Macellaio serves very tender, Italian-style steaks cooked simply on a hot grill and served with just a bit of rock salt and olive oil. Unless you’re quite well-off, it’s unlikely you’ll use it for a quick drop-in at lunch, but it’s good for a payday splurge or celebrating that 1% raise you spent the best part of a year campaigning for. They also have tasty cicchetti bites (starters) as well as good pasta, which you should definitely order on the side, because who actually likes creamed spinach?
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The George Inn is an old coach house in Southwark which has one of the biggest and best beer gardens in Zone 1.
Elliot’s is a class act, from the drinks and food to the service. Their cheeseburger is also one of the best burgers in London.
Hixter is a plush, modern British restaurant close to Tate Modern that’s excellent for dinner and drinks with a group. Get involved at the bar, too.
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Terroni of Clerkenwell
Terroni is an old-school Italian deli in Clerkenwell. It also has a café serving quick, no frills food to eat in and to takeaway.
Arancini Brothers is good for a chilled neighbourhood hang in Kentish Town, specialising in deep-fried risotto balls and a solid breakfast wrap.
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