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The food outlets below are listed by category, good reviews and by location. You therefore can see at a glance which are the best, which are the nearest to Clerkenwell St Paul and which are the best value. The aim is that you will be able to plan your evening eating out with confidence and at speed!

Crucially the 'More' tag at the bottom of the review list goes to an Eating Out Map with all local Restaurants, Pizza Houses, Pubs and Takeaways around you. In case we have missed anything we have the Thompson All restaurant tag at the very bottom.

Enjoy eating out around Clerkenwell St Paul!
Picture Fitzrovia

110 Great Portland St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6PQ, UK – 020 7637 7892

We had dinner here on a very hot Saturday nights night & chose the tasting menu. The food was beautifully presented and delicious, especially the pressed pork course. Good compact wine list and excellent cocktails. Wait staff are friendly and attentive. Ambience is great - relaxed, plenty of room between tables and buzzy but not noisy. £70/head including drinks and service.

Reasonably priced good quality food, with friendly and attentive staff. We had their 5th birthday 5 course menu with a cocktail. All the food was good, highlights being the gazpacho starter, beef fillet main and dark chocolate mousse dessert. It was good value overall, and would definitely recommend for a good quality meal with good service at a reasonable price.

The Barbary

16 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP, UK

Amazing food, really friendly staff. It was my first time visiting the restaurant and I was dining solo. The waiter kindly explained the menu to me which is comprised of small plates of which 3-4 is enough per person. The flavour combinations were unexpected and scrumptious. I got the naan bread which was baked on the spot and served with a side of your choice (I got hummus, which was delicious as well). I got roasted cauliflower which was slightly spicy but perfectly balanced with the addition of a yogurt sauce. My main dish was the juiciest chicken I have ever eaten with a rub of spices, served alongside caramelized onions charred cherry tomatoes and more yogurt sauce. Real comfort food. I did not encounter a problem with seating because I went at the restaurant about the time it opened and there was no line. However by the time I was finished there were about 3-4 groups waiting to be seated. So better go there early or expect to wait for a while. Keep up the fantastic job!

Where to even start with this place! Came here as a surprise birthday lunch and it was wonderful from start to finish. Food is great (especially the special octopus salad that was on that day), staff are attentive and helpful but without being cloying and I love the intimate set up. The only annoying part was that reservations are only taken at 12 at the weekend therefore we had to get there rather early for a birthday lunch, but that was a happy sacrifice! I completely understand why this place is considered one of the best restaurants in London.


26-27 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3LL, UK – 020 7440 1456

Delightful experience. Due to the reputation of this place, you are likely to have a queue any time of the week. It's worth the wait! The chef kept checking to make sure everything was ok and no exaggeration to say every dish was a pleasure. Would recommend! The Octopus dish is the flagship and a must try!!

Amazing experience at barrafina. Arrived at 6:30pm the place was chock a block full, got seated at 7:30pm. However, you can order food and drinks while you wait in line - inside! Service was super friendly even though they were so busy. The food is really worth the money you spend here. Would recommend to anyone! Specifically - the classic tortilla, ham croquettes, stuff zucchini flower and the octopus. We also had the special butterflied mackerel which was delicious.

Best Reviewed Indian Restaurants and Takeaways in Clerkenwell St Paul or in Islington area

The India

21 College Hill, London EC4R 2RP, UK – 020 7248 5855

Found this place by accident but loved it. Located under ground. Great food, wonderful atmosphere. We were given a cozy table and had a wonderful evening. Good prices for London. Well go back next time we are in the city. Recommended.

A very tasty Indian, well cooked, presented and served. Even thou it’s in the basement, the decoration and ambience is well maintained energetically. It feels clean, cozy and light.

Est. India

Flat Iron Square, 73-75 Union Street, London SE1 1SG, UK – 020 7407 2004

Yummy reasonably priced indian food, good service and ambience. We had asked to make prawns spicy and they really made it perfect beyond our expectations.

Best Indian food I've ever had. We visited London from the States for our honeymoon. We mistakenly found this place and decided to try. Chic and modern decor, Friendly staff and above all else, the most amazing food. Most of the food is spicy, so you might not like it if you don't like spicy food. Luckily we do. Definitely recommend this place.

Indian City

4 New Bridge St, London EC4V 6AA, UK – 020 7583 4673

One of the nicest Indian meals I've ever had. Reasonable prices too. Visited one year on: still one of the best Indian meals I've ever had. Can't recommend highly enough. Visited again, two years on. Continued excellence in food, along with friendly, polite and professional staff.

The best korma chicken I ever ate. The waiters are very kind and helpful, the service is fast. The place is nice and they have decent prices. Definitely recommended !

Best Reviewed Italian Pasta and Pizza Restaurants

Forty Dean

40, Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4PX, UK – 020 7734 1853

You want a good night? Try eating here. Fantastic food. Fabulous waiters. Great drinks. All reasonably priced. Birthday tiramisu and limoncello to boot! Couldn’t recommend it more highly. P.S. have the sea bass 👌

Nice dinner very close to lots of theatres. Dinner was good and price resonable.

Giorgio at Leadenhall

45-52 Leadenhall Market, London EC3V 1LT, UK – 020 7621 0709

Fabulous food; a real Italian restaurant (no pizza) with great meat, fish and veggie options. Good service. Fairly priced for the City.

Very relaxing experience after a long day of walking around. All the pasta that arrived at the table was very tasty and the Amarone went down very smoothly!! Bravissimo to old pal running the service and the rest of his crew!

Jamie's Italian Covent Garden

11 Upper St Martin's Ln, London WC2H 9FB, UK – 020 3326 6390

What do I say. Restaurant delivers exactly what Jamie shows in his videos and books. Simple food. If you cook at home on a level beyond frozen stuff - not sure if you will be impressed. The food we got was done well, but it did not have any wow to it. To be fair though it had nothing wrong with it either. Relatively good priced for what you get. All in all a solid place to it, but expect no miracles.

Visited Jamie's Italian last night and had such a wonderful experience. We had a great table, and even though it was busy the atmosphere was really nice and the restaurant doesn't get too loud. The food was fabulous, and came really quickly. The best thing about my evening was definitely our waiter, Patrick. He was absolutely delightful! So attentive and friendly, really warm and he made the evening so special. Thanks Patrick! I really would recommend others to visit here.

Find the best reviewed Wine Bars and Nightclubs

Vetro Wine & Cocktail Bar

16A D'Arblay St, Soho, London W1F 8EA, UK – 020 7287 4209

We went on a Wednesday, which is acoustic guitar night. I'd have preferred there wasn't a really loud guy playing guitar if I'm honest. The wine is good but really expensive, so you'd have to really appreciate wine to want to try this place. Also, the venue is only ok. It felt a bit cramped, with all the tables squeezed quite close together.

Casually spent a Saturday night in Soho in this stylish place with the ‘Back in the USSR’ cocktail and some good wines. The Magnum room is also one to check out👌🏻

Archer Street Soho

South, 3-4 Archer St, Soho, London W1D 7AP, UK – 020 7734 3342

Atmosphere is ELECTRIC! If you’re looking for an awesome night out, come here for the music, live singing and great cocktails. The rotation of talented singers are full of swagger and energizes the audience with top 40s hits. One moment they’re tickling your ears, the next they’re clearing your empty glasses amongst the crowd. This inception trick does a really good job of reminding us that talent isn’t reserved for a West End stage. Keep up the awesomeness!

What an amazing place to celebrate pride.... special shout out to the Queen of Soho and Claire who was amazing....!if you haven’t signed up for next year, do it now! These guys know exactly how to party and to look after all of their guests.... what a bloody day! Thank you Archers Street team!!! X

The Jewry

37 Jewry St, London EC3N 2ER, UK – 020 3858 0212

It's decent

Gets really busy but live bar


Islington Chinese Restaurants

The Duck and Rice

90 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 0QB, UK – 020 3327 7888

Probably one of my favourite Asian fusion places in London. Downstairs is fun for a drink, but upstairs is where the magic happens. The sit down restaurant features great layout, decor and service... and some amazing food. It’s all in sharing friendly portions and there is not one bad dish on the menu. My recommendation: try the wasabi prawns.

A Chinese restaurant meets a British pub. Delicious Chinese dim sum on the menu but with a bar with a selection of craft beers on tap. It's an interesting combination but one that actually works. Quite a big venue, spread over two floors and has TVs to show the big football games. Very polite service too. In essence a really good place to hang out with mates with delicious food or drinks.

食家莊Joy's Chinese restaurants

40 New Oxford St, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 1EP, UK – 020 7631 4538

This place services some proper Chinese dishes at a rather reasonable price. But I understand some western people may find the food too Chinese or the service not friendly enough.

We loved authentic Chinese food without British adaptation. Nice personal. We are planning to go there again.

Bao Fa Garden Chinese Restaurant

County Hall Building, The Queen's Walk, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, UK – 020 7261 1196

Good selection of regional Chinese cuisine, especially Sichuan dishes with spectacular views over the River Thames, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. The main dining room is through the bar with views of the River and the London Eye. There was a nice buzz in the dining room with groups of Chinese and European tourists, and a few tables of local customers. It was a little disconcerting when we first arrived as the bar was a little deserted but once we were in the bar, we were taken through to a spectacular oak panneled dining room. I know this oinds a little clichėd but this really is one of the best hidden gems central London.

Taste good but they serve food so slow. A bit Difficult to find the entrance.

Islington Vegetarian or Vegan Restaurants

Wild Food Cafe

1st Floor, 14 Neal's Yard, London, Covent Garden WC2H 9DP, UK – 020 7419 2014

It's quite cosy place with friendly nice staff. This is perfect venue to share some good food with intimate friends. I ordered the awesome samurai burger and finish with tart of chocolate ( pure natural chocolate taste!). Fulfilling food with the healthy goodies from vegan food.

Nice place with very relaxed vibe and delicious vegan food with many raw options, which is quite rare, so a big plus for that. However they always seem understaffed and the service you get is very uneven, hence 4 stars instead of 5. On one occasion we had to wait for over 45 minutes for the second main, even though the first one came out just after 20, so one person had to watch the other one eat. It can be very hard to get the attention of their staff too, so you just never know how it will go. But well worth coming back for the food.

Govinda's Pure Vegetarian Restaurant

9-10 Soho St, Soho, London W1D 3DL, UK – 020 7437 3662

An absolute awesome dining experience. Every dish we tried from the buffet was AMAZING! The atmosphere is comfortable, clean, tastefully decorated... You definitely get a taste of the peace that comes with the Hare Krishna life. Love that the Temple is right there on premises and available for tours. Oh, make sure to try the Ginger Lemonade... Yum!

A friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and the food is amazing! Nothing closer to authentic home cooked Indian food. The perfect place to try your first curry! 😊

The Gate Islington

370 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NN, UK – 020 7833 0401

Came for Sunday lunch. Had a lovely time. The staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive, the venue was relaxed without feeling scruffy, and the food. Oh the food. As nice as it is for vegetarian food to become mainstream, you really can see a difference in places where they really *know* vegetarian food. Everything we ate was delicious - and exactly the right amount so we left full but not uncomfortable. Strongly recommended.

We came here on a Sunday, post-matinee, and were not disappointed. The staff were friendly and efficient The menu, although perhaps not having enough chocolatey offerings for dessert, was mouthwatering. The food was nicely prepared and presented, and came in adequate quantities. The price was about what I would expect for this type of food in this part of London. It was noisy, though: perhaps as a result of the decor being all hard surfaces to reflect the sound, with nothing soft (apart from us) to absorb it. An enjoyable experience. We shall be back.

If you are looking for a either a meal or a drink this Clerkenwell St Paul Food and Drink page will show virtually all the Public Houses in Clerkenwell St Paul or near Islington. Choose either the best reviewed pubs or the ones nearest to you. We list the best reviewed Pubs first. If you would like to see all the hospitality venues us click more. This also displays their a Clerkenwell St Paul street map with the location of all public houses. Enjoy!

Pub Food with Reviews, Maps and Links to their websites

The Old Bank of England

194 Fleet St, London EC4A 2LT, UK – 020 7430 2255

Tastefully converted pub in a gorgeous old building. Beer was very well kept and priced accordingly with the area. Visited around 19:00 on Saturday and the pub was fairly quiet, although well staffed. The only reason I hesitated on giving 5 stars was there were several tables uncleared with empty glasses still present. Staff seemed to mill around on the bar and considering the pub was very quiet I felt a little more attention could have been paid to tidying tables instead. Overall though would definitely return and recommend.

A nice pub. In a good central location, yet not as busy as most pubs in the area. Quick service. Beautiful building and with a fairly decent sized beer garden out the back. Even on a Friday night mid summer there was space to sit, yet still a good atmosphere.

The Comedy Pub

7 Oxendon St, London SW1Y 4EE, UK – 020 7839 7261

Good to watch sports although during the World Cup they will charge for entry after 7pm. Food is good although they forgot our order and gave us less wings than they should have.

Visited bar and had some meals. Staff was friendly and food was very good. Meal is slightly more expensive but burgers are amazing for 12 pounds, I recommend ultimate burger for meat lovers. Place was not that busy on saturday night so we found a space for a meal. Was good, 4 stars just because of the toilet upstairs, where just 2 of them are there, one was broken and one with door on the floor. Maybe there are also other toilets

Bar Termini

7 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 5JE, UK – 07860 945018

Arrived and told the guy at the door that had made a reservation, he was so surprised which was a bit weird. May be bookings are required but anyways, the Cocktails selection is quite limited. However, the taste was good, nothing amazing though. Pictures on the website are quite misleading as the bar is too small - actually tiny is the word. It is good for students on a budget who want a good cocktail in soho.

One of the top mixology venues in London. Bookings are fairly essential as the space is small (feels like a packed train carriage, hence the name), but the atmosphere and service is unbelievable. Amazing selection of drinks on the menu, with very knowledgeable staff who can make pretty much anything if asked. Always feel well looked after and never wait for drinks. Fantastic espresso martini and negroni

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