London isn’t amazing for walk-in spaces that are excellent for a few drinks and a bite to eat, but don’t get packed to the brim. That’s the kind of itch Fare Bar and Canteen at the Clerkenwell end of Old Street scratches. The upstairs bar is basically a coffee shop by day, but it also serves very tasty, snack-sized pizzas, and has a choice of wines, beers, and cocktails on tap. The downstairs restaurant is a slightly different deal. It’s cosy and attractive, and it fits in with the area perfectly, but there are better options locally if you’re looking for the kind of slightly serious meal it serves.
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Luca is one of those restaurants that just makes you feel good. The Italian food is some of the best in London, and it has a warm, upscale vibe.
Tetsu is a tiny, intimate sushi counter in Clerkenwell serving the best sushi in town. Go for the omakase. It isn't cheap, but it's worth it.
Fish Central is an old school fish restaurant in Clerkenwell serving an excellent three course set dinner for under £20.
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Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea
Santa Maria’s Neapolitan-style pizza outshines any other pizza place in the neighbourhood. And they deliver too.
Franco Manca Brixton
The original Franco Manca still makes some of the best Neapolitan pizzas in town, from a cosy little shop in Brixton market.
Saporitalia is a neighbourhood Italian spot that doesn’t look like much, but is actually excellent. Go for the pizza and veal chop.
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