The Lord Clyde succeeds in keeping its old-fashioned boozer character even while transitioning to gastropub status. Locals pile in at weekends for a quiet pint (the small corner room’s the place to go) or Sunday roasts in the big back dining room. Gin is a speciality, with twenty on the list, including a strong showing of smaller distilleries.
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The Ottolenghi in Islington is a reliable place for salads and delicious pastries.
Radici is a big restaurant serving Italian classics, and while it might not be the most exciting spot in Islington, it’s one of the most useful.
El Inca Plebeyo
El Inca Plebeyo serves Ecuadorian food in a simple space that’s covered in colourful paintings, tiles, and tablecloths. Be sure to get the hornado.
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The Compton Arms
The Compton Arms is a little pub in Islington serving some tasty small plates and one of the best burgers in town.
Seafood is the speciality at this Notting Hill pub. Head downstairs if you want something casual, or to the first floor for a posher meal.
The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys is a nice Chelsea gastro-pub opposite the Thames serving up some decent and some not so decent food.
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