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  • Clerkenwell
  • Lunch
  • £££££

A beautiful Italian restaurant and bar from the team behind the Clove Club. It doesn't disappoint with its aperitifs, wine and authentic fresh food.


88 St John Street, London, EC1M 4EH
+44 (0) 20 3859 3000
Opening Times
Mon-Sat 12.00-22.30
Insider Information
Booking is recommended.


  • The Guardian

    The Guardian Says…

    But, like everything McHale touches, it is interesting and often revelatory: seemingly throwaway items such as “Parmesan fries” are the exquisite love child of a churro and a croqueta, lurid with cheese; I’d like a family bucket. The bar at the front, with its air of the first-class waiting room for the Pullman to Nirvana, is a destination in its own right; plus it serves my beloved salumi-draped gnocco fritto. I predict that the hidden courtyard will be summer’s most lusted after spot. And Luca will only get better. It is food that “breaks the rules a little”, they say; I’ll raise a crodino to that. This second album hasn’t just the makings of a hit, but of a classic.

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  • Time Out

    Time Out Says…

    Luca, a new Clerkenwell Italian from the bods behind the Clove Club, is a classy joint. I dread to think how much they spent on it. From the airy and marble-clad bar section, to the lofty dining room, with deco-rustic fittings and billowy drapes, and the faded-palazzo loos, all burnished mirrors and taupe plaster, it’s a handsome spot... Luca isn’t a spot to come on a budget, but if you’re sans expense account the bar is set up for more casual sandwiches, salads and aperitivo (as well as a menu of small plates for dinner). Nonna might baulk, but for slick cooking in design-mag surroundings, Luca ticks all the boxes.

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  • The Nudge

    The Nudge Says…

    Taking inspiration from 1950s Italy, awash with sage, marble and brass, the main dining area seats an intimate 60, overlooking a semi-open kitchen and a private courtyard and – most importantly – a pasta-making room, which is, joyously, exactly what it sounds like. The separate private dining area, The Garden Room, has its own perks, becoming roofless in the summer. Finally, there’s the bar – a separate space that’s open all day long, offering up sharing plates, from breakfast to dinner, as well as an impressive cocktail list, accompanying digestifs like Amaro and home-made Limoncello and Nocino liqueurs.

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