Best Hidden Gems in London
If you're in need of a little inspiration for your group's dining then you're in the right place. Capital Centric's specially curated lists bring you the very best options for all groups, no matter what the budget, cuisine or location.
This week check out our hidden gems for those groups looking for something just off the beaten track.
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The Prospect of Whitby - Wapping
Formerly known as The Pelican and then as The Devil's Tavern, The Prospect is London’s oldest riverside pub dating back to the 1520's. Wood panelling, dark corners and uneven stone floors help to make it one of the city’s most atmospheric venues and with Thames views throughout the pub one of the most popular groups as well. It was once an old drinking den for sailors, smugglers and pirates and make sure to look out for the rare-pewter topped bar. The max capacity is 150 covers
Empress - Hackney
A mid-Victorian corner pub with Gothic revival windows and lofty ceilings, the long bar at The Empress serves ale and cider from venerable East End brewer, Truman’s. Neighbourhood suppliers are important to The Empress, with fish from Jonathan Norris, bread from E5 Bakehouse and coffee from Climpson & Sons.
The Empress offers a simple and pleasingly seasonal menu of traditional British dishes with the occasional Mediterranean influence. Located ff the beaten track, in the heart of Hackney, for a truly local experience.
The Kings Head - Crouch End
This bright Victorian corner pub located in Crouch End has been used in film and TV and has a great comedy club as well. Menus feature traditional British Pub dishes using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. They say ' Bright and cheerful with a bohemian edge, The King’s Head is a unique London venue offering an evening out with a difference - definitely worth venturing slightly off the beaten track for...' and we agree!
The Spaniards Inn - Hampstead
Dating back to 1585, The Spaniards is a most charming pub just next to Hampstead Heath. It's been immortalised in various works of literature - Dickens' 'The Pickwick Papers' and Bram Stokers 'Dracula' as well as hosting poets Byron and Keats and the artist Joshua Reynolds. Just down the road from Kenwood House this discreetly stylish, authentically British pub oozes history, comfort and elegance.
Brasserie Blanc - Fulham Reach
Situated by the riverside close to Hammersmith Bridge in Fulham Reach, Chef Raymond Blanc offers a menu of classic and modern French dishes in a classic and contemporary space. A large central bar and open kitchen pass are flanked by two raised areas, one offering a lounging and dining space, encompassing bespoke banquettes and a selection of tables for intimate and group dining. There is space for private events for up to 30 people.
London House - Battersea
Gordon Ramsay’s south London restaurant and bar located in Battersea Square was awarded 3 AA Rosettes less than a year after opening. Set within a modern conversion of an historic south London building, the restaurant is decked out in stony grey leather and modern artwork, ideal for seasonal and relaxed Modern European cooking, with a comfy lounge area. Ideal for groups of up to 80 guests
The Sun - Clapham
The Sun is a bustling gastropub a few minutes’ walk away from vast and leafy Clapham Common. With period features, exposed brickwork and lavish chandeliers, The also Sun boasts a private function room and an inviting beer garden
The Sun is tucked away in Clapham Old Town, just round the corner from the district’s buzzing High Street and just a 6-minute walk from Clapham Common Tube Station.
L'Amorosa - Hammersmith
Michelin Bib Gourmand
The Michelin inspector wrote: “Former Zafferano head chef Andy Needham has created a warm and sunny Italian restaurant - one that we'd all like to have in our high street. The quality of the produce shines through and homemade pasta dishes are a highlight.”
The restaurant offers informal, modern Italian cooking, using a combination of the best British and Italian seasonal ingredients L'Amorosa's commitment to the fresh ingredients served in a way that allows them to speak for themselves is the key of its success. It could seat small groups up to 38 covers.
The Botanist - Kew
Overlooking Kew Green, The Botanist is housed in a heritage listed building with a delightful glass roof hung with hops. The Botanist’s quirkily handsome interior blends original period features with sumptuous contemporary touches.
Boasting an open fire for those chillier months, this charming pub also offers a cosy courtyard beer garden – perfect for laid-back afternoons, al-fresco dining or just a glass of something special on a sunny day. Fostering a relaxed yet civilised vibe and committed to first class service, The Botanist holds the spirit of the great British local close to its heart.
Jackson + Rye - Richmond
Combining Parisian flavours with American dishes set in the leafy suburbs of Richmond, London.
The 160-cover restaurant offers American menus inspired by US East Coast cuisine and the best elements of the West coast and Southern states. The travel trade menu has quality ingredients, cooked with care and served in an elegant but relaxed environment. With taste always at the fore, J+R is the perfect place for lunch and dinner for all groups.
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