Hoi Polloi

4.3
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1111 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
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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1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great place, food was good and the service was friendly.

c
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful room, really nice ambience and great food- would definitely go again. We went for an anniversary and it was perfect for us

RG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great interior, with a modern 1930's interior by the UK designers Barber Osgerby. Food was very good on the whole, the Salmon Gravalax, the Ribeye etc, we enjoyed our 8 party lunch. A little bit difficult to hear, this could be improved.

EK
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

One of my favourite spots for brunch on a weekend, the atmosphere is always friendly and the music from the string quartet just the icing on the cake. The food is delicious although I do wish more of the breakfast options were available at Brunch. The service is usually top notch just this time felt our main waiter was a little dismissive, but we all have our bad days and this really didn't ruin anything.

Overall I love this place!Every time I bring someone there for the first time they are shocked at how great the food and ambience is and that they have walked straight past the Flower shop front so many times and never knew it was there.

AV
Houston
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was chaotic from the moment we walked in. We went specifically for afternoon tea, but were told by our server there was no afternoon tea. (The server was wrong - they just hadn’t put the menus out yet, which we heard another staff member tell him later. There was no apology.) We had to scramble to order tea and cakes a la carte. Overall not a good experience.

d
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

wonderful brunch on Sunday, we walked into the restaurant through a fragrant flower shop and were greeted by the coolest string quartet playing Salt & Pepper's push it!

Food was great the dining room is beautiful

L
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, nice atmosphere, pleasant service. Will come again

l
London
46 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience. I booked for 8 but at the last minute I had 12 and they were super helpful rearranging to fit us all in. The food was delicious, the ambience was great, the bar next door was lively but didn’t overspill into the restaurant. I would definitely be going back. Only comment is that as it was pricier for drinks it would be for a special occasion rather than a regular visit.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good ratio of eggs on my eggs on toast. Price was good as well.

OT
London
27 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing eggs!

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CK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The atmosphere was lovely and the food great, however the service was... interesting! The girl was sweet but completely misunderstood our order every time! It became kind of funny though. Great pancakes and the string quartet is very unique.

SR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great food, lovely venue, terrible service. Been here several times before, but really disappointed this time. Brusque, offhand waiter that seemed to forget about our table halfway through the meal. Dessert wines ordered were completely forgotten about. Eventually brought by another member of staff who left one glass of port and one of red wine when we'd ordered two ports. When we complained, we were told the restaurant was short-staffed - no attempt to own the problem, no apology. Really disappointing, but hopefully it was just a bad weekend.

IA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of my fave brunch spots in London. Love the live music, delicious food and bloody good Bloody Mary's

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good and reasonably priced, but service was atrocious. Took 20 mins to be asked for drinks, and we had to prompt the waiter. Then took another 15 to be asked about food, and we had to prompt the waiter again.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Nice place but food and service was really not good

P
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More vegetarian/vegan options would be appreciated.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice restaurant. Good space for a birthday. The french waiter was really helpful and patient with us. He helped us with our menu choices. Clean, good food. Cheeseburger was nice. Ace hotel, next door nice place to relax in as well

SP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for a relaxed breakfast.
Just the coffee was not to our taste.

AL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure at Hoi Polloi! Great food, cool decor and friendly staff. Great for brunch!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Brunch with some unusual but tasty combinations. Nice chilled atmosphere with a cool Shoreditch crowd.

C
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

j
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always love dining here, service and food were both excellent as usual.

BD
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hoi Polloi is ever a favourite- always comes up with the goods. Also the Quartet was magnificent.

VG
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The service was pretty slow. I was waiting 15 minutes after ordering a drink and had to chase it up. Service was poor overall and the food was ok.

LR
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Nice and relaxed atmosphere but feel the food is over priced given the portions. I had the seafood linguine and when it arrived it looked like less pasta than a child's portion. I also only had 3 mussels and 3 clams. For £17 i was expecting a full plate of food.

Shame because it was delicious

MF
London
18 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for breakfast food and coffee were both very enjoyable, would go back.

BW
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely (breakfast) setting. Friendly service with special question about allergies; thank you so much. Really appreciated. Not so crowded, easy to have a nice conversation at our table. Refill of water is great. Perfect eggs (sunny side up); bacon is enough for 2. Good (filter) coffee and cappuccino. Funny to walk through a small flower shop and walk out via the ACE hotel. Nice atmosphere at the coffee bar.

OT
London
27 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place for Sunday brunch!

HP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the live music, coffee is delicious - a smidge pricey but very good. Its a bit of a treat and lovely place to sit with your friends and catch up without noise and chaos. I had booked a table for 3x and was given a small corner table. I asked if we could have a booth but was told they were all fully booked. We were joined by a 4th person so it was very cramped. I'm not sure if all the booths were booked with tables of 3 or 4 but it did feel a bit tight and cramped for 4x people who ate breakfast and had a couple of coffees each. But my party are all very laid back so they were all happy.

AK
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! They should make their portions smaller, so you could try more things!

t
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Chilled atmosphere with a good buzz about it.

l
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this is one of my favorite places to eat ever! The food was delicious! The decor was really special. The service was outstanding! Friendliest staff I’ve encountered in London. 😃. Can’t wait to go back!

V
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We stayed at the Ace Hotel in the same building, and we needed a good restaurant for Christmas Day. Since most restaurants are closed that day, we wanted to stay in and eat at Hoi Polloi.
Before the trip I asked the hotel if the restaurant would be open, and the answer was yes.

On the restaurant web page though it said they were open till 16:00, which was too early for our dinner.
To make sure, I also asked in the restaurant at breakfast if it was open, and if they took reservations.
The answer was no.

On OpenTable it was possible to book a table at 19:15, and we did, just to see if it worked.

But since the Hoi Polloi home page said it was closed at night, we figured OpenTable time was a mistake.
(Since we did trust OpenTable on Christmas Eve, and that restaurant sadly enough ended up being totally closed).

So we stayed in the room, googling to find another open place.

I was therefore surprised to find that I had a missed call at the time of my booking.
It turned out Hoi Polloi was open, and they had my reservation.

We went down and got a good table, the restaurant was not at all full.

The staff was not too excited over the guests, and we guessed they too wanted to spend Christmas with family and friends instead of working. The overall feeling was a bit slow and sad.
The menu was quite promising, with some surprising combinations.

We had a pretty good chicken, but two undercooked Onglet steaks. The waiter first forgot one of them, but when i arrived it was cooked very little. We ordered medium rare, as the kitchen recommended, but it was pretty much rare. Our teenager wouldn´t eat much of it. We did not have it sent back, since we were hungry.

In total: We expected more for the price. Maybe Christmas Day was a bad day, but the options were few.

LR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Worst Christmas dinner ever! I would have loved some food that my aunt Margaret couldn’t make in her sleep. And she shops in the Tesco frozen food section.

HT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it for breakfast. Very dog friendly. Great team. Gorgeous grub. Noise levels better these days. Highly recommend it 👍🏼🐾

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The restaurant is completely open with no hidden areas which can be distracting. Food was good drinks were fine and the service was really good. Overall a nice experience

G
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Went for a client lunch. Expected it look & feel more festive as it just before Christmas. Feels a bit more like a high end airport restaurant.
Food was great - really nice! I had cod on lentils which was beautiful as was the sticky toffee pudding.
Had to ask for water a few times before actually receiving it 20 mins later.
I liked that you can book unlike a lot of other restaurants in the area where it’s walk in only.

DC
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious (especially the roast potatoes) and the service was excellent. The portions weren't too big either. We were also sat next to the string quartet which were brilliant and they weren't too loud. I will definitely come back and try the rest of the menu.

DR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a very enjoyable experience, i saw lots of different plates of food being served that 8 would like to try.

D
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful time, very festive, loved the tree and the string quartet added to the ambience. The staff were attentive and the food and cocktails were delicious. The noise level was perfect, we could chat without shouting but still enjoyed the music, all in all it was a very successful lunch 💋