Food and drink
Everything from granola and pancakes to salt and pepper squid and pappardelle with game ragout, chestnuts and mushrooms. There are some great Thai-inspired dishes (Torode is an expert with Asian flavours) and the beef is equally reliable: I love the opportunity to sit in a corner booth with a cocktail and share something like dry-aged south Devon New York rib on the bone served with béarnaise sauce and creamed spinach.
The Luxe features some exquisite decorative details, including silk floral wallpaper and a pair of vintage aviaries. In the evenings the cheerful ground floor café-bar becomes more of a nightspot (though the music venue proper is in the basement); for a more refined dining experience head upstairs. Customers are a mix of local groovers and business people from the City.
Friendly and down to earth, though sometimes swamped.
Spitalfields is a shopping and restaurant complex housed in a beautiful old market close to Brick Lane and 5-10 minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station.
Eat in the ground floor café-bar for the best value: main courses are £7.50-£11.50, cooked breakfasts £4-£9.50. Main courses in the upstairs restaurant are £13-£15.50.
Smiths of Smithfield is run by the same people and features four different eateries, including a ground floor café-bar and a top floor restaurant with lovely views over Smithfield and the city. See www.smithsofsmithfield.com
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Live entertainment
- People watching