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Out of the same Drake & Morgan stable as The Folly, The Drift, et al, this “eclectic” bar/restaurant behemoth in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral pulls off the please-all style of its elder siblings. Busy but gimmicky postmodern decor, “frantic” loud music and tricksy detailing are right on target for a young City crowd, and we’ve been impressed by the “absolutely pristine” upkeep of the place. It can seem a bit like style over content, but The Happenstance wins approval with its comfy surrounds, “imaginative” drinks and “extremely varied” menu. Food kicks off with 'fully loaded breakfasts' before plundering brunch classics, roasts, small plates, sharing platters, “thick and juicy” burgers, po’-boy sandwiches and much more besides, while tipples range from big-name lagers and wines to ‘brewskis’ (beer cocktails). The whole show is efficiently run by “interesting staff with personalities to match”.
When first entering The Happenstance, I thought I had happened upon a busy city bar with loud music and dim lighting. Whilst I thought this might be good for an after-work drink, I started to wonder how much I would enjoy eating in there, however we were whisked off towards the back of the surprisingly large building and taken to a vast modern looking restaurant which was much quieter than the front bar section. With giant piping on the ceiling and low-hanging lamps, The Happenstance creates the industrial but sophisticated atmosphere that so many restaurants strive for.Would I Want Seconds?Coming from a...
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Five years ago seems like a lifetime away but back then the City of London, the heart of the capital – was a place you’d rarely eat in. Perhaps an over complicated lunch at a Michelin star restaurant (which I love), a white table-cloth experience in Roux at Parliament Square or steak at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa. These were really the City’s first and best restaurants but what none of them offered was casual dining and mainly catered towards “the suits”. Now however that’s all changing. Suits are being swapped for more casual attire, people want to dine more casual and in turn service is getting more casual. The City’s...
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