The Clerkenwell Kitchen is the multi-purpose unpretentious neighbourhood cafe we long to find in every corner of London. It’s the kind of place that serves coffee, and a dozen or so variations of egg on bread, and then a handful of freshly made lunch options from 12 till 3pm on weekdays. Things like soup, sandwiches, pies, and pasta are available for a civilised lunch in this spacious spot, which even has a small garden seating area at the back for those summer days when you can’t face the crowds at Exmouth Market.
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Tongue & Brisket
Tongue and Brisket on Leather Lane is a great spot to eat a proper sandwich. The salt beef on rye is good. The schnitzel is perhaps even better.
The Eagle is a popular Clerkenwell gastropub with a famous steak sandwich, and generally excellent food across the board.
La Petite Ferme
La Petite Ferme is a French restaurant in Farringdon that’s both quite kitsch, and very lovely. It’s an excellent place to eat your weight in cheese.
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Smokehouse in Islington serves some of the best meats in London. Make sure to go for the lamb shoulder. And wash it down with a beer.
The Riding House Café
The Riding House Cafe is a smart brasserie that’s perfect for literally everyone, and almost every occasion.
Darby’s is a slick Irish and American influenced restaurant in Vauxhall with a roomy space, and food that will neither delight or disappoint you.
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