London is the perfect destination for all sporty families this summer with so much going on at different venues across the city. Whether you will be visiting with your children to take in some live sports or just keen to get into the sporting spirit, it can often be hard to know a good place to eat close to sporting venues where you don’t have to queue, close enough for the kids to walk as well as ensuring you won’t miss kick off!
toptable mobile solutions makes it easier than ever to find and book the UK’s finest restaurants on- the-go. The toptable mobile site and app available for iPhone, iPad and Android, allow you to see a list of all restaurants that can accommodate your desired date, time and party size within close vicinity of your current location. Once the reservation is booked, you’ll receive instant confirmation and also have the ability to modify or cancel your reservation instantly, so even if there is extra time there’s no need to miss your meal.
For those who prefer to book before they go, Lucy Taylor, head of restaurant relations at toptable, the leading consumer destination site for restaurant reservations in the UK, shares her top ten restaurants to allow you to dine in style and ensure you don’t miss the start:
The Kia Oval 1) The Tommyfield 185 Kennington Lane Kennington London, SE11 4EZ
The Tommyfield is a charming pub situated close to the home of test match cricket, The Kia Oval. With wooden floors, quirky lampshades and mixture of exposed brick and designer wallpapered walls, The Tommyfield attracts a crowd of young professionals and hip locals. Famous for its sensational steaks and burgers, the restaurant has an assured and modern European menu including other classics like guinea fowl with Jerusalem artichokes.
Wimbledon 2) The Lawn Bistro 66 High Street Wimbledon London, SW19 5EE
Anyone for tennis?! The Lawn Bistro opened its doors in September 2011, and since then has gone from strength to strength. Located in the heart of Wimbledon Village, this restaurant brings you a fresh and exciting new dining experience. The food and flavours are complex but not fussy; impressive yet unpretentious. The Lawn Bistro is all about well sourced seasonal ingredients, put together in an interesting way and service that enables you to relax and be rest assured that you will be looked after in a seamless manner.
3) The Fox & Grapes 9 Camp Road Wimbledon Common London, SW19 4UN
Situated just off Wimbledon Common, The Fox and Grapes is perfect for those catching the tennis live this summer. The Fox and Grapes offers exquisite simple British dishes using produce sourced locally from small farmers and producers including independent butchers, fishmongers, fruit and vegetable growers.
Twickenham 4) Masaniello 22 Church Street Twickenham, TW1 3NJ
Perfect for rugby enthusiasts, Masaniello is an authentic Italian restaurant located close to the England international rugby stadium, Twickenham. Opened in 2009, Masaniello’s interior is classically styled in dark wood and cream, providing a warm, intimate setting for fine dining as well as an al fresco terrace for outdoor dining. Head Chef Livio and manager Maria Lucia share a passion for the world of restaurants and the food of Italy, especially the Neapolitan region, from which the menu takes much inspiration.
5) Chanterelle 2 Whilton Road Twickenham, TW1 1BJ If you are taking your partner to watch some rugby this summer, why not take them to Chanterelle – a bijou French bistro located on Twickenham’s Whilton Road. Cosy, chic and unpretentious Chanterelle offers an exquisite traditional menu using well-sourced local produce. Situated just a one minute’s walk from Twickenham train station this restaurant is very accessible to those visiting a game with plenty of parking nearby also.
Wembley 6) Rimzim bar and restaurant 1 Empire Way Wembley Harrow, HA9 0EW
Rimzim is an attractively modern Indian restaurant and bar, located just a stone’s throw from Wembley Stadium. A large, bright and open dining room is decorated in scarlet and black, with shimmering marble flooring and statement coloured lighting providing a clubby look and feel to a venue that, during the weekend, becomes a nightclub hosting the best local DJs, complete with dance floor and state of the art sound system. The Rimzim kitchen specialises in Northern Indian cuisine and Mughlai dishes, following traditional recipes to the letter and sourcing the best available herbs, spices and other ingredients to provide authentic flavour.
Best venue to watch the sports on a big screen
7) The White Horse 1-3 Parsons Green London, SW6 4UL There is no need to miss any of the sport taking place in London this year. Catch up with all the latest results and watch the sport live on large screens at The White Horse in Parson’s Green. The White Horse is one of London’s most traditional pubs offering its famous BBQ and sunny beer garden and a warm and comfortable interior to all of its customers.
Earls Court 8) Princess Victoria 25 Earls Court Road London, W8 6EB The Princess Victoria, a public house and dining room situated in the heart of Kensington, walking distance from Earls Court. Established in 1830 in honour of the longest reigning British monarch, The Princess Victoria is a welcoming and elegant pub that serves delightful Modern European cuisine.
East London 9) Cabana Brasilian Barbeque 5 Chestnut Plaza, Montfitchet Way Stratford London, E20 1GL
Recently voted “Brasilian Restaurant of the Year”, Cabana is a relaxed, vibrant and affordable Brasilian barbecue restaurant situated in Westfield Stratford City. The menu is inspired by the best of Brasil with a Street Food selection including crispy rice “Bolinhos” and Brasilian Cheesy Dough Balls as well as sides of Sweet Potato Fries, Black Beans and Cassava Chips. Funky Brasilian music, great cocktails and quirky interiors complete this vibrant restaurant.
10) Palmers Restaurant 238 Roman Road London, E2 0RY Palmers Restaurant is a stylish yet informal brasserie-style restaurant in Mile End. With its friendly vibe and creative modern British menu filled with gems such as the queen scallops with slow-roasted pork belly and Madeira sauce, Palmers has earned an enviable reputation with local food-lovers and is well worth a visit.