Aside from drinking beer in the shower and eating cake for breakfast, one of the best things about being an adult is that you’ve experienced enough novelty to appreciate a good thing. If this sounds familiar, then 8 Hoxton Square is for you, with great food that has the whole farm-to-table thing down pat, but doesn’t shout about it like a broken car alarm or a Crossfitter. Everything on the short French and Italian-influenced menu is really rather good, and unlike its Soho sibling 10 Greek Street (which we love), you can actually book. Breakfasts and lunch here are the antidotes to an insane week at the office, and it’s also great for families during the day.
8 Hoxton Square is permanently closed.
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