For centuries, Westminster Abbey has served as the religious center of the Church of England and the site of coronation for scores of royals over the years. There are a lot of great restaurants near Westminster Abbey, so we’ve narrowed them down to our favorites. Read on!
The Top 10 Places to Eat Near Westminster Abbey
€ – €€ | Traditional British | Cozy Tavern
It doesn’t get more English than this. Specializing in Ale and Meat Pies at a reasonable price, Fuller’s Kitchen is an iconic mainstay on Tothill Street, serving up delicious tavern food from morning to night. It has a cozy, communal interior that’s especially inviting on those gray, rainy London days.
Fuller’s Kitchen has been perfecting the art of British Cuisine for over 30 years, and we’d definitely recommend any of their handcrafted pies. The Steak & Fuller’s London Pride is particularly delicious. It’s stuffed full of steak, caramelized shallots, button mushrooms, mash and red wine gravy. Along with their tasting board of local ales, it’s a knockout combination. (Literally, you might need to sleep this one off!)
Address: 33 Tothill St, Westminster
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10AM–10PM
Cellarium Café & Terrace
€€€ | Afternoon Tea | Very close to the Abbey
If you’re looking for a great place to grab coffee or a quick brunch without straying far from Westminster Abbey, then Cellarium Café is a lovely spot. High-class and with a wonderful view of the Abbey, this place features beautifully vaulted ceiling that echo the elegant architecture of Westminster.
Though there are several great options for breakfast and lunch, we would particularly recommend the Cellarium Café for its Afternoon Tea. Served from 10 AM, you’ll be served with delicious tea with clotted cream, scones and strawberry jam. Pair this with their carrot cake or seasonal selection of muffins, and you have an authentically English prologue to your visit to the Abbey.
Hours: Mon – Tues & Thurs – Fri: 8am – 6pm, | Wednesday: 8am – 7:30pm, | Saturday: 9am – 5pm, Sunday: 10am – 4pm
€€€ | Lunch Only | Beautiful Architecture
Open only for lunch, this modern European spot offers a varied menu that combines tradition with an attention to detail that’s certain to satisfy the pickiest eaters. Brasserie One is located inside the former headquarters of the Institution of Civil Engineers built between 1910 and 1913. It features elegantly decorated marble décor, only made more spectacular by the natural light flowing through the domed glass ceiling.
The menu here is pretty expansive, so don’t worry if you start to feel overwhelmed. Their a la carte breakfast menu features a great English breakfast, along with more minimal options like the smoked salmon cup with boursin. However we’d recommend ordering off of the “Bowl Food” menu, which features set courses of five. With options like Braised beef cheek Bourguignon and panko coated goat’s cheese, you’re sure to leave happy.
Address: 1 Great George St, Westminster
Hours: Monday – Friday: 12–2PM
Ma La Sichuan
€€ | Sichuan | Homestyle
An intimate modern interior and an extensive Sichuan-style menu are on offer at this Monck Street Chinese joint. It’s a great spot for lunch, especially if you’re looking for authentic food that won’t break the bank. Seriously, with most dishes around £8 you’ll want to bring some friends (or ask for a to-go box.)
Start your meal off with one of Ma La’s Streetfood Snacks, featuring homestyle dishes sourced from the strong street vendor tradition of Sichuan, China. The Classic Sichuan Dan Dan is fantastic, featuring wheat noodles topped with sweet and sour sauce, Sichuan pepper and pickled vegetables. For your entrée, you really can’t go wrong, but we’d recommend the Dry Wok Pork Belly with Hand Torn Cabbage, cooked right at your table!
Address: 37 Monck St, Westminster
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 12–2:30PM, 5–10PM Saturday: 12–10PM, Sunday: 4–10PM
€ | Italian and British | Open Late
Don’t worry about ordering a lot at this cozy Italian/English spot, because it’s one of the most reasonably priced restaurants near Westminster Abbey. Sapori is a great place to grab a £5 breakfast before your visit to the Abbey, or an intimate late-night dinner after plenty of other places have closed.
On the Italian side of things, Sapori keeps things simple, but it’s in the preparation that these guys really shine. If you’re a seafood person, then the fusilli tossed with prawns, garlic and mushroom sauce is our pick for you. The roast pork is fantastic, as well, slow cooked with seasonal vegetables, potatoes and gravy. Yum!
Address: 60 Horseferry Rd, Westminster
Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 12–10:30PM, Thursday – Saturday: 12–11PM, Sunday: 12–10PM
€€€ | Bento Lunch | Sake Pairing
After a scenic walk over the Westminster Bridge, we’d recommend stopping by Hannah. This Japanese restaurant features an incandescently lit interior that fuses tradition with a trendy taste that’s perfect for a romantic dinner, a quick lunch, and everything in between.
Hannah features a lunch menu focused around bento boxes, and we’d recommend the Grilled Wagyu, even though it’s a bit pricey. Along with the impeccably marbled meat, you’ll enjoy sashimi, miso soup and vegetables simmered to perfection. Dinner, however, is a different story. Hannah offers a set tasting menu, which includes monk fish tempura, a selection of seasonal small dishes, sake steamed mullet, crab ramen and more. This will run you about £95, but is definitely worth it. And if you don’t mind the expense, their Sake Pairing is £70 and takes the experience to a whole new level.
By the way, the dress code excludes shorts or flip flops, so keep that in mind!
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 12–9PM
The Cinnamon Club
€€€ | Beautiful interior | Modern Indian
If only for the beautiful location, this Indian restaurant had to be on our list. Located inside of a Victorian-era library lined with books, The Cinnamon Club is one of the most unique restaurants near Westminster Abbey. They serve up Indian dishes that pay homage to their traditional roots, while infusing a contemporary flair.
Certainly not a bad place for Breakfast or Lunch, but our favorite options are on the dinner menu. Where else can you find Tandoori baked kingfish with green pea wasabi? We suggest the Tandoori chicken breast with Hyderabadi korma sauce. Though if you’re looking for a veritable journey through Indian cuisine, then their £85 tasting menu should be your choice. Seven courses later, you’ll be happy you did.
Hours: Monday to Friday – Breakfast: 07:30 – 10:00 | Monday to Saturday – Lunch: 12:00 – 2:45, Dinner: 6:00 – 10:45 | Sunday – Lunch: 12:00 – 3:00, Dinner: 5:30 – 9:00
€ | Cuban | Live Music
Cuban food in London? Heck yeah! This slice-of-Havana food stall serves up authentic dishes at a reasonable price, refreshing smoothies, and live music for patrons. It’s a great place to go with friends and grab some quick tapas, or take a sandwich to-go and walk around the idyllic London streets.
And that Cuban Sandwich, there’s really nothing better. Slow-cooked roast pork on crunchy Cuban bread, piled high with swiss cheese and caramelized onions, it’s great for on-the-go dining. Follow this up with a Belgian chocolate mousse with orange zest, and you’ll be set!
Address: 48 Lower Marsh, South Bank
Hours: Monday to Sunday: 12–11PM
€€€€ | Michelin | Seafood
Even among Michelin-starred restaurants near Westminster Abbey, Olivomare is a standout. With its focus on shellfish and seafood in a sleek, modern setting, this Belgrave Street gem treats the marine tradition of London dining with impeccable detail.
Like many things seafood, keeping things simple is often the best way to go. Start off with a plate of fresh rock oysters and sea-urchins, paired with one of the excellent white wines on their menu. This will put you in a good place before diving into the main course. Again, keep things simple. Order the chargrilled Dover sole with lemon sauce or the baked sea bass. You won’t be disappointed!
Address: 10 Lower Belgrave St, Belgravia
LUNCH, Monday to Friday 12.00 – 2:30 PM, Saturday 12.00 – 3:00 PM, Sunday 12.30 -3:30 PM |
DINNER, Monday to Friday 6.30 – 10:15 PM, Saturday 6:30 – 10:15 PM, Sunday 6:30 – 10:15 PM
€€€€ | Venician Speciality
Among other high-end Italian restaurants near Westminster Abbey, Santini is a stand-out because of its particular focus on Venetian cuisine. With its dim, intimate interior and airy patio seating, you’ll be transported to the floating city with every bite!
We like to go for the things you can’t get anywhere else. That’s why we recommend the spezzatino di vitello, a slow-cooked veal stew with mushrooms. Along with the chicken with santini devilled sauce, you’ll want to order one of their excellently crafted cocktails.
On top of that, Santini offers a wide selection of cigars to choose from, making it one of the more unique high-end dining experiences in London!
Address: 29 Ebury St, Belgravia
Hours: Monday-Friday: 12–2:30 PM, 6–11 PM, Saturday: 6-11 PM
That’s our list! If you’re visiting the Abbey, or just looking for something great to eat in the area, you should be all set. Have a great trip!