Westminster and its surrounding areas are home to some of the best dining options in central London, and here at Dolphin Square, we're lucky enough to be able to walk to most of them! From one of the top-rated full English breakfasts in London to Michelin Star level dining, there are some great options for dining out in and around Westminster.Whether it's tucking into a delicious curry in a grade II listed building, sipping on an amuse-bouche in amongst famous artwork or munching on a slice of pizza in a hidden gem, there's something out there whatever the time of day, occasion or budget. We've come up with our top 8 spots to try.
The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street
The Old Westminster Library is a historic Grade II listed building in the heart of Westminster. Dine under the archways and beside the bookshelves of this beautiful space, knowing you're sitting amongst a little slice of local history. Claiming to be the birthplace of modern Indian fine dining, The Cinnamon Club will delight all of the senses with its gourmet menu designed by award-winning chef, Vivek Singh. Located just behind Westminster Abbey this restaurant is a 20-minute stroll or quick taxi ride from Dolphin Square.
11 Great George Street
Head chef and 'Masterchef: The Professionals' winner, Steve Groves, has created a culinary adventure for all you foodies at the Westminster restaurant Roux at Parliament Square. Menus have a modern British feel to them utilising the very best seasonal produce on offer. You can enjoy this in the elegant surroundings of the listed building that houses the restaurant, think plush velvet seating, dramatic dark walls and crisp white table linens. Be sure to get to your reservation on time as Roux at Parliament Square is located right next to the famous Big Ben. You'll find it is around a 25-minute walk from Dolphin Square.
Tate Britain, Millbank
Soak up some culture at the Rex Whistler Restaurant located within the Tate Britain gallery. Combine a visit to the gallery to see one of the largest collections of British art in the world with a decadent meal at the in-situ restaurant. Here you can tuck into seasonal British fare accompanied by an award-winning wine list while admiring the Rex Whistler mural that adorns the walls. Tate Britain overlooks the river on the border between Westminster and Pimlico and so is just a 10-minute walk away from Dolphin Square.
4. Goring Hotel
15 Beeston Place
For those of you who love to dine outside but know the perilous British weather all too well, the luxury Goring Hotel may offer the best of both worlds. Situated within its beautiful walls are a variety of spaces including a cocktail bar, dining room and light-filled orangery where you will feel completely immersed in the beautiful green gardens beyond the windows safe in the knowledge you'll be warm and dry whatever the weather. All of this while sampling delicious dishes from award-winning chefs, what could be better? Just a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace this tasty spot can be reached in 20 minutes on foot from Dolphin Square or is only one stop along the Victoria line from Pimlico station.
Taj, 51 Buckingham Gate
For a delicious culinary treat a little earlier than dinner, there is nothing more elegant than an Afternoon Tea. With hundreds of Victoria sponge, scone and earl grey combinations on offer throughout the city, we thought it might be nice to try something a little bit different. Perfect for celebrating a special occasion, Kona offers two different luxury afternoon tea experiences. For families and the young at heart, you can immerse yourself in a world of riddles and jam tarts with an Alice Queens of Hearts tea. Or for something a little more exotic try the Indian Jasmine Afternoon Tea, featuring kachumba pinwheels, chicken tikka spring rolls and Gulabi scones with kismis and almonds. Round the corner from the Goring Hotel above we reckon on foot or via the tube are your best options for getting there from Dolphin House.
6. The Red Lion
48 Parliament Street
Rainy London weekends call for long lunches in cosy pubs with real ale, the weekend papers and of course, some delicious grub. The Red Lion does not disappoint on any of these fronts. Well above usual pub fare standard their food is well known in the local area, and they're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After re-opening in 2014 they decided to set themselves a challenge, and boy have they met it. They have truly perfected the pie. Best enjoyed with a real ale, you can even get a tasting board of three mini pies accompanied by three carefully selected ales to match. If the rain really is pouring, we recommend jumping in a 10 minute uber to get you door to door from Dolphin House.
7. Mio Italian
58 Great Peter Street
Sometimes, in life, the only answer is a slice of pizza. When those times come, it needs to be hot, delicious and affordable. Mio Italian is a bit of a local gem when it comes to Italian fare. Authentic and family-run, Mio Italian offers exquisite wood-fired pizzas and homemade pasta dishes made with fresh ingredients to transport you straight to the sunny streets of Italy. Less than a mile from Dolphin Square, it will only take you 15 minutes to walk there, so be rest assured hot pizza is never too far away.
17-19 Regency Street
The last spot on our list is the stuff of local legend. This cheap and cheerful greasy spoon café will serve up the ultimate full English breakfast, perfect to set you up for a day of exploring or to help you recover from a big city night on the tiles. Opened in 1946 the gloriously retro décor hasn't changed. Nor has its menu changed all that much, but this only adds to the charm. At £6 for breakfast with tea or coffee, this local spot practically insists on repeat visits. Ok, so this one is a little bit further away from Westminster Abbey, but it's actually just 10 minutes from Dolphin House which only adds to its appeal in our opinion!
Dolphin Square, located in the heart of London, is just minutes away from these top eating spots and choosing to stay with us means you'll be able to indulge in these and more. Book now to get great rates and to delve into London's culinary adventures.