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The Happenstance

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

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

Good food and good service in a nice restaurant.

Caroline 21 January 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. 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
Reservations +44 8455970228

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Customer reviews for The Happenstance

3.4 ((()* (based on 90 reviews)
67% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (52)
  • trendy (41)
  • lunch (33)
  • large parties (29)
  • value (29)
  • business (19)
  • romantic (14)
  • private dining (9)
  • entertainment (7)
  • breakfast (3)
  • luxury (3)
  • child friendly (2)
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  • ((*** 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.

  • (((** by from Romford

    A friend and I decided to go here as a lover of lobster and steak. As we entered the restaurant it seemed a little confusing as no one took us to our seat and was unclear as the restaurant has a bar also. We ordered the bread tin as a starter which was lovely but the bread was not warm and butter was as hard as rock. Staff seemed overworked and half way through our meal the initial waitress took her break and left us. The manager who was so accommodating savaged our night and was so attentive and apologetic. Overall the food was amazing and would definitely go again preferably on a night with more staff.

  • ((((* 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.

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