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


2 out of 5 based on 13 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Happenstance

2.0 out of 5 13 March 2015
by Sam H.

I walked in really impressed. The bar and dining room are gorgeous, I really liked the ladies loos too, loved the mirrors and candles. I was disappointed with the food. I ordered steak med/rare and it was quite tough, this is why I usually avoid steak, although I did like the presentation. Dessert was nice though and the wine chosen for me was good too. Real shame, if only the food was as good...more

4.0 out of 5 12 March 2015
by Clare Q.

So - just had lunch here (I work around the corner). Seems to be the equivalent of our office canteen as I saw quite a few colleagues here. They're a nice bunch so that's no bad thing. I had the seabass, new potatoes and pesto from the specials menu. Amazeballs. I'm a bit weird about fish skin but this was nice and crispy so all good. Reasonably priced, good quality food and the staff...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

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