Garfunkel's Charing Cross
Though Garfunkel’s is unlikely to make an appearance in a Richard Curtis film any time soon, this peppy family-friendly chain is almost as much a part of London’s landscape as a bright red phone box or a shiny black cab. ‘Legendary and loved since 1979’, the group’s name is synonymous with its salad bar (yes, there is an all-you-can-eat option), but there’s plenty more to consider on a huge all-day offering that covers everything from English breakfasts and American pancakes to £7.95 lunches and unreconstructed classics such as prawn cocktail, loaded potato skins, scampi, nachos, burgers and New York cheesecake. Over-ordering is all too easy, but a little restraint and an eye on the special deals should keep spending in check. This branch stands just round the corner from Trafalgar Square – a short walk from the London Eye.