Lobster and Steak? Artisan sandwich? From schmoozing clients to grabbing wholesome food in a hurry, this week we’re sharing our favourite London lunch spots. Work up an appetite with our guide to the capital's best eateries.
Grab and Go:
Absolutely Starving, London Bridge
You know those crazy days where time just disappears? Times where it feels as though you've been at work for 5 minutes but it’s actually just gone lunch? For those instances there’s Absolutely Starving- a hearty lunch spot wedged in-between The London Dungeons and a smattering of ritzy boutiques.
As you open the lunch spots pine green doors the sight and smell of freshly made chocolate tortes and lemon and poppy seed cupcakes will be hard to resist, but make your way over to the hot counter and you’ll be greeted with ready-to-go goodness such as seafood, sesame and chickpea salad or Egyptian falafel pittas with tahini dressing and hummus.
And if you do have extra time to spare there’s a loaded bookshelf and assortment of cosy seats to satisfy all leisurely lunch requirements.
The Anthologist Bar, Bank
Classy lunch spots and modest prices don’t usually coexist, but at The Anthologist you can enjoy ‘reef, beef and bubbles’ (lobster, steak and champagne) for the bargain price of £15. This plush restaurant is ideal for schmoozing clients or impressing friends and light hearted touches such as cocktails served in zip-lock bags provide an interesting talking point.
Choose from tempting small plate dishes such as prawn lollipops and chicken satay skewers to more substantial mains like crab and crayfish linguine or perhaps a Peking duck sharing board?
Boasting a classic menu, central location and charming atmosphere, you’d be hard pressed to find a superior lunch spot.
Watching the Pennies:
Flat Iron, Soho
More of a weekend location due to their ‘no reservations’ policy, Flat Iron is every steak lover’s dream. When it’s the weekend before payday and you’re supposed to be watching your pennies but still fancy a treat, Flat Iron is a saving grace. The concept is minimalist with only one main offered; steak and house salad for £10, but it’s executed so well you wouldn't want to order anything else.
A plethora of optional sides complement the meat and are reasonably priced with sauces coming in at a mere £1. The miniature butchers cleaver cutlery and free popcorn served in enamel mugs are nice touches too. Altogether, Flat Iron offers the most flavoursome steak we've ever had the pleasure of trying, you will want to visit every week!
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