5 Must-Try New Lunches Around London
Sick of sandwiches? Try London's latest lunch spots for quick and easy alternatives.
Soup du Jour
This new Soho spot dedicated to takeaway soups serves a gourmet variety (pictured) made with locally sourced, seasonal produce. In addition to the classics (tomato, potato, carrot, chicken and beef soup), there are always three monthly specials and a soup du jour ranging from Jerusalem artichoke with pear and chilli to pumpkin or chilli con carne. Add homemade toppings from cottage cheese to meatballs, or add a freshly baked fin (savoury muffin) on the side.
34 Lexington St., W1F OLH; 07456643685
Wright Brothers Soho
The restaurant itself might not be new but the Surf Board menu is a recent addition. Aimed at those after a quick lunch, these seafood combos include a salad and side that are served all once. Choose from char-grilled mackerel served with lemon and hazelnut couscous and roasted beetroot salad, Jersey oysters with salmon ceviche and an Atlantic prawn salad or a veggie option - roast asparagus, cabbage slaw, flatbread and tomato and avocado salsa.
Kingly Ct., W1B 5PW; 020 7434 3611
The Noodle House
This Dubai-based restaurant has now opened around the corner from Soho offering Southeast Asian fast food with a focus on noodle dishes. Hearty noodle soups including Soto Ayam (ban mien noodles with chicken thigh, bean sprouts and a boiled egg) and roast duck wonton are sure to spice your lunchtime.
117 Shaftesbury Ave., WC2H 8AD; 0203 725 5777
Patty and Bun
The second branch of this Marylebone burger joint has now opened in the City serving our favourites including the Ari Gold and fried chicken burger, but this time the focus is on lunchtime takeaway. Order at the counter - or on the phone from your office - and then pick up your burgers (up to 10) from the collection point.
22-23 Liverpool St., EC2M 7PD; 020 7621 1331
Vida Tayebi's recently opened fast-causal restaurant offers a light and healthy take on Iranian food with ready-to-go dishes full of interesting and unusual Persian flavours. Try the smoked aubergine salad, saffron-marinated chicken wrap or stuffed meatballs with fresh herbs and barberries but - be warned - you'll find it hard to go back to an ordinary cheese and pickle sandwich after you've eaten here.
Gray's Inn Rd., WC1X 8LT; 020 7242 4977