Just like your favourite friend with benefits, eating out in Soho is all about keeping it casual. If you’re looking for fancy fine dining, go to Mayfair. Having said that, Social Eating House is excellent for fine dining-style food in relaxed surroundings. What arrives on the plate might look more like visual art than something to eat, but once you pop it in your mouth, you’ll be happy.
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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.
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