Hoi Polloi

4.4
980 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
Top tags:
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
All day modernist brasserie open for breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, aperitifs, dinner, supper and nightcaps. Power points and wifi provided.
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L
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love eating the Hoi Polloi. I love the decor, It's glamorous and very accommodating.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and thoughtful arrangements. Thank you so much for helping us to celebrate my mum's birthday!

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ED
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely afternoon tea, great service and fantastic value. Highly recommend!

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ML
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Lovely ambiance and food - the food is fantastic !

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food arrived before the drinks which is always disappointing. One of the drinks was wrong but by this point we didn't bother changing it. The waiter was lovely.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

great experience great vibe

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SM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and really nice food. The waiter was very attentive offering advice and helping to choose cocktails

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CB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing and I absolutely loved the music by the Hoi Polloi String Quartet!
Service impeccable.
Will be coming back!

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Great food but really poor service. The waiters dont speak!!

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ML
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch and absolutely loved the string quartet.

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OM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

I have been before and loved it.
I brought my boyfriend and friend for breakfast and the food was lack lustre....
The two of us who had poached eggs with corn cakes....
The eggs and avocado was yummy but the corn cakes were very dry and dense...
Saflu didn’t feel as special as the surroundings.

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GT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is great and arrives quickly. We went for a birthday and a lovely treat was brought out for the birthday girls. It was a quiet service so we werent rushed out of our booth. Staff were all attentive and friendly. We will be back.

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Hoi Polloi, food and service are great and so is the ambience apart from weekend brunch when they have a string quartet playing covers of songs by the Cure and the Smiths. I love the songs but the quartet is too loud when you are trying to chat to your companions. If they can’t live without the quartet maybe it should be situated at the top of the stairs so there’s a bit of distance and it can be enjoyed as background music. 10/10 for food and service though.

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SH
London
25 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it here. Busy for a nice atmosphere but not too busy you can’t talk. Staff are great and the chickens and green bean pie is amazing.

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ES
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is beautifully hidden behind a small florist and opens out into a sleek dining area. The food is excellent, good choice, excellent ingredients and lovely presentation. Our waiter was knowledgeable and available. We had a great night! Lamb is highly recommended.

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great value afternoon tea - all the food was delicious, especially the scones that came with a generous helping of clotted cream. Stylish interiors and great atmosphere, only downside was the service from one of the waiter's was a little brusque and unfriendly.
Otherwise a great experience and would definitely come again.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Brunch with string quartet. Nice vibe.
Went with kids for father day. Good kids menu.

Good food options and nice venue and as good as usual

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AC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice spot for brunch or coffee. Quite a quiet venue even if busy, which is great, you don't have to shout to hear anyone. On weekends they have live music playing during brunch, which is great. Service is a bit slow at times but it's a big area to cover. Food is great, although they did confuse our orders completely last time (french toast and mushrooms? a bit weird). Overall recommend!

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and quiet enough that you can actually have a conversation with people.

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V
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hoi Polloi is like floating on a heavenly brunch cloud over Shoreditch, most likely hangover.

The pancakes... trust me

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EM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Service a little slow at times

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AA
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual, but we miss the kale salad! Bring it back!

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ambience and staff were lovely, the string quartet was terrific and very relaxing but your alcohol prices are way too expensive.

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AR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great brunch, friendly service, not the cheapest and at lunchtime on a Friday not the most exciting ambience but was the perfect spot for mates chatty gathering!

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VG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice brasserie with great looking and tasting food, not a huge menu but more than enough to please everyone. Beer selection was though average.

Caring service too!

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SB
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really liked the feeling and ambience, different from what I'm used to in busy London. This one was modern and with a bit of retro look which I loved. The mains were really good in taste and presentation but the confit salad left me wanting a bit more of taste. Oyster were good and cocktails great!
Overall, a good place to dine in London for a casual but great atmosphere and food with friends/bf! :)

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LB
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was not as good as it usually is, and the waiter was not attentive to us and took quite a long time to take our order.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing the 3 for £25 offering is really good value..Will definitely do again!

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E
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Went with a group of friends on a Sunday evening - place was quite dim but very nicely decorated (you are greeted by a little garden upon stepping in). The food was decent - the outstanding dish had to be the kale salad (surprise!). I had the cod which was a very generous portion and well done - but nothing spectacular. One thing we realized was the alarming difficulty in getting the attention of the wait staff here despite the non-crowd! It would be much lovelier if the staff were more attentive to the patrons..
The place got a little more crowded later in the evening. Would probably come back here again for brunch on a weekend, where there is a live harpist.

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J
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a cute restaurant. Fantastic food, nice service and a string quartet, all for a reasonable price! Very impressed!!

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b
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enter through a florist! (Or the hotel that houses the restaurant). A varied menu and a generous wine list in a casual setting. The food was well presented and cooked. Service was attentive and professional. It did not fall into the hotel trap of unadventurous "international" cuisine.

We also lucked out as a string quartet played throughout our dinner, offering a beautiful selection of arrangements of popular music.

It wasn't busy, so we were able to hold a good conversation too.

We'll be back.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Their ribeye was one of the best steaks I've ever had. Slightly crispy outside, surprisingly tender inside, juicy, perfect. Great sides too.

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OR
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food, brilliant service and amazing location!

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My daughter and I had a really lovely evening at Hoi Polloi. Although the restaurant was busy, the noise levels were not intrusive, just a buzz about the place. Both the service and the food were excellent. Happy to recommend and very happy to return.

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FN
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Great food and ambience. Dog-friendly! The waitress serving us was not so friendly, unfortunately. She did not seem to want to be there and was not friendly. Would still go back for the string quartet, food and atmosphere though!

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the friendliest and most beautiful dining rooms in London. I love it!

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

We had afternoon tea late in the afternoon and the restaurant was in the middle of preparations for the night. We were not informed of this in advance or we might have chosen to go somewhere else.

This would have been fine except we were seated in the back of the restaurant where the waiters were having a meeting/were talking/laughing loudly etc. Of course the staff should be allowed to have fun but maybe not in front of the bar.

The food was good, but the waiter seemed a bit tired or uninterested. She was nice though.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the brunches and vibe of this place. A Sunday ritual now.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was horrible and very unpleasant. Staff behaved like we have no business being there and took forever to take our order.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect way to celebrate a birthday. Delightful altogether
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