QEIICC: Nearby Dining

 
 
 
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The Cinnamon Club
The Cinnamon Club
Inn the Park - St James's Park
Inn the Park - St James's Park
National Dining Rooms
National Dining Rooms
Bank Westminster and Zander Bar
The Goring Hotel - Afternoon Tea
Massimo's Restaurant and Oyster Bar
Roux at Parliament Square
Roux at Parliament Square
Roux at Parliament Square
Sake No Hana
Sake No Hana
Sake No Hana
 

 

Located in the heart of Westminster, the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre is surrounded by a whole range of restaurants, all within a ten minute walk. LondonTown.com gives you an easy-to-use guide to the best places to dine in the neighbourhood, from Michelin-starred restaurants to quick, cheap places to eat. We also have a an illustrated QEIICC map.

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The Cinnamon Club

Westminster's most upmarket Indian restaurant in the magnificent Old Westminster Library.

The Old Westminster Library, 30 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3BU

Tube: St James's Park Station

 
 

Set in the magnificent Old Westminster Library, The Cinnamon Club has a dignified, traditional vibe. The imposing setting is the height of late Victorian taste, and the perfect foil for executive chef Vivek Singh who used to run the kitchens at the Rajvials in Jaipur, where he was charged with treating guests to meals fit for a Maharajah. The kitchen however is far from staid, and has won much praise for fresh and delicious twists on old favourites and rediscovered regional specialities. Lunching or dining here is a thoroughly pleasant experience and - due to its proximity to Westminster and the Houses of Parliament - there's a chance of seeing journalists lunching with politicians (it was a firm favourite with Gordon Brown, Cherie Blair and, more recently, Ed Balls). Very highly recommended.

 
 
 

Inn the Park - St James's Park

The location, in the midst of the royal park, makes Inn the Park truly unique.

St James's Park, St James's, London, SW1A2BJ

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station

 
 

Inn the Park is the brainchild of famed restaurateur Oliver Peyton, his idea being to cook up quality alternatives to the soggy sandwiches and warm cola of picnics past and create a new era of 'inn-park' dining. And, it must be said, he's done a remarkable job - simple and seasonal British food is served in a contemporary, no-fuss environment that succeeds in being inviting at the same time. The menu changes through the day from brunch to buffet to cafe to proper restaurant, and there are picnics to take away in summer. The food - especially the buffet - can be a little variable in quality, but it is often excellent. Prices are reasonable, and the location, in the midst of the royal park, overlooking Duck Island and the lake, more than makes up for any complaints. The stroll through this glorious green expanse to reach the restaurant is another high point - if you stop on the bridge you can look one way to see Buckingham Palace and the other for the London Eye standing picture-perfect behind the Foreign Office.

 
 
 

National Dining Rooms

A wonderful British restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows adjoining the National Gallery.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

The National Gallery's National Dining Rooms restaurant won Time Out's Best British Restaurant Award in 2007 for good reasons - they do all sorts of great British things like breakfasts, cakes and afternoon tea really well, while the set menu combines traditional British dishes in innovative ways. Found in the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, they share the same opening hours as the gallery so this isn't an evening place but more than worth a visit if you're in the gallery and need a gastronomic pick-me-up before you tackle the next collection. The National Dining Room is absolutely stunning, with floor-to-ceiling windows giving views over Trafalgar Square, and an immense Paula Rego covering one wall. The menu is simple and appealing, a description that also applies to the food (though it is perhaps a shade on the pricy side). British fish, seasonal vegetables and a good wine list are the staples of this atmospheric and enjoyable restaurant.

 
 
 

Quaglino's

Simple brasserie fare served in a modern, minimalist restaurant.

 

Quaglino's was the place to see and be seen in the mid-1990s, bringing in swarms of celebrities for late night dining, champagne breakfasts and arguments with Toby Young. The stars have moved on and its mad post-modern decor (not what one expects from Conran) has dated rather badly, but the sense of fun remains and it attracts a boisterous crowd of bright young things who enjoy the sensibly-priced set menus and sheer scale of the cavernous dining room. The food is simple brasserie fare, with lots of shellfish, and though it doesn't aspire to the gastronomic heights of D & D London's (formerly Conran Restaurants) other eateries, the prices are sensible, the portions sizeable and the venue thoroughly entertaining.

 
 
 

Roux at Parliament Square

Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jnr of Le Gavroche fame has put his name to this Westminster restaurant.

RICS, Parliament Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AD

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station

 
 

Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jnr of†Le Gavroche fame has put his name to this Westminster restaurant.†Roux at Parliament Square is lucky to be located in a most beautiful period building - also home to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of the†Natural History Museum. Period features are matched with modern furnishings to create a comfortable, luxury dining room which seats just over fifty people. There is also a private dining room which holds up to 10 people. The menu at Roux at Parliament Square is distinctly French in flavour with North Atlantic halibut served with a†mussel mousse, grilled leeks, crÍpe de vonnas and bay leaf emulsion. A crab and leek starter is simply set off by a champagne veloute and herbs while you can't go wrong with a pear souffle, complete with pain d'epice - gingerbread†- and toasted almond ice cream.

 
 
 
 

Bank Westminster and Zander Bar

The tranquil dining room at Bank Westminster exudes class and sophistication, set within an airy conservatory.

45 Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London, SW1E 6BS

Tube: St James's Park Station , Victoria Station

 
 

The tranquil dining room at Bank Westminster exudes class and sophistication, set within an airy conservatory which overlooks a outdoor courtyard complete with fountain. Regulars flock from the environs of the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace to enjoy the restaurant's modern European cuisine and buzzy ambience. Two private dining rooms can accommodate up to 40 guests. Equally radiant with style and elegance, the Zander Bar is perfect for a laid-back drink with friends and colleagues. The modest pastel lighting, cosy seating areas and attractive champagne displays all contribute to a truly luxurious atmosphere.

 
 
 

The Goring - Afternoon Tea

The hotel where Kate Middleton spent the night before her wedding is the best in London for afternoon tea.

15 Beeston Place, Victoria, London, SW1W 0JW

Tube: Victoria Station

 
 

Recently voted the best place in London to have afternoon tea by The Tea Guild, The Goring sits cheek by jowl with Buckingham Palace and has strong associations with its royal neighbour - it was the hotel where Kate Middleton spent the night before her wedding. Viscount Linley is responsible for the decor in the restaurant, his signature classic yet elegant style making the dining room surprisingly unstuffy. In the kitchen, chef Derek Quelch, here for almost eight years, specialises in classic English dishes like Eggs Drumkilbo, an Edwardian dish involving poached lobster and shrimp, mixed with cold hard-boiled eggs, stirred into an aspic/mayonnaise mixture, flavoured with worcester sauce, tomato paste, anchovy paste and hot sauce and once a favourite of the late Queen Mother. Surely tastes better than it sounds. The Lobster Thermidor Omelette is also a signature dish and firm favourite, the type of thing that ensures the dining room is always full.

 
 
 

Avenue Restaurant

This chic, minimalist St James's eatery from the D & D stable comes under Tatler's list of 'Scenster' restaurants.

7-9 St James's Street, St James's, London, SW1A 1EE

Tube: Green Park Station

 
 

This chic, minimalist St James's eatery from the D & D stable, previously a bank, comes under Tatler's list of 'Scenster' restaurants. That should give you some indication of the type of clientele Avenue attracts. If you were in any doubt, the clean, white interior, created by American architect Rick Mather in 1996, confirms that this place appeals to trendy, young professionals looking for a less conservative place to lunch than the old boys' offerings you more usually find around here. Its heyday was in the nineties when the allure of minimalist chic was at its peak but the food is reasonable and though on the expensive side the paired down decor certainly couldn't offend. All of which means it remains a popular spot for those looking for something more streamlined than an oak panelled private members' club.

 
 
 

Massimo's Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Adding another notch to his London portfolio, David Collins has designed the exquisite Massimo restaurant within the grand 5 star Corinthia Hotel London in Whitehall Place.

10 Northumberland Avenue, 10 Northumberland avenue, Westminster, London, WC2N 5AE

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Adding another notch to his London portfolio, David Collins has designed the exquisite Massimo restaurant within the grand 5 star Corinthia Hotel London in Whitehall Place. Serving a Mediterranean seafood a la carte menu with fresh pastas and premium ingredients and featuring a 50 seat Oyster bar as well as an 18 seat private dining room with its own kitchen. Reviews have been mixed, The Independent claiming it to the 'The Perfect Restaurant', heaping praise on this "vast, elegant, Deco-ish brasserie... with its own lost tribe of interesting, arty-looking customers" while The Telegraph reviewer Matthew Norman welcomed "the cheering possibility that no restaurant visited in 2012 will demand to be forgotten as swiftly and completely as this one". Ouch. However, his fellow Telegraph writer Zoe Williams found the dining room "magnificent, with great globular chandeliers that beam with luxuriousness".

 
 
 

Inamo St James

High tech ordering system at Inamo St James allows diners to watch 'chef cam' and order their food.

4-12 Lower Regent Street, St James, St James's, London, SW1Y 4PE

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

Following on from the success of the original Inamo in Soho, Oxford graduates Danny Potter and Noel Hunwick have set up a second restaurant, Inamo St James, on Regent Street. Using the same technology as their first eaterie, customers can use the interactive ordering system to choose their virtual tablecloth, watch the chefs on 'chef cam', and order their food, all through your interactive table surface. None of this distracts from the high-quality cuisine. With a touch of your finger summon hot stone rib-eye - rare beef with aromatic thyme sizzling on a hot black pebble; or choose pink slices of duck breast with sweet but citrus-sharp tamarind sauce & refreshing orange, tomato and mazuna salad. Supremely centrally located, Inamo St James is metres from Piccadilly Circus. Perfect for a corporate event, first date, family meal or a birthday, you'll arrive talking about the technology and leave delighted by the food. For special occasions or events it's even possible to customise the table surfaces you'll be dining from with your own images, just ask.

 
 
 
 

Sake No Hana

Delicious morsels of Japanese food are served up in slick surroundings at Sake No Hana on St. James's Street.

23 St James Street, St James's, St James's, London, SW1A 1HA

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Hong Kong born restaurateur Alan Yau OBE who first came to fame in the UK for his hugely popular Wagamama noodle chain has seen great success with his Hakkasan and Yauatcha restaurants, both Michelin starred (and both sold in January 2008). With Sake No Hana he turns his hand to high class (read expensive) Japanese food served up with sake - 'Japanese rice wine'. The quality of the raw ingredients - and especially the raw fish - is the best money can buy. Delicious if diminutive morsels of Japanese food are served up in slick surroundings. The design is a temple to modernity, a testament to the creative genius of award-winning Japanese architect Kengo Kuma - responsible for the LVMH group headquarters in Japan. Naturally, you'll pay for all of this and if that's going to make you fidget it's best not to ascend the escalator.

 
 
 

Quilon

A good place for celebrity spotting, Quilon is a Michelin-starred south Indian gourmet restaurant.

41 Buckingham Gate, St James, Westminster, London, SW1E 6AF

Tube: St James's Park Station , Victoria Station

 
 

The first and most important thing to say about this gourmet South Indian restaurant is: try the lobster with mango and ginger. Really, even if you think you hate lobster. In the capable hands of the Quilon chefs the rich flavour of the meat is matched and complemented by strong, subtly mixed spices. The focus at this south Indian gourmet restaurant on Keralan seafood distinguishes it from other Indian restaurants. Standout dishes included a strongly-flavoured seafood broth, the Rasam - a spiced-tomato appetiser served hot before all main courses - and a mouthwatering cracked black pepper ice-cream. Recommended by The Telegraph as a good place for celebrity spotting, Roger Federer, Mick Jagger and Jeff Goldblum are just some of the well known diners who have been seen here.

 
 
 

Terroirs Wine Bar

Tucked away between The Strand and Covent Garden, Terroirs is a gem of a wine bar and bistro.

5 William IV Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4DW

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

Tucked away in an inauspicious sunken level location between The Strand and Covent Garden, Terroirs is a real gem of a wine bar and bistro. The food - simple plates and a variety of sharing platters - is fantastic, the wines - many of which are natural and organically produced - delicious, and the traditional French atmosphere is such as it would be in a basement bar in the Left Bank. The majority of the ever-changing bar menu is small dishes and charcuterie - think rillettes, succulent terrine (the pork and pistachio is excellent), jambon, jamon, cornichons, fresh Cantabrian anchovies, duck scratchings and the like. Small dishes include delights such as beetroot and lentil salad with warm goat's curd, while the kitchen also whips up a range of bistro-style plats du jour, such as roast quail or bavette steak. The wine list is exceptional - both in its variety and pricing - and the bar staff really do know what they're talking about. Terroirs has quickly become a firm favourite with theatre goers and workers in the area - and it's easy to see why. Along with the nearby Les Deux Salons, it's the best place in the area for a decently priced drink and a bite. If you like Terrroirs, you may be interested in sister restaurants Soif, Brawn and the nearby Green Man & French Horn.

 
 
 

Quirinale

Quirinale is an upmarket Italian consistently voted one of the top three Italian restaurants in London.

North Court, 1 Great Peter Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3LL

Tube: Westminster Station

 
 

Quirinale is an upmarket Italian consistently voted by Harden's and Zagat as one of the top three Italian restaurants in London. "It is smart without being grand, the sort of place where you can pop in at lunch time for a plate of pasta and a glass of prosecco", writes Toby Young in the Independent on Sunday. For him, it gets the nod as the best Italian in Westminster village. Located two minutes' walk from the Houses of Parliament, Quirinale is named after Rome's presidential palace and one of the seven hills of Rome. With interiors designed by David Collins (also responsible for Artesian at The Langham and Massimo at the Corinthia), the dining room at Quirinale is a light, airy space with cream leather banquettes, limestone and limed oak floors. Head chef Stefano Savio imports many ingredients direct from Italy to create dishes like bigoli pasta with duck ragu and porcini mushrooms, or fillet of venison with a shallot crust and chestnut puree. Excellent Italian food served in a stunning basement room.

 
 
 

Rowley's

This well known restaurant has been famed for its entrecote steak and herb butter sauce since it opened in 1977.

113 Jermyn Street, St James's, St James's, London, SW1Y 6HJ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

This well known restaurant has been famed for its entrecote steak and herb butter sauce since it opened in 1977. There's a feeling of longevity about Rowley's and its Jermyn Street building has an established and interesting history too - this is the location where the Walls butcher shop first opened (now arguably the best known brand of mass produced sausages in Britain). On the occasion we visited we didn't see any sausages - Walls or otherwise - on the menu but the signature garlic seasoned steak dish was expertly done, available in a 6oz or 10oz portion with as many french fries as you can handle.

 
 
 
 

Boyd's Brasserie

Located only a short stroll from Trafalgar Square, Boyd's Brasserie is unashamedly British.

8 Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London, WC2N 5BY

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

Located only a short stroll from Trafalgar Square - towards the river, sharing a space with the Club Quarters Hotel - Boyd's Brasserie Bar & Lounge is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a hard day's work. The menu has been designed by Sebastiaan Moors to create a simple and relaxed dining experience. British Tapas for starters are ideal for sharing which are followed by traditional British main courses, and a selection of succulent puddings to finish. The diverse wine list has been carefully selected to complement the style of food on offer at Boyd's and wines by the glass are also available in 250ml carafes. Built in 1887 the elegant and classical space, once named The Marble Hall, has been occupied by the Ministry of Defence since 1940. Taken over by owner Charles Boyd in 2010, the space has been reclaimed as a British restaurant complete with opulent chandeliers but without the formalities.

 
 
 

Crussh

Freshly squeezed juices.

4 Millbank, Westminster, Westminster, London, SW1P 3JA

Tube: Westminster Station

 
 

This chain of juice bars squishes together a delightful variety of flavoursome, healthy drinks. They press fresh juice fruit right in front of you, and blend hearty smoothies with yogurt or milk. There's a wide range of wholesome snacks to appease your hunger - soup, wraps, sandwiches, salads and sushi, plus some tantalising breakfast options. What's more, it's all made with no additives, preservatives, GM or added sugar and salt. Yum.

 
 
 
 
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