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Suggestions for Dining Alone?

Belfast, N Ireland
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Suggestions for Dining Alone?

Hi

I will be working in London for a few months in the autumn and was wondering if anyone recommends restaurants to eat solo at?

Im sure I will dine out with work colleagues now and then, but im expecting to dine alone on a few occassions.

I am quite advernturous and want to try a mixture of places...budget(but tasty!) places, top class restaurants, quirky bars/restaurants...just anywhere that is worth a look and I wont feel out of place being alone?

And i dont mind whether it be lunch or dinner :)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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1. Re: Suggestions for Dining Alone?

When I go out alone (and I do it a lot) I usually find a pub somewhere to eat. Some of interest, that serve food, are:

The Blackfriar (maginficent interior) oppostie Blackfriar's station,

George Inn (London's only remaining galleried coaching inn, rebuilt in 1676 after a fire, and the only one remaining of what used to be several such inns in the area, some of which were mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales). Near London Bridge station, off Borough High Street

The Parcel Yard. In the new concourse of King's Cross station, if you are in the area, or using the station. Based in the old parcel office, and very nice indeed.

Edited: 22 July 2013, 15:08
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2. Re: Suggestions for Dining Alone?

It's a wonder I haven't bumped into Bungle in his selections.

I would add Dickens Inn at St Katherine's Dock, Founders Arms south side of Blackfriars Bridge, Minories near Tower Gateway and Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street as pubs I have dined in and survived.

These are all in the City of London though and you might be looking for somewhere in a different part of London

Where will you be staying?

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3. Re: Suggestions for Dining Alone?

Hi, I am staying near Canary Wharf as that is where I will be working. However im happy to travel anywhere, i plan to be out and about most evenings and every weekend!

Thanks for the recomendations!

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4. Re: Suggestions for Dining Alone?

>>It's a wonder I haven't bumped into Bungle in his selections.<<

How do you know you haven't? You don't know what I look like. :p

I've only been in the Blackfriar once recently anyway, as I avoided it for a while because the staff member they had in there was a muppet. Thankfully he seems to have gone, and the people who were behind the bar during my last visit semed much more compos mentis.

The Founders Arms is alright, and has a really nice view of the river if you sit outside, or near the windows, but I don't really like it as a pub - that is to say I dilike the building: too bland. But that's just my personal preference. I wouldn't let that put you off though.

Edited: 22 July 2013, 15:17
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5. Re: Suggestions for Dining Alone?

<<How do you know you haven't? You don't know what I look like. :p>> - Good point!

If you are in Canary Wharf, the Henry Addington is a decent pub. Gets very busy with City Boys and Girls but the food is good

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6. Re: Suggestions for Dining Alone?

I loved the Wolseley, They are open from early to late. I ate there twice on a recent trip and both the food and service were amazing. It''s not cheap, but it's good value.

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7. Re: Suggestions for Dining Alone?

An alternative to eating in pubs (not that there's anything wrong with a good pub, but you might fancy a change) would be a restaurant where you can eat at the bar, which is a bit less formal than requesting a table for one.

A few places I would suggest for bar dining (a mix of budgets here):

http://www.saltyard.co.uk/restaurant/

pollenstreetsocial.com/social-bar/social-bar/

http://www.joelrobuchon.co.uk/ground-floor

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8. Re: Suggestions for Dining Alone?

Thanks so much everyone, will definitely give a few of these a try :)

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9. Re: Suggestions for Dining Alone?

These things would be on the top of my list;

The beer and food garden of Old Brewery, Greenwich,

http://www.oldbrewerygreenwich.com/

Stroll around Borough Market http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/ and sample food from every interesting stall,

(Fish Kitchen do a heft fish 'n' chips)

Bring something to read and relax with a pint and a nibble @ http://www.thewindsorcastlekensington.co.uk/

And at the end of a long week; I'd head to Durbar http://www.durbartandoori.co.uk/

(not because it stands out as a solo-dining venue, but because the food is so so good and really affordable).

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10. Re: Suggestions for Dining Alone?

Maybe some fish n chips at the Golden Hind in Marylebone village? It's BYOB also so you can pick up a nice bottle of ale or something to take in with you, it's a nice informal plaice.