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The Happenstance

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

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


Yoshiyuki Gono 09 November 2016
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

3.5 ((()* (based on 112 reviews)
71% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • dinner (68)
  • trendy (55)
  • lunch (46)
  • large parties (40)
  • value (35)
  • business (27)
  • romantic (18)
  • private dining (15)
  • entertainment (9)
  • breakfast (6)
  • luxury (6)
  • child friendly (3)
  • views (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • ((((( 9 November 2016 by Yoshiyuki Gono from London


  • (((** 25 October 2016 by Sarah Sherratt from Colchester

    Hadn't realised when we booked how noisy the music would be. Very busy bar area. Conversation at table very difficult.
    Nice food. Attentive staff although they couldn't hear either.
    Left quickly as not a relaxing place. Perhaps we're too old?

  • ((((* 30 September 2016 by Jane Hughes from London

    Food was very nice, particularly the pecan pie. Waiters were possibly a bit TOO attentive but service good as a result. Would definitely come back here again.

  • ((((( 18 August 2016 by Irina Musteata from London

    The sea bass was delicious!

  • ((*** 13 August 2016 by H Perry from London

    Service is extremely slow

  • ((((( 27 May 2016 by Jess Cchua from London

    A very buzzy environment with great music and vibe. Food and service was great, definitely a place I'd go again!

  • ((((( 19 May 2016 by Helen Jenkins from London

    Great service, good food and good location!

  • ((((* 28 April 2016 by Ferda Ali from London

    Great experience food was lovely as was service

  • ((*** 12 April 2016 by Heather Gao from London

    Lunch menu is t available till 1 pm. Breakfast menu is very limited

  • ((((( 8 April 2016 by Gordon White from London

    Good value for money - food was contemporary and modern - fast service , fresh produce

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