Dirty Burger Kentish Town

Not everybody’s seeking out a restaurant filled with starry eyed, French-kissing lovers this Valentine’s Day. Some of us would rather go it alone. So whether you’re after a burger in a bike shed or your very own table for one in a noodle bar, we’ve come up with some of London’s best restaurants for solo dining.

The Delaunay
Where: Aldwych, WC2
Why: if you enjoy a spot of people-watching, then this Corbin and King restaurant is the perfect place to keep you entertained between courses. The wiener schnitzel and pickled cucumber is a corker.

Dirty Burger (pictured above)
Where: Kentish Town, NW5
Why: this run-down old shack under a stairway in a car park isn’t quite the dive you might expect, after all it is owned by the Soho House Group. Grab a stool and go for the Dirty Burger with crinkle cut chips. Sorted.

Goodman
Where: Mayfair, W1
Why: arguably London’s best steakhouse, we suggest you perch on a seat at the bar, watch the bartender mix you the perfect Martini, while you munch your way through a bone-in rib-eye. Meaty bliss.
Koya
Koya (pictured above)
Where: Soho, W1
Why: this minimalist noodle joint on Frith Street is a perfect in-out affair if you’re after a good slurp on a bowl of noodles. Look out for the specials board too, you won’t regret it.

L’Atelier de Joel Rubuchon
Where: Covent Garden, WC2
Why: the ground floor dining room, complete with open kitchen and counter seating, ensures there’s plenty of theatre to accompany the gastronomic delights that follow.

MEATmarket
Where: Covent Garden, WC2
Why: if you’re after the mother of all wet and sloppy burgers, then this long and narrow burger bar is the just the place. Grab a stool at one of the shared tables and wait for your name to be bellowed over the Tannoy.
Pizza and calzone Pizza Pilgrims
Mishkin’s
Where: Covent Garden, WC2
Why: while away your evening sitting at the bar of this self-described ‘kind of Jewish deli with cocktails’ owned by Russell Norman. The friendly and trendy staff will keep you chatting all night long.

Pizza Pilgrims Pizzeria & Friggitoria (pictured above)
Where: Kingly Court, W1
Why: set in the hustle and bustle of Carnaby Street, their Neapolitan-style pizzas are quick and easy but super tasty. Don’t forget to order the deep-fried Italian mac ‘n’cheese.

Tonkotsu

Where: Soho, W1
Why: where better to go it alone than this ramen bar that has its very own table for one?  At least this way no one will see you slurping your pork broth all over the place.