Central London Dining (Dog-friendly &Tourists-free!)

Bruno’s separation anxiety helped me discover a different dining scene in London.  Not only are the places listed here dog-friendly, they tend to also be tourists- free, even while sited in Zone 1.  So if like me, you prefer dining with the netizens especially when visiting, here’s a few of our favourites.

A.  Soho:

Andrew Edmunds, 46 Lexington Street 

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Tiny, quaint, atmospheric.  An oenophile’s paradise.  The wine list is imaginatively curated and well-priced.  Christmas Dinner needs to be booked in advance.

The Crown And Two Chairmen, 31-32 Dean Street

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Max is in residence!  On Sundays, there’s a delicious Nut Roast.

Polpo, 4 Beak Street

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Small plates, pulsating by nightfall.  Bruno always requests for the croquettes.

B.  Chelsea/South Kensington

Polpo (again!), 81 Duke of York Square

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Similar/same menu, a more sedate crowd.  Work lunch off by strolling through the Saatchi Gallery, situated close by.

Cuisine de Bar by Poilane, 39 Cadogan Gardens

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Tucked away from the crowd behind Peter Jones, it’s an unfussy pit stop for coffee and (tartine) sandwiches.

Maze Grill, 11 Park Walk

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Bruno’s favourite Chelsea restaurant serving comfort food.  The only place we eat at, where he fights to stay awake, hoping for more bread.

Jak’s,  77 Walton Street

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Organic Mediterranean, fresh juices, fat cakes.  Order to go, or to eat in, from a main counter.

Jakob’s, 20 Gloucester Road

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Similar concept to Jak’s, but more down-to earth in terms of presentation.  The food tastes home-cooked.  Live music on certain nights.

Lucio’s, 257-259 Fulham Road

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Intimate Italian, dressy service, family-run.  Bruno and I always share the burrata appetiser and bread.  On some nights, their family dog, Coco, accompanies diners.

Blakes, 33 Roland Gardens

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Tea for two in a secret, stylish garden; or dinner and drinks in chinoiserie chic.

C.  Notting Hill

The Commander Porterhouse & Oyster Bar, 47 Hereford Road

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His favourite in our old hood.  Easy dining with  seasonal menus, fresh oysters, a choice of vino and drinks.

Kensington Wine Rooms, 127-129 Kensington Church Street

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Wines by the glass/bottle, small plates served at the bar area, or heartier fare from the kitchen if necessary.

D.  Marble Arch/Marylebone

The Grazing Goat, 6 New Quebec Street

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(Actually pretty)Delicious gastropub grub, a hop from the nightmare of Oxford Street.

Le Vieux Comptoir, 26- 28 Moxon Street

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Cosy French served in a light-filled basement.  Unfortunately we don’t go much anymore, since moving further away.

E.  Angel

Vintage Stall, (previously called the Fish and Chip Shop), 189 Upper Street

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Generous portions, fresh fish, chill neighbourhood hang-out.  The gentlemen, approved.

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