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Top 10 Best Sunday Roasts in London

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From the gastropubs of south London, to the traditional old pubs of north London, to the cosy fires and Sunday papers of west London, and the modern cool-as-f**k bars of east London, the classic Sunday roast beef, chicken, lamb or nut remains an institution set in the great and glorious minds of London. When the weekend comes floating into view, aspirations of warm, wintery comfort food, fine wines, board games, and a gathering of our bestest friends spring to mind as we work assiduously towards the lovely end of the week. Bring on the weekend, bring on the best Sunday afternoon roast dinners in London.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant
British

Borough Market - The name says it all, really. Just as a roast dinner sums up all things English, Roast sums up all things, well, roast. Famous for its classical British cooking and use of seasonal produce, this restaurant not only has amazing food but amazing views overlooking Borough Market and St Paul's Cathedral as well. Attentive staff, mouth watering food, and a full list of roast dinners on Sunday.

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Hampstead
Bar / Restaurant
British

Hampstead - Most of us are stuck in dead end jobs and the last thing we want is a dead-end pub. But the Holly Bush is a dead end pub, albeit in location only. Dating back hundreds of years, this pub has managed to keep hold of ancient charm without embracing dinginess. The warm, wooden interiors, deep-set windows and original gas lamps encourage full day pub commitments. Luckily, the pub's many Sunday roast options are up there with the best roasts in London.

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Canary Wharf
Bar / Restaurant
British

Canary Wharf - Overlooking the river Thames, this 250-year-old gastropub produces some pretty fine grub. The Gun's decked terrace is sweet for the summer but for those chilly winter nights it's back inside to the bar and into the snugs. Feasting on a sumptuous roast with all the trimmings is just one of the highlights this pub has to offer. Another is the appealing wine list.

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Kings Cross
Bar / Restaurant
British

Whether you're a Guardian reader or not, a pilgrimage to the newspaper's London offices at King's Place should become your Sunday ritual. The reason? Rotunda restaurant's classic Sunday roast. The meat is sourced from the restaurant's own Northumberland farm and carnivores can choose from the slow roast topside beef or the garlic and rosemary leg of lamb. Trimmings include beef dripping roast tatties (very moreish), a GARGANTUAN Yorkshire pudding (almost as big as your hangover), heritage carrots (yep, nowadays even the humble carrot has a heritage) and purple sprouting broccoli (the hipster's veg du jour). Here's to future Sunday lunches at Rotunda. Readers of all newspapers welcome.

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Shoreditch
Bar / Restaurant / Club
Brazilian

Shoreditch - This is the best Sunday roast in London I've ever tasted (pictured above). I started with a Portuguese wine and the traditional Brazilian chicken snack, coxinha. Then I moved on to potent Brazilian cocktails and a classic roasts with a Brazilian twist: Picanha sirloin with roast butternut squash, savoy cabbage, Pao de Queijo pudding (Yorkshires) and gravy, whilst my guest chowed on gluten free, vegan, nut and vegetable loaf, a broad smile spread across his face. The portions were enormous. Almost so big that we couldn't finish our Portuguese custard tart with berry compote for dessert. Almost. Arrive hungry, that's all I'm saying.

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Angel & Islington
Bar / Restaurant / Club
Bar

This is the best Sunday roast in London for music fans, not Premier League football fans. Non-music lovers are invited, naturally, but if you're not, you won't be as inspired by the free jukebox playing anything from Boney M to AC/DC, the plethora of free music magazines worth snaffling, or the posters of upcoming bands playing live in the club upstairs. The £12.25 roast option includes a lovely smoked duck breast with beautifully cooked potatoes and Yorkshire pudding, with a great doorstop of chocolate brownie for afters: bargain! Plus, DJs play perfect Sunday music in what is coined as the Hangover Lounge. The bourbons on the wall might give you an indication why it's called that.

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Shoreditch
Bar

Conveniently situated next to Spitalfields Market, The Gun offers one of the best Sunday roasts in London. The showstopper is their "To Share" option which includes a full spread of slow roast rib of beef, herb-roasted chicken and a slow roast lamb shoulder alongside the usual trimmings, gravy, and Yorkshire pudding. All the usual suspects are present like a bloody Mary, cauliflower cheese, and sticky toffee pudding but executed to fine-dining levels rather than stereotypical pub offerings. The decor is informal yet contemporary and makes a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of the nearby market.

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