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The Happenstance

1a Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7AA +44 8455970228

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

Great atmosphere friendly and efficient staff with good food - perfect evening.

Colin Edmans 11 August 2015
from London

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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. Favourite starters on The Happenstance menu include prawn lollipops or broad bean & ricotta bruschetta, while delicious mains include wagyu burger with stilton & tomato chutney, or a juicy roast rump of lamb with caponata & mint jus. The dessert menu includes a classic Eton Mess, or a salted caramel & plum sundae with honeycomb crumble.

The mixology table takes centre-stage at The Happenstance, where a list of original cocktails are created. Inventively-named mixes include the ‘Princess Rossini’, ‘Reina Cubano’, and ‘Flight of the Cucumber'.

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
Reservations +44 8455970228

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Customer reviews for The Happenstance

3.4 ((()* (based on 96 reviews)
69% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (58)
  • trendy (46)
  • lunch (36)
  • large parties (34)
  • value (32)
  • business (22)
  • romantic (16)
  • private dining (13)
  • entertainment (8)
  • breakfast (3)
  • luxury (3)
  • child friendly (2)
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  • ((((* by from London

    Really enjoyed our meal , had a sharing platter to start followed by a steak - service was fine and staff very pleasant booking was easy online

  • ((*** by from London

    The venue is really nice, has a great drinks and food selection and in the past the food has been really good. On this occasion unfortunately the food was a little poor. It arrived late, tasted like it had sat under a food lamp for half an hour and even then 2 people didn't get served until 10 minutes after everyone else (and the restaurant wasn't even half full)! I'm hoping this is just a one off as I have enjoyed the venue on past visits.

  • ((((( by from London

    Went with seven others for dinner on a Friday night. Great atmosphere and dining environment. The staff were amazing and very receptive to our requests. Our steaks turned up cold and they immediately put this right. As it was a birthday celebration we also had a little cske with a candle. Nice touch.

  • (((** by from London

    The set menu wasn't as extensive as other restaurants with similar offers on however, even with little choice the food sounded good and what we had in the end - the salmon curry and the butternut squash risotto was both delicious. The chicken satay to start didn't look very appetising, the presentation was lacking but the chicken was well cooked and it tasted nice, and there was more there than it looked - very filling. We also had a white hot chocolate in stead of dessert which was really good - I'd recommend.

    Service was slow. We waited ages for our drinks order to be taken and even longer for them to arrive. We then had to ask to order our food. The food came out more quickly but again to order desserts/drinks it was slow again. They included a 12.5% tip on the bill which we didn't feel reflected the service we received, so we put less and the waitress came and questioned us about this which felt rude.

  • ((((( by from London

    Great atmosphere friendly and efficient staff with good food - perfect evening.

  • ((((* by from London

    A great location in the City of London, very close to St Paul's Cathedral.

    A really nice vibrant atmosphere and the decor is very stylish and modern. I liked the extra little touches like the box of sweets in the ladies room, and the signs on the doors and mirrors.

    There's a lovely bar at the front with the main restaurant behind, both of which are very big so great for larger groups (as well as individuals and couples).

    The service was a little bit amateur - cutlery being put in the wrong place; being given the wrong menu; and being leaned across to put drinks on the table - but everyone was very helpful and friendly, and everything was done (orders taken, drinks and food arriving, etc.) at a nice pace. The price was very reasonable too.

    The food and the bellinis were very tasty. No little extras like bread but the portion sizes were good so we definitely didn't go hungry.

    We had a really nice time and would recommend it.

  • ((*** by from London

    Disappointing. Ignored initially whilst I was waiting for a table, even though there were only 2 people in the restaurant. When eventually acknowledged I was sat immediately next to the only 2 people so asked to move tables but to the waiters annoyance. We were on a set main course deal and wasn't offered a menu for other drinks or starters, I had to ask. When the food arrived the lobster was overcooked and steak quite chewy. I had been before and had great food (though the service last time wasn't great) but this time it was poor quality and I wont be returning..

  • ((((( by from London

    Good food and good service in a nice restaurant.

  • ((*** by from London

    On the positive, nicely decorated restaurant. However, staff varied from very friendly to rather disappointing. One waiter pushed 2 times to order drinks and sneered when we decided just to go for tab water. When ordering sauces for the steak, we were not explained that these were charged extra. Lobster (overcooked) and steak (acceptable) were tiny. Would rather recommend Burger & Lobster or Heliot offer - better value and better service overall.

  • ((((* by from Southend-on-Sea

    The food was amazing - couldn't fault it! We had the steak, lobster and chips deal with prosecco for £15 each and it was worth every penny. The steak was cooked to perfection and the lobster was seasoned beautifully. The restaurant itself is very clean and modern with chic decor - I would definitely like to return. Only grumble is that we ordered still water for the table and was topped up by the waiter with a jug of what appeared to be tap water - not chilled - which he was filling up other guests glasses with too. We were then charged for the still water which is a bit cheeky - we only had one glass each of this lukewarm water which was being shared around other guests in the restaurant.

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