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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, small plates, sharing platters, “thick and juicy” burgers, salads, steaks and much more besides, while tipples range from big-name lagers and wines to a range of cocktails.

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The Happenstance

10 Paternoster Square
,London
EC4M 7DX

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A Good Local for the St. Paul's Crowd

by   silver reviewer (26)

Mar 2015

The Happenstance is eclectic. It is L-shaped and in the junction has strange metal tiles with chipping white paint that seem to be hiding something from science fiction. At the front entrance on Ludgate HIll, there is a bar area and also comfortable armchairs with small tables. Sometimes one is allowed to have lunch here but sometimes not. More often one is sent to the restaurant area, the larger axle of the L, and that has a separate side entrance. However, if you come in through that side...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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The Happenstance

10 Paternoster Square
,London
EC4M 7DX

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Lovely place great atmosphere

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Nov 2013

Had lunch here on a Thursday afternoon, gets quiet busy so would reccommend booking! Food was lovely, well cooked and presented. Love how the bar is separate from the restaurant area, gives it a nice atmosphere and great place to two in one venue. Perfect location right by St Pauls Cathedral.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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