estaurant listings for Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, Holborn, New Oxford Street & Tottenham Court Road

The prices are estimated by contributors and meant only as a guide.
Budget = under £15 (per person, food only)
Moderate = £15-30
Splurge = above £30 per person


Rock and Sole Plaice (Tottenham Court Road/ Covent Garden tube) - 47 Endell Street.
Close to: 5 mins from the British Museum
Fish & chips with fab homemade tartare sauce. Take-away is cheaper.

The Fryer's Delight - on Theobalds Road, just by the Theobalds, Red Lions St, Lambs Conduit St cross.
Good quality F&C shop.

(V) Food for Thought - (Covent Garden tube) 31 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9PR
Directions: Come out of Covent Garden station, and go down Neal Street (little road by Marks and Spencers). Close to Covent Garden, Charing Cross, the Strand, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square.
Description: Reasonably priced vegetarian food (hearty, filling, not too earnest)in Covent Garden. Nice deserts. Gets busy, so you may often have to share tables, but it has a cosy feel.

(V) Neal's Yard Salad Bar - (Covent Garden tube) Neal's Yard
Great take away special. For £5 you get a choice of entree, choice of bread (muffiny sized breads), and a fruit drink made from fresh fruit.

Tas - 22 Bloomsbury St, London WC1B 3QJ
Close to: British Musuem
Chain. Good value Turkish food with an excellent vegetarian selection. 

Wagamama - (Tottenham Court Road) Streatham Street, London WC1A 1JB. Chain noodle bar just off New Oxford Street.

Pizza Express - Outlets at 80-81 St Martin's Lane, 29 Wardour Street


Jonathan’s - (TRC tube) 34 New Oxford St, London WC1A 1AP (close to Centrepoint)
Good home made Italian food.

Belgo Central - (Covent Garden tube) 50 Earlham St. / 29B Shelton St. 
They serve a variety of food, but specialize in mussels. It is very busy and noisy, but fun. The waiters are dressed as monks.
Budget only when (1) £5.95 Express Lunch includes beer,wine or soft drink; and (2) “Beat the Clock” special 5pm to 6:30pm (price of the meal = time you order).  Moderate all other times.


Porters - (Covent Garden tube) 17 Henrietta Street
Traditional English fare at reasonable prices. 

Il Fornello - (Russell Square tube) 150 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury
Close to: Russell Square, Holborn, British Museum.
Very good Italian restaurant, great food, moderately priced, very friendly service.


The Ivy - (Covent Garden/ Leicester Square tubes)
Go celebrity spotting at this famous London restaurant.  Service is fantastic. Portions were small but tasty.  Book ahead.
Set lunch (good value for money) = moderate.  A la carte = moderate (2 courses) / splurge (more than 2 courses).

Navarros - (Goodge St tube) Charlotte Street
Great tapas restaurant, tiled walls, gets very busy so need to book. 

Sofra - (Covent Garden tube) 36 Tavistock Street
Fantastic Turkish chain restaurant. The branch in Covent Garden is good for groups – would recommend pre-booking.
Set menus are a good price.  A la carte can be push it to a 'splurge'.


Rules - (Covent Garden tube??) - Maiden Lane, just to the east of Covent Garden 
Oldest restaurant in London - established 1798 and still going strong. Traditional English food.

PJ's Bar and Grill - (Covent Garden tube) Wellington Street
Right next to the Lyceum Theatre. Food is to die for and staff are really nice. Amazing steak!  Good for pre- / post- theatre meals.

J Sheekeys - (Covent Garden tube) St. Martin's Lane
Specializes in seafood.

Orso - (Covent Garden tube??) 27 Wellington Street
A basement restaurant, fresh Italian, with the menu changing daily. The atmosphere is intimate and cozy. Waiters are friendly and informative.  Dress is a notch above casual but not fussy.

Bam Bou - (Goodge St and TCR tubes) Corner of Charlotte St / Percy St
French/Vietnamese fusion food. Lovely décor, apparently good bar too!