Thankfully, no restaurant can actually fit in your back pocket. It would be far too messy. Even in a Honey I Shrunk Our Local Pasta Restaurant situation it would just be annoying. Little waiters trying to serve tiny portions of puttanesca before you crush them in search of that loose pound coin. But if we could have Stampa in our back pocket all over London, we wouldn’t be displeased. Because having the constant option of handmade rigatoni carbonara (complete with guanciale) for £7.50, or pici cacio e pepe for £6.50, would be very welcome. That’s what this simple little 20-ish seater corner café and restaurant offers. It’s only open throughout the working week, but the hours run from 7am until 10pm. That, combined with the very good pasta, would make it a useful restaurant in any of London’s neighbourhoods, but especially in Mayfair.
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Pollen Street Social
Pollen Street Social is an excellent fine dining spot in Mayfair, but it feels like the kind of restaurant you want to go to all the time.
Delfino is a surprisingly relaxed and inexpensive spot in Mayfair serving fairly good pizza and pasta.
Claridge’s is a five-star hotel in the heart of Mayfair that serves up one of the very best afternoon teas in London.
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Located in the epic lobby of the new Ned hotel in the City, Cecconi’s is a posh Italian restaurant that has the business lunch crowd locked down.
Need a cosy, plush Italian restaurant in central London? Cafe Murano in Covent Garden is a safe pair of hands, with fine wines and upmarket cuisine.
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