If you want a bite to eat or a few drinks...
Royal Fesitval Hall, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
This Royal Festival Hall venue on the river, offers fine food, a great selection of drinks and some funky tunes to London’s Southbank and its even got a 2:00am licence, if you don’t want to go home early!
With the full gambit on offer (breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch at weekends) you will never go hungry here. The styling and décor are super-cool, there’s a long open grill (so you can see what’s being offered and when) and there’s even their own wine and oyster bar to partake in.
Choose from a decent sized sharing plate menu, featuring a great collection of classic favourites with a twist, wonderful wines (flat or sparkling) a full cocktail menu and a good beer list.
With its 1970s modernist style (that fits perfectly with the building it sits in) just relax and enjoy your food and drink in their wonderfully comfortable curved leather booths, and ambient surroundings. The cool choice of background music fits perfectly too and all courtesy of their wonderful vintage speakers, that set the tone perfectly, there’s even resident DJs at the weekends, so pop in for some great food, atmosphere and mellow music and then maybe a stroll along the river, straight after dinner.
36 Brixton Water Lane, Brixton, London SW2 1PE
Maremma has finally opened its doors in Brixton, bringing a little slice of Tuscany to South London and situated in the former Montego Inn restaurant a famous and long standing landmark from Brixton days gone by.
Decorated and styled in the classic colours of the Tuscan Maremma region with simple stripped back décor, cosy lighting and beautiful terracotta tomes, the life-size sketch of an Italian wild “cinghiale” boar is pretty impressive too! adding a little uniqueness to the comfy and popular restaurant.
The relatively small dining space upstairs, is just enough to make it feel cosy and atmospheric and the food from this famous Tuscan region tops it all off, offering dishes such as their delicious wild boar prosciutto or spinach and ricotta tortellini that sits perfectly accompanied by their inclusive cocktails or aperitives and extensive and personally recommended Italian wine choices, available by glass, carafe, or bottle.
This place is relatively new, so book early, its popular and rightly so, great food and buzzy atmosphere and the prices aren’t too bad either, fabulous.
52 Haymarket, St. James's, London SW1Y 4RP
Duck and Waffles newest & more local restaurant is situated right in the heart of London’s Piccadilly.
With a more casual and relaxed atmosphere, the D&W space is large, modern and bright with large ceiling to floor windows. This location can get busy (because of the central location) But its handy, knows what its doing and does it well.
The speedy and attentive service was great, the portions were decent (leaning more towards large) and the dishes were straightforward and tasty. With quality a key ingredient, the menu even gives slight hints to its feathered name sake (the Big “Quack” Burger) and the drinks definitely hit the spot and are served from breakfast until late.
Don’t fret if you vegan or veggie either, there’s even dishes on this Ducky menu for you guys too, its inclusive and your choices come in either small or large plant based options too.
Fast food with style.
4 Redchurch Street, London E1 6JL
The first solo restaurant of Tomos Parry, Young British Foodie Chef of the Year in 2014 and situated above the equally cool Smoking Goat in Shoreditch, this is one you do not want to miss (if you can get in!)
Beautiful décor and ambience, dark wood sets the tone, its minimalist with an almost 1930s feel, however, that might just be down to the original fixtures and fitting which are above all chic and tasteful.
Using the very best high-quality ingredients, the Oysters roasted with Seaweed were fresh, succulent and delicious, the Soused Mackerel a dream, the Wild Rabbit, Blood Pudding & Beans were action packed with flavour and the Velvet Crab, Monkfish with Winter Tomato just melted in the mouth, even the bread was stunning (Grilled Bread with Anchovy) we had to order more, twice! Desserts were wonderful too (the Cheese cake was naughty but nice) and not forgetting the wine cabinet (situated just as to enter the restaurant, is a feast for the eyes and the tongue! and offers at lease 35 wines by the glass and seven sherries we were told and the beer choices were excellent too!
If you want to eat in one of London’s hottest restaurant right now, book in advance, and that’s for all the right reasons!
11 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0PL
Polpetto in the centre of Soho, is part of the London (and Venice) POLPO group of restaurants that offer a great selection of beautifully presented and tasting sharing plates with a Venetian influence, plates such as smoked mozzarella crocchettes were really delicious, the flank steak & truffle cream and zucchini fries were just amazing and the yummy meatballs and grilled seafood will just make you very happy.
Polpetto also contains an aperitivo bar, where you can sit at the bar and eat and drink to your hearts content, sipping on some of the classics (negronis) or even just make up your own!
The interiors are very comfortable and intimate with quirky little light shades over the bar that look like they have cute little table cloth hanging over them, there’s flickering candlelight on each table and a steady mish-mash of vintage wooded tables and chairs, overall mood... cosy.