There are plenty of restaurants in Kings Cross with outdoor seats, but not too many of them can say that they have a canalside view as pretty as The Lighterman. It’s a British restaurant with scenic views of the Regent’s Canal, and while there’s a shiny, minimal-looking dining room inside, The Lighterman comes into its own during decent weather with a lovely outdoor area that has plenty of seats for a group of friends to sip cocktails and eat scotch eggs and plates of Spanish ham. It’s good for an after-work meetup with a mate, or gathering some people together for a lazy session at the weekend.
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Supawan is an understated but excellent Thai restaurant near King’s Cross. It’s a spot you’ll come back to again and again.
Barrafina Coal Drops Yard
Barrafina is London tapas royalty. And although we wouldn’t class their King’s Cross spot as legendary, there’s still good food to be had.
Granger & Co. King’s Cross
Like the others, the King’s Cross location of Granger & Co has healthy-ish salads, sandwiches, and small plates perfect for breakfast and lunch.
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Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild is all about the Scottish pursuit of wild food. The menu uses venison and haggis as the basis for some fantastic cooking.
Bistro Union is a relaxed, neighborhood spot in Clapham. The British food isn't the best in town, but the good vibes and wine on tap make up for it.
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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