London's best restaurants for dining alone

Find excellent eateries for solo diners in the capital
Ming Tang Evans / Time Out
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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

Restaurants, American

Bad Sports Taqueria

icon-location-pin Hoxton

Stop in for a quick spicy bite at Bad Sports, where a counter runs along the length of the window, great for gazing and grazing whenever you're out east and flying solo.

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Restaurants, Spanish

Barrafina

icon-location-pin Soho
With only 23 seats at this superlative tapas bar, loners have the advantage. 
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Restaurants, Thai

Busaba Eathai

icon-location-pin Soho
The window seats are great for watching the denizens of Soho float by while enjoying the modern Thai dishes. 
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Restaurants, French

Casse-Croûte

icon-location-pin The Borough

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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Restaurants, French

Frenchie

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

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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Restaurants, Japanese

Kanada-Ya

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

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

Venue says If you’re looking for authentic tonkotsu ramen, look no further than Kanada-Ya in Holborn.

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Restaurants, French

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

icon-location-pin Covent Garden
This hidden restaurant is ideal for covert solo diners; sit at the counter by the open kitchen for culinary fireworks. 

Venue says Take in the good weather and enjoy a Michelin-starred lunch and pre-theatre menu. Available Monday to Saturday. Book below…

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Restaurants, Japanese

Nanban

icon-location-pin Brixton

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

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Restaurants, Turkish

Oklava

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

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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Find more peace and quiet in London

Bars and pubs

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.

Restaurants, Ice-cream parlours

Bears Ice Cream Company

icon-location-pin Shepherd's Bush

The inspiration for this Shepherd’s Bush ice-cream parlour comes from Iceland, with that Nordic nation’s vibes teamed with seasonal English...

Venue says At Bears, chef and owner Philip Harrison works to develop a special ice cream experience for every age.

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