The Happenstance

1a Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7AA

Main Course £10
Food Spend £25

The service was good. We had the burger, lobster and prosecco deal which was excellent value and was so tasty! I'll be going back!

CN Diner 12 July 2014
From London

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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 73 reviews)

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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.
12 August 2014 by Lindsay Henry from London
8 of us dined here Friday after work we had the Star Deal of half lobster, burger, chips and a glass of prosseco for £15. I have to say we were not expecting much especially when it came to lobster for the cost because you kind of expect seafood that cheap to not be of good quality. We were pleasantly surprised the lobster and all other elements were delicious and amazing value for money, the venue was stunning much larger than we thought by the photos online and the group had a great time - we will definitely be back!
7 August 2014 by Janine Mostyn from London
Was very pleasantly surprised when I walked in, the décor and vibe was great, from the street it just looked like a small restaurant, but once inside I was blown away.
The staff were really friendly, food was great, and would definitely recommend and visit again.
I went with a friend and had the £15 lobster and burger with a glass of prosecco deal, but having looked at the full menu, which was very reasonable and tempting, would happily order from the menu next time. The only criticism, if any, of the food, was that the half lobster was more like a 'piece' of lobster on top of your burger with the shell on the plate for decoration, but was still really yummy.!
I also liked the 'skinny' options on the menu for food and cocktails.
17 July 2014 by Jo Wright from London
We went for the £15 lobster + burger deal. Overall disappointed. Their 'speciality' chips were just swamped in BBQ sauce or sprinkled with a little bit of Parmesan.

Drinks and food slow, very understaffed, although the two waitresses that were there were apologetic

Didn't think the burger was the amazing.
17 July 2014 by Hilary Hilton from Winchester
I went in with a friend after a tiring but lovely day in London. We were greeted by very friendly staff and sat in the light, airy bar with two glasses of wine before being shown into the restaurant. This was lovely; spacious with nice decor and an open cooking area at the end where you could watch the food being prepared. We were attended to quickly and the food arrived in record time, although admittedly we had gone early and there were not many customers at that time. I suspect it is popular and would get very busy later. We had the lobster and steak which was delicious and the burger cooked perfectly. The waitress was very good and friendly. .The cloakroom was spotless and had Molton Brown hand wash and hand cream; nice touch. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
14 July 2014 by Peter Bendixen from London
A great evening out. The restaurant seemed a bit understaffed but we were not in a rush so it was no problem. A beautifully put together restaurant and a good friendly vibe. We had the lobster special which great and the rest of the menu came across as well priced given the location, finishes and quality of food.
12 July 2014 by CN Diner from London
The service was good. We had the burger, lobster and prosecco deal which was excellent value and was so tasty! I'll be going back!
11 July 2014 by Caroline from London
Fabulous food and experience - great value for money too!
3 July 2014 by Jacky Harbottle from London
Had a lovely meal at the Happenstance with my husband, the night we went was a friday early evening (5.30) seemed a little empy at first in the restaurent but soon filled up, the bar at the front of house was a lovely meeting place with nice coctails to choose from, our meal was deal of the week which was burger and lobster, i changed mine to lobster and steak which was no problem and the same price all the menu was reanobally priced for such a lovely area (oppisite St Pauls Cathederal), as the night got busy the staff seemed a little rushed but the girl at the end said this had been one of the busiest nights they had had in a while and still the same amount of staff on. Both my husband and I had a lovely meal and the few minutes extra waiting was fine as we just sat back and people watched, overall the the both meal and experience was lovely, and not expensive for city restaurant. Just a quicky the toilets were nice and clean and had free mints...
2 July 2014 by Gina Leong from London
Nice ambiance, good food and service.

The Happenstance

1a Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7AA

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