Ever wondered what it would be like to eat some oysters on the set of A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Well, you’re about to find out. Hello Darling in Waterloo is a couple of doors down from The Old Vic and everything here is distinctly theatre. Picture a restaurant designed exclusively by Fleabag’s eccentric step-mum and you’re on your way to understanding a space with colourful nick-nacks everywhere, huge draped curtains, and hand-painted art on the tables. You’ll find seasonal sharing plates like miso glazed tuna carpaccio, tomato ragu with crispy halloumi, and blowtorched mackerel on the menu - yes, blowtorched, for drama darling, drama.The service here is on the horizontal side of laidback, but their excellent botanical cocktails and curried scallops make any waiting worthwhile.
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The Swan is the best pub in the Bankside area for a drink with a view of the river. It’s never too rammed, and there are tables outside, too.
The best Neapolitan pizzas in Southwark are at ’O ver. Hit it for a casual meal with friends.
The George Inn is an old coach house in Southwark which has one of the biggest and best beer gardens in Zone 1.
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Odette’s is a slightly prim and proper restaurant next to Primrose Hill serving up refined takes on British and European classics.
Brawn on Columbia Road might be one of the city’s best neighbourhood restaurants. One that might even make you want to change neighbourhoods.
Perilla is a very nice looking restaurant on Newington Green serving dishes that hit, and dishes that miss, in a casually refined room.
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