One night in London - recommendation needed

Bit of a niche request but I am on a brief busienss trip to London and find myself with one free night - tonight - where I would like to go somewhere by myself for something nice to eat and a few drinks, but I don’t really know where to go and it’s such a big city that I don’t know how to narrow down the choice other than suggestion.

I’m staying in Canary Wharf but obviously want to go somewhere less ghoulish. Not interested in gigs or activities solo, just looking for somewhere casual, reasonably priced and quiet enough I can go after work alone and not feel awkward for good food and drinks.

I would recommend Clerkenwell/Farringdon. Lots of good pubs (The Crown Tavern, Three Kings, The Eagle, The White Bear) and restaurants (St John, Luca, Brutto) and it’ll be very quick and easy using Crossrail to/from Canary Wharf


I’d suggest hopping over to Padella in London Bridge where you could sit up the bar as a solo person. Nice pasta and drinks, plenty of pubs there too.

As for Canary Wharf, we have a dishoom here now and Chai Ki is also v nice or there is Ippudo or Maraguame Udon (also maraguame in shoreditch which is good for a solo bite as it’s like a canteen really)

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Tayyabs in Whitechapel for tasty Punjabi food. It’s BYOB too.


Quick question, do you like M&Ms?


This Chinese place in Holborn does a nice starter and main for ~£15 deal and is solo diner friendly. There’s a few other Chinese/Japanese/Korean places around as backup. You’re then near some nice pubs, I particularly recommend Ye Olde Mitre.

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probably hop on the tube over to bermondsey beer mile for a schooner of gooseberry sour and a punnet of street salad myself


I was going to suggest Bermondsey but looks like a load of the taprooms are shut midweek

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Not sure if this is an obvious one but The Grapes in Limehouse is a short walk along the river from Canary Wharf. Does (or at least used to do) nice food and has views of the river. Part owned by Ian Mckellen and an impressive list of cultural nods on the wiki

@Octobadger how cheeky was the eventual Nandos?

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The Scooter Caffe or Vaulty Towers on Lower Marsh? Bonus - if you don’t like one, then they are opposite each other so can try the other?

Or down Vauxhall way, The Tea House Theatre?

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Local Craft Beer | Morocco Bound Bookshop+ | England

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Good information - not been to either of these but they both look great :+1:

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Got 1 free day in London before I get the Eurostar next Friday, what should I do?

Getting the sleeper down so something that opens dead early would be good too

Is that the one that gets in at Euston? If it’s a nice day a wander round Regent’s park is an easy one from there. Go and see the bits of the zoo you can see from outside (e.g. Giraffes). Head to Camden, eat some lunch and admire the tat.

Or get a tube to Marble Arch, walk across Hyde Park, then down to Kensington to take tour pick of the museums (V&A is clearly best).

If you just need to kill some indoors time for free in the Euston/King’'s Cross area, you can go to the British Library, although it doesn’t open super early.


There are loads of free museums and galleries in that part of town. This is the best summary list for that area that I could find:


I should have said I’ve ‘done’ most of the bigger museums and used to do training at Euston Tower on the reg so ‘done’ British Musuem/Library/Wellcome

Just noticed ^that list doesn’t actually have UCL’s own museums on for some reason - all worth checking out:

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Grant Museum - “The museum is currently temporarily closed for an improvement programme, reopening in autumn 2023.”


I have a specimen named after me in there.

Keep singing the thread title to this tune, like Harry Hill.