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#2,998 of 17,936 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City of London
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39 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4SF, England
+44 20 7248 3062
11:30 - 15:00
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102 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch at Sweeting's was fantastic! Our server was Wayne, the service and hospitality he offered was of the highest order. I enjoyed the Smoked haddock with poached eggs, along with lobster mash and mushy peas. Buck rarebit and sticky toffee pudding followed and were also great. I enjoyed a Black Velvet and a couple Pimm's Cups in the silver tankards.... More 

Thank SamPav
London, United Kingdom
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218 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place, its unique, please don't change it! The fish is really good, as is the personal polite but very friendly service. Great pointed shrimp, salmon, haddock and sole. Far from cheap, but an experience not to be missed in our ever changing city. It's been 2 years since my last visit, must go back more often.

Thank MikeEdw
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105 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

This is a place you might walk pass and never noticed. However, it has over 100 years old and the decor tells you all about it. Went with a friend who recommend this place, we went at lunch time so not so busy - really like the layout and atmosphere. We both had skate wing with black butter sauce (with... More 

Thank Wei X
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

This old school restaurant is steeped in history. Mainly fish classics, good wine and great atmosphere, helped by the table arrangements. Start with a black velvet and take your time over great fresh fish. There are so few of these restaurant types left in London, it's really worth a visit. Arrive at 12:00 as they do not take bookings.

1 Thank Mark P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The thing about Sweetings is that it is timeless - unchanged since the time of Dickens (except they now take credit cards as well as cash/cheque). getting there early enables you to choose a place - I like the tables with the high stools that enable you to look out through the windows. Everything is cheek by jowl here so... More 

1 Thank banqueiro
London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The venue is fun; old fashioned, not smart, lot of character, very much appealing to tourists on a nostalgic kick. Good bar with lots of silver tankards; very limited and expensive wine list. The food is OK, not good; customers are definitely not there for the food, but very old fashioned; almost all the puddings were steamed; treacle, spotted dick,... More 

Thank Nick D
Copenhagen, Denmark
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Consistently great fish for past 3 decades, wonderful atmosphere with colourful characters and friendly, polite old fashioned service, The scampi and Skate are especially good and if you are lucky the staff will offer you a free of port to make way for other waiting clients.

1 Thank TheoriginalAndy
Tucson, Arizona
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606 reviews
438 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Food....well do get the grilled skate wing, peas and mashed potatoes as these were excellent, world class preparations. Wine bar extraordinaire but did I mention Guiness served in a silver mug? Oh yes, oysters on the half shell and on and on for fish or meat. You walk in to a place serving lunch from 1830 onward, a huge gaggle... More 

Thank zabriskibound
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Cozy, and hopping at lunch hour. Food and service exceptional. Must try the sticky toffee pudding! Had the traditional fish and chips, and it was amazing. Great people watching for an American! Because this was truly a British local destination ....

Thank susanrob44
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198 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We went there on a Friday lunchtime (this restaurant is only open at lunchtimes on Monday to Friday). There is no booking system, so we arrived, had a drink and waited a short time for a space on the stools. The service is personal and attentive. We had the lobster bisque, I had grilled skate with butter and caper sauce... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, British, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4SF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
  • Neighbourhood: City of London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7248 3062

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