The Happenstance


With statement chandeliers, a golden subterranean room and plenty of sophisticated touches alongside a mix of heady cocktails and a creative menu, The Happenstance has made its mark on the Square Mile.

Overlooking St Paul's Cathedral, The Happenstance boasts a striking bar, deli with mixology table and florist, open-plan dining area and opulent private dining room, making it the perfect choice for early morning meetings, leisurely lunches, after-work cocktails or late-night suppers.

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The Happenstance

1A Ludgate Hill
Public transport:
City Thameslink, National Railway
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Yelp Reviews


3 out of 5 based on 10 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Happenstance

3.0 out of 5 8 September 2014
by Claire O.

The concept and beautiful interior (like if Anthropologie had a restaurant, repurposed chic) makes you very excited once you walk in. The restaurant is quite large and can accommodate large parties.

Our server was very nice but unaware of the me menu and items on it. So when we wanted to order the build your own bloody, she didn't know what I was referring to and then said it wasn't available....more

4.0 out of 5 15 August 2014
by Stuart M.

Came here for a complimentary meal - 2 courses which usually retails for £10 I understand.

Opted for the satay chicken followed by fish and chips - both were excellent. Service was friendly and prompt but, to be fair, the restaurant was quiet at this time.

Decor was decent and there seemed a good atmosphere in the bar area with some cocktail making class.more

1.0 out of 5 8 August 2014
by Chris I.

Came here for breakfast. What a mistake!

Nice enough inside. Service was ok, but not exactly going the extra mile.

Had the £7.95 "Proper London Fully Loaded". It was the most pitiful cooked breakfast I've had anywhere. The smallest piece of black pudding. A piece of rind with little meat making up the bacon. All served in a skillet making it hard to really eat. Far too much style of...more

3.0 out of 5 25 June 2014
by Ruby M.

Good location, friendly service and great presentation & price but just lacking that 'spark'!

Came for the excellent 2 courses for £10 deal and was impressed with the value for money. However, the service was sooo slow. We booked and still had to wait 40 minutes for a drink. The waitress was very apologetic and gave us some free nibbles which was great except we were in a slight rush. When...more

1.0 out of 5 15 February 2014
by Ruth G.

Nope. I'm afraid the Happenstance fails for me. Food was grim - I had the Beef noodle salad. The noodles were slimey, tasted yuck and smelt strange. I don't think they were fresh. Which left the beef strips & sesame and two leaves of pak choy. For £10+ they're having a laugh.

If you go, go to see the decor or the loos. Yup. That's it for this place.more

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