Lunchtime Bites: Newman Street
Posted in: i2 Office Area Guides by i2Office on 27th July 2017
With Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street and Soho almost literally on the doorstep of our Newman Street serviced offices, there’s also a plentitude of fantastic places to grab lunch from cool Soho eateries to iconic local pubs. We explore the very best lunchtime bites the Newman Street area of London has to offer.
Balans Soho Society
Balans is fast turning into the quintessential Soho hangout. Their philosophy is “too much of a good thing is a good thing”, and although that makes zero sense, their menu does perfectly reflect the decadence of an area that has become a byword for excess.
Wash down The Infamous Balans Burger with a boozy Bloody Mary. If that sounds a bit much for a lunchtime, the menu does have considerably lighter options available. Alternatively, you could head down after, or indeed before, work; that’s because Balans Soho Society is open all day, every day.
Walk: 9 mins
Google Maps: Balans Soho Society
Tongue & Brisket
Tongue & Brisket in Soho is the younger sister of B&K Salt Beef Bar, an Edgware institution dating back to 1978. Its founder, Bambos Georgiou, started life in the salt beef trade back in the 1950s, so with years of experience in producing the delicacy you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better salt beef sandwich in London.
Although you will be dining courtesy of a genuine salt beef legend, the varied sandwiches on offer are reasonably priced. The tongue on offer here won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Ox Tongue on rye bread sets you back just £5.60, as does their signature salt beef sandwich. Other options available include smoked salmon bagel and bean & barley soup.
Walk: 5 mins
Google Maps: Tongue & Brisket
If the first two of our lunchtime bite options seem a little heavy, a short walk (although they also deliver) to the Detox Kitchen might be a preferable option.
The Mortimer Street deli offers a mix of healthy, but never dull, meals, snacks and juices. Their constantly rotating salad box, containing three different salads and protein, is excellent value at £8.95. Still not convinced? Take a peek at their Instagram page. If that doesn’t make you hungry, we don’t know what will.
Walk: 2 mins
Google Maps: Detox Kitchen, Mortimer St
The Fitzroy Tavern
As a pub ran by the Samuel Smith brewery, The Fitzroy has generally middle of the road pub-grub. However, it’s no thrills approach is part of the charm. It’s more than worth a visit one lunchtime as what it lacks in gourmet cuisine, it more than gains in history and ambience.
The Fitzroy dates back to 1887 and actually gave its name to the surrounding area, Fitzrovia. It was also a popular haunt frequented by the artists and bohemians of London, from Dylan Thomas to George Orwell. It would be sacrilege to not pay at least one visit to this famous boozer, especially as it is just a 2 minute walk from our Newman Street serviced offices, even if that involves a liquid lunch.
Walk: 2 mins
Google Maps: The Fitzroy Tavern