Victoria Station Restaurants: The Hot Nova Victoria

It used to be dreadful to try to find decent restaurants around Victoria. And then came the long-term building project around Victoria which seemed to last for years.

The good news is now there are some fantastic Victoria Station restaurants. The Nova complex houses somewhere around 25 bars and new restaurants Victoria London – many from some of London’s best-known restauranteurs. Here are the ones I have visited so far.

The Nova Complex

1. Victoria Station Restaurants – Hai Cenato – Jason Atherton

I do love anything Jason Atherton does – Social Eating House, Social Wine and Tapas (i think my favourite), Little Social – I think I have visited nearly all of his great restaurants in London at least once and I have had a fantastic meal EVERY time.

Menu at Hai Cenato Nova Victoria
Hai Cenato Menu

Hai Cenato means “Have you had dinner” – a typical greeting from Italian hosts apparently. The ground floor is New York-Italian cuisine and then upstairs is a bar with seating for 70 which is very cute and cool AND it has a fantastic name – the Drunken Oyster.

We started our evening with a drink up there – it is worth popping in there for a drink whether you are eating downstairs or not. There aren’t many good bars near Victoria Station.

They have obviously spent a lot on the fit-out of the Drunken Oyster as quality cues are everywhere with fantastic farrow and ball-esque styling in dark colours. Hai Cenato is a bit more relaxed than the average Jason Atherton restaurant – the food and style are more about casual vs full-on dining.

The menu is more casual as is the service but no less delicious and interesting – it was difficult in a good way to decide what to have. We started with the ravioli with walnut and mint at Hai Cenato.

This was a taste sensation – absolutely outstanding. We then went on to the octopus and squid with lentils which were an unexpected but delicious combination.

Ravioli with walnut and mint

Next up were the pizzas – wow wow wow!!! The base was perfection – light but fluffy but firm but perfect. We had one of each – a Rossa meat extravaganza and then a Bianca with Taleggio and Chanterelles which was the other highlight of the meal.

We washed this down with a bottle of delicious Vermentino. And all at a very reasonable price. I think Hai Cenato is my favourite of the new restaurants near Victoria Station – and one of the best restaurants near Victoria Station London in general.

The Pizza at Hai Cenato

2. Great Restaurants near Victoria Station – Rail House Cafe

From the creators of the fabulous Riding House Cafe in Soho comes the Rail House Cafe. Rail House Cafe is much bigger than the Riding House and has a large upstairs bar area which is where I went. They also have a large outdoor area as well as a private dining room.

Rail House Cafe upstairs dining
Upstairs at the Rail House Cafe

There was a nice big wine list to choose from. I didn’t eat but I did check out the Rail House Cafe menus – the brunch in particular looks like one not to be missed.

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Wine at the Rail House
Coffee at the Rail House
Getting comfortable at the Rail House

3. Great Restaurants near Victoria Station – Timmy Green

This was my first experience of going to a restaurant that proclaimed its cuisine as being Australian. Timmy Green is from the team behind Daisy Green and Beany Green.

Unsurprisingly Timmy Green is big on brunch but I went along for dinner. It is quite a large lovely glass restaurant. There is a bar area on the left when you walk in that is a nice size.

timmy green victoria station
Timmy Green entrance

The staff at Timmy Green were super friendly. We asked for recommendations and were directed to the very delicious halloumi fries – halloumi served in a fry format – no potatoes in sight. And we decided to continue the deep-fried theme with the rather delicious popcorn shrimp.

Green french chairs at Timmy Greens

We then cleverly offset this with the chicken salad that came with a delectable chimichurri dressing. It would be remiss of me not to mention for all my Australian readers that Timmy Green has something rather unique for London on its menu – Chicken Parmigiana.

It is a giant version that serves 2. For the British and European readers of this post, a chicken parmy is an Australian classic – breaded chicken with a tomato sauce and cheese on the top. It’s not for me but it is for many and it is quite tasty.

Popcorn Shrimp

And then there was dessert. So we had been pretty happy with our meal to date but we could not ignore the delicious-sounding dessert menu at Timmy Greens.

And oh my goodness the desserts were AMAZING and the highlight of the meal. We ordered two desserts and shared. The desserts are good sizes – we did not manage to finish despite a pretty good effort.

We went with the Melbourne Mars Bar Cheesecake with double cream and the salted caramel brownie sandwich with salted caramel ice cream and dulce de leche. These were as good as they sounded and we rolled out of Timmy Green.

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Melbourne Mars Bar Cheesecake at Timmy greens
Melbourne Mars Bar Cheesecake
Salted caramel brownie sandwich at Victoria Station
Salted caramel brownie sandwich

4. Victoria Station Food – Sourced Market

I first visited Sourced in Marylebone only a couple of months ago and was an instant fan. Sourced Market is a mix of a deli, upmarket supermarket, lunch spot, wine bar and just filled with delicious looking well-packaged foods.

Sourced work with small artisan producers and are open all day. I visited Sourced Victoria for lunch and had a delicious salad and quiche. They have several communal tables and it is a great buzzy atmosphere.

Nova Victoria

Nova is also home to a brand of Vagabond. I love Vagabond wine bars. They have those fantastic machines so you are able to try small amounts of lots of lovely wines. And the food is also good.

Vagabond Victoria

Sticks n Sushi is a great concept – the name is the giveaway – and there are several around London including this branch at Nova.

Sticks n Sushi Victoria

Bone Daddies is well known for fantastic Ramen. Ahi Poke is a great casual Hawaiian restaurant.

I quite like the pub/bar Greenwood. It is a great place to meet for a drink as there is loads of seating inside, outside and upstairs.

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Bone Daddies Victoria
Bone Daddies Victoria
Ahi Poke Victoria
Outdoor Seating at Greenwoods Victoria

Nova regularly features interesting little pop-ups that often have a decadent bakery theme. Fantastic Danish bakery Ole & Steen is a permanent fixture.

Nova Pop Up
Ole & Steen at Nova Victoria

Nova Victoria also has a Shake Shack, Bills, Pret, Franca Manca, Benugo and many others of your favourite high street food chains.

It is fantastic that you can now meet friends in this area due to these new restaurants near Victoria Station.

Franca Manca Victoria
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Boutique Hotels in London

Artist Residence is located in Pimlico which is fabulously central. It is in a gorgeous 5 store regency building and has a cute bar.

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Clapham Cute Houses

The Portobello Hotel is located in one of London’s best known and cutest neighbourhoods Notting Hill. This is also the hotel where Kate Moss and Johnny Depp filled up the bath with champagne. The hotel is located on a quiet street but is a great location.

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How stunning is this street art in East London?

The Great Northern Hotel is ridiculously close to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations which is incredibly convenient. The hotel dates back to 1854 but has had a major refurb so it feels fresh and modern.

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Such a mix of ingredients and utensils at the Breaking Bad Cocktail Evening

When in London the tube and buses are absolutely the best way to get around town quickly and cheaply. The best way to pay for this is to get a London visitor oyster card– which you can order before you leave home.

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Don’t miss the Truman Brewery for more great food in East London

Getting to London and Getting Around:

Flights to London

Best Ways to get from the airport into London

London has several airports. It can be confusing and expensive to get from each of the airports into central London. And the last thing you need after a flight! It is much easier to organize tickets before you fly.

Heathrow is the most common airport for international flights. The fastest way to get from Heathrow into Central London is the Heathrow Express.

This train only takes 15 minutes to get from Heathrow to Paddington Station and runs 4 times an hour. The Heathrow Express is much faster than a cab or any other option.

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The lowest cost way to get from Heathrow to central London is the tube. The tube is actually one of the fastest options as well – and will get you the closest to your final destination.

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There is also a bus or coach option which drops passengers at Victoria Station. This is a cheap option but you will have to deal with London traffic! If you are taking this option during peak hour it could take up to 2 hours each way.

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Gatwick Airport is south of London and can be quite the distance in a car. The Gatwick Express is the fastest option into London and runs directly from Gatwick to Victoria Station.

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Borough Market Oysters

If you don’t need the express option there is a slightly slower-moving train that has several more options in terms of stops including Clapham Junction, Kings Cross St Pancras, and London Bridge.

The third option is the national express Gatwick airport coach transfer. This is the least expensive option but it can take some time with London traffic. There is one departure an hour and the average journey time is 90 minutes.

There are a number of Brit Rail passes available. The BritRail London Plus Pass is the best option if you are planning to base yourself in London and take a few day trips. The Britrail England pass covers all of England including getting to and from the airport.

If you are planning on travelling around the south-west of England then BritRail South West Pass is the best option. Finally, if you’re planning on travelling around England and Scotland then the best option is to buy the BritRail GB Pass.

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Victoria has generally been a pretty bad place for eating. Now there are some great places to eat near Victoria Station thanks to the new Nova Complex!

30 thoughts on “Victoria Station Restaurants: The Hot Nova Victoria

  1. DAnik says:

    As a local, I haven’t touched this part of London but very tempted now after reading this to go and have a good nosh or two 😉 Great post and thanks for the recommendations 🙂

  2. Gareth says:

    Wow, this really does look like an exercise in luxury. Certainly, the Ravioli with walnut and mint seems to be particularly up my street although the pizza seems great too. I must admit, like you, I wouldn’t have known what to expect from Australian Cuisine. Nevertheless, the setting sounds wonderful

  3. Sarah says:

    It all looks so good. Reading the menu though, I wouldn’t know what half of those are! LOL. It looks tasty though!

  4. Sona Jain says:

    Wow! This is luxury! Looking at the right side of the menu, the prices are quite exorbitant! But the food looks delicious. I love to eat in restaurants with street view.

  5. Stella the Travelerette says:

    This looks like a great selection of places to eat. I am going to London this summer, so I’d love to try some of these places, especially the Australian restaurant. But I had no idea chicken parm was popular in Australia. It’s very popular here in the States too.

  6. Amber Myers says:

    Yum! I love to eat, so all this looks fantastic to me. I hope to make it to London again sometime. And I plan on pigging out.

  7. Nina says:

    Wow, looks fancy! Not a foodie myself but I can certainly appreciate a good cheesecake 😉

  8. Shruti Prabhu says:

    Wow! That looks so delicious. We love fried haloumi. The food seems a bit on the pricey side but in general London itself is expensive, so not a surprise. 10 years to complete!

  9. Sab says:

    Thanks for sharing, now I’m hungry 🙂 Not only the food looks great, also the architecture is quite impressive.

  10. andrea says:

    OMG I want to eat through London too:) That pizza looks insane! I haven’t been to London in years I need to go back for sure

  11. katriza says:

    OMG this place looks amazing! Definitely wanting to check this out if I ever get the chance to go to this area!

  12. Julie Green and Keen says:

    I love your pictures they made me sooo hungry and look delicious. Thank you for listing these great places, as a restaurant manager I’d love to go there and check their vegetarian options 🙂

  13. Elisa says:

    Interesting selection of restaurants! Italian food is my favorite one so I would probably choose “Hai cenato” for a nice dinner. Thanks for the suggestions

  14. Samantha Sparrow says:

    I work super close to here and I love the Sourced Market. It’s so good there are so many tasty finds in this area, which had been a bit of an office wasteland for so long!

  15. Alex Peters says:

    Wow if I wasn’t hungry before I sure am now! Hoping to make it to London soon and will have to check out all these yummy spots.

  16. Bethanny Sudibyo says:

    This project of eating through Nova Victoria is very interesting. And the food looks amazingly delicious. Are there food from different cultures around?

  17. Bhusha says:

    Whoa! I didn’t know about Nova Victoria when I was in London. The number of buses I caught in Victoria are so many when I there for a year, too bad I missed this! The ravioli & pizza look so yummm…

  18. Conor says:

    Fantastic, what a way to spoil yourself. A friend of my actully worked on the Nova building project for a while. I’ll have to entice him to bring me around and check out some of these spots, pizza first please 🙂
    Timmy Green’s would have to be on the list too, many a memory of chicken parmy while in Oz so would be great to try…. hopefully they don’t serve Fosters!

  19. Tracy Chong says:

    The brownie….is calling me! Haha..the pizza looks delicious, too! So among those, which one is your most favourite? 🙂

  20. Ana Ojha says:

    I’d love to explore all these places and delight my taste buds with amazing food whenever I’ll visit London! Bookmarking your post for my reference!

  21. Ami says:

    Seems like I missed a good place on my last visit. The Italian sure sounds yummy. You have some good food shots there. That makes the place even more enticing.!

  22. Elena says:

    My mouth is watery now. I’ll remember these restaurants for when I get in London!

  23. Carmen Edelson says:

    Why did I read this before lunch?! I’m just starving! All of these look like great restaurants. I think Hai Cenato has my name written all over it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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