Livebait

 
 
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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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Underground Stations

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Mansion House Tube Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
St. Paul's Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Whitechapel Overground Station
 
29 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

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Q-Park Bucklesbury House
 
4 minutes walk
 
Thames Exchange NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Stew Lane, High Timber Street, City, London EC4V | 4 minutes from Livebait
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London > Business > Venue Hire
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The First World War and the Bank of England
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Exhibitions | Until 1st April 2015 

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Designing A Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron
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Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2015 

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The Comedy of Errors
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 7 minutes walk from Livebait

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Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
Theatre | Until 11th October 2014 

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 7 minutes walk from Livebait

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Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
Theatre | Until 1st September 2014 

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 7 minutes walk from Livebait

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Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art
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Exhibitions | Until 26th October 2014 

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Exhibitions | Until 26th October 2014 

Tate Modern 8 minutes walk from Livebait

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Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
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Exhibitions | Until 7th September 2014 

Tate Modern 8 minutes walk from Livebait

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Exhibitions | Until 14th September 2014 

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