For families who want a good meal, but with less of the faff, the Big Easy is a great shout. BBQ, burgers and booze in laid back settings, with great service and a buzzing atmosphere.
Graduation in London
The big day is finally here. No more student finance, beans on toast and all night library sessions. You've done the dissertation and smashed those essays and now it's time to celebrate your entry into adulthood. Whether you're looking for a swanky dinner with the parents, a late-night spot to let your hair down with uni mates, or a all of the above, read on for our recommendations of the best places to celebrate graduation in London.
If you're graduating at the Barbican Centre and looking for somewhere chilled out, this charming gastropub is only minutes away. With a reputation as one of the best in London, this is definitely worth a visit.
Imperial students may know where to go after hours in Kensington, but if you're after a swish restaurant to take your parents to, then this stunning Cromwell Road spot is ideal. Close to the Royal Albert Hall, it really is the perfect place to raise a glass to your achievements.
With two beautiful restaurants and two vibrant bars spread across three gorgeous floors of unrivaled views ofLondon's skyline, Sky Garden provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable evening in the City.
So you want a lively night out, but also some decent drinks and a respectable venue? We have you covered. Simmons are dominating spots all over the city, but this Liverpool Street den is heaving with great vibes and good times. Ideal for a fun night after sitting through that long ceremony.
One of the best clubs in East London, XOYO is an iconic venue regularly attracting some of the best DJs around the world. A guaranteed epic night, it's one the capital's leading nightspots and serves as a fantastic way to celebrate the end of your degree.
If you can't go all out for your graduation, then when can you? The best bar in London and one of the top-rated in the world, Dandelyan is a prime place to sip on cocktails and celebrate your graduation... especially when your parents are footing the bill!
If you're after something a bit more fancy, then go for afternoon tea at the ritzy May Fair Kitchen. Not only is the spread to die for, but the location is just as snazzy. Plus, your mum will love it too.
Boasting one of the best interior designs in the capital, this branch of Barrio is a neighbourhood bar serving up cocktails in a club atmosphere. With amazing music, some of the finest drinks and exquisite cuisine to match, you can flit between secluded cocktails and late night revelry.
Notorious with east London ravers, Cargo has a reputation for bringing some of the best acts to the city. Round up all your mates, dance to DJs and chill out on the terrace garden while you make the most of this momentous occasion.
Infernos is one of London's biggest party destinations and if you're after one last BNO with all of your mates before going your separate ways, then this Clapham spot is a must. Expect the usual cheesy tunes and drinks deals at in the heart of south London.
Nestled at the top of the prestigious Hilton Park Lane, this classy restaurant regularly attracts groups celebrating an occasion. Expect sublime service, delicious food and mouth-watering drinks set to the backdrop of London's skyline, for a wonderful experience to make this day all the more special.
If you're looking for somewhere to impress, then this iconic sky-high restaurant is a no brainer. Not only will you be in swanky surroundings, but the food and drink is equally as good. This is definitely one for the list if you're looking for somewhere the parents will love.
Central St Martin's alum will know this Kings cross restaurant well. Located in the modern Granary Square and is the perfect destination from morning to night. Start with a relaxed breakfast and renowned coffee or take the family for a chilled out dinner.