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Restaurants Within Two Minutes’ Walk Of The Underground For When It’s Raining, Again

PHOTO: Karolina Wiercigroch

These days the weather can’t just be the weather. It’s got to be an epic production like an arctic blast or a weather bomb. Or it has to have a name that makes it sound dramatic, memorable and exhilirating, like, er, Storm Brian.

You know what stays the same though? Rain. You don’t get a downpour of named rain, excited rain, you just get rain. And the worst thing about living in the plain old rain is that we often get stuck in it.

That means we have to be strategic when we choose our restaurant destinations. Any more than two minutes’ walk from a tube exit and we end up looking like drowned rats, so when we hear it’s going to rain again, we pick from one of these spots.

The Spots


Old Street // Northern Line

Certain mountains make their own weather. Some buildings do too, especially if they’ve got scaffolding. Come out of Old Street on a rainy day and after a few steps you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in tropical rain without the tropical clime. That’s why, when you’re at Old Street tube, you have to leave from the south east exit and head directly to Ozone, a bustling coffee roasters and all-day eating spot where you’re always guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome. Take a seat at the counter or settle down in one of their booths for an all day breakfast, or a satisfying and inexpensive main like their wagyu burger with beetroot relish.



18 Market Row, Brixton

Brixton // Victoria Line

The area around Brixton Underground can be a bit of a head-f*ck even if it isn’t pouring. When it is, you’re definitely going to want to get indoors. Quick. Sanctuary from the elements is found a mere two minute walk from the station, at Salon. Upstairs it’s casual fine dining with an inventive and ever-changing seven course menu, but downstairs there’s a bar where you can go à la carte with a glass of wine. Don’t skip the ’nduja croquettes - they’re guaranteed to warm you up.


King’s Cross // Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines

If you’ve been planning on eating near King’s Cross, chances are you’re thinking of hitting Dishoom or one of the other spots over on Granary Square. If it’s raining, don’t bother. It’s too far. Instead hit The German Gymnasium. Your friends and colleagues will probably try to insist that it’s the basic bitch of King’s Cross dining options, but they’re wrong. It’s got massive vaulted ceilings, it’s got a swelegant bar, there’s always space, and it’s a perfectly civilised place to settle in for currywurst or schnitzel.


Tapas Brindisa

London Bridge
18-20 Southwark St

London Bridge // Jubilee and Northern Lines

If you need to eat near London Bridge in the middle of a deluge, forget everything anyone has ever told you about hitting up the pasta bar at Padella. Yes, it’s good. It’s damn good. But the last thing you need in your life right now is that oh-so-British feeling of resilience mixed with despair that comes from queuing for hours in the rain. So carry on past those soggy saps on Borough High Street and get yourself a spot at Brindisa. It’s warm, it’s dry, the tapas is excellent, and their chorizo roll is still one of London’s best sandwiches.


Timmy Green

Buckingham Palace Rd

Victoria // Victoria and Circle & District Lines

There’s no shortage of quality fast food spots near Victoria, but Timmy Green is the kind of place we’d probably hang out at all day. Australian inspired options like the Bondi (sausage, bacon, egg, mushroom, chilli pesto, and avocado) aren’t quite enough to make you forget that you’re in rainy SW1 and nowhere near a f*cking beach, but their bottomless brunch is available until 3pm everyday of the week, so knock back enough mimosas and you could be anywhere.



31 Windmill St

Goodge Street // Northern Line

For the best part of a decade now we’ve been avoiding Tottenham Court Road tube. A combination of Centre Point chaos, Crossrail chaos, and lost tourist chaos makes it a no go zone. And we double-down on that rule in foul weather. So our advice for eating near Tottenham Court Road when it’s raining is: don’t. Get off at Goodge Street instead, take a leisurely two minute stroll round the corner to Bao Fitzrovia (a.k.a., the one you don’t need to form an orderly queue on Lexington Street to get into) and order yourself a fried chicken chop and short rib rice bowl.


Waterloo // Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines

London’s crumbled under a couple of drops of rain (again) and somehow you’re at the busiest station in the country. Twenty two thousand umbrellas have gone up at once, and the umbrella-less are all getting poked in the eye. It’s bedlam. Don’t worry, the Anchor and Hope is around the corner and it’s one of the best pubs in London. A two minute walk up the Cut (if you leg it) and you’re in cozy boozer heaven. Yes it’s got a fire. Yes it’s got lots of beers. And yes, it’s got really, really delicious food.


Malibu Kitchen

The Ned Hotel

Bank and Monument // Central, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines + DLR

There used to be no worse place to be when it’s raining than Bank, because unless you worked there, there was nowhere to take shelter. But now there’s The Ned. It’s not our favourite spot in town, but it’s just a few steps from the station exit. Malibu Kitchen is probably the best option here for something to eat, particularly if you’re veggie or vegan. It’s a bit pricey, but a good call for when the soggy weather’s got you craving curly kale and ahi tuna poké.



St. James's
St James's Market

Piccadilly Circus // Bakerloo and Piccadilly Lines

The last thing you need when you’ve been caught in a downpour is to be packed into a cramped little spot with a bunch of other people who got caught in it too, everyone’s wet-dog coats stinking up the place. That’s why Aquavit is perfect. It’ll restore a sense of Scandanavian order to your messy London life, and the fact that it serves the best meatballs outside of Ikea is an added bonus.


J Sheekey

Covent Garden
St. Martins Ct.

Leicester Square // Northern Line

If you’re getting off at Leicester Square and need shelter from a storm, there’s nowhere better than J Sheekey. It’s old school, it’s elegant, it’s unpretentious, and their legendary fish pie is so warming and comforting it’ll make you forget your socks are sopping wet.


The Wolseley

160 Piccadilly

Green Park // Jubilee Line

To be honest, The Wolseley is our go-to near Green Park even when the weather isn’t sh*tty. Breakfast meetings, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner - it doesn’t matter, and we don’t need an excuse. And if you use the colonnades at the front of The Ritz you’ll barely get wet at all.


Bar Remo

2 Princes St

Oxford Circus // Central and Northern Lines

If you have to be anywhere near Oxford Circus and it’s raining, then this is probably the worst day of your life. Bar Remo will redeem it with wine, bread, and pasta done the old school way: in a huge bowl at a low price.

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