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ADDRESS
88 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4EH
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon-Fri 12:00-15.00 & 18.00-22:15, Sat 18.00-22.15
 
PRICES
Main courses £15-£20
 

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PortalPortuguese cuisine is a rarity in London, aside from the guilty pleasures of popular chain Nandos. Certainly there is nothing in the city that can compare to Portal, where simple and distinctively Portuguese peasant and fishermen's fare is cooked with enviable flair. Service is cheerful and the food is as comforting and earthy as a Portuguese menu should be, soaked in olive oil and full of shimmering fresh fish. Though it is beautifully presented, the chefs at Portal have resisted the temptation to interfere with the basics, such as the salty intensity of Bacalhau, the sticky delights of custard tarts, the oily crunch of a hot sardine sandwich. A unique restaurant and one that has succeeded in modernising Mediterranean cuisine without sacrificing any of the qualities that make it worthwhile.

 

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Farringdon Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Barbican Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Hoxton Overground Station
 
25 minutes walk
 
 
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Caxton House NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
Cardinal House NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £195  25% off
49-50 St John's Square, EC1V | 1 minute from Portal
Located nearby to trendy neighbourbood Farringdon, The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell has been affectionately named the Great Aunt of the original Zetter Hotel. Within the Georgian townhouse, ... More
 
 
 
The Zetter Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £125  26% off
St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
Found in the trendy neighbourhood of Clerkenwell, The Zetter Hotel provides stylish boutique accommodation within a converted Victorian warehouse. With 59 rooms, each individually designed and ... More
 
 
 
Thistle City Barbican Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £58  29% off
Central Street, EC1V | 8 minutes from Portal
Near to the City, and convenient for the The Barbican arts centre and Moorfields Eye Hospital, this hotel is modern, clean and functional. Equipped with its ... More
 
 
 
 
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Sade Restaurant and Bar
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
21 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 8 minutes from Portal
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Mirror Room
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V | 15 minutes from Portal
Described as "the social hub of Rosewood London", the Mirror Room is one of two restaurants in the new hotel and is the fine dining option ... More
 
 
 
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Rocket Holborn
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
36-38 Kingsway, Holborn, London WC2A | 16 minutes from Portal
Situated in the midtown area of Holborn on the floor below the Club Quarters Hotel, Rocket Holborn offers an interesting fusion of Italian, Mediterranean and Californian ... More
 
 
 
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Pho
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
86 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | Same location as Portal
Supermarket or upmarket? Opinions are divided over this Vietnamese eatery; it’s not too busy a weekends yet but as word gets round lunchtimes are getting packed, ... More
 
 
 
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Luca
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
88 St John Street, EC1M | Same location as Portal
Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith, the team behind The Clove Club, are responsible for Luca, an Italian ... More
 
 
 
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Tinseltown
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
44 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
24 hour dining at this tatty, friendly restaurant renowned for erratic service. The food is perfectly good and there's usually a good atmosphere late at night. ... More
 
 
 
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ANTS at fabric
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: Friday 1st November 2019
Portal, 77a Charterhouse Street, EC1M | 4 minutes from Portal
Ibiza club night ANTS heads to London superclub fabric in Farringdon to host a Halloween night out on Friday 1st November, bringing their brand of sunkissed ...More
 
 
 
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Any Given Bank Holiday: Bottomless Aperol Spritz Brunch
London > Events > Foodie Events  Dates: 21st April to 26th December 2019
Portal, 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 5 minutes from Portal
For bottomless brunch with a side of live music, head to The Piano Works. Both the West End and Farringdon branches are hosting a Bottomless Aperol ...More
 
 
 
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Beasts of London
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 5th April 2019 to 5th January 2020
Portal, 150 London Wall, City, London EC2Y | 7 minutes from Portal
From the soaring eagle to the infectious bacterium, Beasts of London shows the history of London, seen from the perspective of the animals in the city. ...More
 
 
 
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The Piano Works
London > Entertainment > Live Music
113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 5 minutes from Portal
Housed in an intimately lit Victorian warehouse, The Piano Works is a non-stop live music venue where in-house musicians take centre ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Delicatessen
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from Portal
Taking over the old Guardian building in Farringdon and filling it with rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, Theatre Delicatessen not only takes an entrepreneurial approach to ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Delicatessen
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from Portal
Taking over the old Guardian building in Farringdon and filling it with rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, Theatre Delicatessen not only takes an entrepreneurial approach to ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Portal
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St John's Cloister Garden
London > Attractions >
St John's Lane, EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
A hidden public garden within the 16th century Museum of the Order of St John.... More
 
 
 
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Crypt On The Green, St James'
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 3 minutes from Portal
The Crypt on the Green, underneath St James Church in Clerkenwell, is on the site of the first nunnery to be built in London dating back ... More
 
 
 
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The Werkstatt
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
7-9 Woodbridge Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 4 minutes from Portal
The Werkstatt - meaning workshop in German - is a workshop for international designers and architects to meet, be inspired, play and create. A showcase for ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near Portal
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Farm Collective
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
91 Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
Its location opposite Smithfield Market is a very appropriate spot for the Farm Collective to set up shop. Working with select farmers and small producers, this outlet ... More
 
 
 
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Lesley Craze Gallery
London > Shopping > Jewellery
34 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 4 minutes from Portal
Lesley Craze houses contemporary pieces of jewellery design in an interesting gallery shop. A range of materials is used, including both precious and semi-precious metals, and ... More
 
 
 
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Smithfield Market
London > Shopping > Markets
West Smithfield, Clerkenwell, London EC1A | 4 minutes from Portal
For tenants of Smithfield Market getting up in the dark is the nothing out of the ordinary; with the market opening at 4am these hard ... More
 
 
 
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Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R | 7 minutes from Portal
Featuring six catering stations, a demonstration bench and a communal dining table, B&H Kitchen , the cookery school from Bourne & Hollingsworth Group, guides Londoners ... More
 
 
 
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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 8 minutes from Portal
This gorgeous 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church is one of a number of London churches which has, in recent years, been converted into a ... More
 
 
 
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London Wine Academy
London > Education > Evening Classes
Garden Floor, 6 Coldbath Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 8 minutes from Portal
One day workshops, offering a friendly no-nonsense approach to teaching about wine, suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. Courses take place at the following venues: Atlas PH, ... More
 
 
 
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Portal gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Urban Golf
London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, City, London EC1A | 6 minutes from Portal
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it’s a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
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London Dance Academy
London > Leisure >
The Basement, 49-51 Central Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 6 minutes from Portal
London Dance Academy is a dance studio in the middle of the City, five minutes' walk from Old Street and Barbican, which offers dance classes and ... More
 
 
 
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Spa Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 7 minutes from Portal
A busy park in Islington beside the Three Corners Centre youth centre and Adventure Playground, the 2.02 acre Spa Fields include a children's playground, tarmac ... More
 
 
 
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The best pubs near London Portal.
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Jerusalem Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
It’s teeny-tiny and, no, there aren’t enough seats, but the Jerusalem Tavern still provides a cosy nook to devour a rare breed of delicious ales. London’s ... More
 
 
 
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Fox & Anchor
London > Nightlife > Pubs
115 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
This renovated traditional pub in the heart of Clerkenwell has been serving the traders of nearby Smithfields Market for years. Under the Malmaison umbrella - the ... More
 
 
 
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The Hat & Feathers
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
... More
 
 
 
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Portal clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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The Longroom
London > Nightlife > Bars
18-20 St. John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
Situated in the heart of Clerkenwell, next door to St John and Smithfield Market, The Longroom specialises in craft beers, salt beef and gourmet sandwiches. Described ... More
 
 
 
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Simmons Farringdon
London > Nightlife > Bars
105 Charterhouse Street, EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
The rapidly expanding Simmons Group has cracked the code when it comes to running a successful drinking spot with its bars (13 and counting) opening up ... More
 
 
 
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Vinoteca
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
7 St John Street, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
Wine bars in the UK were given a bad name in the 1980s but places like this show us how it should be done. Both the ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Portal.
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Museum of the Order of St John
London > Business > Venue Hire
St. Johns Gate, 26 St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
The Museum of the Order of St John tells the story of the St John's Ambulance from within a 16th century gatehouse which was formerly the ... More
 
 
 
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The Rookery
London > Business > Venue Hire
Peter's Lane, Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
... More
 
 
 
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Haberdashers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
18 West Smithfield, City, London EC1A | 5 minutes from Portal
Opened by the Queen in 2002 and designed by Sir Michael Hopkins and Partners Haberdashers' Hall was the first new livery hall in the Square Mile ... More
 
 
 
 

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Any Given Bank Holiday: Bottomless Aperol Spritz Brunch
Any Given Bank Holiday: Bottomless Aperol Spritz Brunch
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The Piano Works 5 minutes walk from Portal

For bottomless brunch with a side of live music, head to The Piano Works. Both the West End and Farringdon ...More

 
Freddy Warren: Ronnie Scott's 1959-69
Exhibitions | Until 4th January 2020 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

Photographic portraits of jazz musicians including Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington and Nina Simone....More

Beasts of London
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Exhibitions | Until 5th January 2020 

Museum of London 7 minutes walk from Portal

From the soaring eagle to the infectious bacterium, Beasts of London shows the history of London, seen from the perspective ...More

 
Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art
Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art
Exhibitions | Until 19th January 2020 

Barbican Art Gallery 7 minutes walk from Portal

Cabarets, cafes and clubs across the world, from London to New York, Paris to Mexico City, are brought together at ...More

 
Trevor Paglen: From Apple To Anomaly
Exhibitions | Until 16th February 2020 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

Explore the powerful, and often hidden, forces at play in artificial intelligence by taking a closer look at how AI ...More

Britten Sinfonia: Reich/Richter
Concerts | On 23rd October 2019 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

Colin Currie conducts Steve Reich's Runner and the European premiere of Reich/Richter, a collaboration between the composer and artist and ...More

Into The Night: Cabarets & Clubs In Modern Art
Exhibitions | Until 19th January 2020 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

The world's most iconic cabarets, cafes and clubs, including Cabaret Fledermaus in turn-of-the-century Vienna, the Weimar scene, Harlem jazz and ...More

Architecture Of London
Exhibitions | Until 1st December 2019 

Guildhall Art Gallery 9 minutes walk from Portal

Exhibitions & Art, Architecture....More

Why Should It Be More Desirable For Green Fire Balls To Exist Than Not'
Dance | Until 24th October 2019 

Sadler's Wells Theatre 10 minutes walk from Portal

Georgia Vardarou's highly-physical solo piece, made in collaboration with visual artist David Berge....More

Georgia Vardarou: Why Sould It Be More Desirable For Green Fire Balls To Exist Than Not'
Dance | Until 24th October 2019 

Sadler's Wells: Lilian Baylis Theatre 10 minutes walk from Portal

An eccentric solo dance work created with visual artist David Berge which overlays imagery and movement to create a choice ...More

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