Like every episode of What Happens In Kavos, most restaurants that come with a view are objectively terrible, but somehow we keep being drawn to them, like drooling moth-humans to a flame. The view at Duck and Waffle at the top of the Heron Tower is spectacular, but unlike most tall building restaurants, the food’s actually pretty good too. Think posh British cuisine with a twist, like Aberdeen Angus beef tartare or smoked eel with creme fraiche. Brunch here is an excellent decision (though book ahead), and it’s open 24 hours, so keep it in mind the next time you’re stumbling around drunk after a few too many.
The First Timer’s Guide To Eating In London
First time in London? You’ve got a lot of ground to cover. Here’s our pick of the best London restaurants for lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea.
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Shoryu Liverpool Street
Shoryu is one of the most reliable and convenient spots in London to get a good bowl of ramen. The Liverpool Street location has outdoor seating, too.
Sweetings is a classic spot in the City serving seafood lunch and dollops of nostalgia to suited business types.
City Càphê is a Vietnamese lunch spot in the City, close to Bank station, with tasty noodles and summer rolls. The queue at lunch moves quickly.
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Lyle’s is a grown-up but not stuffy British restaurant in Shoreditch. Come for lunch when you can order a la carte.
Bistro Union is a relaxed, neighborhood spot in Clapham. The British food isn't the best in town, but the good vibes and wine on tap make up for it.
The Riding House Café
The Riding House Cafe is a smart brasserie that’s Perfect For Literally Everyone, and almost every occasion.
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