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This restaurant is part of a chain. Our review of the Covent garden branch said...

Fish and chips are still alive and well as the nation’s number one takeaway dish, despite the rise of Chinese, Indian and other competitors. Livebait is the better dressed, flashier, younger brother which plonks the idea in central London, endeavouring to upgrade the experience to business class.

The green and white tiled interior is a kitsch nod to its heritage, which whilst being a midge sterile, the place floods with atmosphere as soon as it’s half-full (which is often). Swiftly moving staff keep the place ticking over in an unobtrusive manner, but can be a little sluggish at peak times.

You can’t beat the oysters which really are top notch, and the shellfish platter is a fresh-as-a-morning-swim pile of crustaceans, balanced invitingly on a scree of ice. Some of the main courses were a bit to flashy for our liking – why would you want to disguise the flavour of this fabulous, fresh fish with needless adjuncts? Of course, you can’t go wrong with the fish and chips. There’s no conceit here either, your cod, haddock or plaice comes with mushy peas of the brightest green.

 

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Q-Park Bucklesbury House
 
4 minutes walk
 
Thames Exchange NCP
 
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £99  21% off
10 Godliman Street, EC4V | 5 minutes from Livebait
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £71  41% off
24 Ludgate Hill, EC4M | 5 minutes from Livebait
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £82  27% off
7-9 Copthall Avenue, EC2R | 7 minutes from Livebait
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London > Restaurants > Fish and Seafood
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The City Garden by Rebecca Louise Law
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 26th April to 25th September 2016
The City Centre, 80 Basinghall Street, EC2V | 5 minutes from Livebait
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Electric Dreams
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: Saturday 28th May 2016 - 10pm-3am
The London Stone, 109 Cannon Street, EC4N | 5 minutes from Livebait
Alternative 1980s electronica and club classics taking in the likes of The Human League, Depeche Mode, Blancmange, Soft Cell, Goldfrapp, Ladytron, Chvrches, Ultravox, Pet Shop Boys ...More
 
 
 
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Capturing the City: Photography at the Bank of England
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 18th January to 31st December 2016 - 10am-5pm
Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane, EC2R | 6 minutes from Livebait
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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
St Paul's Churchyard, City, London EC4M | 3 minutes from Livebait
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London > Attractions > Art Galleries
80 Basinghall Street, EC2V | 5 minutes from Livebait
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Millennium Bridge
London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
River Thames, City, London SE1 | 5 minutes from Livebait
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London > Shopping > Office Supply
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London > Shopping > Shopping Centres
New Change, Cheapside, City, London EC4M | 1 minute from Livebait
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London > Shopping > Clothing
120 Cheapside, City, London EC2V | 3 minutes from Livebait
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L'Atelier des Chefs St Paul's
London > Education > Cookery Courses
10 Foster Lane, City, London EC2V | 3 minutes from Livebait
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London > Leisure > Fitness
Cousin Lane, City, London EC4R | 5 minutes from Livebait
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London > Leisure > Fitness
Cousin Lane, City, London EC4R | 5 minutes from Livebait
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Postman's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
King Edward Street, City, London EC4M | 6 minutes from Livebait
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London > Restaurants > Gastropub
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London > Nightlife > Pubs
71 Long Lane, Clerkenwell, London EC1A | 9 minutes from Livebait
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The Tipperary
London > Nightlife > Pubs
66 Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 9 minutes from Livebait
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London > Nightlife > Bars
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London > Nightlife > Bars
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London > Nightlife >
Stew Lane, High Timber Street, City, London EC4V | 4 minutes from Livebait
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London > Business > Venue Hire
8 1/2 Dowgate Hill, City, London EC4R | 4 minutes from Livebait
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London > Business > Venue Hire
Gresham Street, City, London EC2P | 5 minutes from Livebait
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