Going to London’s museums 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 know the difference between cubism and expressionism. 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. These are the best spots to hit after spending a few hours at Tate Britain.
A peak day spent on the Thames, at Tate Britain, deserves to be followed by a peak British all-day breakfast at the Regency Cafe. This is London’s most well known old school caf and it’s also just a 10-minute wander from Tate Britain. As you might expect, the portions are generous, and the shouts from the kitchen - EXTRA BLACK PUDDING, HASH BROWNS, TWO EGGS - regular. It’s open in the evening as well, if it’s something like a homemade steak and kidney, or ham egg and chips, that you’re after.
Sometimes you just need a dumplings and noodles fix, and those times tend to be after you’ve spent two hours sternly staring at a blob on canvas with your hands behind your back. So it’s a good thing A. Wong is only a 15 minute walk away. Although this fancy Chinese spot isn’t our favourite in London, the xiao long bao and Singapore noodles are pretty damn good, and also, exactly what you need.
Galleries are largely peaceful places. London is largely not. So if you’re looking for a restaurant that will maintain your thoughtful and zen-like state, then you should be heading to Lorne for some mackerel tartare, or some stuffed courgette flowers. This restaurant bills itself as ‘modern British’ - so expect artfully delicate (but flavour-filled) plates of meat and fish, in a light and plant-filled room that whispers: ‘exhale’.