No trip to London is complete without a nice evening spent dining out at one of the many top restaurants the city has to offer. While it is always nice to visit top dollar restaurants, it might not be an option when considering your vacation budgets. There are so many things to do in this great city that spending a fortune on one meal might cause you to lose out on other opportunities. While the ambiance of a venue is vital, so is the value for money. This article will focus on some of the best eateries to visit for the perfect night out, without costing you a fortune.
A very popular restaurant to visit for both locals and tourists alike is the original Pizza Express restaurant, located in Dean Street, Soho. This is within walking distance of Oxford Circus tube station and the main entertainment district of London. Evening time in this branch of the much celebrated restaurant chain offers a wide variety of live Jazz music entertainment, as well as amazing quality food at reasonable prices. This restaurant boasts a host of world renowned jazz musicians as guest entertainers and offers the perfect combination of good food and top quality entertainment for a nice evening out. Additionally, one of the main things I like about Pizza Express is that the food is prepared in a kitchen located within the dining area, so you can always be sure that your food is prepared and served fresh. There is also a great menu selection, insuring that there is always something for everyone in the party to enjoy.
Another popular spot is Little Italy. This beautiful little restaurant is located on Villiers Street, a minute walk from Charring Cross tube station and moments away from the Thames embankment. This restaurant offers amazing quality, fresh Italian fare for extremely reasonable prices. During the evening, the tables are candle lit, providing that perfect romantic atmosphere for couples on vacation. Additionally, if you are eating in a large group, this restaurant caters for up to 60 people in a party at one time. This is the ideal place to eat for a late dinner after visiting one of the many West End shows. Also, being very close to London’s South Bank, this restaurant provides the perfect spot for a romantic after dinner stroll down the Thames.
Over the past few years, Indian food has taken over in popularity in British culture. If you wish to experience the best Indian food available within the UK, take a venture over to Brick Lane which is located in the East End. This area has recently undergone a major revamp and offers some of the best Indian restaurants the UK has to offer. In addition to the great selection of restaurants in this area, there are also a number of good new late evening venues and clubs to visit. If you’re looking for a fun night out then I suggest grabbing a good meal in one of the many top class Indian restaurants before heading out to one of the local bars to round up the evening.
If you do have a few extra pound to spare and want to venture into one of the best restaurants in town for that perfect night out, you might want to try and book one of the coveted spots at the Ivy. This star hang-out is located a 5 minute walk from Leicester Square tube station and offers luxury dining at a fairly high cost. However, the possibility of eating next to the Beckham’s or some other stars is a big bonus. Spots are limited every night, so I would recommend trying to book a spot in advance of your vacation to insure you can get in to this star-studded eatery.
While these venues do offer great entertainment and food, I would recommend also asking some locals where they like to eat for an evening out in town. Londoner’s will be only too happy to point a visitor in the direction of a decent spot to insure a good night out.