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Brasserie Zédel will surely wow you with its Beaux Arts/Art Deco decor. This subterranean French eatery with its marble floors and gilded interiors serves authentic fare that is very reasonable. From a la carte menu to Prix Fixe ones, you will find dishes that are delightful and cooked well. Finish off your meal with one of their decadent desserts.
Bar Italia is the most famous all-night cafe in London and has been a cornerstone of Soho nightlife since 1949. Located at the junction of Frith and Old Compton Street, a never-ending stream of Soho characters makes it the place for late-night people watching. Busy by day, it gets manic after midnight with a seemingly endless queue of night-time revelers on a quest for coffee. Inside is the definition of bustling, with staff shouting orders across the counter, the banging and pressing of the coffee, the sound of steam and fast moving china, and coffees arriving with military precision. Crowds spill out onto the street which is often buzzing with flash motorbikes whose riders use the cafe as a meeting point.
La Bodega Negra is tucked away beneath a sleazy shop and is one of Soho's best kept secrets. This subterranean Mexican restaurant is decked with candles that emanate a dim and eerie golden glow over the dark cavern. The candlelit cave, reminiscent of a Greek grotto, is a wondrous place for romantic dining in the heart of London. La Bodega Negra is actually composed of a restaurant that is accesed from Compton Street and a cocktail bar and café that can be entered from Moor Street. Like all Mexican restaurants, it is vibrant with live music and tequila shots, but its menu features unusual street and beach food with Latin American cocktails.
Named after the British car firm Wolseley Cars, who owned the property in the 1920s, The Wolseley is now a sleek and stylish restaurant. Here, you can sample delicious contemporary European fare from their selective array of seafood dishes, to steak tartare and fresh grilled fish. The menu keeps changing but the veal Holstein and chicken soup with dumplings have remained a constant fixture. Whatever time of the day, you can always treat friends, colleagues and family at Wolseley and have a delightful time. You can also purchase memorabilia like books, antique silver, wine boxes and tea strainers.
This upscale Lebanese restaurant is one of many in the city; it enjoys a prime location in the posh shopping sector of town. Famed for its fresh, high-quality Middle Eastern cuisine, Maroush II is often crowded with locals and tourists, who take advantage of its late hours. Business folk and couples come here in equal numbers, to dine on meat dishes and sip a shot from the extensive spirit list. Feast on sausages, meatballs, kebabs and the special char-grilled chicken in garlic mayonnaise. The ever-famous pitta bread is a must with each dish. Expect to see a few famous faces from the local social circuit here. You need to pay a cover charge of GBP 2 for sitting on the topmost floor. A good place to tank up after a night of partying!
Perched on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, Duck & Waffle has unrivaled views of the city. This 2012 addition to London's gastronomy map is a delight to kinds of diners - from early risers to late night party hoppers, as it is open 24/7. Relish the contemporary British cuisine with hints of European flair using only the best of local seasonal ingredients. The curved floor-to-ceiling windows will give you glimpses of the city's famous landmarks while the trendy decor complements the food that is served here. Tipple on some signature cocktails from their bar or just watch the action at the open kitchen. One thing is sure, Duck & Waffle will surely captivate you.