Garfunkel's Leicester square
‘Start your London experience here’ says the blurb for this branch of the peppy, family-friendly Garfunkel’s chain, which sits in a prime spot just round the corner from Leicester Square and it myriad attractions. ‘Legendary and loved since 1979’, the group is almost as much a part of London’s landscape as a bright red phone box or a shiny black cab, with much depending on its famous 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.