The food is modern British - simple, top quality seasonable produce; just a few items on the menu that changes daily. You bring your own wine if you wish.

tiredvommachine Sun 05-Jun-16 23:49:32

Heddon Street kitchen was amazing.
DH and I had a hundred pound gift voucher to use and we totalled £112.50.

They waived the 12.50 and said don't worry about it!

Going back there again soon and can't bloody wait grin

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sun 05-Jun-16 23:52:04

had a lovely cocktail in Skylon, on the Southbank, swanky prices mind you

the food market there is good too...been there before, had a decent glass of champagne from a stall, and a nice Negroni, dh took up residence at the craft beer stall.

and found Gilgamesh at Camden...cocktails not too spendy and they seemed to have a decent enough speedy type lunch menu and assorted other foody options grin

JayDot500 Sun 05-Jun-16 23:59:21

Favourite chains: Busaba Eathai and Burger & Lobster

Independents: I never remember names. There's a nice okinomiyaki place off Leicester square, a Korean BBQ place in Holborn, a lovely little restaurant near the old Arsenal stadium (think it's called Juniper), and a Spanish Tapas bar in Soho. I'm a bit rubbish, I just fall into places. confused

MerilwenRose Mon 06-Jun-16 06:56:28

Kensington Creperie, I really loved that for lunch when I lived in London!

blueskyinmarch Mon 06-Jun-16 07:02:41

My DD’s (age 18 and 23) were raving about Christopher's Kitchen in Covent Garden. They went there for brunch recently and said it was fab.

Binkybix Mon 06-Jun-16 07:11:22

Brixton food market, and there's a place near Peckham attached to a small gallery but can't remember its name! It's set in an old house.

TheCrumpettyTree Mon 06-Jun-16 07:14:33

El Parador is a hidden gem of a tapas restaurant between Euston and Mornington Crescent tube.

Binkybix Mon 06-Jun-16 07:15:04

I love El parador!

Rarararaa Mon 06-Jun-16 07:19:24

Keu - on poland st in soho. Its a little Vietnamese cafe which does the best banh mi.

Tricerasaurus Mon 06-Jun-16 07:23:59

NOPI innPicadilly is amazing Ottolenghi food.

Moro in Exmouth Market is great food and Exmouth market is fun and buzzy.

Honest Burger is my best burger chain, we like the one in Brixton Market.

The Marksman pub in Hackney has good food.

babybat Mon 06-Jun-16 08:28:07

The KERB food market which pops up at various different places - I love the ice cream sandwiches from Blu Top and the veggie Indian food from Horn OK Please.

Lamb curry and roti from Roti King in Euston. It's a tiny dive of a place, but the food is brilliant.

Second the recommendation of Brixton, it's fab, particularly Franco Manca pizza and Mama Lan dumplings.

Scandi Kitchen near Oxford Circus is great for lunch - Swedish food, nice cakes and coffee.

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