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Trafalgar Square Dining Recommendations
Trafalgar Square is one of the iconic sights in London we all want to see but once you've admired the view you may want to stay longer and get something to eat. Here are my recommended cafes and restaurants close to the famous square.
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Cafe in the Square
There is an official cafe right in Trafalgar Square. Cafe in the Square is at the bottom of the central staircase, and on the right, if you are looking back at the National Gallery. There are tables inside and outside which is a pretty good place to have a drink and a snack while admiring the iconic location. It's open seven days a week but daytime only (closes at 6 p.m.).
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Cafe in the Crypt
Under St Martin-in-the-Fields church, in the northeastern corner of Trafalgar Square, Cafe in the Crypt is one of my favorite places to eat in town. Popular with visitors and locals, the cafe serves hot and cold dishes and is well-priced for the location. Everything is prepared on site and the menu changes daily. There's no table service, and even though it's a large space it does get busy at lunchtime, yet I return regularly.
As well as enjoying the homemade food, do admire the 18th-century architecture with brick-vaulted ceilings and the historic tombstones beneath your feet.
Sometimes I just grab a pot of tea and a scone then sit next door in the London Brass Rubbing Centre and try to create a masterpiece. However, it turns out I always have a good afternoon.
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This Italian restaurant is on Northumberland Avenue and is housed in a heritage building with high ceilings and marble pillars. Bianco43 has a wood-fired oven inside and a stunning light feature.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Sherlock Holmes Pub and Restaurant
The Sherlock Holmes Pub has a ground floor bar and a first-floor restaurant which offers table service. I found service slow when I visited but the food is good and you'll get to see 'The Study' which is a room-set/mini-museum with a Sherlock Holmes mannequin and lots of artifacts.
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This branch of the popular pizza chain is on The Strand, opposite Charing Cross Station. Pizza Express Trafalgar Square is a large restaurant with a ground floor and basement level. The thin crust pizzas are always reliable and they have great salads too.
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This delicatessen is just up Charing Cross Road, towards Leicester Square tube station. It's Middle Eastern dishes on offer and the falafel and hummus are always popular, as is the salt beef. It's a small venue so you may not get a table during lunchtime but could grab a takeaway and take it to sit in Trafalgar Square or Leicester Square.
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On Villiers Street, a small road between Charing Cross and Embankment, there are a few cafes and restaurants but the one that stands out from the crowd is Lupita as "London's Authentic Mexican Taquería". A cut above the usual English takes on Mexican food which has, quite frankly, for a long time been as far from authentic as you could imagine. But things are most definitely improving and Lupita is part of the new wave of Mexican restaurants in London. The tacos are good and the margaritas aren't bad either.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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National Portrait Gallery - Portrait Restaurant
On Floor 3 of the National Portrait Gallery, the Portrait Restaurant has some great views across Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament. It is a higher standard of dining so you really need to book in advance but when I've just turned up I've been able to dine at the bar. The menu is 'Modern European' and I've found the staff helpful with recommendations.
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Wagamama (Leicester Square)
Irving Street is a paved street lined with restaurants, just off Leicester Square and behind the National Portrait Gallery. Wagamama is a chain of Japanese noodle bars and this is like all the other branches serving excellent well-priced large dishes and a good introduction to Japanese Food. The restaurant is upstairs and there is a disabled access lift/elevator.