Hoi Polloi

4.4
944 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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A
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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SS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Shoreditch to pop into Rough Trade for world record day and I had been to the Ace hotel years ago so decided to give this a go. We turned up 90 minutes early as we'd finished but the staff were excellent and got us in. There was even an offer on at that time where you could get 3 courses for £25. The service was excellent and we had some great food and wine recommendations from our waiter and the quality of the food was outstanding. The restaurant had a really good, laidback ambience that I liked and the music really complimented the place. Great meal!!

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The avocado on corn breads were delicious
Waiting staff were attentive, friendly
We shall return

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

Great place to go for Sunday brunch. Lots going on.

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes definitely! Had the most amazing time there and the service was incredible.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious - could not fault the place from food to service ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The ambiance and the restaurant was lovely and really nice but the food was not very good. The pancakes were undercooked and the burger was extremely greasy.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The service is beyond terrible, the waiters are unable to fulfil your needs, forgetting everything you ask for, and incapable of clearing your plates. Seriously Shoreditch is full of restaurants, avoid this one. A sad reflection on its opening days....

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

Waiter had an attitude.
Please sort out your website. You’re so caught up in making it trendy, we couldn’t find the menus with ease.
Left 5 mins after

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Z
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I really liked the atmosphere and the food was great on my visit. But its disappointing and embarrassing when I took my living aboard relative there again. It took a long time for the service and the food wasn't as great.

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SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

If you have no dietry requirements like gluten free then your in for a treat.
I had champagne tea, it caters for veggies and pescatarian but not gluten free.
They did try to adapt it for my friend but the gluten free is not up to scratch.
Service was good, ambiance was good.
I'd defo recommend if your not gluten free

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere for Mother’s Day with live music

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day Sunday brunch (breakfast menu)

Loved the live orchestra.

Ordered pancakes, bacon & maple syrup excellent quantity and quality.

Also tasted ‘nduja omelette (same as above) and portobello mushroom with ricotta (not so much my thing and not as filling)

Downside on food was burnt toast - just re-do it?

Overall very good though and will come back again

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, good service in a beautiful room.

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TS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding the staff made sure we got everything we needed from the moment we came to the restaurant until we finished. Food was Very tasty too. Ambience is great would defo recommend. 🙌

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PH
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a restaurant. I never knew of this place, but so glad that I found it. I will definitely be returning there soon.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Breakfast at Hoi Polloi was a very good experience. We very much enjoyed the food and the variety of options, though the coffee left something to be desired. The music was a bit noisy, but when the live music started, it was lovely. Our only complaint was that a few of our orders were seemingly forgotten, and we had to chase down the waitstaff to ask about them.

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EL
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good surprise! Food was fresh and original and the place is great! We’ll be back for sure ;)

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PD
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch at Hoi Polloi. Wonderful buzzy space, but never too noisy either. The string quartet playing pop tracks was a great touch, and added a real sense of occasion.

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TR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good size Sunday roast for £18

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BS
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Slightly pricey (£3.50 for a bottle of still water seems quite excessive!) but definitely a nice experience.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Waiters mistook our orders and brought us plates with some ingredients missing. Food it’s not as good as the price would suggest. But the room is beautiful and so is the music.

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CE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here often, usually as a treat or special occasion (eg mothers day etc) its so consistently good - the food is great, service is excellent but not pretentious, and the venue is lovely. Would always recommend.

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LU
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

loved everything but it was very hard to find the entrance!

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PL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance, faultless service. Hoi Polloi exceeded my expectations with a string quartet as entertainment on the Saturday afternoon. Prices were reasonable.

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed the live music
Way too much garlic and salt on the kale - My colleague and I were the ones to eat it and felt a bit unwell after

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C
London
13 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Love the live music Sundays!

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SD
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, atmosphere and the food wasn’t too bad either

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food (delicious pancakes!) really nice atmosphere especially with the live music!

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful service. Perfect setting for a special occasion.

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a
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It's a classy, vaguely masculine restaurant, which has the vibe of a old time New York hotel restaurant brought right up to date. I don't fling 5stars around but this place is very good for a meal when you're celebrating nothing more than a Friday.
It's not a fiddly menu but brilliantly put together.
The staff make you feel right at home.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great drinks. Solid food.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is incredible

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C
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious brunch. The place is trendy, although a bit cold. Sadly the day was grey which doesn't help with the atmosphere. The food was delicious. We had corn cakes and eggs, Spicy but delicious. Pancakes. French toast and normal scrambled eggs. All perfect and delicious. The orange juice was fresh, of course.
We did say we were celebrating a birthday (since the question was prompted on the web site) but nothing was said or done

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EW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This is the second time i've been, the first time was for brunch. Unfortunately, on this occasion we had to send our steak back twice. It was cold when served, and then they took it back and reheated it - but it was still cold - and as both myself and my friend had the same thing they weren't too sure who's was who's when they returned to our table. Then they brought a fresh one and it was still cold which is bizarre if it had just been made?

The first waiter didn't seem too fussed about the issue, but the next one was much better and said that our steak's would not be charged and dessert would be on the house. It's a shame as the ambiance of the restaurant is lovely.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited with a baby and staff were very accommodating.
Food was excellent for a lunchtime visit.
Would highly recommend

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