What’s for Lunch? Waterside Café at the Barbican Centre

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Last Updated 21 June 2007

What’s for Lunch? Waterside Café at the Barbican Centre


Londonist asks that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.

Waterside Café

Barbican Centre EC2Y 8DS


Average Lunch Price: £8

Rating: 8 out of 10

There’s no middle ground when it comes to the Barbican. Londoners either love it or hate it. To those readers who love this futuristic concrete wonder, read on. Barbican’s Waterside Café, located lakeside at the Barbican Centre, might not offer the best meal you’ll ever have, but it is considerably better than most lunch options round the City. Ample portions of "traditional home cooking, freshly prepared pasta, main courses and salads, deli sandwiches, homemade soups, cakes and puddings" in a clean cafeteria-style dining area pull City workers and cultural events visitors to this "contemporary style self service restaurant." Londonist happily recommends the salad bar, the split pea soup and the chilli con carne. Although, it’s always a good idea to check the daily specials.

With its sleek wood panelling, stainless steel counters and function-over-form seating, the Waterside Café’s feel is rather Scandinavian Modern. Of course, if the weather’s nice, the outdoor seating area is one of the most pleasant lunch spots in the City. That is, if you love the Barbican.

Image courtesy of Homemade’s Flickr photostream.