This teeming part of the Old Smoke is equally handy for West End shows, the boutiques of Belgravia and the Palaces of Westminster. In either case, the Italian restaurants of London's Victoria make for a relaxing break in your day. Take your pick of pasta dishes and authentic pizzas cooked in clay ovens and topped with artisanal cured meat. A friendly ambience and light, airy interiors ensure that the Italian restaurants of London's Victoria district work just as well for business lunches as date nights, and Quandoo has a great selection.
You might like to ease your way into the meal with a sharing plate of calamari or garlic shrimp, before settling into something more substantial like pan-fried rib-eye steak or veal escalope. Given the Italian affinity for vegetables, there's an abundance of options for non-meat eaters – courgette and broccoli risotto, spinach and ricotta ravioli and gnocchi with melted cheese to name but a few. And with the likes of Sicilian wild boar ragu and pork belly with apple sauce also available, there's no shortage of eye-catching regional dishes too.