If you are reading this, you’ve been just told that a table at Dishoom will be available ‘within’ 10 hours, and now you’re wondering if it’s worth just grabbing a bite at the very swish looking Granary Square Brasserie a couple of doors down? Easy answer: it’s not. Well, unless you’re starving and don’t mind paying a premium for your run-of-the-mill re-heated cash-and-carry classics. Yes, we know you’re starving but crawl over to Caravan, or Granger & Co for the fresher versions of the food here, and for more style for your money there’s German Gymnasium. But if you do need something to quench your thirst before your epic journey across the square, then it is actually worth grabbing a drink at the swanky bar.
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Temple of Seitan
Temple of Seiten is a fast food spot in Camden serving faux-chicken burgers and things.
The Lighterman is a British restaurant in Kings Cross that’s good for sitting on the canal with a drink and a snack.
Happy Face is an all-day pizza place near Kings Cross that serves decent and inexpensive pizzas in a large, child-friendly space.
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The Clerkenwell Kitchen
The Clerkenwell Kitchen is an unpretentious café in EC1, and a great place for an affordable and satisfying lunch away from the crowds.
Oxo Tower Bar
After a new kit out, the Oxo Tower bar on the South Bank is prettier than ever, with panoramic views of St Paul’s and the Thames.
Roganic in Marylebone is a ‘let me take a moment to explain the menu’ kind of place featuring foraged ingredients. That said, it’s really very good.
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Dishoom King’s Cross
Set in an old Victorian warehouse, the King’s Cross branch is the brightest and airiest of the Dishoom restaurants.
Caravan King’s Cross
The Kings Cross branch of Aussie coffee shop and all-day restaurant is perfect for flat whites and laid-back brunches. It’s also good for groups.
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