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The Happenstance

1a Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7AA

((()* British
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

We had the steak, lobster and chips with a glass of bubbly for £15. It was lovely and the service was good.

Valerie Seward 10 November 2014
from Wallington

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Combining eclectic interiors and floor-to-ceiling views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London, The Happenstance is something out of a storybook. Here, mixologists conjure up colourful cocktails and rich flavours mingle to create a menu of wholesome comfort food.

Fresh ingredients are used to produce dishes bursting with flavour. Favourites on The Happenstance menu include cottage pie topped with swede mash, and a lamb burger with feta, piquillo peppers and tzatziki. The dessert menu features a knickerbocker glory, complete with chocolate ice cream, honeycomb, and cherries, as well as liquid dessert cocktails, like the coke float with rum, sherry, cola, and ice cream.

The mixology table takes centre-stage and offers a list of original Happenstance fairytale cocktails with names like ‘Prince Charming’, ‘Love Potion #9’, and ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine'.

Shimmering chandeliers, geometric patterns on the floor, and exposed pipes on the ceilings lend a dreamlike ambience to The Happenstance in St Paul’s. This quirky retreat is a 5-minute walk from St Paul’s Tube Station.

The Happenstance

1a Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7AA

Contact +44 8454680104

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Customer reviews for The Happenstance

3.4 ((()* (based on 85 reviews)
67% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (50)
  • trendy (40)
  • lunch (32)
  • large parties (29)
  • value (28)
  • business (19)
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  • private dining (9)
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  • ((((* by from Wallington

    We had the steak, lobster and chips with a glass of bubbly for £15. It was lovely and the service was good.

  • ((((* by from Surrey

    Lovely meal and experience

  • (((** by from London

    Really loved the interiors of the restaurant and the staff were very helpful.
    The steak and lobster were good, though the lobster was not very hot. The chips were perfect.
    We were not impressed when we ordered a glass of 'house red' that our waiter decided to give us a glass of £10.30 pinot noir! He promptly knocked it down to the price of the cheapest red on the bill once we complained, but we still thought it was a bit cheeky.

  • ((((( by from Eastbourne

    This is the first time we have booked via 'Bookatable' and visited the Happenstance, the initial booking was for three, but due to a unforeseen circumstances with only a couple of hours to spare I had to increase the booking to four people. The lady I spoke to was very helpful and said it wasn't a problem. We arrived early at the restaurant to find a very vibrant and lively setting, although we were early we were shown to out table straight away and we were all impressed with the amount of room in the restaurant. The waiting staff were very attentive and helpful, especially the restaurant manager Tom West who went out of his way to make our dining experience memorable!!! The gentleman making the cocktails was also very entertaining. All four of us can state that the 'flaming baked alaska' is to die for and very theatrical!!!!!!! My sister-in-law was very impressed with the fish pie and has already confessed that she will order it the next time we visit. All in all a very enjoyable experience

  • ((((* by from LONDON

    Very friendly staff and the £15 Reef and Turf offer was very good value for money.

  • ((((( by from Saffron Walden

    Lovely, very friendly with a great atmosphere and dining experience.

  • ((((( by from London

    Really good food and a very reasonable price. The staff were friendly and we didn't feel rushed as is often the case in central London restaurants.

  • (((** by from London

    Booking was easy. Food was lovely. Service was a bit slow, but we didn't mind, we weren't in a rush. Would definitely recommend and go back.

  • ((((* by from London

    very busy but fun

  • ((((* by from London

    We had the £15 deal for steak, lobster and prosecco. Loved our dinner here - the steak was cooked perfectly, the lobster was great too. Amazing value for the deal and will definitely be coming back to try new things from the menu. We also sampled the cocktail menu - another thing I'll definitely be doing again!

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