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Le Pain Quotidien Royal Festival Hall

Restaurants, European South Bank
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Le Pain Quotidien Royal Festival Hall


Address: Upper Festival Walk
Belvedere Road
Cross street: Royal Festival Hall
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7:00 - 23:00 Sat: 8:00 - 23:00 Sun: 9:00 - 22:00
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4 out of 5 stars

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4.2 / 5

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Safe, tasty & dependable - the lonely-hearts ad for this branch of Le Pain Quotidien. Nothing wrong with being any of those things especially in a city where you can pay through the nose for food that makes you sad and service that makes you mad but make sure your expectations are suitably tailored if you're coming to eat here. You'll leave satisfied but not exactly dazzled. 

Open sandwiches are delicious and fillings are generous plus there's a fairly big bakery counter by the front doors. A California Roll Tartine was served promptly and with a smile so service is definitely above other spots in the area which always makes a difference to your overall dining experience methinks. There's a decent vegetarian selection on the menu and overall the quality can't be faulted - it's the perfect place to take a mum, a grandma or someone looking for a safe rather than thrilling meal.

Lovely selection of wholesome dishes. Noisy atmosphere, could hardly hear ourselves talk. Attentive staff.


Nothing but good things to say about this branch. Their wine is pretty decent, the food warm and hearty and the ambiance has so little pressure its exhilarating.

It helps that they have French eye candy serving up these delicacies!

My only complaint wouldbbe that they always seem to run out of the raisin bread I love so much every time I come here :(


I came here for a birthday breakfast meal for my friend and I was quite impressed with their granola. It came served with a choice of milk on the side and I chose to have mine with fresh bananas and drizzled with honey. However, the granola was so delicious on its own already, it didn't really need any toppings! That didn't stop me from trying some of their spreads and jams that were on the table. The granola surprisingly paired well with the dark chocolate spread that they have along with their marmalade. I also liked that the milk was automatically served on the side, rather than being poured into the same bowl as the granola. For a picky eater such as myself, I actually do not enjoy having my granola or cereal mixed directly with milk, as it makes it soggy. The portion is also rather large, and because it is granola and filled with additional toppings such as nuts and seeds, it was really filling! It kept me going until about 3PM and only then did I feel peckish for an afternoon snack, so that's quite a good and hearty choice for breakfast. 

Even though it is a chain café, they do some pretty decent and interesting breakfast/brunch/lunch options. I've also tried their open-faced sandwiches (tartines), and those are quite healthy and substantial too. It's a quick and easy option, if you're looking for a speedy meal but still want to sit down for one. 


I am not usually partial to a chain, mainly because I take people's judgement too seriously and people judge you for going to chains. However, I was hungover and needed somewhere brunchy, relatively cheap and close to Waterloo. Wahaka was in denial about their breakfast menu, so we sauntered over to Le Pain. We bagged a table in two seconds, because the place is a bit of a tardis. The menu was huge and pretty tricky to choose from (tartine means open sandwich, just for the heads up), but after much deliberation I went for a hot roasted vegetable and goats cheese delight (with beetroot hummus), and unanticipated tonnes of salad on the side, and my buddy went for the salmon tartine. The snaps don't do the generous portions sizes justice to be honest. Anyway, we went on a busy Sunday and no one chucked us out after we inhaled our tartines, so massive thumbs up from hungover me. I didn't even pick up any snacks for my ridiculous train journey that followed, and that is a first from me.

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