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London's best restaurants for dining alone

Find excellent eateries for solo diners in the capital

Ming Tang Evans / Time Out

Sushi, burritos or even a kebab - if you're dining solo in the capital there's plenty of fine food to be enjoyed alone. Check out our guide to great restaurants in London where you won't feel awkward requesting a table for one. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Restaurants for dining alone in London

Arbutus

Dine at the bar in style and enjoy a carafe of wine for one with exquisite British dishes. 

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Soho

Barrafina

With only 23 seats at this superlative tapas bar, loners have the advantage. 

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Soho

Busaba Eathai

The window seats are great for watching the denizens of Soho float by while enjoying the modern Thai dishes. 

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Soho

Casse-Croûte

The French are famously too cool to care, so dine in Casse-Croûte alone like you don't give Jean-Claude Van Damme.

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The Borough

Frenchie

Sit at the bar and chat to the lovely staff at Frenchie, who also happen to be pretty attractive. Ooh la la.

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Covent Garden

Kanada-Ya

Slurp down some solo noodles without a drop of shame at this hot ramen spot.

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Covent Garden

Nanban

Delicious dishes in Brixton, and if you really don't feel much like company select a seat facing the wall.

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Brixton

Oklava

Feast on Turkish fare in this great Shoreditch spot. You can perch at the window and watch the world go by.

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Shoreditch
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Quiet bars in London where you can actually hear yourself think

Do you like having to yell at your friends when you go out drinking together? Fine, it’s your shout. We like to cater for everybody, so we’ve put together a list of ten places where talking is easier – ideal for those quiet catch-ups or maybe even date night. Of course, any bar can get a bit noisy if there’s a large and rowdy crowd in. But these places are all top bets if you don’t want to run in a hoarse-race.

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By: RichardEhrlich

Comments

2 comments
Catriona
Catriona

Fine... but what if I don't want to eat at the bar, by the kitchen, in the window or at a communal table? So often as a solo female restaurant-goer, I'm shunted off to the smallest table behind the loo door, 'forgotten' by the wait staff, hustled to finish and leave, or simply denied service altogether... probably on the assumption that I won't order anything but a salad and then leave no gratuity. It's tiresome!

Robert S
Robert S

@Catriona Hi   Unfortunately it is not only 'solo female' that suffers.  I travel a great deal alone and the reception I receive in restaurants and hotels is not very different from yours   Have you a list of solo friendly places noted in your diary perhaps ?  Robert