New Elizabeth line in London opened on May 24th
If you're planning your big-day or hen/stag/sten do in London, then the opening of London's new Elizabeth line on 24th May 2022 provides greater scope for guests to attend who may be travelling from far and wide.
It will stretch more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west through central tunnels across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The new railway built by Crossrail Ltd will stop at 41 accessible stations - 10 of them new - and is expected to serve around 200 million people each year.
Here's a round up of some of the best bars and restaurant spots at its central London stops for celebrations aplenty!
Ealing Broadway - Creams Café
Situated in the centre of Ealing, expect a visit to Creams Café to entail fabulously flamboyant desserts and sensational sweet treats. Think sky-high rainbow-coloured sundaes and larger than-life American-style waffles, as well as silky-smooth gelato and sorbet, freshly cooked crepes, cookie-dough stuffed waffles and freakishly flavourful milkshakes.
Ealing Broadway - The New Inn
Located just a few minutes from South Ealing and Ealing Broadway, this historic former Coaching Inn is the ideal meet-up stop for friends, family and colleagues. A stylish and modern pub, serving great British food and drink, take a seat at the bar or head into the spacious garden with heated garden sheds and dine al fresco under the heated stretch tent and Pergola.
Ealing Broadway - The Grange
Tucked away by Ealing Common, take a short walk to local favourite, The Grange, for a selectionof award-winning cask ales, craft beers and a curated selection of wines. Make the most of the British summer in the large outdoor garden and dine on seasonal delights of pub classics, running from light bites and sandwiches to a heart Sunday Roast with all the trimmings.
Paddington - Bar + Block
Located on North Wharf Road, next to London's bustling transport hub, stop off at subterranean steakhouse Bar + Block. Serving up beefed-up breakfasts, express lunches and dinners designed to satisfy your carnivorous cravings with an ever-changing selection of 30-day aged steaks, hand-cut to order, alongside spectacular grills and cocktail creations, including one that's an ode to a certain famous bear.
Bond St - Hush Mayfair
Tucked away in a historic courtyard in the heart of Mayfair, a stone's throw from busy Bond Street, Hush Mayfair is a true hidden gem featuring a bustling brasserie, two elegant private event spaces/dining rooms and the exceptional Bar at Hush. The space also boasts a beautifully dressed al fresco Courtyard that changes with the seasons.
Tottenham Court Road - Cabana, St Giles
For a guaranteed good time, gather your tribe and head to Latin-inspired grill and cocktailhotspot Cabana, located minutes away from Tottenham Court Road station. Expect epic bottomless brunches and serious party vibes, served up alongside vibrant full-of-flavour dishes and creative cocktails, all to be enjoyed in stylish interiors inspired by the roaring glory of 1950s Rio.
Farringdon - The Fable
Inspired by fairy tales and the fables of Aesop, The Fable in Farringdon offers all-day drinking & dining from breakfast and brunch through to dinner and cocktails. With shimmering floor-to-ceiling glass windows and furnishings fit for a fairy palace, prop up the bar or sink into a book lined booth with a refreshing cocktail in hand or soak up the rays on the al fresco terrace.
Farringdon - Bonfire
Take a trip to the Barbican and discover Brutally Brilliant Burgers at lakeside pit-stop Bonfire. On the menu is a selection of drool-worthy burgers, including vegetarian and vegan choices, along with sharing sides and classic cocktails to pair. And with summer coming, head out to the terrace for lunch or dinner by the lake.
Liverpool Street - Cinnamon Kitchen City
Fittingly located in the historic East India Company spice warehouse and just two minutes' walk from Liverpool Street, Cinnamon Kitchen is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the City. With Chef Vivek Singh at the helm, the restaurant and all-weather covered terrace serves his signature modern Indian cuisine with the best of British ingredients for lunch and dinner.
Liverpool Street - Devonshire Terrace
Moments from Liverpool Street Station, Devonshire Terrace is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of City life. Drink and dine al fresco with family and friends on the expansive terrace, with its beautiful glass domed roof to protect you from the elements. The perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine, leisurely lunch or boozy brunch.
Liverpool Street - Dirty Dicks
Opposite Liverpool Street tube, this Young's pub has been serving the City since 1745. The perfect place for after-work drinks or a lunch meeting, the bar is brimming with an array of draughts and ales, while on the menu is a selection of seasonal British dishes, hearty pies and Sunday Roasts.
Whitechapel - Leman Street Tavern
A five-minute walk from Whitechapel is the Leman Street Tavern is just the ticket for a pub lunch, after-work drink or al fresco dining. With a selection of craft ales, wines and cocktails, meet with friends for a menu of seasonal British dishes or soak up the sun on the outdoor terrace, with heaters and cover should the weather take a turn.
Canary Wharf - The Sipping Room
Transporting you to a place far removed from the concrete jungle, relax and unwind on the expansive (and heated!) floral Thames-side terrace and enjoy creative cocktails from the dedicated outdoor bar whilst soaking up the glorious British sunshine. When the temperature drops there are hot water bottle and cosy blankets on hand to keep you warm through the evening.
Canary Wharf - Burger & Lobster
Looking out over the boats and water, Burger & Lobster at West India Quay is the perfect al fresco spot to crack a claw and enjoy some refreshing cocktails. Soak up the sunshine or find respite in the shade beneath the terraces' sail-inspired canopy and enjoy classics including whole Nova Scotian Lobster, Nebraskan beef burgers and OG lobster rolls.
Canary Wharf - The Parlour
Located in the Park Pavilion on Canada Square, moments from Canary Wharf station, The Parlour is a gorgeous bar and restaurant perfect for all-day drinking, dining and unwinding. This stunning alfresco terrace, complete with its own bar overlooking Canada Square Park, is the ideal location to enjoy an afternoon with friends over good food, fine wine and cocktails.