Let’s be honest, Farringdon isn’t short on the sort of pubs that make you feel like you’re very much in a historic part of London the minute you get through the door. And this one definitely has that distinct ‘we’ve been here for ages’ vibe, while also serving some of the best pies in the area. They’re freshly cooked to order and demand is usually high at lunch: so much so that they actually recommend you call ahead to make sure you get one. But it’s all good: while they sort out the food, you can head over to the shuffleboard and have a game while you wait.
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Smiths of Smithfield
Smiths of Smithfield is big on meat, upstairs is corporate card territory, but the café downstairs serves reasonably priced sandwiches and burgers.
Quality Chop House
Quality Chop House is an excellent British restaurant in Clerkenwell that’s a natural at filling you up with good food and good wine.
Leather Lane Street Market
Leather Lane is a weekday street market between Farringdon and Holborn serving lunch to visitors and local office workers.
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Odette’s is a slightly prim and proper restaurant next to Primrose Hill serving up refined takes on British and European classics.
The Connaught Hotel
The Connaught is a five-star hotel in Mayfair, with an afternoon tea that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The Duke of Richmond
The Duke of Richmond is pub and restaurant in Dalston making burgers and bar snacks worth travelling for.
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