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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Barrafina Coal Drops Yard
Barrafina is London tapas royalty. And although we wouldn’t class their King’s Cross spot as legendary, there’s still good food to be had.
Spiritland is a café and bar in King’s Cross where cool people go to feel cool. Listen to music. Or get some afternoon work done.
Morty & Bob’s
Morty & Bob’s is a café and bar in Coal Drops Yard serving toasties (and other things) that will put your George Foreman creations to shame.
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The Fish House Of Notting Hill
The Fish House is a crowded but quality place for fish and chips in Notting Hill.
Marksman is a pub/restaurant with excellent, elevated British food in Shoreditch. It’s good anytime, but don’t miss the Sunday roast.
Kerridge’s Bar And Grill
Kerridge’s Bar and Grill near Embankment serves tarted up (and expensive) English classics, and nothing about it is hard to get on with.
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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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