From fine dining to casual eats and food halls, we’ve shortlisted five of the must-visit lunch spots to visit in London.
Offering a taste of affordable luxury, Tattu has launched a Moon Stand lunch menu served in its glamorous London outpost, which takes residency in the ever-popular Outernet building, having taken over the rooftop of the Now Building.
With its enviable views and Instagrammable décor, the centrepiece of which is a dazzling canopy of cherry blossoms that hangs over the main dining floor, the Chinese restaurant has established itself as the go-to for Oriental flavours and experience-led dining since its opening last year.
Elevating the sensory journey that Tattu’s ethos is built on, the Moon Stand lunch champions hero dishes and gives diners the opportunity to enjoy three dishes of their choosing for the nominal cost of £33. Signatures on the menu, comprised of 14 curated dishes, include Tattu’s much-loved Wok Fried Angry Bird, a flavoursome dish of crispy chicken, roasted peppers and finished with honey soy sauce and its Seven Spiced Seared Tuna, which comes served with a generous dollop of truffle and caviar.
The latest addition to the thriving food scene at Battersea Power Station is the hotly anticipated Arcade foodhall spanning an impressive 24,000 square feet and home to some 13 different cuisines across the foodhall, which seats up to 500 people alongside 3 standalone restaurants and 2 bars.
Promoting new and innovative culinary talents by giving them a platform to establish, the Arcade Create program has been key in building the offering at the BPS outpost, and four of the eateries are exclusive to the location.
Highlights include chef-turned-social-media star Thomas Straker’s Flat Bread concept bringing his food you want to eat concept to a menu of 7 innovative flatbreads, notably of which the signatures feature a Chilli Mussel Butter Flatbread and a tasty Confit Duck Leg with Pickled Onion Flatbread.
Also serving up a storm is Siu Siu, another newcomer with Cantonese comfort food on offer, try the Char Siu Sandwich for a delicious lunchtime treat.
Designed by Buchanan Studio, Le Bab has also taken residency within the art deco halls of Battersea Power Station, serving up an all-day menu of its famous kebabs. A relaxed and contemporary setting plays host to the eclectic menu of Middle Eastern favourites alongside cool cocktails and an impressive wine menu.
Perfect for a lunchtime pit stop, favourites include Le Bab’s Fried Chicken, think that sort of moreish fried free range chicken that you can’t get enough of, and the Mezze Mix is a nice sharer with a glass of wine between two giving a taste of the restaurant’s delicious butter naan along with some hummus and Padron peppers.
For mains, the devilishly good Dirty Bab is the standout, grilled lamb glazed and served in a naan with a helping of fries, chilli sauce and Le Bab’s signature fondue sauce. Vegans can also rejoice as there is also a tasty Dpice-Roast Aubergine Sabich for the taking, vegan mayo, peanut pesto and a relish wrap a spice-roasted aubergine to create a fusion of flavours too good not to try, and Le Bab plants a tree for each one sold.
Having opened in its new South Kensington home at The Bailey’s Hotel, The Bugis has quickly gained a loyal following who flock here for its authentic take on Singaporean and Malay cuisine, which is cooked using age-old techniques and traditional family recipes.
Drawing on Southeast Asian influence, the menu is designed to share and is centred around plates of seafood, meat and vegetables with a highlighted selection of Singapore favourites.
Starters range from classical dishes, Aromatic Crispy Duck and Dim Sum with standouts including its Jumbo Soft Shell Crab Salad and a beautifully done Steamed Giant Diver Scallop that melts in the mouth.
For mains, the speciality is The Bugis’ Live Lobster which comes in different flavourings; try the Singapore Style Chilli Lobster for a real sense of homestyle cooking, and the Sizzling Angus Beef is a must-try.
Text by Jaz Grewal