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London restaurants in Covent Garden, Soho and Leicester Square

The IT edit of where to eat, drink and be merry in Covent Garden, Soho and Leicester Square.

Price guide is as follows:

$ = You can be satisfied for less than ₤15 per head including a glass or two

$$ = ₤15-₤25 per head

$$$ = ₤25-40 per head

$$$$ = ₤40-₤75 per head

$$$$$ = ₤75 plus per head

 

10 Greek Street

10 Greek St
Underground: Tottenham Court Road
Price Guide: $$

Diners are tightly squeezed in this affordable Soho venue.
Fresh and seasonal, unfussy, good quality food.
Perfect for a refuel whilst hitting the shops.

Burger & Lobster

36 Dean St, Soho
Underground: Leicester Square
Price Guide: $$$

A fast expanding group (we are avoiding the chain word for snob reasons), there are now six locations across London in all the hoods you will be visiting: Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, City and Fitzrovia.
Take your pick from the three items on the menu; a burger, a lobster or a lobster roll, and get ready to fill right up.
Portions are not tiny.

Terroirs

5 William IV Street, Covent Garden
Underground: Charing Cross
Price Guide: $$

Terroirs is almost an institution serving charcuterie and wine.
A great selection of reasonably priced food and even more interesting wine that can be ordered by the glass, pot (500ml) or bottle.
Terroirs is perfect for people who choose their food based on what wine they feel like drinking.

Fino

33 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia
Underground: Goodge St
Price Guide: $$$$

Head chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho creates quality tapas directly from his Basque homeland with a splash of London elegance.
There are two bars in which to sip from the enormous wine and cocktail list while nibbling on some smaller tapas.
For a satisfying dinner, expect to order 6-8 dishes per couple, so a budget of ₤30 per head is probably appropriate.

Busaba

Various
Price Guide: $

A quick, easy and cheap Thai group of restaurants dotted across London.
Australian Thai food guru David Thompson was involved in the menu design from the beginning, so it has all the hallmarks we are used to.
If you are in the mood for a Pad Thai and all the other usual Siam suspects, drop in.

Café in the Crypt

Trafalgar Square
Underground: Charing Cross
Price Guide: $

An institution no first-time visitor to London can miss, this is the Café in the Crypt.
Set in the 18th century crypt of the church on Trafalgar Square, this café serves old school hearty English breakfast, lunch and dinner for crazy bargain prices.
It’s simple honest and good value.

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