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Spanish Restaurants in London

By Paul Caffell (08 Oct 08)
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On the 12th October Spain celebrate their National Day. This is also the Saint Day for anyone called Pilar – so all you Pilars out there it’s time to go out there and enjoy yourselves! The origins of the 12th October being celebrated as the National Day goes back to 1913 when Faustino Rodriguez San Pedro - a wealthy and influential Spanish business man and lawyer - proposed the day be called ‘Fiesta de la Raza’ (Festival of the Race - the Spanish race). This is now celebrated throughout Spain and some parts of Latin America. Still you don’t need a National Day to enjoy Spanish cuisine and below is a selection of some of the best restaurants in London to sample the delights of Spain any time of the year.

El Cantara - Spanish dining in Soho

There is no doubt that both Emma and I will be returning to El Cantara. Dining in that part of the capital is often a bank-breaker and although the place is not cheap, its fresh ingredients and cooked-from-scratch policy mean that quality is high. The restaurant offers belly dancing and live music on selected evenings. Its three floors also allow it to accommodate diners as a private venue. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a table.

Barcelona Tapas Bar - Spanish dining on St Botolph St in the City

The interior design is of high quality. Comprising bright coloured walls and a significant amount of specifically commissioned mosaic tile work from a renowned designer. The tile work includes a large three dimensional lizard suspended over the mezzanine level balcony. Both the ground and mezzanine level include glass display cases containing traditional original matador and flamenco costumes. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a table.

Barcelona Tapas Bar - Spanish dining on Lordship Lane in Dulwich

Barcelona Tapas & Bar (their third) opened it's doors in June 1998. The restaurant still contains its original antique wood and glass cabinets partially along two walls. These cabinets have been historically listed by the local Council. The interior has been extensively renovated to bring the decor and ambience in line with the rest of the group, including the mosaic lizard. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a table.

Barcelona Tapas Bar - Spanish dining off Bow Lane in the City

The fourth location of Barcelona opened in 200o. The interior of Barcelona is in the familiar bright colours and the tile work is done by renowned tile designer Donna Reeves. Open from Monday to Friday, Barcelona is a favoured location for the unstuffy business lunch and the after work Cava, drinks, tapas and dance. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a table.

Barcelona Tapas Bar - Spanish dining on Lime Street in the City

The fifth venue in the Barcelona group founded by father and son team, Martin and David Dalmau. The group's tag line is 'the authentic taste of Spain in London' - which happily seems to be the case. This City venture is a brightly-painted basement restaurant. Feast on an aromatic wealth of mouthwatering tapas - tender beef meat balls, Mediterranean prawns, deep-fried baby squid (chiprones), paella, patatas bravas - they're all on the menu. And a fantastic selection of Spanish wines listed by denominación de origen. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a table.

Camino - Spanish dining in Kings Cross

Set in the fashionable Regent Quarter area of King’s Cross, Camino is a Spanish restaurant and bar that has brought a little bit of Southern Spain to North London. Camino lists wines from the entire country of Spain and all are available by glass plus there is a selection of Spanish cocktails, beer, sherry, and the traditionally poured cider, Zythos. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a table.

Fino - Spanish dining in Fitzrovia

Fino is a Spanish Tapas Restaurant and Bar, located just off Charlotte Street in the heart of London's West End. Their aim is to provide top quality Tapas, using the best ingredients they can obtain, in stylish surroundings and with friendly efficient service. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a table.

Fuego - Spanish dining in London Bridge

Fuego was launched in 1993 and is just a short distance from where the Great Fire of London started. Fuego is open serving food all day until late. They offer live entertainment & disco. Bringing a touch of Spain to London's Square Mile and is renowned for its authentic food, value for money and the operatic style red and gold interior. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a table.

La Maja - Spanish dining in Bayswater

La Maja (so named after the lady in Goya paintings) is a lovely little spot. Actually I lie; it’s not that little. This Spanish restaurant is set on two floors (ground and basement), innocuously done out in cream, varnished mid-brown furniture, with spotlights and votives providing light in the evenings or natural light from the large windows (which make up two sides of the restaurant). To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a table.

Meza - Spanish dining in Bayswater

Meza is a vibrant and stylish bar and lounge situated in the heart of London's West End. With an extensive list of contemporary and classic cocktails, and a fantastic Spanish wine list, Mezza is a great place to enjoy the chic glamour of Soho both by day and night. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a table.

Nueva Costa Dorada - Spanish dining in Soho

The fiery red and black interior forms a passionate backdrop to Nueva Costa Dorada's hearty selection of dishes from the Iberian peninsula. Spanish classics abound at this cosy restaurant just north of Soho, from tapas to traditional paellas and meat and seafood dishes. After dinner, diners are treated to a nightly flamenco show which makes the most of the warm, lively atmosphere. To make a table booking and for more details go to Book a table.

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