Kingly Court | Carnaby Street Dining Nook
Last Updated: 12th December 2018
Take a turning through an archway off Carnaby Street, or a small passageway between buildings on Beak Street, and you’ll find yourself in a hidden Soho courtyard.
Which is no mean feat, considering it’s a multi-coloured; festoon-lit; three-story quadrangle with a year-round al fresco courtyard lined by 21 different restaurants, bars and shops.
Here’s the best of ’em:
Supperclub queen-turned-restaurateur Asma Khan wowed critics with her debut restaurant, perched on the top tier of Kingly Court. Together with her crack team of “housewife” chefs, she serves up a mouthwatering menu of dishes drawn from Nepal to Telangana, including goat curry, spiced beetroot croquettes and Kolkata’s Chinese-influenced chilli garlic prawns. READ MORE
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 12-3 and 6-10pm
Dirty Bones is pretty much your typical all-day, all-American diner, where you’ll knock back deep fried mac’n’cheese balls, sesame crusted slow-cooked pork ribs and crispy buttermilk fried chicken burgers with a vodka-laced Butter Baby hard shake, before ordering a couple of pickleback shooters and throwing shapes to their hip-hop, funk and soul soundtrack till half midnight. READ MORE
Opening Hours: M-Th 12pm-12am; Fri 12pm-12.30am; Sat 11am-12.30pm; Sun 11am-11pm
Ludicrously beautiful, Disrepute looks like a cross between a 1920s train carriage and a Stanley Kubrick-designed space station. All low ceilings, conspiratorial corners and velvet-boothed archways, it’s home to an enigmatic cocktail list where drinks are described by short stories, not ingredients – which, if you could read them, would include the likes of Babycham reduction, honey mead and peach cognac. READ MORE
Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm-3am (11.30pm Sundays) – booking ahead advised
A trio of chefs leave Michelin-starred eatery Le Gavroche to make kebabs, bringing the world… Le Bab. Housed in a surprisingly elegant and roomy dining room, with blue tiled walls and a sharp concrete counter surrounding the open kitchen, Le Bab is the place to head whenever you have the very specific, and yet common craving for pork shawarma and pickled kohlrabi kebabs, with fondue-slathered double-cooked fries, frothy pink cocktails and an ice cream sandwich. READ MORE
Opening Hours: Lunch and dinner daily
They’re a great spot to get a roundel in.
Especially if they’re London’s preeminent retro bar, dressed up like a fictional tube station with subway tiling, old tube memorabilia and a whole vintage train carriage inside. The whole bar is a Blitz-era throwback, and the cocktail menu (an entire newspaper) is filled with creative concoctions harking back to the 1940s – perfect for sipping on to live music or lindy-hop dance nights. READ MORE
Opening Hours: Open weekdays from 3pm, Sat from 1pm and Sun from 2pm until 2am (3am Th-Sat)
Your pizza pilgrimage is over. See, the duo behind PP made a painstaking trip across Italy, learning how to optimise every aspect of the pizza-making process from local artisans and pizzaiolos, meaning that the bakes they offer here are pretty much scientifically proven to be the best possible pizzas. Choose your topping, like fennel pork sausage or mushroom and truffle; order a house-made limoncello; and savour the fruits of their labour. READ MORE
Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am (Sundays from 12pm) till late
Señor Ceviche is only marginally more colourful on the plates than off them – the interiors are an eclectic, fluorescent mix of mosaic-patterned flooring, festoon lighting, Peruvian posters and primrose yellow banquette seating. Which should go some way to preparing you for the wackiness on the menu, like marinated beef heart skewers; BBQ Jerusalem artichoke ceviche; sweet potato profiteroles and Old Fashioneds made with cherry, mushroom and pine tree-infused pisco. READ MORE
Opening Hours: Daily noon-midnight (10pm Sundays)
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