Close to Trafalgar Square


This is New York’s legendary French/American brasserie, in London. If you can’t get a reservation, there’s always the bar – and if you’re on the run, a pastry from their boulangerie next door hits the spot.

4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ
020 3301 1155

Opera Tavern

Italian and Spanish tapas in a converted pub in the heart of theatre land. Here it’s all about their small outdoor area, charcoal grill and courgette flowers.

3 Catherine Street, WC2B 5JS
020 7836 3680

Vista at the Trafalgar Hotel

Cocktails with THE view of Trafalgar Square. Get there before 4pm to avoid the £5 cover charge. Plus, if you’re in time for lunch nothing beats their alfresco menu of fresh seafood, served straight from the grill.

2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, SW1A 2TS
020 7870 2900

The Delaunay

A grand Viennese café serving breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. Grab a booth and try the Austrian cakes. But if it’s a meal you’re after, you can’t go past the holstein schnitzels — #UJloves.

55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB
020 7499 8558

Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London Hotel

Another cocktail hotspot with panoramic views of the city. Book ahead for a guaranteed seat, which after 4pm, become prime real estate. Top tip – go there after a West End show, it’s quieter and the tapas menu is still going.

336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA
020 7395 3400