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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.

Arbutus

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

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Soho

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Critics' choice

This hidden restaurant is ideal for covert solo diners; sit at the counter by the open kitchen for culinary fireworks. 

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Leicester Square

Barrafina

Critics' choice

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

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Soho

Benito's Hat

Critics' choice

Perch on stools, munch on burritos and watch the world go by outside. 

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Fitzrovia

Cha Cha Moon

Noodles for one are no problem here; you probably won’t have to queue, either. 

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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

Kulu Kulu

Pull up a seat for conveyor-belt sushi, where you can eat as much as you like. 

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Soho

Princi

Critics' choice

Alan Yau teams up with a top-notch Italian bakery. 

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Soho

Ranoush Juice

The filled-to-bursting kebabs are a delectable meal for one – and no one has to see what a mess you make. 

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Marble Arch

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