Lyle’s is a creative British restaurant that has been called literally one of the best restaurants in the world. It isn’t, but once you get past the hype, it’s actually a lovely place to sit and have lunch in Shoreditch. Everything from the industrial canteen space to the stripped-back British menu feels austere, but it really lets you focus on the small details, like the seasoning on a salad, or the subtle twist in a pumpkin soup. The laid-back vibe plays a part, too – it’s a grown-up spot in a hipster neighbourhood that’s an equally comfy setting to grab a glass of wine with a friend, or to dive into a full tasting menu. Speaking of which, we much prefer lunch here, when the full a la carte is available and you can try more of what’s good that day. Evenings are tasting menu-only.
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The Roof Top Penthouse & Terrace At The Ace Hotel
The rooftop at the Ace is open exclusively to guests at the hotel, except on Fridays. Remember to let them know you'll be coming.
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The Bermondsey Yard Cafe
Close to White Cube gallery, Bermondsey Yard Cafe is a casual spot for brunch, dinner, and it has plenty of outdoor seats for a drink with friends.
Odette’s is a slightly prim and proper restaurant next to Primrose Hill serving up refined takes on British and European classics.
Brat is a cool feeling spot in Shoreditch, serving small plates and huge pieces of fish and meat cooked on their wood fired grill.
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Duck & Waffle
London’s favourite 24-hour, swish restaurant at the top of a skyscraper is perfect for brunch or very late night eats.
Som Saa was once a pop up in London Fields, and is now a full blown restaurant near Spitalfields that’s become a new London Thai classic.
Hawksmoor Spitalfields was one of the first steakhouses in town, and it’s still one of the best. Finishing with toffee pudding is mandatory.
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