As far as Soho institutions go, it doesn’t get much more classic than Quo Vadis. It’s a great spot to escape the chaos of the street outside, and to eat excellent British food in a highly British environment. Unfortunately, since it recently downsized to just one room and bar, Quo Vadis has lost a crucial part of what made it so special. The service and food, however, remain exceptional, and you’ll be reminded of how good a simple soup or roast can be. We like to pay it a visit as an upmarket lunch spot from time to time, and it’s still worth dropping in for the legendary smoked eel sandwich and a glass of wine.
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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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