The Happenstance

1a Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7AA


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Main Course £10
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Very friendly staff and the £15 Reef and Turf offer was very good value for money.

Tracy Ross 25 October 2014

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More about The Happenstance

Combining eclectic interiors and floor-to-ceiling views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London, The Happenstance is something out of a storybook. Here, mixologists conjure up colourful cocktails and rich flavours mingle to create a menu of wholesome comfort food.

Fresh ingredients are used to produce dishes bursting with flavour. Favourites on The Happenstance menu include cottage pie topped with swede mash, and a lamb burger with feta, piquillo peppers and tzatziki. The dessert menu features a knickerbocker glory, complete with chocolate ice cream, honeycomb, and cherries, as well as liquid dessert cocktails, like the coke float with rum, sherry, cola, and ice cream.

The mixology table takes centre-stage and offers a list of original Happenstance fairytale cocktails with names like ‘Prince Charming’, ‘Love Potion #9’, and ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine'.

Shimmering chandeliers, geometric patterns on the floor, and exposed pipes on the ceilings lend a dreamlike ambience to The Happenstance in St Paul’s. This quirky retreat is a 5-minute walk from St Paul’s Tube Station.

Customer Reviews for The Happenstance


(based on 82 reviews)

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  • dinner (48)
  • trendy (40)
  • lunch (31)
  • value (28)
  • large parties (27)
  • business (19)
  • romantic (12)
  • private dining (8)
  • entertainment (7)
  • breakfast (3)
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28 October 2014 by Julia Harmer from Eastbourne
This is the first time we have booked via 'Bookatable' and visited the Happenstance, the initial booking was for three, but due to a unforeseen circumstances with only a couple of hours to spare I had to increase the booking to four people. The lady I spoke to was very helpful and said it wasn't a problem. We arrived early at the restaurant to find a very vibrant and lively setting, although we were early we were shown to out table straight away and we were all impressed with the amount of room in the restaurant. The waiting staff were very attentive and helpful, especially the restaurant manager Tom West who went out of his way to make our dining experience memorable!!! The gentleman making the cocktails was also very entertaining. All four of us can state that the 'flaming baked alaska' is to die for and very theatrical!!!!!!! My sister-in-law was very impressed with the fish pie and has already confessed that she will order it the next time we visit. All in all a very enjoyable experience
25 October 2014 by Tracy Ross from LONDON
Very friendly staff and the £15 Reef and Turf offer was very good value for money.
24 October 2014 by Bridget Jasper from Saffron Walden
Lovely, very friendly with a great atmosphere and dining experience.
24 October 2014 by Emma Stevenson from London
Really good food and a very reasonable price. The staff were friendly and we didn't feel rushed as is often the case in central London restaurants.
21 October 2014 by Susan Hayward from London
Booking was easy. Food was lovely. Service was a bit slow, but we didn't mind, we weren't in a rush. Would definitely recommend and go back.
18 October 2014 by Colette Connors from London
very busy but fun
11 September 2014 by thepenguin from London
We had the £15 deal for steak, lobster and prosecco. Loved our dinner here - the steak was cooked perfectly, the lobster was great too. Amazing value for the deal and will definitely be coming back to try new things from the menu. We also sampled the cocktail menu - another thing I'll definitely be doing again!
30 August 2014 by Patricia from London
When we arrived we were quickly seen to and seated. The waiter was attentative with taking our orders throughout the whole evening. Very patient when we forgot to look at the menu, as we were busy chatting. The food was very nice as we had the lobster and burger deal with a glass of Prosecco. We felt the lobster was a bit over cooked, which made it a bit chewy. The burger was cooked well. For a Wednesday night quick catch-up over something nice to eat, Happenstance was ideal.
26 August 2014 by Emma Markham-clowes from Eastbourne
Fab location, great food and drink menu and the staff are so attentive. Couldn't fault Tom & the crew. We'll be back
19 August 2014 by Libby Hunter from london
Good food, good atmosphere, very loud in bar area, OK in the restaurant, good value for money, great wine list, majority of staff fabulous - some "over zealous" and one questioned my friend when she sent food back to the a point that was frankly rude.

The Happenstance

1a Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7AA

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