At a decrepit 200+ years old, Rules claims to be London’s oldest restaurant. So it’s no surprise that you get your fair share of tourists and folks who wear Union Jack embroidered slippers at home here. Especially as it’s in Covent Garden. It is, nonetheless, still worth visiting if you’re after a Downton-meets-Dickens experience. There’s plenty of game and pies on the menu, gold detail and velvet in the restaurant. Plus, you can always swing by the upstairs bar for a drink if you don’t fancy a heavy (and heavily-priced) meal that will inevitably finish with custard. Lots of custard.
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Hubbard & Bell
Located in the Hoxton hotel next to Holborn station, British restaurant Hubbard & Bell is a convenient spot for meeting friends, or late night eats.
The Ivy Restaurant
You might come to The Ivy Covent Garden to see Kate Moss, but the experience is more than that - come for service, ambience, and nice food.
Come to Meat Market for filthy burgers and beers in a chilled environment in Covent Garden.
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Wright Brothers Spitalfields
You can get a shellfish tower or a posh seafood dinner at Wright Brothers Spitalfields. Or, you can get oysters for a quid a pop, 3-6pm every day.
Parsons is a tiny seafood restaurant in Covent Garden. It’s a sanctuary from the crowds and serves some very nice fish based dishes too.
Lyle’s is a grown-up but not stuffy British restaurant in Shoreditch. Come for lunch when you can order a la carte.
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