In a lot of ways, this Little Venice spot is quite ludicrous. It’s a rag-topped canalside restaurant in a city where it rains one in every three days, and where it’s hardly ever warm enough to sit outside without a rug on your lap or over your shoulders. Happily, they provide rugs, and we really respond to them calling themselves The Summer House. It’s just the sort of pursed lip irony that we love. The food here is OK at best, and it’s pricey too, but there’s something joyful about the place. It’s probably because they have to work overtime to maintain the summer-y vibes. You can head here on a rainy day, order a seabass to share, and even if it doesn’t brighten up enough for them to roll back the tarps, you’ll leave feeling like you’ve been on holiday.
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The Quince Tree
The Quince Tree is a small café and lunch spot in the Clifton Nurseries, Little Venice. You’ll feel a million miles away from London.
The Hero Of Maida
The Hero of Maida is a bright and airy pub in Maida Vale serving some of London’s best French bistro food.
Pergola Paddington Central
Pergola Central in Paddington, is an open air food court with loads of pretty plants and a beachy vibe that’ll make your Instagram followers jealous.
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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.
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.
Macellaio RC Union Street
Macellaio serves incredible Italian-style steaks from Piedmont, and nice pastas, too. It’s definitely worth it for a splurge.
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