Hubbard and Bell is a restaurant inside the trendy Hoxton hotel in Holborn which, owing to the dearth of options in the immediate area around Holborn station, immediately has become one of the most reliably good restaurants in the area. Make no mistake, the food veers from tasty to mediocre, and much of it is amusingly overpriced. But its greater function is as a convenient place to hang out with friends in the area, and to people watch, as it’s adjacent to the lobby bar which always attracts a lively crowd. Get the deep-fried kale.
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Barrafina Covent Garden
Barrafina Adelaide Street is just as good as the Soho location, and just a little bit less crowded. Get your tapas fix.
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.
Yen is a large, upmarket Japanese restaurant on the Strand that specialises in soba. It’s a calm, spacious place to spend some time.
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Red Rooster is a NYC-based restaurant now in Shoreditch, with a variety of Southern-style American food on the menu and a live band playing daily.
Two Lights is the Shoreditch restaurant an algorithm might design. It doesn’t quite add up, but, if you use it in the right way, it’s a good bet.
Shake Shack Victoria Street
The double shackburger from burger joint Shake Shack is the perfect fast food burger. The Victoria restaurant’s ideal for a grab and go.
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