You’ve probably walked past Sea Containers if you’ve strolled along the South Bank, but you just might not know it by name. It’s an immaculately shiny restaurant attached to the Mondrian Hotel, and it’s pretty enough that it feels occasion-worthy, but casual enough to not feel too try-hard. It’s good for breakfast and lunch meetups, and for group dinners in the evening when you’re rolling with a mixed crowd. Grab a seat by the window for pretty views of St Paul’s.
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An eccentric spot next to The Old Vic, Hello Darling is all about seasonal sharing plates and some pretty great botanical cocktails.
The Swan is the best pub in the Bankside area for a drink with a view of the river. It’s never too rammed, and there are tables outside, too.
Caravan in Bankside is one of the best places in London for great coffee and laid-back all day dining. It’s Perfect For for catchups and big groups.
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Dead Rabbits Saloon
Dead Rabbits Saloon is a burger and wings spot in Highbury with a decent selection of spirits.
Chick ‘N’ Sours
The newer Covent Garden location of fried chicken specialists Chick ‘n’ Sours comes complete with a cool basement and plenty of space.
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