As far as Soho institutions go, it doesn’t get much more classic than Quo Vadis. It’s a great spot to escape the chaos of the street outside, and to eat excellent British food in a highly British environment. Unfortunately, since it recently downsized to just one room and bar, Quo Vadis has lost a crucial part of what made it so special. The service and food, however, remain exceptional, and you’ll be reminded of how good a simple soup or roast can be. We like to pay it a visit as an upmarket lunch spot from time to time, and it’s still worth dropping in for the legendary smoked eel sandwich and a glass of wine.
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Dum Biryani is a Indian restaurant in a Soho basement. It’s actually a lot more fun than it sounds, and besides the biryani don’t miss the starters.
Mildred’s is a classic vegetarian restaurant in Soho, with an excellent atmosphere and an even better mushroom pie.
Bocca Di Lupo
If you want to know where to find the best Italian food in Soho is, it’s at Bocca di Lupo.
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The French House
The French House is a legendary Soho drinking institution that serves simple classics in its upstairs dining room.
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J Sheekey is a classic West End post-theatre hang where you might spot a celebrity and will be guaranteed to have a great meal.
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