Planning a trip to Oxford Street for the January sales? Here are a few places on and off the main drag where you can pop in for a bite to eat when you lose the will to do any more shopping or simply want to escape the crowds.
Burger & Lobster
26-28 Binney Street, London W1K 5BN
Previously Smack Lobster, this has now morphed into another branch of the popular upmarket chain serving exactly what it says on the tin.
Tonkotsu at Selfridges
Selfridges Food Hall, Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB
The folk looking after the food offering at Selfridges have come up with all manner of enticing new eateries but for sheer speed and convenience this new branch of ramen joint Tonkotsu can't be beaten.
More quick bites:
Pizza Pilgrims (11 Kingly St London W1B 5PL) - their location moments away from Oxford Circus in Kingly Court is great if you want to grab a quick bite.
Stop for a burger
74 Welbeck St, London W1G 0BA
OK, this may be a crazy choice given the year-round queues snaking down the street from this burger joint, but here's hoping that most shoppers coming up to town for the day don't know about the fact that this is literally just behind Debenhams. Come here early for lunch and beat the queue.
Plus more burger spots for shoppers:
- Patty & Bun (54 James Street, London W1U 1HE) just behind Selfridges does get busy but there's never too long to wait to enjoy one of their legendary Ari Golds.
- Tommi's Burger Joint (30 Thayer St, Marylebone, London W1U 2QP) is slightly further north of Patty & Bun, but worth the trek, especially if you're with children for the kids burger at just £4.90.
- Honest Burgers (4 Market Pl Fitzrovia, London W1W 8AD) has a location north of Oxford Street that's perfect for shoppers.
Pop in for a drink
Social Wine & Tapas
39 James St, London W1U 1DL
One of Jason Atherton's newest openings in the next street to Selfridges, this warren-like restaurant is perfect whether you want to pop in for a glass of excellent wine and a few tapas, or would prefer to sit down for a more leisurely lunch or dinner.
The Forest Restaurant and Cabin Bar at Selfridges
The roof of Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1H 6HB
For winter the rooftop at Selfridges has been transformed into a space evocative of Britain's woodland with a menu inspired by foraging. There's also cabins outside serving up hot cocktails - ours is a truffle martini, thanks.
15-17 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2NE
Another 'hidden spot' this wine bar from the people behind Texture is barely a five minute walk from Selfridges. Sit up at the counter, order yourself a steak from the grill and work your way slowly through the fantastic wine list.
More pitstops for wine sipping or cocktails:
- Les 110 de Taillevent (16 Cavendish Square, London W1G 9DD) is just behind John Lewis and with every dish matched to the perfect glass of wine you'll soon forget your aching feet.
- Sixtyone (61 Upper Berkeley Street, London, W1H 7PP) - Tucked away on Upper Berkeley Street this modern British restaurant also does BYO on Mondays which will be handy if you've just bought a really decent bottle.
- Social Eating House (58 Poland St, London W1F 7NR) is minutes away from the Pantheon Marks and Spencer. It has a Michelin star but a key draw for many are the excellent cocktails.
- Riding House Cafe (43-51 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PQ) This popular spot is just far enough away from the madding crowds for it to be your little secret. There's a more formal dining room or you can sit at the large communal table or more laid-back bar area.
- The Running Horse (50 Davies St, London W1K 5JE) on Davies Street was revamped by James Chase of Chase distillers and the bar upstairs serves up cracking cocktails while downstairs there's burgers and beef ribs to be had.
A reward for getting through the shopping
10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP
On the lesser-shopped side of Oxford Street is the super-glamorous dining room at the London Edition hotel. You'll have to be a little more organised to have a shopping lunch here with table reservations harder to come by. It might be worth trying for an early supper instead (the restaurant opens for dinner at 6pm) or do brunch on a Sunday.
Colony Grill Room
8 Balderton Street, Brown Hart Gardens W1K 6TF
Head south of Selfridges to the first hotel from dream team Corbin and King. The bar's a great place to enjoy a sustaining stiff drink and both weekend brunches and lunches in the restaurant here are unexpectedly good value.
9 Seymour Pl, London W1H 5BA
To the north of Marble Arch tube station is the second restaurant from the folk behind Donostia. There's plenty of place for you to move between tables with all your bags and you can restore your good humour with a glass of Txakoli and some of their marvellous steak.
More nearby treats:
- Bernardi's (62 Seymour Street, London W1H 5BN) just north of Marble Arch, this new Italian has a huge downstairs bar area and the food is great. If you're shopping solo this is a nice place to perch up at the counter for dining.
- Pollen Street Social (8/10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ) is tucked down a tiny side alley off Regent Street and does an excellent set lunch at £37 (see our set lunch roundup for other bargains).
- Wild Honey (12 St. George Street, London W1S 2FB) is a lovely, cosy dining room just off Hanover Square. Huddle in a booth here and don't forget to order the warm chocolate soup.
- Piquet (92-94 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EZ) is midway between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road stations. The menu du jour here is just £16.50 for two courses - a total bargain for the quality of food.
And also try:
- Donostia (10 Seymour Pl, London W1H 7ND) - This Basque tapas restaurant is just off the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street. You can book, but if you haven't sorted yourself out, there are walk-in spaces at the bar. We've been several times and love the place.
- Roti Chai (3 Portman Mews S, London W1H 6HS) - Indian street food (between Bond St and Marble Arch)
- La Petite Maison (54 Brook's Mews, London W1K 4EG) - hidden away in a courtyard south of Oxford Street, a meal here may cost more than you'd spent in the shops but it's such a lovely treat.
- Yalla Yalla (12 Winsley St London W1W 8HQ) - just behind HMV and opposite Marks and Spencer - the mezze to share here is great value.
- Aqua Kyoto (5th Floor, 240 Regent St, London W1B 3BR, entrance on Argyll Street) - this Japanese restaurant had a major makeover this year and it's a handy spot for sushi just off Oxford Circus.
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