When you think of the quintessential East London experience, Bistrotheque is right up there with the best of them. It’s a neighbourhood bistro set in an old warehouse, with art projected on the walls and an ambience perhaps best described as ‘trendy as fuck’. Really though, it’s a relaxed, fun place to hang out for dinner and drinks in the East End with friends, and it’s good for groups as well. The bistro food is solid (the prix fixe is good value), and they’ll do you a good steak tartare. At weekend brunch, they have a guy playing Beyonce on the piano, and the odd cabaret show that’s always a good time.
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18 Restaurants Great For A Group Dinner In London
Organising a group dinner for friends or colleagues is a tricky balancing act. Here’s a selection of the best restaurants to have that get-together.
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The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak is a gastropub on Columbia Road, great for avoiding the market crowds, drinking craft beers, and tucking into a roast.
The Camel is a great local pub that really comes into its own in the winter. That’s because they have a ridiculously long pie list.
Sager + Wilde Paradise Row
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
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Plateau is an upscale fine dining restaurant in Canada Place with a nice view over the main square and flawless modern French cuisine.
Blixen isn’t the best food in Spitalfields, but it’s where you go for a simple, crowd-pleasing group dinner or brunch.
L’Escargot is a classic French spot in Soho. In fact it’s an institution. It has velvet drapes, uses lots of butter, and serves a well-priced lunch.
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