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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Social Eating House
If you like fine dining done Soho-style, you’ll like Social Eating House. The low-lit room is a great place to relax with a drink and some food.
Bone Daddies brought hipster ramen to London, and for that we’re forever grateful. Hit it for an excellent bowl of noodles, and don’t skip the sides.
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 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.
Holborn Dining Room
The Holborn Dining Room is a big and grand all-day restaurant inside the Rosewood Hotel, but the only things you should go there for are the pies.
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.
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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.
Ikoyi is a casual fine dining restaurant in St James Market serving a Modern European take on West African cuisine.
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