Princi is where you go in Soho when you need something easy, versatile, and economical. This Italian bakery is legendary for its pastries and coffee, but there’s also a full blown Italian restaurant inside, where you can just as easily sit with an aperitivo and a slice of pizza as you can enjoy a three course meal. Most of the pastas and risottos are £8-9 (and actually good), and it’s also a nice place to sit with a drink and people watch.
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L’Escargot is a classic French spot in Soho. In fact it’s an institution. It has velvet drapes, uses lots of butter, and serves a well-priced lunch.
The Duck and Rice
The Duck and Rice pairs cold pints of Pilsener Urquell with brilliant Cantonese dim sum. Hit it up for a weeknight dinner or an afternoon snack.
Barrafina is a legendary Soho tapas restaurant that’s always crowded but always worth the wait.
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Martello Hall is an great bar-meets-pizza restaurant on Mare Street in Hackney. Bring your mates at the weekend, or visit it late night.
The best Neapolitan pizzas in Southwark are at ’O ver. Hit it for a casual meal with friends.
Stampa is a straightforward Italian café and restaurant serving good quality and low cost handmade pasta and paninis.
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Bocca Di Lupo
If you want to know where to find the best Italian food in Soho is, it’s at Bocca di Lupo.
Roti King is a cult Malaysian restaurant that does a great roti canai, and excellent Malaysian noodle and rice dishes. It’s cheap, BYOB, and cash only
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