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Feb 13, 2012 03:44 PM

Eating in London while standing up (i.e., not sitting down)

Hi Fellow Foodies

Following a recent spinal surgery, I'm walking around feeling great, but have trouble sitting for more than a few hours a day, and will likely remain in this situation for another year or two, if not permanently.

So I'd love it if you could share your favorite restaurants, bars, and what-not where I can eat standing up. We're not talking a kebab on the go, but somewhere with plates, knives and forks.

I'll start.

My most recent find is 40 Maltby Street (both the address and the name of the restaurant). The food is delicious, with dish sizes ranging from tapas to light mains. Their egg mayonnaise was deceptively simple but also decadent. While they have seating, the back wall has very high chairs/stools, and it's comfortable to eat while standing, even if your fellow diners are sitting. For two people, two glasses of wine and 5 small to medium plates runs around £50 and leaves you completely stuffed.

And if the wine isn't enough, you can walk 50 feet to Kernel Brewery (Saturday only), which is a place to enjoy amazing beer in their outdoor 'beer garden', if you count a lumber yard as a beer garden.


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  1. I'm sure you've thought of these but the obvious ones are Copita and Jose - mimicking the San Sebastian experience.

    1. Riding House Cafe have a bar you can sit at. It tends to polarise opinion, but I think it's pretty decent.

      Spuntino could be another option, as most of it is arranged around a bar. It's a great place as well.

      In fact, I think those kind of bar/restaurant combo places would be good.

      I remember commenting a while back on a thread for solo diners in London and some of the recs there were for places where you can eat at the bar, so there may be some crossover between recs.

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      1. re: spli

        i was also thinking about places with bars. a few other idea, off the top of my head - terroirs and brawn, barrafina, opera tavern, joel robuchon

      2. Oh yes. I liked both 40 Maltby Street and Jose.

        You can also try Lupita near Charing Cross, one of the better Mexican spots in town.

        40 Maltby Street
        40 Maltby St, London SE1, GB

        104 Bermondsey St, London SE1, GB

        13 Villiers St, London WC2N, GB

        1. For a different style of eating, how about Syd's Coffee stall Shorditch.


          1. Thanks everyone, much appreciated!

            and if you have more ideas, keep'm coming ;-)