It’s awkward enough, trying to find somewhere you won’t feel uncomfortable dining alone. Never mind on Valentine’s Day, where every loved up couple uses the day as an excuse to go out for a meal and bask in each other’s affections. Luckily if you’re in London, there are plenty of great restaurants for solo diners.
But what if you’re in the mood for a meal and don’t have (or even don’t want to have) anyone to share it with? There are some excellent eateries throughout London, in which solo diners won’t look out of place. If you’re in the capital, on business or for pleasure, check out the Travelodge hotels in London city centre and from there, head for one of these fantastic finds that will leave you satiated and happy with your own company.
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
This hidden restaurant is perfect for solo diners looking for somewhere to get some modern European grub in the heart of the West End.
Cha Cha Moon
Ideal if you fancy a bowl of good quality noodles, in a place where you probably won’t be able to queue. It’s doubtful that you’ll have to deal with canoodlers in this budget noodle bar that won’t break your bank.
If you’ve got a hankering for a kebab and you don’t really want your mates or your other half to see what mess you make of it, Ranoush Juice offers some fabulous laden kebabs that are well worth their price tag. It also means Valentine lovebirds won’t be heading here for their candlelit dinner for two.
This scrumptious Italian bakery in Soho has upped its game of late, to compete with the string of other similar establishments popping up over recent times. Whether it’s a foccacia snack you fancy or you prefer to choose from the selection of Italian patisseries, you can choose whatever you like, and if you manage to find a seat it’s even better.
With only 23 seats in this tapas bar, solo diners have the upper hand, and chances are you won’t bump into couples canoodling in the brightly lit corners. It does get incredibly busy though, so be prepared to wait for one of the few stools there are.
Conveyor sushi belts are ideal for lone diners, and this one’s no different. It’s reasonably priced in comparison to the overcharged alternatives and offers some lovely Japanese culinary delights.
If you prefer a bit of spice in your life, head for Benito’s for a scrumptious burrito. Served in traditional baskets, many locals say it’s the best in town at what it does. It’s also a refreshing change to see an independent restaurant thriving, rather than the franchises that attempt to take over.
No matter what food you fancy, or why you’re deciding to head out alone for a bite to eat, there are plenty of places that offer comfort, great food and a lovely atmosphere for solo diners. If you’re staying at one of the hotels in London city centre, you don’t need to spend a fortune on good food by heading to the relatively unknowns overlooked by tourists.