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London - Solo dining near Piccadilly?

I have a 24-hour layover in London in a couple of weeks and will be staying at the Meridien in Piccadilly. I'm looking for a tasty, not-too-expensive place to get a good dinner - this will be my one decent meal sandwiched between two long-haul flights. I also want someplace where I won't feel self-conscious as a solo diner on a Saturday night. Any ideas? (I know Wagamama's an option, but I'd like to try someplace new.)

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  1. Great Queen Street in Covent Garden. You can sit at the bar! It depends what you call not-too-expensive, though. I would never suggest Wagamama as a place for a "good dinner", and for a meal in between two long haul flights I'm sure you can do better than that.

    Or eat at any of Russell Norman's establishments in Soho - Polpo, Polpetto, just-opened Spuntino. I've never been to any of them but they always get rave reviews, and I think they'd be perfect for a solo diner.

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    1. re: astereilla

      I'd definitely second Spuntino. Most of the seating is at the bar and there's no reservations, so it should be relatively easy to get a seat if you're solo. It's a buzzing place as well.

    2. You could also try tapas at Barrafina (proper tapas where you sit at the bar) or Arbutus who also welcome solo diners, you sit at the bar and the bar staff and lovely and chatty so you don't feel too alone!

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      Barrafina
      54 Frith St, London, Greater London W1D 3, GB

      1. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions! (And I know Wagamama ain't great, but I get nostalgic for it from my student days - plus, they really do have good edamame most of the time...)

        1. If you're willing to walk to Covent Garden, get the hand pulled noodles or knife-shaved noodles at Noodle Bar.

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          1. re: limster

            Sounds tasty - I'll check it out, too...

            1. re: limster

              Perhaps Koya in Frith St for udon noodles?

            2. NOPI was delicious when we went! Communal table downstairs or ask for a table by the window upstairs.