Ever wondered what it would be like to eat some oysters on the set of A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Well, you’re about to find out. Hello Darling in Waterloo is a couple of doors down from The Old Vic and everything here is distinctly theatre. Picture a restaurant designed exclusively by Fleabag’s eccentric step-mum and you’re on your way to understanding a space with colourful nick-nacks everywhere, huge draped curtains, and hand-painted art on the tables. You’ll find seasonal sharing plates like miso glazed tuna carpaccio, tomato ragu with crispy halloumi, and blowtorched mackerel on the menu - yes, blowtorched, for drama darling, drama.The service here is on the horizontal side of laidback, but their excellent botanical cocktails and curried scallops make any waiting worthwhile.
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Rumpus Room is a trendy bar in the Mondrian Hotel, but with actual good vibes and drinks. It’s pricey, but worth the cost for the view.
The Table Café
The Table has one of the best brunches in Southwark, and is great for coffee and lunch too. It’s usually busy, but calms down in the afternoon.
The Coal Shed
The Coal Shed is the first London location of a popular Brighton restaurant that specializes in cooking fish and meats cooked over fire.
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Vegetarian spot Ethos has pay-by-weight options by day, full table service by night and foliage aplenty.
Lorne is a modern British restaurant that’s the single best reason for visiting in Victoria. The wines are great, and the smoked eel dish is great.
Perilla is a very nice looking restaurant on Newington Green serving dishes that hit, and dishes that miss, in a casually refined room.
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