19th March 2019


Table for one!

OpenTable reveals rise in solo dining

  • Solo reservations in the UK increased more than 160% from 2014 to 2018
  • OpenTable has handpicked some of the best restaurants for solo dining in London

11th March 2019, London: Whilst the thought of eating out alone can be a daunting prospect for some, the stigma surrounding solo dining is dramatically changing as OpenTable reports new rising figures.

The world’s leading restaurant booking platform has revealed brand new analysis confirming that solo reservations across the UK have increased more than160% between 2014 and 2018. The trend for booking a meal alone is also replicated in the UK’s capital with London’s solo reservations increasing by 150%between 2014 and 2018.

As more and more restaurants are catering for the solo diner, with the option for counter seating and bar dining, eating out alone has never been more enjoyable.

OpenTable has handpicked some of the best places to eat solo in the capital. Book today and let the delicious food do all the talking for you…

BAO Fitzrovia

This Fitzrovia eatery boasts bar seating for solo diners to enjoy a selection of “Xiao Chi” (small eats) all to themselves.


Offering a truly unique dining experience, the counter by the exposed kitchen is a favourite spot for solo diners as the entertainment comes from the chefs at work.

The Riding House Café

Soho diners can dine in comfort at Riding House Café’s larger bar area which is equipped with comfy armchair-style bar stools for quick breakfast stops or long lunches.

Kudu Peckham

Grab one of six velvet stools at Kudu’s counter to take in the kitchen atmosphere and a friendly chat with chef Patrick Williams and his team.


The team behind BAO really know how to cater for a solo diner! At their Taiwanese-style Teahouse they have tables designed for just one diner with a solo seat. Sit down and tuck into a serving of some of London’s best dumplings.

For more information or to talk to an OpenTable spokesperson please contact:

Notes to editors:

  • Solo reservations (as a percent of total reservation volume) have been increasing in the UK over the last five years (2014-2018). While solo reservations are a small percentage of total reservations, solo reservations in the UK increased more than 160% from 2014 to 2018. 

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