Some of our favourite places to eat solo in London.

It is becoming evermore common for city dwellers to share their living space, so dining alone can be an almost meditative and tranquil experience. It gives you some much needed time to yourself, but also gives the chance to eat what you want, when you want and for as long as you want. The only rules are your own.

I’ve had some great experiences while dining alone. Without any prior thought, I’ve seized the moment and found sanctuary for my inner thoughts in some lovely establishment that I likely wouldn’t have discovered if I had company. Here are some of my favourite places for some me-al time.

Riverfront Restaurants

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On my last visit to Riverfront Restaurant (which is run by Benugo) I sat outside, overlooking the Thames. I ordered the grilled tuna fillet salad with a light avocado dressing and a fresh, homemade lemonade. I left feeling glowingly healthy after my meal for one. 

OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

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OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie has a beautiful terrace and restaurant. After perusing the extensive wine, cocktail and food menu, I settled on the fresh fried squid and whitebait with a tangy lemon mayo and smoked rosemary sea salt chips. I then stayed to read my book and enjoy the views.

The Thames Restaurant

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Eating food with your hands is best done alone, and The Thames Restaurant is a good spot to get messy. It’s as old as the hills and has changed from a traditional flock wallpapered curry house to a modern eaterie. I have some favourite dishes: the Baigan (aubergine in Bengali) Bhaji with spices and tomato, a traditional dish mopped up with chapatis and a thinner rumali chapatti. It’s always fun to watch other guests enjoyings their lager and being served the hottest vindaloos.

Le Pain Quotidien

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Across the bridge to Covent Garden is Le Pain Quotidien. On my last visit I was shown to a much sought after table on the piazza on a rather lovely sunny day. I ordered grilled mushrooms, scrambled egg on toast and a flat white. I got talking to the girls at the next table and was lucky enough to try their rhubarb confit with some of the toast I had left over. It was a lovely afternoon.

Maxwell’s Bar and Grill

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With its large red canopy, Maxwell’s Bar and Grill opposite Covent Garden tube is hard to miss. While waiting for Maxwell’s famous burger, with corn on the cob and Cajun butter and a glass of wyld wood organic cider, I sat and watched the living statues and jugglers. This is a perfect place for a little pre-shopping sustenance.

 

Luxmi Ghosh

Luxmi Ghosh

Luxmi is a guest blogger for Fed Up & Drunk.

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