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#2,974 of 17,833 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City of London
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39 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4SF, England
+44 20 7248 3062
11:30 - 15:00
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87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a place you might walk pass and never noticed. However, it has over 100 years old and the decor tells you all about it. Went with a friend who recommend this place, we went at lunch time so not so busy - really like the layout and atmosphere. We both had skate wing with black butter sauce (with... More 

Thank Wei X
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This old school restaurant is steeped in history. Mainly fish classics, good wine and great atmosphere, helped by the table arrangements. Start with a black velvet and take your time over great fresh fish. There are so few of these restaurant types left in London, it's really worth a visit. Arrive at 12:00 as they do not take bookings.

1 Thank Mark P
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28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The thing about Sweetings is that it is timeless - unchanged since the time of Dickens (except they now take credit cards as well as cash/cheque). getting there early enables you to choose a place - I like the tables with the high stools that enable you to look out through the windows. Everything is cheek by jowl here so... More 

1 Thank banqueiro
London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The venue is fun; old fashioned, not smart, lot of character, very much appealing to tourists on a nostalgic kick. Good bar with lots of silver tankards; very limited and expensive wine list. The food is OK, not good; customers are definitely not there for the food, but very old fashioned; almost all the puddings were steamed; treacle, spotted dick,... More 

Thank Nick D
Copenhagen, Denmark
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Consistently great fish for past 3 decades, wonderful atmosphere with colourful characters and friendly, polite old fashioned service, The scampi and Skate are especially good and if you are lucky the staff will offer you a free of port to make way for other waiting clients.

1 Thank TheoriginalAndy
Tucson, Arizona
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597 reviews
431 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 381 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Food....well do get the grilled skate wing, peas and mashed potatoes as these were excellent, world class preparations. Wine bar extraordinaire but did I mention Guiness served in a silver mug? Oh yes, oysters on the half shell and on and on for fish or meat. You walk in to a place serving lunch from 1830 onward, a huge gaggle... More 

Thank zabriskibound
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Cozy, and hopping at lunch hour. Food and service exceptional. Must try the sticky toffee pudding! Had the traditional fish and chips, and it was amazing. Great people watching for an American! Because this was truly a British local destination ....

Thank susanrob44
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174 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We went there on a Friday lunchtime (this restaurant is only open at lunchtimes on Monday to Friday). There is no booking system, so we arrived, had a drink and waited a short time for a space on the stools. The service is personal and attentive. We had the lobster bisque, I had grilled skate with butter and caper sauce... More 

Thank CheekyLondon
Royston, United Kingdom
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184 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

If you hanker for fish for lunch, served fresh and in a place that us still a City institution, this is the place to come. I had lobster bisque and then grilled sea bass with buttered spinach. It was well presented, tasted delicious and prompt. I enjoy this place. Try it for yourself. It might be viewed by some as... More 

Thank David R
Greater London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We wanted to have lunch in one of the oldest restaurants in London so were immediately disappointed by the very modern, airy, white interior which resembled an ice-cream parlour with its tall stools beside white narrow raised "tables". We ventured further to the back and were ushered into a more atmospheric table area with seating reminiscent of school dinners, thoroughly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, British
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4SF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
  • Neighbourhood: City of London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7248 3062

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