Kingly Street (with the adjacent Kingly Court) is one of my favourite foodie destinations in central London. It’s a short street, but it’s chock full of restaurants, pubs and bars – and pretty much nothing else. There are lots of shops on the neighbouring Carnaby Street, but Kingly Street is strictly for all the lovely food and drink.
I always head to Kingly Street if I find myself near Oxford Circus, because even though the area of Carnaby (which Kingly Street is a part of) is pretty buzzy in itself, it’s still nowhere near as busy as Oxford Street and as such, a lovely escape from all the craziness.
Over the years I’ve visited quite a few spots on Kingly Street (and its neighbours), so I thought I’d share the best restaurants, as well as a few great places for drinks and/or dessert, with you. Let me know if I missed any good ones!
Dishoom – A wonderful Indian restaurant with a few other branches around London. The decor and menu play homage to the Irani cafes that used to be a big part of the street scene in Bombay, India, which means that stepping inside the restaurant almost feels like going back in time. I’ve eaten here twice and the food is always so tasty – make sure to try the black daal as well as one of their masterfully crafted cocktails.
The Rum Kitchen – Situated on the second floor of Kingly Court, The Rum Kitchen is one of three amazing Caribbean restaurants in London (with one in Notting Hill and one in Brixton). It has a fun colourful decor, a very extensive cocktail and rum list and plenty of super flavourful food. The halloumi burger is amazing – it’s one of my favourite veggie burgers ever!
Pizza Pilgrims – A restaurant serving tasty sourdough pizza and Italian drinks (think Peroni beers and Aperol Spritzes) with a lovely outside area for warmer days. Read my longer review of Pizza Pilgrims here.
The Detox Kitchen – Something a bit more healthy, but definitely not lacking in flavour. Try their Mexican salad with black beans, guacamole and cornbread – it’s really good! They also do smoothies, juices and other foods such as wraps and soups.
Breddos – This is somewhere I haven’t actually been yet, but really want to – especially after reading this review by The Londoner. They don’t have too many veggie options when it comes to the tacos and the mains, but what they do have looks really good, plus I could really just go here for the tequila cocktails and the sides (especially the spiced potatoes with queso..!) alone.
Ain’t Nothing But… – A legendary (but tiny!) blues bar open until the wee hours even during weekdays. Mine and Jim’s second date ended here so I have very fond memories of it!
Clachan – A very pretty pub that’s great for after work or weekend drinks. The food isn’t anything special here, but the historic decor and atmosphere are great.
The Blue Posts – Another beautiful old pub, not too dissimilar from the Clachan
Two Floors – A bar – you guessed it – on two floors. Upstairs is a simple bar with a good selection of wines, beers & cocktails (and pretty good music on the stereo!) whereas the downstairs area has been transformed into a Hawaiian style tiki bar.
Shampers – A wine bar and a restaurant right next to Two Floors. Quite small, but very cosy and atmospheric.
Bread Ahead – A bakery in the corner of Beak Street and Kingly Court serving those doughnuts (see image below…). They do lots of other stuff too such as bread (of course), cinnamon buns and lunch/brunch items like avocado on toast and salads. It gets really busy and there’s not a lot of space, so be prepared to bump into others a lot. It’s worth it though!
Crumbs & Doilies – The loveliest little bakery, cafe and cupcake shop all in one. Founded by food blogger Cupcake Jemma, it has lots of amazing flavours at pretty affordable prices. I especially love the salted caramel mini cupcake!
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