The Happenstance

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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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3.7
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4.0
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AM
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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

I
London
19 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Excellent service but my steak was cold.

R
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 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!!!

c
London
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food fantastic location and reasonably priced

e
London
43 reviews
Dined on June 15, 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 Happenstance
Responded on June 30, 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

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AT
London
13 reviews
Dined on June 7, 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.

S
London
1 review
Dined on June 4, 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

RR
1 review
Dined on June 1, 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.

GM
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

CM
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

O
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on March 24, 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.

DD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 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.

SP
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and the food was very nice

s
London
66 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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

h
1 review
Dined on February 11, 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 !

RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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.

v
London
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked our work Christmas party after visiting for the first time

AK
Tokyo
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 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.

DT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 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 Happenstance
Responded on October 31, 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

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 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!

JT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 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

MS
1 review
Dined on September 24, 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

M
London
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 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!

BH
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience2

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

WO
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

M
London
51 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

DR
1 review
Dined on May 18, 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

SO
London
26 reviews
Dined on May 1, 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

S
Las Vegas
39 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

b
London
36 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

S
Las Vegas
39 reviews
Dined on December 14, 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!

C
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 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.

l
London
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, easy food

FG
London
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nicer than expected food, great service even though busy; perfect for a work-day catch up with friends in the City

w
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a booking on OpenTable but when we arrived we were told there was no reservation in our name. After initially blaming OpenTable, it became clear Happenstance just hadn't read their emails; and we were told to go elsewhere as they were fully booked. Rubbish experience. If you have made a booking on OpenTable, don't assume that means a table has been booked by the restaurant or even that the restaurant has tables available. Or in other words, don't use OpenTable to make reservations

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly and comfortable with good food and service

G
London
39 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived at the restaurant to be told the kitchen was out of service and only drinks were available. It would have been excellent to know ahead of walking into the restaurant.