Restaurants in London
12 Ludgate Circus
A colleague recently introduced me to Leon's, a fun and healthy variation on the fast food concept. This is a small but growing chain, with currently eight branches in central London â€“ we went to the one at Ludgate Circus. As it was lunchtime on a working day (this particular branch is only open Monday to Friday, by the way), the place was heaving, but we joined the queues at the counter and were soon served briskly but with a smile. We were able to find somewhere to sit towards the back of the restaurant â€“ there is a lot more space than you might realise so do hunt around.The atmosphere here really appealed to me. OK it's not a place for a romantic dinner for two, and probably not the place to bring an elderly aunt up from the country, but for good food in a hurry it's great, and the eclectic mix of seating and different vibes in different parts of the space works very well. You'll find squishy chairs for relaxing over coffee (well, perhaps not relaxing exactly during the lunchtime rush!), old wooden tables, bright stools and odd chairs. The walls are adorned with the same fun mixture of old and new, and it all works really well.But the food is what Leon's is mainly about, and it's good â€“ both tasty-good ad good for you! Their ethos is all about healthy eating and sustainability, so they source their seasonal, organic ingredients from trusted farms, and the menu changes accordingly, but some items are staples. Everyone raves about the Moroccan meatballs, which I've yet to try, but I can recommend the excellent hummus and accompanying flatbread, and the soups, which are packed with flavour. Check out the website to see what's on offer for this season.
A User - 09/05/2009 | report this review
This is the perfect place to unwind after work in the city. It's rarely packed, and the food is both excellent value and good quality. I've been here for a meal with friends, or just a few drinks after work. Be warned, you'll almost always spend some money on their tapas style snacks, as they are so irresistible!
A User - 06/10/2007 | report this review
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