Broadgate Circle is at the heart of the Broadgate neighbourhood. Located between Liverpool Street Station and Finsbury Avenue Square, it boasts some of London’s most talked-about bars, cafes and restaurants.
With the newly opened Everyman Broadgate around the corner (alongside the excellent Yolk, Nyokee, Farmer J and more and Morag Myerscough’s Atoll at 1FA which houses the Butterscotch Bakery - pictured above) plus a packed calendar of workshops, art exhibitions and more – this is one of London’s must-visit destinations.
See below for some of the best places to eat and drink in London.
Grind: incredible coffee and excellent lunches
Fast becoming one of Liverpool Street’s go-to bar and food spots, Grind ticks every box you could need – from healthy breakfast with a seriously good caffeine kick to small plates in the afternoon and evening.
What should I try? The weekend brunches are perfect for big groups (£14.50 for unlimited prosecco and Bloody Marys – please drink responsibly, natch) but it's also the perfect spot to pop in on your own or with a friend. The Grill turns out excellent cheeseburgers and sweet potato burgers while for sharing plates go for beetroot salmon tartare, sesame; padron peppers; burrata bruschetta, avocado, corn, chilli or fish fingers with mustard mayo (these are so good).
What the reviews say: "Amazing place to grab lunch and a cocktail. Sweet potato cakes were amazing, Espresso Martini is the best in the city!" Google Reviews
Mrs Fogg’s: boozy brunches and shared plates
Mrs Fogg’s is an experience like no other. The sixth outpost in the Mr Fogg’s collection, Mrs Fogg’s serves up inventive cocktails, Indian menus and live entertainment in a space that’ll transport you to another world.
What should I try? The brand new Mrs Fogg’s Gin Brunch features an impressive Indian-fusion brunch menu, with live entertainment, endless G&Ts, cocktails and even a build your own Red Snapper station, offering guests a Bombay Sapphire gin alternative to the classic Bloody Mary brunch staple. The sharing menu featuring dishes such as Akuri, Indian-style scrambled egg with spices, coriander and onion; and the Indian equivalent of the beloved bacon butty – a naan bread stuffed with crispy rashers of bacon. The menu continues with mains including the Punjabi chole and bean curry, served with Poha, a flattened rice, with a selection of breads. To end on a sweet note, guests can tuck into cardamon flavoured yoghurt with berry compote.
What the reviews say: “Friends and I are big fans of Mrs Fogg’s! Good cocktails are guaranteed and the food is delicious. We are always so well looked after by Cos. Staff are incredibly friendly and we are made to feel very welcome. It’s become a favourite spot of ours. A visit is a must.” Google Reviews
Beany Green: coffees, cocktails and delicious menus
Laid-back Aussie snacks filled with greens and goodness, flat whites that know what they’re doing plus £5 cocktail hours that feature grown-ups Negronis and more (Monday to Wednesday, 5pm-7pm) – this is an address to add to your in-the-know little black book.
What should I try? The coffee is some of the best you’ll find in London and we really can't get enough of their banana bread.
What the reviews say: “I went to Beany Green for a meeting and really enjoyed my first experience of the place. Perusing the cake stand as I always do, I was immediately drawn to the ENORMOUS slabs of Rocky Road – and it was amazing. Huge, tasty and filling, I definitely had to take half back to the office to eat later on. Staff were friendly and helpful with providing me a takeaway bag.” Yelp
The Botanist and Soda Room: for big groups and after-hours drinks
Looking for something a bit different for post-work drinks this social season? The Botanist’s bartenders have an extensive cocktail list at their fingertips – plus the downstairs Soda Room is the after-hours hideaway you've been looking for. With an open-air terrace and huge spaces inside, it’s the perfect spot in the summer.
What should I try? The Botanist is particularly great of excellent drinks and bar snacks when you’re out with friends or work team. We’d recommend the croquettes which come in all forms of mac and cheese and shrimp and bacon.
What the reviews say: “Our starter of English asparagus (proudly touted as the season’s first) with pecorino was an appealingly light bite, while an Essex ham hock pie – classically presented with a glazed top – arrived bursting with meat. Prices display the typical City premium, but portions are generous, and the international wine list includes good-value flights.” Square Meal
Comptoir Libanais: the perfect drop-in lunch and casual dinner
Leading the way in Lebanese mezze, wraps and pomegrantate-filled couscous, pop in for lunch with the kids (they’ve always got brilliant offers for small people) or grab a multi-coloured lunch on the go.
What should I try? Their spiced chicken burgers served with spiced Lebanese potatoes are things of joy.
What the reviews say: “This was a lovely little find. The staff were friendly and helpful. The ingredients all round were fresh and tasty especially the mint and citrus in the drinks. The lamb fattet was really delicious and the tagine was lovely and tasty as well. The mezze was lovely and the baklava was the best I’ve had.” Open Table
Franco Manca: you haven’t had pizza until you’ve had Franco Manca pizza.
Once you’ve tried a Franco Manco sourdough, there's no going back. We think it’s the secret tomato sauce mixed with fresh basil and a cold No Label lager.
What should I try? It may not sound the most adventurous but they really have nailed the perfect margherita. Failing that, they always have excellent seasonal toppings and specials.
What the reviews say: “I cannot get enough of the pizza from Franco Manca. It is my favorite pizza place of all time – hands down.” TripAdvisor
Island Poké: the healthy (and popular) lunch
Fresh, authentic and addictive, the ‘Poké Bowl’ is a base of rice or slaw topped with seaweeds, fruit salsas, pickles and garnishes. It’s lunch made happy.
What should I try? Choose one of the set bowls and you can’t go wrong as the team has curated the perfect bowls.
What the reviews say: “One of our favourite lunch places. We would normally go there at least every week. The options are really simple, the personnel friendly and overall very popular. If you go there at peak time get ready to queue for about 20 minutes.” Google
José Pizarro: a taste of Basque
Think you've tried tapas, Jose Pizarro is the basque chef who’s take gin and tonics, croquettes and ham then turned them into an art form...
What should I try? Everything. Literally mix and match to your heart’s content... Although the spicy prawn fritters are not to be missed.
What the reviews say: “The eponymous chef’s third operation is a good fit here: it's well run, flexible and fairly priced – and that includes the wine list. The Spanish menu is nicely balanced, with the seafood dishes being the standouts.” Michelin Guide
Shoryu Ramen: the best ramen in town
Rich intense stock, the best sourced noodles and toppings that include perfectly soft-boiled Burford Brown eggs all finished off with a shot of vintage sake.
What should I try? Definitely order the ramen (you can specify how you want your noodles) but also make space for the shoryu buns which are little puffs of loveliness.
What the reviews say: “The signature Shoryu ramen noodles are the best I’ve ever eaten so far. The staff is very friendly and cater for anything you’d like.” Google
Yauatcha City and Patisserie: food taken to another level
Yauatcha’s menu of dim sum, steamed chilli prawns and their standalone patesserie featuring macarons and petits gateaux is perfect for special meals or an excellent spot in the city.
What should I try? The venison puffs are legendary while the Supreme Saturday menus are an excellent way to explore the whole menu.
What the reviews say: “It’s the char siu cheung fun we’d repeat order every visit, the rice noodle casings slippery, sticky and nearly as impossible to eat as they are to resist. And prize for unassuming barnstormer goes to the crispy duck salad, a smallish, green-and-brown dish of massive, bright flavours.” The Londonist
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