148 "Drinks & A Light Bite" restaurants in London.
When you don’t want to commit to a full dinner (blind date, catching up with an aunt, waiting two hours for a table elsewhere), bars with good food are ideal. Make an easy exit after the first round, or go for a second and maybe some food if it’s going well. Either way, these spots have you covered.
Rovi is a restaurant for the future. It serves excellent middle-eastern inspired sharing plates in a beautiful room in Fitzrovia.
P Franco is a Clapton wine shop that hosts guest chefs who serve stunning small plates to neighbourhood regulars. You want to be a regular.
Barrafina is a legendary tapas restaurant that’s crowded but always worth the wait. The Drury Lane outpost in Covent Garden has a pretty terrace.
Rubedo serves excellent Italian dishes and natural wines on Stoke Newington Church Street.
Not only is the sushi at Sushi Atelier on Great Portland Street great, it’s also very affordable. Sit at the bar and get the 12-piece omakase.
Morito is an energetic but corridor-like spot on Exmouth Market specialising in north African and Spanish inspired small plates.
Jolene is a bakery, café, and restaurant on Newington Green serving very nice, very grainy, very wholesome breakfast, lunch and (on some days) dinner.
Kerridge’s Bar and Grill near Embankment serves tarted up (and expensive) English classics, and nothing about it is hard to get on with.
Salon is a restaurant in Brixton Market. Downstairs is a wine bar and small plates situation, while upstairs they serve an eccentric tasting menu.
Kyseri is a cute and stylish restaurant in Fitzrovia, serving refined modern Turkish food.
Parsons is a tiny seafood restaurant in Covent Garden. It’s a sanctuary from the crowds and serves some very nice fish based dishes too.
Uchi is an attractive and humble sushi restaurant in Clapton serving very nice sashimi, nigiri, and rolls
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
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.