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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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Rosewood London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
252 High Holborn, WC1V | 20 minutes from Livebait
Located in High Holborn, Rosewood London is the most luxurious hotel in the area and is nearby to the capital's main business district and a number ... More
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
335-337 Old Street, EC1V | 23 minutes from Livebait
Prison cells are VIP booths in the bar at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, a 128 room hotel in the Old Magistrates Court and Police Station, opposite ... More
Crowne Plaza Kings Cross
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £53† 38% off
1 Kings Cross Road, WC1X | 23 minutes from Livebait
Halfway between the City and the west End, the Bloomsbury area is an oasis of calm in the very heart of the capital. It's a lovely ... More
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Sweetings
London > Restaurants > Fish and Seafood
39 Queen Victoria Street, City, London EC4N | 3 minutes from Livebait
A superior, unpretentious fish restaurant for wealthy city types. Bookings not possible. Separate room for parties.... More
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Ahi Poke
London > Restaurants > Fish and Seafood
14-16 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N | 3 minutes from Livebait
Childhood friends Jeremy Coste, Gabriel Cohen-Elia and David Bellaiche, co-founders of Ahi Poke, bring their Californian fuelled take on Pacific poké to Bloomberg Arcade ... More
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Loch Fyne - London, The City
London > Restaurants > Fish and Seafood
77-78 Gracechurch Street, City, London EC3V | 8 minutes from Livebait
Loch Fyne restaurants present a fine selection of fresh shellfish and oysters, along with seasonal fish and seafood specials. Each restaurant is rustic yet contemporary, with ... More
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Brasserie Blanc St Paul's
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
1 Watling Street, City, London EC4M | Same location as Livebait
Seasonal French fare from Raymond Blanc's team is on offer at 20 brasseries across the UK, including seven in London. In 1996, Raymond opened his first ... More
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Byron
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
17 Upper Cheapside Passage, One New Change, City, London EC4M | 1 minute from Livebait
Of all the many burger chains in London, Byron is the least gimmicky and could well be the best. Byron claims to source its beef from ... More
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Madison
London > Restaurants > Brasseries
Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, City, London EC4M | 1 minute from Livebait
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Livebait
This replica of the Shakespeare's 16th century theatre, reconstructed just 200 yards from its original site, is the brainchild of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker. ... More
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The Sam Wanamaker Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Livebait
For the first time since it opened in 1997, Shakespeare's Globe has the facilities to present plays throughout the year at The Sam Wanamaker Theatre, a ... More
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Heroes Grotto of Comedy
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
27 Throgmorton Street, City, London EC2N | 8 minutes from Livebait
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Church of St Mary Aldermary
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Watling Street, City, London EC4M | 2 minutes from Livebait
A church rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, approximately 1680, in the Gothic style after it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. It is, in ... More
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St Paul's Cathedral
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
St Paul's Churchyard, City, London EC4M | 3 minutes from Livebait
Being the cathedral of the capital city, St Paul's is officially the spiritual home of Great Britain. The funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington ... More
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Bloomberg Arcade
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3 Queen Victoria Street, EC2R | 3 minutes from Livebait
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Ted Baker & Friends
London > Shopping > Clothing
120 Cheapside, City, London EC2V | 3 minutes from Livebait
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Beau Gems
London > Shopping > Jewellery
26 Royal Exchange, City, London EC3V | 7 minutes from Livebait
A high-class repair service for all varieties of damaged items. Antique jewellery and second-hand designer watches are on offer.... More
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Penhaligon's
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
8 Royal Exchange, City, London EC3V | 7 minutes from Livebait
130-year-old scent emporium with royal warrants. For a sweet-smelling, sensory overload, Penhaligon’s has to be the place to go. From the original Hammam Bouquet to the Winston ... More
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Mimo London
London > Education > Cookery Courses
1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1 | 10 minutes from Livebait
In a historic building next to Borough Market, husband and wife team Jon and Nicole Warren have set up the second branch of Mimo, their cookery ... More
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Career Energy
London > Education > Career Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 14 minutes from Livebait
Situated in the heart of London, Career Energy – formed in March 2002 - offers comprehensive advice on careers, career change and job searching. They’ll analyse ... More
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City Journalism
London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y | 15 minutes from Livebait
City’s Print Journalism course is recognised as the best in London. Although places like Goldsmith’s are trendier, City is respected in the industry thanks to a ... More
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Puttshack Bank
London > Leisure > Golf
1 Poultry, Bank, EC2R | 4 minutes from Livebait
Putting a swing into your social life, Puttshack brings crazy golf into the 21st century with high tech equipment, blinging ... More
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Ned's Club Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
The Ned London, 27 Poultry, EC2R | 4 minutes from Livebait
Centred around a 20-metre marble-lined swimming pool, Ned's Club Spa is a lavish subterranean space that invites both The Ned hotel guests and outside visitors ... More
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Postman's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
King Edward Street, City, London EC4M | 6 minutes from Livebait
Bounded in by surrounding office buildings, Postman's Park's appeal lies in what it symbolises as much as how it looks. Located just north of St Paul's ... More
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The Duke and Duchess
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 - 3 Creed Lane, City, London EC4V | 5 minutes from Livebait
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The Conductor
London > Nightlife > Pubs
1 Fleet Place, Farringdon, EC4M | 8 minutes from Livebait
The Conductor is a Fullers pub and restaurant on Fleet Place in Farringdon serving indulgent craft beer, cocktails, mocktails and premium non-alcoholic tipples. Food options ... More
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The Old Red Cow
London > Nightlife > Pubs
71 Long Lane, Clerkenwell, London EC1A | 9 minutes from Livebait
One of the oldest pubs in Smithfield, The Old Red Cow has stood on this spot on Long Lane since the year dot. Steeped in history, ... More
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Veeno St Paul's
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
1st Floor One New Change, EC2V | 1 minute from Livebait
Italian wine bar Veeno champions Italy's after-work culture of drinking, eating and relaxing, and specialises in family grown Sicilian wine alongside authentic ... More
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The Four Sisters Townhouse
London > Nightlife > Bars
5 Groveland Court, Bow Lane, EC4M | 1 minute from Livebait
Falling somewhere between an old curiosity shop and a sumptuous Victorian gentleman's club, The Four Sisters Townhouse is an elegant, intimate cocktail ... More
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Dirty Martini, St Paul's
London > Nightlife > Bars
130 Wood St, City, London EC2V | 2 minutes from Livebait
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Skinners' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 1/2 Dowgate Hill, City, London EC4R | 4 minutes from Livebait
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Guildhall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Gresham Street, City, London EC2P | 5 minutes from Livebait
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 2000 people.... More
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Plaisterers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
One London Wall, City, London EC2Y | 6 minutes from Livebait
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