London's Best Restaurants for Eating Alone
All In London's list of London's best Restaurants for Eating Alone
Ah. Bless you. Eating on your lonesome?
That's what you think everyone else is thinking. Well luckily, nearly everyone in London is incredibly self-involved and so are unlikely to notice that you're chowing down to a jumbo platter for two... on your own.
Enjoy the situation, this is going to be a great meal. You don't have to make conversation, for a start. Maybe take time to finish off that book or catch up on the SIPS recommendations in the FT. Better still, take a lead from the continentals and do... absolutely nothing. Do some people watching. Do some eaves-dropping. But most of all do some great eating in these 'best for dining alone restaurants' which we've picked out for you. These are the kind of places you're completely anonymous in, no one will bat an eye that you're dining alone... and the food's darned good, to boot.
Bocca Di Lupo 8/10Our Rating
12 Archer Street W1D 7BBThe ice cream, bread, sausages, salami and pickles are homemade at this Italian eatery, which has garnered rave reviews since opening in 2008. Eat at the counter by the exposed kitchen and watch the chefs at work.
Tokyo Diner 9/10Our Rating
2 Newport Place WC2H 7JPIf youíre after a quick, cheap meal where you can go unnoticed, Tokyo Diner in Soho is ideal. Customers mind their own business while eating sushi and katsu-don, plus green tea and Japanese crackers are brought to your table for free.
13-17 Old Compton Street London Chinatown W1D 5JQThis Soho favourite opens at 8 in the morning and closes at 2.30 am each day. The decor is French bistro-inspired, and you can sit at the bar or on cosy leather seating. Simple French snacks like croque monsieur are served late into the night, and more substantial classics like confit of duck and Toulouse sausages earlier in the day. Occasionally there is live music, usually jazz.
Arbutus 9/10Our Rating
63-64 Frith Street W1D 3JWThe elegant counter at Arbutus, designed for solo dining, shows that the Michelin star experience isnít reserved to couples and groups. The menu is British (saddle of rabbit with cottage pie, crisp pigís head with spinach and turnips) and every wine is available by the 250ml carafe.
Princi 8/10Our Rating
135 Wardour Street W1F 0UTAlan Yauís Italian eatery is so good itís often hard to find an empty seat. Choose from the mouth-watering pastries, breads and antipasti and sit at one of the long communal tables or at the counter facing the wall Ė itís more appealing than it sounds.
Brindisa 9/10Our Rating
18-20 Southwark Street SE1 1TJBrindisa has a bar with standing room, usually reserved for the throngs of customers waiting to be seated, but the small high tables, window seats and noisy atmosphere are perfect for a solo diner. Most importantly, the tapas are absolutely exquisite.
Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill 9/10Our Rating
11-15 Swallow Street W1B 4DGThe marble-topped bar at Bentleyís is ideal for solo diners who wish to while away a few hours in style, and what could be more decadent than sipping champagne and quaffing oysters while submerged in a classic novel?
54 Frith Street W1D 4SLBarrafina has no tables, just a large, L-shaped bar with stools, along with a no reservations policy. After five years the queues still appear as this sleek tapas bar shows no sign of wavering. A second branch is set to open on Drury Lane in early 2012.
66-70 Brewer Street W1F 9UPThe bar at Hix Soho is perfect for resting your elbows and a newspaper. The menu is seasonal and British, however people are increasingly turning up just for drinks and hob-nobbing at this trendy spot.
Randall & Aubin 7/10Our Rating
16 Brewer Street W1F 0SQSituated on the site of a former butcherís (the original counter and tiled floor remain), Randall & Aubin has window seating which permits you to watch Sohoís comings and goings over a plate of seafood. Staff are jovial and dance music plays in the background as the evening goes on.