There’s no stigma, no shame and no distraction from the food – dining alone is great.
Clearly Londoners know this. According to restaurant booking site Open Table, bookings of dinners for one have more than doubled over the past two years, with an increase of 110%.
But not all restaurants are as suited to solo dining as others. Counters are good, while big tables tend to be bad; buzzy is great, and deadly quiet not so.
Here’s our pick of London’s 10 best restaurants for solo dining:
This affordable fine-dining pioneer is also one of the best in its league for solo dinners thanks to a granite bar area.
Find it: 63-64 Frith Street, W1D 3JW; arbutusrestaurant.co.uk
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
The marble-topped bar at this Piccadilly institution is fine spot for some indulgent me-time over an oyster or half a dozen.
Find it: 11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG; bentleys.org
Grab a seat at the counter in this opulent Spitalfields brasserie and watch the kitchen at work as you tuck in.
Find it: 65A Brushfield St, E1 6AA; blixen.co.uk
Bocca Di Lupo
Choose your gutsy Italian dishes by watching what’s coming out of the kitchen at this Soho classic. Perch on a stool by the open kitchen to watch everything come together.
Find it: 12 Archer Street, W1D 7BB; boccadilupo.com
Buzzing: Ember Yard
Soak up the buzz and down some wine, ham, cheese and exhilarating tapas at this upbeat Soho spot.
Find it: 60 Berwick Street, W1F 8SU; emberyard.co.uk
Grab a window seat and slurp up some of London’s best ramen while you watch the world go by – as long as the window’s not steamed up from the heat, that is.
Find it: 64 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LE; kanada-ya.com
It’s high-end and has a high price-tag, but the communal nature of this almost supper club-like experience makes it perfect for chatting to your neighbour.
Find it: 70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG; kitchentablelondon.co.uk
Worth the wait: The Palomar
High octane chef action to match the vibrant flavours of the food awaits those who nab a seat at The Palomar’s counter, not to mention a shot or two courtesy of the kitchen. Be prepared to queue, though.
Find it: 34 Rupert Street, W1D 6DN; thepalomar.co.uk
Who said sharing plates had to be shared? There’s nowhere better than this slick Clapton spot for charcuterie and wine for one.
Find it: 116 Petherton Road, N5 2RT; primeurn5.co.uk
Riding House Café
The comfy armchair-style seats at the bar area as good a place as any to treat yourself to a feast for one.
Find it: 43-51 Great Titchfield Street; W1W 7PQ;ridinghousecafe.co.uk