Going to London’s museums, theatres, cinemas, concert halls, and art galleries is one of the best ways to spend a day in this city. But, it’s also a lot of effort. There’s all that standing, the countless thoughtful head tilts, and the anxiety of pretending you understand it all. That’s why it’s important to go to the right restaurants that are not only nearby, but where you can sit down, relax, refuel, and Google whether that painting you saw was of a fruit basket or a parrot. So, whether you’ve been to see a play at the National, a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, or some art at the Hayward, these are the spots to head to.
Alcohol does, by and large, improve almost any situation. And the pensive, tumbleweed-ish environment of a room filled with people staring at a decomposing nappy on the floor is definitely one of those situations. Sadly, unless you’re part of the private view gang, you’ll have to wait until you get to the Anchor and Hope before getting a drink. That’s a blessing in disguise though, because this Southwark gastropub is one of the best around. Plus their Mediterranean-inspired food is also excellent.
Nothing says get me a cocktail, stat, like a completely bonkers exhibition. You know, the kind that features a giant ball pit, or a slide, or a 360º screened room of roaming cows reciting the Queen’s Christmas message. Thankfully Spiritland is in the basement of the Southbank Centre, so if you need somewhere to digest/consume, you can be knocking back martinis and getting involved with some calamari or cacio e pepe in no time. As far as all-day restaurant and bars go, this is one to know about.