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The Happenstance

3.7
3.7
194 Reviews
£25 and under
British

Immerse yourself in a world of curiously good times & happy coincidences at the happenstance. It’s sure to be a welcome addition to your little black book. floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of London’s most iconic landmark, St Paul’s, whilst our sophisticated interior encompasses a striking bar & restaurant, bountiful deli, mixology table & florist. Our glamorous subterranean private dining room or hidden speak easy “the curious treasury awaits. Open all-day, seven days a week, stop by for a drink in the bar & explore the extensive wine list or sample the innovative skinny cocktails. Feeling peckish? work your way through the carefully crafted menu of seasonal & locally sourced cuisine, from breakfast, brunch & lunch right through to dinner as well as late night bites.

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Booked 4 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 08:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    020 7618 9520

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    St Paul's

  • Public Transit

    St Pauls Tube Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

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  • Baked Summer Squash£5.95

    Pomegranate, ricotta & mint

    • Smoked Aubergine Flatbread£6.95

      Roasted peppers, baba ganoush, vegan feta, pine nuts & vegan pesto

      • Chicken Wings£6.95

        Maple & chilli glaze

        • Chorizo Scotch Egg£6.95

          Smoked paprika mayonnaise

          • Salt & Szechuan Pepper Squid£7.25

            Lemon mayonnaise

            • Crab on Toast£7.95

              Crab mayonnaise & caperberries

              • Charcuterie Board£15.95

                Salami, chorizo, prosciutto, manchego, gooseberry & nettle chutney

                • Mezze Board£15.95

                  Butternut squash, hummus, baba ganoush, tahini, harissa, pickled chilli, quinoa, vegan feta & olives

                  Mains & Grill

                  • Waldorf Salad£9.95

                    Celeriac, apple, walnut, grape & Caesar dressing

                    • Grain Bowl£10.95

                      Quinoa, wild rice, chia seeds, avocado, garden vegetables & vegan herb mayonnaise

                      • Crispy Duck Salad£11.50

                        Asian vegetables, beansprouts, red onion, wonton, peanuts, sesame & hoisin

                        • Naughty Gnocchi 'Mac & Cheese'£10.50

                          Gratinated cheddar & breadcrumbs

                          • Crispy Chickpea Cake£10.50

                            Butternut squash, pickled celery, polenta, tahini & pumpkin mole

                            • Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breast£12.95

                              Asian greens, shiitake mushrooms, soy, coriander & sweet chilli glaze

                              • Fish & Chips£12.95

                                Beer-battered haddock, mushy peas & tartare sauce

                                • Pan-Fried Salmon£13.50

                                  Braised baby gem, bacon, cream & peas

                                  • Tandoori Monkfish Curry£13.95

                                    Wild rice, paratha & coriander

                                    • Pulled Beef Brisket£13.95

                                      Paratha bread, Korean slaw, kimchi, sesame seeds & yoghurt

                                      • Sirloin Steak£16.95

                                        8oz British beef, chips & watercress

                                        • Rib-Eye Steak£19.95

                                          10oz British beef, chips & watercress

                                          Burgers & Sandwiches

                                          All of our burgers & sandwiches are available skinny. Gluten-friendly buns are also available. Please ask for details; Add 7oz beef patty £4.95, Upgrade to blue cheese £1; Add bacon £2, Add fried egg £1.50, Upgrade your fries £1, Add grilled halloumi £2.50

                                          • Fish Finger Sandwich£10.95

                                            Tartare sauce & chips

                                            • Halloumi Burger£11.50

                                              Tomato & red pepper hummus, flat mushroom & heirloom tomato salad

                                              • Beetroot Burger£11.95

                                                Muhammara, pickled onions, vegan herb mayonnaise in a charcoal bun & heirloom tomato salad

                                                • Buttermilk Chicken Burger£11.95

                                                  Chipotle mayonnaise & chips

                                                  • D&M burger£12.95

                                                    7oz British beef, Applewood cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise in a brioche bun & chips

                                                    • Wagyu Beef Burger£17.95

                                                      Monterey Jack cheese, pickles, chimichurri mayonnaise & chips

                                                      Puds

                                                      A selection of ice-creams and sorbets available

                                                      • Chocolate Brownie£5.95

                                                        Vanilla ice cream

                                                        • Indian Mango, Passion Fruit & Mint Pavlova£5.95

                                                          Chantilly cream

                                                          • Summer Berry Crumble£5.95

                                                            Vanilla ice cream

                                                            • Cherry & Chocolate Dome£6.95

                                                              Chantilly cream

                                                              Nibbles

                                                              • Nocellara Olives£3.75

                                                                • Smoked Almonds£3.75

                                                                  • Padron Peppers£3.95

                                                                    • Baked Sourdough£3.95

                                                                      Butter, olive oil & balsamic

                                                                      Fries

                                                                      • Chips£3.25

                                                                        • Sweet Potato Fries£4.50

                                                                          • Halloumi Fries£4.50

                                                                            Za'atar seasoning & chipotle mayonnaise

                                                                            • Cowboy Fries£4.50

                                                                              Barbecue sauce

                                                                              • Roman Fries£4.50

                                                                                Parmesan, truffle & rosemary

                                                                                • Trio of Fries£10.95

                                                                                  Chips, cowboy & Roman fries

                                                                                  • Chips, Sweet Potato & Halloumi Fries£11.95

                                                                                Sides

                                                                                • Onion Rings£3.25

                                                                                  • Minted New Potatoes£3.95

                                                                                    Olive oil

                                                                                    • Peas & Sugar Snaps£3.95

                                                                                      • Rocket Salad£3.95

                                                                                        Parmesan

                                                                                        • Rainbow Chard£4.50

                                                                                          Chilli & lemon

                                                                                          • Heirloom Tomato Salad£4.50

                                                                                            Red onion, basil, olive oil & balsamic

                                                                                            • Gnocchi 'Mac & Cheese'£5.45

                                                                                              Afternoon Tea

                                                                                              Speak to a member of our lovely team to book your full D&M afternoon tea experience £16.95

                                                                                              • Afternoon Tea£6.95

                                                                                                Freshly baked scone with clotted cream & jam or toasted crumpets with butter & preserves. Includes a choice of teas, coffees or infusions

                                                                                                Sweet Sips

                                                                                                • Espresso Martini£7.95

                                                                                                  Ketel One vodka, espresso, FAIR café liqueur & gomme

                                                                                                  • Lemon Meringue£7.95

                                                                                                    Vanilla infused Ketel One vodka, limoncello, lemon curd, flamed meringue & double cream

                                                                                                    • Trifle£7.95

                                                                                                      Ciroc black raspberry, vanilla infused Ketel One vodka, blackcurrant jelly, fresh raspberries, squirty cream & sprinkles

                                                                                                      Aperitivos

                                                                                                      • Jasmine Dream£4.50

                                                                                                        Refreshing zero proof combining homemade chamomile syrup, mint, lemon, white peach & jasmine soda

                                                                                                        • Aperol Spritz£8.95

                                                                                                          Aperol, prosecco & soda

                                                                                                          • London Spritz£8.95

                                                                                                            Tanqueray gin, cucumber, elderflower, apple, mint & soda

                                                                                                            • Belsazar Rose & Soda£8.95

                                                                                                              Vermouth & soda

                                                                                                              • Hibiscus£9.95

                                                                                                                Roku gin, lemon, hibiscus syrup & prosecco

                                                                                                                Pink

                                                                                                                • Petit Ballon Rosé, Plaimont IGP Comté Tolosan, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend | Gascony, France (Dark)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£6.00
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£8.00
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£21.50
                                                                                                                • Sanziana Pinot Grigio Rosé, 2018 Romania (Medium)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£6.10
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£8.10
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£21.95
                                                                                                                • Pinot Grigio Rosé, Montevento | Veneto, Italy (Pale)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£6.50
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£8.50
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£24.95
                                                                                                                • Rosé Nelson Estate, 2017/18 Syrah | Paarl, South Africa (Medium)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£6.85
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£8.85
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£25.95
                                                                                                                • Source Gabriel Rosé, 2017/18 Grenache/Cinsault/Syrah | Côtes de Provence, France (Pale)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£7.70
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£9.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£29.50
                                                                                                                • Pétale de Rose Château la Tour de l'Evêque Rosé AOC, 2018 Grenache/Cinsault/Syrah | Côtes de Provence, France (Pale)

                                                                                                                  The original pale-pink rosé, from one of the first female winemakers in the Provence region, pioneer Regine Sumeire

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£10.95
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£13.20
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£39.95
                                                                                                                • Château la Tour de l'Evêque Rosé AOC Côtes de Provence, 2017/18 Côtes de Provence/ Grenache/Cinsault/Syrah | Provence, France (Pale)

                                                                                                                  Share a magnum with friends

                                                                                                                  • Magnum£59.95

                                                                                                                Orange

                                                                                                                • Maturano | Lazio, Italy (Orange)

                                                                                                                  Hand picked and grown organically on a family farm in the Comino valley

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£10.95
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£13.20
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£39.95
                                                                                                                • Chapel Down Orange Bacchus, 2015 Kent, England (Orange)

                                                                                                                  Orange wine is a white wine made like a red by fermenting the juice on the skins giving the wine an amber or orange colour

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£44.95

                                                                                                                Sparkling & champagne

                                                                                                                • Prosecco Cecilia Beretta (NV) Glera | Veneto, Italy

                                                                                                                  • 125ml£6.50
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£29.50
                                                                                                                • Rosato Prosecco Ceclia Beretta (NV) Glera & Raboso | Veneto, Italy (Rosé)

                                                                                                                  • 125ml£6.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£31.50
                                                                                                                • Bouvet Ladubay, Rubis, Rouge | Loire, France (Red)

                                                                                                                  A delicious demi-sec sparkling red made using the traditional method

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£32.95
                                                                                                                • Bouvet Crémant de Loire Excellence | Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay | Épernay, France

                                                                                                                  • 125ml£7.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£37.95
                                                                                                                • Chapel Down, Brut (NV) Chardonnay /Pinot Noir | Kent, England

                                                                                                                  • 125ml£7.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£37.95
                                                                                                                • Justerini & Brooks, Sarcey, Brut, Champagne, Private Cuvée (NV) Chardonnay/Pinot Noir | Épernay, France

                                                                                                                  • 125ml£8.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£43.95
                                                                                                                • Mont Louis Sur Loire, Triple Zero, Domaine de la Taille aux Loups (NV) Chenin Blanc | Loire Valley, France (Zero Sugar)

                                                                                                                  Triple Zero refers to the fact that this sparkling cuvée contains no residual sugar and it is essentially as pure as fizzy Chenin gets

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£44.95
                                                                                                                • Laurent Perrier Brut (NV) Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier | Reims, France

                                                                                                                  • 125ml£10.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£59.95
                                                                                                                • Pianer Prosecco DOCG Le Colture Extra Dry (NV)

                                                                                                                  Share a magnum with friends

                                                                                                                  • Magnum£64.95
                                                                                                                • Ambriel English Reserve Single Vineyard | Demi-Sec Traditional Method, 2010 Pinot Noir | West Sussex, England

                                                                                                                  Take a walk through the English countryside with this demi-sec sparkling – beautifully balanced with lemon-sherbet and berry fruit

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£64.95
                                                                                                                • Veuve Clicquot, Yellow Label (NV) Chardonnay/Pinot Noir | Reims, France

                                                                                                                  • 125ml£12.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£69.95
                                                                                                                • Laurent Perrier, Brut, Rosé (NV) Chardonnay/Pinot Noir | Tours-sur-Marne, France (Rosé)

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£89.95
                                                                                                                • Ruinart, Blanc de Blanc (NV) Chardonnay | Reims, France

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£95.00

                                                                                                                White

                                                                                                                • Long Beach, Chenin Blanc, 2017 Robertson, South Africa (Dry, Crisp, Refreshing)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£5.80
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£7.80
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£20.25
                                                                                                                • Pinot Grigio, Brume di Monte, 2016 Trentino, Italy (Dry, Crisp, Refreshing)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£6.10
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£8.25
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£22.50
                                                                                                                • Ochagavia, Silvestre, Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Valle Central, Chile (Dry, Crisp, Refreshing)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£6.50
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£8.60
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£24.95
                                                                                                                • Santa Florentina Pinot Gris Seleccion | Reserva Fairtrade, 2017/2018 Fatima Valley, Argentina (Aromatic, Dry)

                                                                                                                  A wine with the Fairtrade stamp of approval. Each bottle helps to improve quality of life for over 2000 families in the Famatina Valley region

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£6.85
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£8.85
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£25.95
                                                                                                                • Pecorino, Gabriel, Terre del Chieti IGT, 2016 Abruzzo, Italy (Aromatic, Dry)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£6.95
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£9.00
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£26.95
                                                                                                                • Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine de Morin-Langaran, 2017 Languedoc-Roussillon, France (Dry, Crisp, Refreshing)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£7.50
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£9.50
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£27.95
                                                                                                                • Mâcon Uchizy, 2016 Chardonnay | Burgundy, France (Rich, Fuller Bodied)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£7.75
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£9.80
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£28.95
                                                                                                                • Gavi di Gavi DOCG, Fratelli | Antonio & Raimondo, 2017/18 Cortese | Piedmont, Italy (Rich, Fuller Bodied)

                                                                                                                  So good they named it twice! Ripe pear and white flowers dominate in this elegant wine from around the village of Gavi in Northern Italy

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£7.95
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£9.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£29.95
                                                                                                                • Pazo La Maza Albariño, Adegas | Gallegas, 2017/18 Rias Baixas, Spain (Dry, Crisp, Refreshing)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£7.95
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£9.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£29.95
                                                                                                                • Bosstok Chenin Blanc | Rhebokskloof, 2018 Paarl, South Africa (Aromatic, Dry)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£8.10
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£10.70
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£30.95
                                                                                                                • Ana Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 Marlborough, New Zealand (Aromatic, Dry)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£8.25
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£10.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£31.50
                                                                                                                • Bourgogne Aligote, Joseph | Drouhin, 2015 Burgundy, France (Rich, Fuller Bodied)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£8.95
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£11.30
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£33.95
                                                                                                                • Riesling Carmel Road, 2015/16 Monterey, California, USA (Aromatic, Dry)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£10.95
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£13.20
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£39.95
                                                                                                                • Sancerre, Domaine de la Grande | Maison, Chaumeau-Balland, 2018 Sauvignon Blanc | Loire Valley, France (Aromatic, Dry)

                                                                                                                  Sauvignon Blanc as only Sancerre can do – fresh, herbaceous, elegant and zingy

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£11.50
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£15.50
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£44.95
                                                                                                                • Gathering Sauvignon | Semillon the Lane, 2015 Adelaide Hills, Australia (Aromatic, Dry)

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£45.95
                                                                                                                • Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys, Domaine | Vincent Dampt, 2016/17 Chardonnay | Burgundy, France (Rich, Fuller Bodied)

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£54.95
                                                                                                                • Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Marlborough, New Zealand (Aromatic, Dry)

                                                                                                                  Round up your friends for a bottle of this exuberant fruit mixed with old-world finesse – the perfect gathering

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£56.95

                                                                                                                Red

                                                                                                                • Barton & Guestier, Fleur de Vigne, 2016 Grenache/Merlot | Vin de Pays, France (Light, Fruity)

                                                                                                                  • 175m£5.80
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£7.80
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£20.25
                                                                                                                • Sanziana Pinot Noir, 2017 Sanziana, Romania (Light, Fruity)

                                                                                                                  Sanziana – "little witch" in Romanian – has definitely worked her magic on this notoriously fickle grape variety. A delicious wine at exceptional value

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£6.25
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£8.40
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£23.95
                                                                                                                • Malbec, Chamuyo, 2017/18 Mendoza, Argentina (Medium Bodied)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£6.95
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£9.00
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£26.95
                                                                                                                • Salterío Mencía, Adegas | Galegas, 2017/18 Bierzo, Spain (Medium Bodied)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£7.50
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£9.50
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£27.95
                                                                                                                • Montepulciano, Roccastella, 2016/17 Abruzzo, Italy (Medium Bodied)

                                                                                                                  More roc (n' roll) than stella, the ripe red fruit aromas here are wonderfully intense

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£7.50
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£9.50
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£27.95
                                                                                                                • Altos de Baroja Rioja Joven, 2016/17 Tempranillo | Rioja, Spain (Medium Bodied)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£7.75
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£9.80
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£28.95
                                                                                                                • Intipalka Syrah, Viñas Queirolo, 2016/17 Ica Valley, Peru (Light, Fruity)

                                                                                                                  Head off to Paddington Bear's homeland with this lightly spiced Syrah (not recommended with marmalade)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£7.75
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£9.80
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£28.95
                                                                                                                • Côtes de Rhône, Reserve | Château Mont Redon, 2015 Grenache/Syrah | Côtes du Rhône, France (Full Flavoured)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£8.25
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£10.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£31.50
                                                                                                                • Corney & Barrow Company Reserve | Claret Maison Sichel Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot | Bordeaux, France (Full Flavoured)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£8.25
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£10.95
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£31.50
                                                                                                                • Fleurie Grand-Pre Domaine | Lathuiliere Gravallon, 2017 Gamey | Beaujolais, France (Light, Fruity)

                                                                                                                  Top-notch Beaujolais from a small domaine who have kept their winemaking skills in the family for five generations!

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£8.60
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£11.10
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£32.95
                                                                                                                • Pencarrow, Pinot Noir, 2017 Martinborough, New Zealand (Light, Fruity)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£8.95
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£11.30
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£33.95
                                                                                                                • Malbec, Bodega Ruca Malen, 2015/16 Mendoza, Argentina (Full Flavoured)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£10.25
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£12.50
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£36.95
                                                                                                                • Belezos Rioja Reserva, 2012/13 Tempranillo | Rioja, Spain (Full Flavoured)

                                                                                                                  • 175ml£10.95
                                                                                                                  • 250ml£13.20
                                                                                                                  • Bottle£39.95
                                                                                                                • Arboleda Pinot Noir, 2017 Aconcagua Valley, Chile (Full Flavoured)

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£44.95
                                                                                                                • Mercurey, Les Mauvarennes, Faiveley, 2015 Pinot Noir | Côtes de Nuits, France (Light, Fruity)

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£49.95
                                                                                                                • Bourgogne Rouge Cuvee Margot | Olivier Leflaive, 2014 Pinot Noir | Côtes de Nuits, France (Full Flavoured)

                                                                                                                  This 100% Pinot Noir from Burgundy's Côte de Beaune is wonderfully approachable, with all the elegance and finesse that the region demands

                                                                                                                  • Bottle£56.95

                                                                                                                Last updated: 31 August 2019

                                                                                                                What 194 people are saying

                                                                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                                3.7
                                                                                                                3.7 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                • 3.5Food
                                                                                                                • 3.3Service
                                                                                                                • 3.8Ambience
                                                                                                                • 3.5Value

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                                                                                                                  dinerextraordinaire

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 19 February 2020

                                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                  Perfectly acceptable for a business meal without breaking the bank. Everything was very good.

                                                                                                                2. T

                                                                                                                  Tuttles

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  47 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  47 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 22 January 2020

                                                                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                  A very nice restaurant with friendly and helpful staff....and a pretty good menu. We chose from the 'offer' menu and we enjoyed our food. The staff were attentive (although not overly so). We will definitely return.

                                                                                                                3. JB

                                                                                                                  JohnB

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 5 December 2019

                                                                                                                  overall5food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                                  our booking was cancelled without noticeprett poor - I won't go there again

                                                                                                                4. OT

                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  58 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  58 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 22 November 2019

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Fantastic overnight oats.

                                                                                                                5. AM

                                                                                                                  AndyM

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 5 November 2019

                                                                                                                  overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                                  I thought the restaurant was perfect for a reasonably priced light lunch. The food was vey good and the service acceptable.

                                                                                                                6. OT

                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 19 October 2019

                                                                                                                  overall2food1service2ambience3

                                                                                                                  Staff were lovely but not the most attentive. Surroundings lovely. Food poor quality.

                                                                                                                7. I

                                                                                                                  Ilovetodine

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  22 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  22 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 18 October 2019

                                                                                                                  overall5food2service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Excellent service but my steak was cold.

                                                                                                                8. R

                                                                                                                  Rosebud

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 15 October 2019

                                                                                                                  overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                                                                  I arrived with 3 friends...they didn't have my booking...even though I had confirmed with you. However we were seated. The service was. Slow, the food was good....so not bad

                                                                                                                9. IS

                                                                                                                  IanS

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 1 October 2019

                                                                                                                  overall1food2service1ambience2

                                                                                                                  Service was terrible worst I have had for a very long time. Our waiter clearly did not want us to be there!!! Food ok except they managed to present a normal breakfast and a vegetarian one!!!

                                                                                                                10. c

                                                                                                                  clivem

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on 28 June 2019

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                                                                                  Good food fantastic location and reasonably priced

                                                                                                                11. e

                                                                                                                  e2diner

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  52 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  52 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 15 June 2019

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Met for lunch with a group of friends. Restaurant has seats indoors and out - sadly not warm enough for the latter. Service was friendly and the restaurant was bright and welcoming. Food menu was varied with a nod to Middle Eastern cuisines although not exclusively. All in all a nice place, perfect for a relaxed lunch

                                                                                                                  The HappenstanceResponded on 30 June 2019

                                                                                                                  Dear e2diner Thank you for your time reviewing us. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your visit with us. we are very proud of our little bar :) I hope we will see you with us in the future. Have a lovely Day Team Happenstance

                                                                                                                12. AT

                                                                                                                  ATW82

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 7 June 2019

                                                                                                                  overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                                                  Loved our waiter who was super friendly. Unfortunately, our food (which were just salads) took quite a while. But the waiter noticed on his own and followed up. Not a place I'd go during a lunch break when pressed for time, but I'd go back again at a different time of day.

                                                                                                                13. S

                                                                                                                  Steve

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on 4 June 2019

                                                                                                                  overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Just right for lunch with friends. Menu simple but had burgers and alternative s. I had the chicken with balsamic it was great. And a good price. Very happy

                                                                                                                14. RR

                                                                                                                  RR369

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on 1 June 2019

                                                                                                                  overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                                                                  My Nan took me to the restaurant near St Paul's Cathedral for my birthday. She began to wonder why the food was taking so long and why it was cold also. I ordered some salmon to go with my grain bowl but didn't get any salmon. The staff apologised to us for the lengthy delay and also for not adding the salmon. These are the moments that can upset a meal. Luckyly I was with my Nan who made the experience less awkward. If it was a date this experience would surely have been a lot worse and dare I might say somewhat offensive because of the attention to detail. However, I still believe this restaurant has great potential and I didn't experience it fully.

                                                                                                                15. GM

                                                                                                                  GaryM

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 24 May 2019

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Nice place for lunch. Very reasonably price and quite lively.

                                                                                                                16. CM

                                                                                                                  CorrinaM

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 9 April 2019

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Good food, pleasant service and fun ambience. Would happily go again.

                                                                                                                17. O

                                                                                                                  Owlie

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on 24 March 2019

                                                                                                                  overall2food2service1ambience2

                                                                                                                  Waited ages to be served and then food arrived quickly but was disappointing. Tasteless chicken in a tough toast sandwich with a sliver of tomato, chunk of lettuce and a scrape of mayo. Oh well, the chips were nice. Very limited menu with no Sunday lunch option. The service was so slow we had to go and ask for the bill and more drinks - which by then it was too late to enjoy outside on the pretty terrace in that afternoon's beautiful sunshine as we'd hoped.

                                                                                                                18. DD

                                                                                                                  DavidD

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on 7 March 2019

                                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                                                  Nice venue and decent prices but the food was bland (burgers and onions rings), and the service at a lunchtime was disappointing, with the wrong food coming initially, olives being forgotten as an appetiser and only came when reminded with the main course and it taking about 10 mins to get the bill with my colleagues leaving me to it to get back to meetings. OK for a lunch I suppose but I won't be going back.

                                                                                                                19. SP

                                                                                                                  SarahP

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 1 March 2019

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Lovely staff and the food was very nice

                                                                                                                20. s

                                                                                                                  srah

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  76 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  76 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 14 February 2019

                                                                                                                  overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                                  They didn’t actually have my booking but it was pretty quiet so it didn’t matter. Good and friendly service. Ok place, good value. Not sure it’s on my must go to list

                                                                                                                21. h

                                                                                                                  helens

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on 11 February 2019

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service2ambience3

                                                                                                                  the food was good but there were too few staff so that unless we got up from the table and specifically requested attention no one noticed that we were sitting with no drinks, and then empty plates and no offer of desserts or coffee. A slight pause is obviously acceptable and no one wants to be rushed but we sat for a longtime and the one or two staff who were working had too much to do to be attentive yet a 12.5% service charge was added as a matter of course !

                                                                                                                22. RR

                                                                                                                  RovingReporter

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 18 January 2019

                                                                                                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Very nice spot for a working lunch. Fast service which is good when time is short. I think it's the best place in the area for informal business meetings.

                                                                                                                23. B

                                                                                                                  Benjamin

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 10 November 2018

                                                                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Booked our work Christmas party after visiting for the first time

                                                                                                                24. AK

                                                                                                                  AkiraKobayashi

                                                                                                                  Tokyo

                                                                                                                  15 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  15 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 2 November 2018

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  I got this restaurant for business lunch around 11:30 am with my customer. Their service and dishes are very good for light business meal. I really recommend this restaurant.

                                                                                                                25. DT

                                                                                                                  DavidT

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 27 October 2018

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Last week I left a bad review as we had booked but found the restaurant closed. In response we were invited back yesterday as a guest of the restaurant and they looked after us unimpeccably and we had a wonderful anniversary lunch. As with previous visits the ambiance, food and service were exceptional and we had a great deal of fun. Francesco the relatively new duty manager was an exceptional host and looked after our every need including providing entertainment for us - he is as good a host as we’ve had for some time - anywhere. A small mistake was made last week and Ruadhri and the team have been excellent in rectifying it. If you’ve never been before it’s a great experience and highly recommended.

                                                                                                                  The HappenstanceResponded on 31 October 2018

                                                                                                                  Hi David, Thank you for getting in touch. I can only but apologise that you were able to book through Open Table on a day that we were closed. This was personally my mistake as I had not informed Open Table in time. I really do hope that it didn't ruin your day but as a gesture of good will I would like to invite all three of you back in for a complimentary lunch/dinner on us. If you can email me on ruaidhri.obaoill@drake-morgan.co.uk I will arrange this for you. Kind regards, Ruaidhri

                                                                                                                26. B

                                                                                                                  Baggers

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 28 September 2018

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                                  Business lunch. Food was very good. Service was prompt. However, we were sat near to the door and it was very cold with air conditioning. We had to keep our jackets on!

                                                                                                                27. JT

                                                                                                                  JohnT

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on 28 September 2018

                                                                                                                  overall3food4service1ambience3

                                                                                                                  Service was slow and had to ask a couple of times for drinks. Once ordered food came fairly quick and was good quality

                                                                                                                28. MS

                                                                                                                  MichaelS

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 24 September 2018

                                                                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                  Hector (my Great Dane) and I always enjoy it at the Happenstance - the staff are so friendly and it is a really good watering hole right in the middle of St Pauls - great location and good food reasonably priced. Michael Segen

                                                                                                                29. M

                                                                                                                  Mingster

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  19 reviews

                                                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                                                  19 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 14 August 2018

                                                                                                                  overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                                                                                  Not too sure if the venu is under staffed or not engaged with the clientele. Really had to make an effort to grasp attention to order the food and to get the bill. If your in a lunch time rush... best avoid!

                                                                                                                30. BH

                                                                                                                  BrendaH

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 10 August 2018

                                                                                                                  overall4food3service3ambience2

                                                                                                                  Although the food was find and delivered relatively quickly, the restaurant was too noisy for two people to chat over lunch.

                                                                                                                31. WO

                                                                                                                  WendyO

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 2 August 2018

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Nice food - a touch pricey for what I had. Good service though.

                                                                                                                32. M

                                                                                                                  Mabbes1408

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  56 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  56 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 25 June 2018

                                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                  We went for a meeting. We wanted drinks. They served drinks. We order. They provided. We were happy. The End.

                                                                                                                33. DR

                                                                                                                  DavidR

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on 18 May 2018

                                                                                                                  overall2food4service1ambience4

                                                                                                                  We were a group of 7. We ordered starters to share - very good. Our main courses took a very long time to arrive. When they did arrive, they were incomplete, 2 people had to wait a further 5 minutes for their mains. I asked one of the staff if I could have our bill. It did not arrive. I had to ask for it again. The person I asked for the bill originally was on his phone just inside the front door. The food was good but I am afraid the service was poor . Regards David R

                                                                                                                34. SO

                                                                                                                  StewartO

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  31 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  31 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 1 May 2018

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                  I like The Happenstance; quirky menu nicely pressed and prepared. The service is fine but a bit hit and miss - staff are pleasant though

                                                                                                                35. S

                                                                                                                  Steph

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  45 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  45 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 22 January 2018

                                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                  Not much gluten free choice. Food is ok but nothing to shout about.

                                                                                                                36. b

                                                                                                                  bergy

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  37 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  37 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 28 December 2017

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Reliable restaurant in a popular area of the city. Relaxed and casual. Good for business lunches and meeting friends.

                                                                                                                37. S

                                                                                                                  Steph

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  45 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  45 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 14 December 2017

                                                                                                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Service was good despite the restaurant having a large booking. It was a bit disappointing though that the gluten free burger wasn't available as they didn't have any gluten free bread!

                                                                                                                38. C

                                                                                                                  Cheetsc

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 11 December 2017

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Really enjoyed our brunch here, right in the heart of the city and very conveniently located for St Paul's tube. Would also be good for business lunches / dinners.

                                                                                                                39. l

                                                                                                                  luvgoodfood

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 30 November 2017

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Nice central option for a business lunch (nice food, decent prices, quick service)

                                                                                                                40. OT

                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on 29 November 2017

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Great, easy food

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                                                                                                                Google Map for The Happenstance

                                                                                                                10 Paternoster Square London, EC4M 7DX

                                                                                                                • Area

                                                                                                                  St Paul's

                                                                                                                • Hours of Operation

                                                                                                                  Daily 08:00–21:00

                                                                                                                • Cuisines

                                                                                                                  British

                                                                                                                • Dining style

                                                                                                                  Casual Dining

                                                                                                                • Dress Code

                                                                                                                  Smart Casual

                                                                                                                • Public Transit

                                                                                                                  St Pauls Tube Station

                                                                                                                • Payment Options

                                                                                                                  AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                • Additional

                                                                                                                  Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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