She’s royal, she’s purple, she’s billions over budget and ever so fashionably late (or alternatively, right on time for the Jubilee?). The good news is, she’s finally here. And Londoners are very excited about it.

If you’re one of the many people who woke up at 5am, queued outside stations, and sang a rendition of Prince’s Purple (T)Rain at the top of your lungs, all to be the first to ride London’s very first Elizabeth line train – I take my crown off to you. It’s certainly a historic event and the very start of what will mean shorter journey times across the capital and seamless travel from East to West. Passengers are now able to get from Abbey Wood to Paddington in just 29 minutes, and eventually, from Reading all the way to East London without changing trains. But all that travelling’s bound to make you peckish right?

From brunch on a barge in Paddington to floating restaurants in Canary Wharf, here are our favourite restaurants for a delicious pitstop along the Lizzie Line – whether it’s for brunch, lunch or late-night cocktails.

First Stop: Paddington

Darcie & May Green

If you’re ever stuck for somewhere to eat in Paddington, then Darcie Green always delivers. It’s an all-day destination on the water, and the perfect setting for canal side dining.  From Aussie brunches and healthy lunches to relaxing dinners, it provides the perfect backdrop for date-night, mate-night, weekend brunch or after-work drinks – and you can guarantee everyone will be satisfied on the food front because their Antipodean-inspired menu is delicious. 

If you’re in Paddington in the early morning, May Green is the go-to place for flat whites and banana bread. Come night time, it transforms into a vibrant and buzzing bar – with innovative cocktails and craft beers on the menu.

The best part? Both boats share an upper deck that overlooks the Grand Union Canal, making them the perfect pitstop on a warm summer’s evening.

Walk from Paddington Station: 6 mins

Where: Grand Union Canal, Sheldon Square, Central W2 6DS

Website: www.daisygreenfood.com

Bar + Block 

If you’re looking for somewhere to satisfy your carnivorous cravings near Paddington station, then Bar + Block Paddington should be on your list. Like all their restaurants, you can expect an ever-changing selection of 30-day aged steaks hand-cut to order, alongside spectacular grills and cocktail creations (including one that’s an ode to a certain famous bear). 

It’s everything you can count on for a reliable beefed-up breakfast, express lunch or dinner, or Sunday roast with the most. 

Walk from Paddington Station: 9 mins

Where: N Wharf Rd, London W2 1LF

Website: www.barandblock.co.uk

 

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Vagabond Paddington

Bringing holiday vibes to Paddington is Vagabond, with their outdoor area perfectly positioned to chill by the water with a glass of wine. Inside has a contemporary and relaxed vibe, and it wouldn’t be Vagabond without their wine machines – allowing you to taste over 100 wines by the glass. Handy tasting notes guide your selection, so grab a Vagabond card from the bar and go on a wine tasting adventure. 

The menu also boasts a host of delicious tapas dishes like rosemary-brushed Lebanese flatbread, padron peppers and cheese sharing platters. The perfect pairing for a glass of wine – or five.

Walk from Paddington Station: 9 mins

Where: 6a Sheldon Square, London W2 6EZ

Website: www.vagabondwines.co.uk

Bond Street

(Set to open in August)

Harry’s Bar

Have you ever seen a more Italian looking meal?! Located just off Oxford Street, and a stone’s throw from Bond Street station, Harry’s Bar brings a slice of the “dolce vita” to Marylebone, whether you’re looking for dinner, lunch or weekend brunch. The interiors are stunning, with a wood-panelled bar, luxurious banquettes and vibrant artwork. Meanwhile, outside boasts a terrace for dining alfresco and soaking up the atmosphere.

The menu celebrates unfussy, timeless Italian favourites, showing the very best of the cuisine. And, if you have room for dessert, you must try the iconic Harry’s Toadstool;  white chocolate, fresh raspberries, mascarpone mousse, iced vanilla parfait and pistachio biscotti crunch served with warm pistachio sauce. So perfectly presented you almost won’t want to eat it. Almost.

Walk from Bond Street Station: 2 mins

Where: 30 -34 James St, London W1U 1ER

Website: www.harrys-bar.co.uk

Hoppers

If there’s one place that should be on your ‘To-Eat’ list, it’s Hoppers. The restaurant’s interiors take inspiration from the Tropical Modernist movement, whilst the menu is centered around signature Sri Lankan dishes.

Think Chettinadu Chicken Bites, Jackfruit + Mushroom Kothu Rotis and Masala Dosas, all washed down with craft cocktails made with ingredients from the spice gardens of Sri Lanka.

If there’s one place that should be on your 'To-Eat' list, it’s Hoppers.

Walk from Bond Street Station: 3 mins

Where: 77 Wigmore St, London W1U 1QE

Website: www.hopperslondon.com

 

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Tottenham Court Road

Circolo Popolare

A well-known name in London thanks to their jaw-dropping interiors and delicious menus (think dishes like La Gran Carbonara; Home-made spaghetti chitarra served from a whole round of cheese, with crispy guanciale, egg yolk, and a whole lot of pepper ), Circolo Popolare has soon become every Londoner’s favourite.

To top it all off, their desserts are deliciously decadent. Must-try dishes include a caramelised, chocolate covered profiterole and zingy lemon pie. Desserts are large, so you’re getting every penny’s worth – just be prepared to roll out of there in a delightful, food-induced haze.

 

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Walk from Tottenham Court Road Station: 4 mins

Where: 40-41 Rathbone Pl, London W1T 1HX

Website: www.bigmammagroup.com

 

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Chotto Matte

If Japanese-Peruvian cuisine sounds like your thing, there’s no better place for it than at Chotto Matte. This vibrant Soho restaurant explores new and unlikely flavours. There’s Nikkei Gyoza (pork & prawn dumplings with yuzu sweet potato purée and red pepper ponzu), Sea Bass Ceviche (sea bass sashimi, leche de tigre, chive oil, sweet potato, Peruvian corn and coriander), and Amazonian BBQ Salmon (with goji berries, brazil nuts, coriander, jungle curry and smoked purple potato purée).

And of course, there are more cocktails than you could shake a chopstick at – but try a Nikkei Negroni for a twist on a classic.

Walk from Tottenham Court Road Station: 5 mins

Where: 11, 13 Frith St, London W1D 4RB

Website: www.chotto-matte.com

Farringdon

Gordon Ramsay’s Street Burger

Just two minute walk from Farringdon station, Street Burger by Gordon Ramsay serves up signature burgers, seasoned fries, desserts and incredible shakes. Enjoy any burger served with fries and unlimited soft drinks for just £16. Choose from the O.G.R Burger, Hell’s Kitchen Burger and Where’s the Lamb Burger, as well as tempting shakes such as sticky toffee pudding and Oreo.

From signature burgers to incredible shakes, Street Burger by Gordon Ramsay is sure to satisfy any comfort food cravings you have. Food-wise, choose from the O.G.R Burger, Hell’s Kitchen Burger and Where’s the Lamb Burger. And when it comes to drinks (or should we say desserts?) you can’t go wrong with a milkshake. Tempting flavours include sticky toffee pudding and Oreo. An impossible decision, so we think we’ll have to try both.

Walk from Farringdon Station: 1 mins

Where: 26 Cowcross St, London EC1M 6DQ

Website: www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Sessions Arts Club

A meal at Sessions Arts Club is a truly wonderful experience. From scallop, radish & jasmine, and Hake, ‘nduja & agretti for food, to Rhubarb Bellinis for drinks, the menu is creative and artistic – much like the interiors.

The restaurants prides itself on being an urban sanctuary. Sitting in the old judges’ dining room at Sessions House, a grand Grade II* listed building in Clerkenwell, its charm has only gone from strength to strength since opening last year. Built on a studio ethos, as well as the restaurant, the space also boasts a bar, art and performance space that moves and shifts with the seasons.

Walk from Farringdon Station: 5 mins

Where: Old Sessions House, 24 Clerkenwell Grn, London EC1R 0NA

Website: www.sessionsartsclub.com

Liverpool Street

Andaz London Liverpool Street

You don’t get much closer to Liverpool Street station than Andaz London. And with three brilliant dining options to boast about, it’s a fabulous pitstop for dinner and drinks. First, there’s Rake’s Cafe & Bar, the perfect oasis to escape the city for cocktails, brunch or even just a bar snack. Second, we have Eastway Brasserie serving reinterpreted classic brasserie favourites such as grills, salads and hearty vegetarian dishes. At weekends, pop in here to indulge in the ultimate brunch experience. Meanwhile, join them between 5-7pm on a weekday and indulge in 2-for-2 negronis and prosecco.

And if you’re looking for an authentic Japanese dining experience, then you’ll find no place better than Miyako, with dishes like Ika Tempura, Tofu Miso Soup and Chicken Teryaki to eat in or takeaway.

Walk from Liverpool Street Station: 1 mins

Where:  40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN

Website: www.hyatt.com

Pan Pacific London

A hotel might not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking for a bite to eat near Liverrpool Street, but when you’re looking for a diverse culinary journey in the most gorgeous of settings, Pan Pacific London is the place to go.

Straits Kitchen showcases a melting pot of cuisines representing multicultural Singapore, with quirky, bold and bright interiors to match. The menu is crafted using purely Asian ingredients, sourced and grown locally in the UK, to create dishes such as the Straits Kitchen Platter – Kueh Pie Tee, Chilli Prawns, Spring Rolls, Signature Chicken Satay and O tak- O tak.

The hotel boasts a range of other dining and drinking options, but the newest opening on the cards is SHIOK! Patisserie, set to open on 16th June as an on-the-go stop for desserts and pastries. Expect a wide selection of chocolate bonbons with flavours like coconut & gula malaka and matcha & yuzu; individual travel cakes, cookies in a tin and a take on the Singaporean pineapple tart, a must in every household for Chinese New Year.

For breakfast you’ll be able to choose between sweet options; fluffy Polo Buns in flavours like coffee, pandan and summer berries. And for savoury, expect sausage shokupans similar to a sausage roll) and pork floss buns. To wash it down? We recommend Bubble Tea or Champagne.

 

Walk from Liverpool Street Station: 2 mins

Where: 80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB

Website: www.panpacific.com

Cinnamon Kitchen City

The Cinnamon Collection is a well-loved favourite among Londoners – and rightly so. They’re contemporary, fun, the modern Indian cuisine is delicious, and Cinnamon Kitchen City is literally (and fittingly) located inside the historic East India Company warehouse.

Inside is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Not to mention their all-weather covered terrace too, just perfect for alfresco dining – whatever the weather.

Walk from Liverpool Street Station: 2 mins

Where: 9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL

Website: www.cinnamon-kitchen.com

Fenchurch Restaurant

It’s  a restaurant, in a garden, in the sky. What’s not to love about that? Dining at Fenchurch also means smashing it on your socials, because it’s arguably one of the most Instagrammable places in town, perhaps due to its 360-degree views of the city skyline and greenhouse vibes.

Here you can enjoy experimental tasting menus boasting explosive flavour combinations, using only the finest seasonal ingredients, presented playfully. Expect dishes like a mosaic of sashimi tuna with yoghurt, lime and red pepper sauce; beef tartare with oyster, gherkin, egg yolk jam and English mustard; or stuffed turbot, brassicas, whipped whey and champagne sauce. Finish it all off with their famous Fenchurch chocolate bar with salted almond and buttermilk ice cream for dessert. Yum!

Walk from Liverpool Street Station: 11 mins

Where: Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF

Website: www.skygarden.london

Whitechapel

 

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The Culpeper

Tucked on the top floor of this four-floor spanning pub, you’ll find the Culpeper rooftop – a highly praised location from both Londoners and travel guides alike. Head here for laid back vibes, stunning skyline views, and delicious food with a sustainable focus.

With sustainable sourcing at the forefront, if you dine at the Culpeper, the likelihood is you’ll consume something that’s been grown on that very rooftop – whether it’s the garnish on your cocktail, or a part of your dish) as they try to harvest as much in-house as they possibly can with the small space they have. And where they can’t – they work with farmers and suppliers who put soil health front and centre, championing regenerative farming.

Walk from Whitechapel Station: 13 mins

Where: 40 Commercial St, London E1 6LP

Website: www.theculpeper.com

Leman Street Tavern 

A short walk from Whitechapel, the Leman Street Tavern is just the ticket for a casual pub lunch, after-work drink or al fresco dining.

Meet with friends for a menu that’s catered to urban foodies, with dishes such as the Ploughman’s board made up of Sausage roll, honey glazed gammon, pork pie, mature cheddar, sweet pickled onions and beer sourdough; Warm quinoa salad with olives, spiced cauliflower, roasted yellow courgette, wild garlic and pumpkin seed salad; and the LST plant-based burger with cheese, iceberg, ale onions, pickle, ketchup, mayo & fries.

Come summer, soak up the sun on the outdoor terrace, with heaters and cover should the weather take a turn.  

Walk from Whitechapel Station: 15 mins

Where: 31 Leman St, London E1 8PT

Website: www.lemanstreettavern.co.uk

Just the ticket for a casual pub lunch, after-work drink or al fresco dining.

Canary Wharf

 

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Hawksmoor Wood Wharf

Hawksmoor is always a good idea. So if you’re searching for somewhere to eat around Canary Wharf then look no further than their newest restaurant.

Housed in an eco-friendly floating pavillion in Canary’s Wharf’s newest neighbourhood, both the restaurant and adjoining bar (The Lowback) feature terraces with views across the water – a first for Hawksmoor.

The menu revolves around the best British produce the country has to offer with grass-fed dry-aged ethically reared beef and sustainable seafood from the South coast. Expect classic Hawksmoor favourite like Monkfish grilled over charcoal, juicy rib-eye steaks and don’t forget to order sides like their iconic creamed spinach, beef dripping fries and macaroni cheese. Wash it all down with their signature Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew and you’ve got yourself one perfect meal on the water.

 

Walk from Canary Wharf Station: 4 mins

Where: 1 Water St, London E14 5GX

Website: www.thehawksmoor.com

Plateau

Located on the fourth floor of Canada Place, Plateau serves up classic French dishes with a light and elegant contemporary touch, using the freshest possible seasonal ingredients. The restaurant attracts a business crowd during the day, but when the lights dim, residents and visitors from further afield come to sample the restaurants unique cuisine and dramatic backdrop of Canary Wharf skyscrapers at night.

As for the weekend, their new brunch in partnership with Maison Mirabeau is one to put on your radar. Expect French cuisine, Mirabeau gin cocktails, free-flowing Côtes de Provence Rosé, unparalleled views of Canary Wharf and music from Plateau’s in-house DJs. Start your experience with a Mirabeau Maison Cocktail on the outside terrace soaking up the views. We recommend the Rosé Garden Blitz – Mirabeau Dry Gin, Mirabeau Rosé wine, grapefruit juice, lime juice, hibiscus syrup, Aperol and fresh strawberries. Then take your seat to choose a dish from the likes of Corn Fed Chicken Breast with Hand Rolled Linguini, wild mushrooms, spring onion and sherry veloute; Crushed Guacamole on Sourdough with Poached Eggs, super seeds and coriander cress; and Puglia Burrata with grilled courgette and minted petit pois pistou. See you there?

Walk from Canary Wharf Station: 4 mins

Where: 4th Floor, Canada Square, London E14 5ER

Website: www.plateau-restaurant.co.uk


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