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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Murger Hanhan is a very useful Mayfair restaurant serving excellent and inexpensive Xi’an specialties like biang biang noodles and murger.
Scully serves fantastically OTT food in a sober St James’s setting. The flavours are a slap around the face, in a good way.
The Connaught Hotel
The Connaught is a five-star hotel in Mayfair, with an afternoon tea that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
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Homeslice Pizza Covent Garden
A casual restaurant in Covent Garden, Homeslice makes great thin crust pizzas with adventurous toppings.
Enoteca Rosso is a classy spot for wine, charcuterie and Italian food on Kensington High Street.
Sager + Wilde Paradise Row
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
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