No reservations restaurants, which champion the rights of spontaneous diners but also maximise the numbers of bums on seats for the restaurateurs, is a trend that is growing and spreading. And in their wake are trails of customers curling out front doors. The queues outside the first Wagamama were legendary in the 1990s, and queuing to get into Tayyab’s became a rite of passage in the Noughties. But who will have the biggest queues this year? It’s no longer just the budget places such as Spuntino in Soho that attract long lines. Two newcomers that have taken the queue upmarket are Pizarro in Bermondsey, a smart Spanish joint; and Burger & Lobster in Mayfair, which has a limited menu but knockout cocktails.
For more ideas, see London’s Best No Booking Restaurants.