Open air food markets aren’t as common in West London as they are elsewhere, presumably because when you have so many private squares to day drink in, you don’t really need Korean burritos. Pergola Central is a nice addition in Paddington, then, with a setup that’s halfway between an open food court and a Mediterranean garden, with loads of pretty plants and a beachy vibe that’ll make your Instagram followers think that you’re in Mykonos. The food lineup is decent - burger from Patty & Bun, tacos from DF/Mexico and trendy Southern cooking from Decatur - and there’s heaps of space for your whole crew.
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Normally you just want to eat and drink in peace. But, sometimes you want to go out and actually talk to people. Here are the spots to do that.
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The Summer House
The Summer House in Little Venice is a canal-side restaurant that’s perfect on a summer’s day. It’s okay when it’s gloomy too.
The Quince Tree
The Quince Tree is a small café and lunch spot in the Clifton Nurseries, Little Venice. You’ll feel a million miles away from London.
The Hero Of Maida
The Hero of Maida is a bright and airy pub in Maida Vale serving some of London’s best French bistro food.
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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.
Giant Robot is a street food/bar venue in Canary Wharf, from the same people behind Dinerama. It’s great for post-work drinks and something to eat.
The Cheese Bar
The Cheese Bar is a cheese-mad counter restaurant in Camden Stables. It’s worth stopping by for a sandwich.
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