As far as restaurants go, Spuntino is the cool little brother who dropped out of school, disappeared for a few years and resurfaced with tatts and an extremely cool personality. You come to Spuntino to relax with a burger and a cold beer, while pretending you’re Charles Bukowski. It’s an understatedly cool little restaurant in Soho with a US-diner vibe that doesn’t feel cheesy, good cocktails, and little plates of mac ‘n’ cheese and fried chicken you can share. It’s excellent as a drop in, spur-of-the-moment decision, or for a casual hang with a friend.
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Brasserie Zédel is a classic all-day brasserie, serving steak frites and moules in a stunning Art Deco room. The adjoining bar is excellent, too.
Inko Nito is a large, casual spot in Soho serving Japanese and Korean inspired sharing plates from the robata grill, plus salads, and sushi.
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.
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At Trailer Happiness you’ll find tiki vibes, rum-heavy cocktails, and lots of people starting (and ending) a rowdy night out in Notting Hill.
Portobello Star is a very popular local hangout that also happens to make great drinks. Especially ones with gin.
The Southampton Arms
The Southampton Arms, between Kentish Town and Parliament Hill, is a proper old school boozer, with a fireplace and ales.
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