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Old Police Station Entrance, 28 Bow St, London WC2E 7AW, UK
  • Monday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

If 5pm is too long for you to wait to get your Side Hustle fix, you’ll be pleased to hear that the bar at The NoMad in Covent Garden, is now opening up early doors on the weekend to do brunch. Like the evening menu, the brunch offering follows the same Latin American theme – and yes that does mean margs in the morning (or horchata if you’re off the sauce). You can really indulge with caviar-topped chicharrón and dulce de leche pancakes with corn custard & tequila cream but there’s plenty of variety with the likes of pork belly al pastor, yellowfin tuna & aguachile, lamb birria with consommé & fresh tortillas, huevos divorciados, and the NoMad breakfast burrito on the menu. And don’t miss the mole verde made with pistachios and served with tostones – great if you’re looking for something a bit different to guac.

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56 James St, London W1U 1HF, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 10:30 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM

BAO Mary is the newest addition to London’s BAO, bringing their number of restaurants to a nice round five. This time, the focus is on dumplings and the two-floor restaurant is a take on a Taiwanese dumpling house, with a menu of small dishes that are perfect for diners in a hurry. Expect to see the likes of street-food style Majiang noodles with sesame paste, ox tongue & chilli oil, boiled cull yaw, as well as a range of bao, on the menu. The interiors are classic BAO – a functional yet nostalgic space with white tiles in the kitchen and dark wood panelling in the restaurant – with a counter overlooking the chefs so you can watch the dumplings being cooked. If you’d rather people-watch with your dumplings, there’s also an outside patio for just that.

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252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, UK
  • Monday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:30 AM – 9:45 PM

A gin bar, a glorious terrace, a pie room: the Holborn Dining Room’s got it all. Set inside a carefully restored Edwardian-era building, on the ground floor of the Rosewood Hotel, the HDR has a tremendously grand feel. But, while it makes a lot of sense to spend a special occasion here, it’s still just as suitable for a excellently executed breakfast on any given weekday or the perfect dry martini after work. Of course, you have to try the pies, whether seated in the private Pie Room or taken away via the Pie Hole for an envious office lunch.

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58-59 Red Lion St, London WC1R 4PD, UK
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

For authentic Chinese food in Bloomsbury, you can’t go wrong with 1+1 Rougamo. Of course, you’ll be able to grab rougamo here (the clue’s in the name), a popular street food sandwich made with spiced pork – sometimes referred to as a ‘Chinese hamburger’. Go for a classic braised pork rougamo, or choose from the likes of beef, crispy fried duck or vegetables. If that’s not what you’re in the mood for, they’ve also got a range of traditional Xi’anese noodle dishes to choose from – and you don’t wanna miss the dumplings with sour soup.

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3 Leigh St, London WC1H 9EW, UK
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

A classic Turkish deli, Pitted Olive is where to go for some really good gözleme, borek, meze and more. Everything is freshly handmade in-store – you can even watch the process yourself. Choose to dine in or take your pastry to go, but if you’re going to stick around, make sure to pair your food with some Turkish tea for a properly authentic meal.

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39 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NG, UK
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

While Banh Mi Aha!’s speciality is (you guessed it) banh mi, these guys are masters of Vietnamese street food of all shapes and sizes. Anyone lucky enough to have this place as your local lunch spot should definitely take advantage of their meal deals which could get you a banh mi, bowl of pho, rice box or vermicelli noodle dish plus a side of summer rolls and a drink – Tesco could never. There’s a lot more to explore on their extensive menu, so if you’re a fan of Vietnamese street food, prepare to become a regular.

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13 Lamb's Conduit Passage, London WC1R 4RH, UK
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Forget the same old sandwiches and head to Dapur for a proper lunch. The small Holborn cafe, run by Sharizah Hashim, showcases real deal, halal, home-cooked Malaysian food, with dishes like nasi lemak, lamb rendang, stir fry courgette with glass noodles, kale with coconut milk, nasi goreng and aubergine green sambal on the daily changing menu. It’s only open from 11am – 3pm on weekdays, so don’t get caught out!

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89 Regent's Park Rd, London NW1 8UY, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:30 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:30 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:30 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:30 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 3:30 PM, 5:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 3:30 PM, 5:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM

A Primrose Hill institution, Lemonia has been run by the same family since 1979, and as a beloved local spot, you’re guaranteed of a buzzy atmosphere whenever you drop by. The whitewashed walls and abundance of greenery inside does its best to transport to you to the sunnier climes of Greece but its the menu, filled with classic dishes like dolmades, calamari, souvlaki, kleftiko, tavvas, moussaka, pourgouri, gemista and baklava, that’ll take you there.

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19 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8SL, UK
  • Monday: 11:15 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:15 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:15 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:15 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:15 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:15 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Like stepping into a very bygone era, The Fryer’s Delight is a true London gem. It’s an entirely classic chippie – founded in 1958 by two Italian brothers, Giovanni and Giuseppe Ferdenzi – and everything about it is perfect, from the original fixtures (the checkerboard floor and wood panelling is *chefs’ kiss*) to the pouting, top hat-wearing fish on the sign. The food here is reliably cheap and, crucially, very good. The fish and chips are fried the old-school way, using beef drippings, and, after all these years, still rated among the best in the city.

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1 Regent Street Saint James's, St. James's, London SW1Y 4NW, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM

If you want to splash the cash on some seafood, Milos (which also has sites in Montreal, New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Cabos, and Athens) is the place to come. It’s an upmarket restaurant with a focus on seafood and high-end takes on traditional dishes you’d find across Greece. It’s a pretty grand dining room, with high ceilings, white tablecloths, lots of marble and a big fish counter displaying the fresh catch in all its glory. There’s a raw bar and a cured fish selection, while the options on the counter can be grilled, poached with veggies, fried or baked in sea salt. Aside from the fish, don’t miss the Milos special, a big stack of thin slices of fried courgette and aubergine with tzatziki and kefalograviera cheese, the gigantes and the steamed wild greens.

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BOXPARK, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY, UK

You can’t beat a good wrap and The Athenian is slinging souvlaki and gryos ones just how they do them in Greece. Soft pitas are filled with marinated and chargrilled chicken, pork or halloumi; tomatoes; red onion; tzatziki; mustard sauce; and spicy feta sauce. The real highlight though? Oregano-dusted fries are stuffed in there too, so you got a full and fast meal that you can eat with one hand.

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18 Hillgate St, London W8 7SR, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM

The team behind Mazi didn’t got far for its second Greek restaurant, only a door down in fact. Suzi Tros – more of a bistro than Mazi, with a cocktail bar downstairs – is small, simply decked out in wood and white, with seating around the kitchen counter at the front. Suzi Tros serves up a seasonal small plates menu that showcases the food of Thessaloniki and northern Greece, including dishes like tuna tartare with lagana bread, courgette cakes with cucumber & mint dip, wild cod with chickpea revithada, herby grandmama’s meatballs with garlic yoghurt, and Greek coffee profiteroles. The wine list is exclusively Greek, there are Greek beers on offer too, and cocktails made using Greek spirits like Mastika and Tsipouro. If you want to relive the summer but can’t jet off to Greece, just head for Notting Hill instead.

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