Welcome to part 2 of our Westminster area guide. For this installation we’re satiating your hunger after your day exploring Westminster with our round up of where to eat and drink in the area. Whatever world cuisine you are craving, or indeed if you simply need to quench your thirst with a pint of finest ale or an artisan coffee, fear not. The restaurants in Westminster have it covered.
For our guide to how to get from our King’s Cross hotel to Westminster, head to our guide to King’s Cross to Westminster: things to do and getting there.
Best for outdoor eating
Set in a conservatory, eating at Bank is a light and airy experience whatever the weather and, on sunny days, it’s possible to dine outside in the pretty courtyard. With a menu that incorporates the best of world cuisine, there’s something for everyone here from juicy steaks to succulent Thai fish cakes and a jaunty wine list with plenty of champagnes to tempt any lovers of bubbles.
Pricing: Starters from £5 – £11, main courses from £11 – £30
For local options for outdoor dining ideas, head to our guide to the best London beer gardens and al fresco dining venues to soak up the summer.
Best for fine dining
Foodies in the know have Osteria dell’Angelo flagged as a go-to destination for unpretentious but finely honed cuisine from Italy. Friendly service plus a bar area that screams ‘relax’ this is an ideal setting for enjoying a chilled out dinner with stacks of quintessentially Italian charm. Booking is recommended.
Pricing: Starters £7.50 – £11, mains £10 – £14
Best for atmosphere
A huge old Westminster library may seem a bit ‘out there’ setting for a bang on trend contemporary Indian restaurant, but believe us, it really works. While you don’t necessarily need to flash the cash, if you do fancy pushing the boat out this is most definitely the place to do so as exquisitely crafted, inventive dishes come as standard here. To avoid disappointment, do try and book in advance.
The Cinnamon Club is a great option for vegetarians, but if you’d prefer something closer to home head to our guide to best vegetarian restaurants in King’s Cross.
Pricing: Starters £9-£24, mains £16-£34
Best for the view
Sitting proudly at the top of one of London’s most distinctive landmarks, Millbank Tower, The View provides . . .well . . a really good view. British through and through, this is a great place to enjoy a 360degree view of London while enjoying a selection of the finest food our nation has to offer. If you simply want to drink in the view – while drinking, your palate will be amply sated in the attached Sky Bar and glam cocktail lounge.
Pricing £41 and over
Best if you’re starving
Lupita’s menu is packed full of Mexican favourites presented with a twist. Generous portions and staff who can’t seem to do enough for you combine to make this jaunty restaurant a very happy place to re-fuel. Lupita is a great option if you’re staying at Megaro in one of our Family Rooms with kids, just like the tastiest family-friendly restaurants in King’s Cross your kids will love.
Pricing: Starters £3.95 – £7.95, mains from £5.95 – £16.00
Best for character
One of the most popular pubs in Westminster, Gordon’s has been quenching the collective thirst of Londoners for more than 120 years, and it’s really not hard to see the source of its enduring appeal. Candlelit and characterful, with a decent wine list and scrummy retro-influenced lunch menu, you will feel as though you have stepped into London’s sepia tinted past. In a good way.
Best for beer lovers
Fantastically characterful, St. Stephen’s Tavern stands within a hop, a skip and a jump of Big Ben, just across from the majestic Houses of Parliament. Rub shoulders with politicians and craft ale lovers alike in this, one of the stand-out bars in Westminster. St. Stephen’s stocks a good range of Badger beers alongside a well-designed food menu with an emphasis on seasonal, fabulously fresh produce. Lush.
For more great London boozer options, head to our guide to 4 excellent pubs near King’s Cross worth their hops
Best for Cosiness
This is a no nonsense proper English pub that is snugly positioned in the beating heart of Westminster. Settle down in here with a pint of finest real ale and you might find it rather hard to leave. Never mind.
Best for coffee on the go
The Flat Cap coffee company has built up an ardent fan base of coffee lovers and rightly so. This is some of the best coffee in London, served alongside a range of freshly baked snacks. Caffeine craving? Sorted.
Best for Artisan Coffee
Stop by the TomTom coffee house at any time of day and you will receive a warm welcome and, more importantly, a delicious cup of artisan coffee. Egg-based breakfasts are available alongside a menu of tempting snacks, and you can also swing by for a relaxing drink as night falls. Boxes: Ticked.
Looking for a caffeine fix on our doorstop? Try out these King’s Cross coffee shops for size.