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  • 7 Canvey Street
    The Blue Fin Building

    London SE1 9AN
    Southwark
  • Transit information Circle District Jubilee Northern Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7620 0035
  • Business website leonrestaurants.co.uk
  • “Given that it's hidden behind the Tate Modern, I was surprised it wasn't more busy.” in 3 reviews

  • “A wine was recommended for the dishes we had chosen and bread, butter and water was proferred rapidly.Mains included a number of dishes, I don't recall what everyone had as we all started sharing food which includes a delighted promiscuity.To be perfectly genuine, I suppose this can be my new favourite restaurant.” in 2 reviews

  • “There's a large range of choice from the delicious sweet potato falafel to moroccan meatballs, grilled halloumi and chicken aioli.” in 2 reviews

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/1/2014

    Serviceable low thrills healthy food in a pretty room.

    Limited menu with goodies for vegetarians and carnivores alike.

    Nothing is oh so bad you will never eat in this place again.

    Nothing is be oh so good that you have to come back to get dish X.

    Leon is always a safe place to stop if you need a good-for-you meal between indulgences.

  • 2.0 star rating
    16/4/2014
    1 check-in here

    Ok. So in the area and overall regarding prices in London, is not as expensive so I do recommend it as an option. Specially if you're visiting the Tate.
    Food is not great but not bad either. What I will warn you is the attitude of the staff. Condescending and rude. Not cool in my book. SPECIALLY if I'm tired and hungry.
    There's this blonde short haired girl... Avoid her. Let the younger brunette one be your server. Also the manager, leader or commander pretty rude as well. I recommended as a fast food stop area yes, but bring and keep your guard up as well. Space is nice and comfortable. Large room. IT HAS WIFI #Leon #London #CustomerService #Hello

  • 3.0 star rating
    18/12/2013

    A quick & healthy lunch? Yes please!

    I'm a big fan of their chargrilled chicken superfood salad and yes - their delicious lemonades though I do try to steer away from sugar and these are quite sweet.

    The service is efficient, though I do feel sometimes that they don't give you enough time to look at the menu and hush you to order in a very insisting manner if you're taking your time to ponder on the side.

    I also think that for a lunch place these days...you kinda have to provide nutrition facts - though I said 'healthy' in the beginning - it really is up to you to go online, check out their menu and see what the nutrition is like for whatever you wish to order.

    The atmosphere in this place is great - large glass windows, wooden / urban interior though I never have time do sit down there but I'm always tempted.

    However to explain my 3 stars - is lack of readily available nutrition facts, portion size (a bit too small for what you're paying) and hushing of the orders. I will go back there - just not too often.

  • 2.0 star rating
    26/3/2014
    1 check-in here

    Came for a quick lunch and had Lamb & Rhubarb Koresh Lunchbox. It was sour and healthy and tasty, but with the price, i expected much more food! The place was very clean.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/7/2013

    In hot weather like now, we needed something refreshing for lunch, so we finally tried Leon on Saturday.  As I don't like garlic, I asked them not to put garlic on my grilled chicken which they kindly obliged.  It came beautifully grilled and served on a bed of fresh-tasting salad of quinoa, seeds, broccoli, etc.  The dressing was just right:  nothing greasy or piquant.  However we found a bit of withered brown-edged leaves and hope it was a one-off incident.

    This branch is right behind Tate Modern and student's accommodation, so three tables next to us were occupied by university students.  It's very handy in the area where reliable restaurants are scarce.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/4/2009

    With my offices just around the corner I occasionally take my lunch break with a colleague at Leon. We go there cos it's close, the food is healthy and it's quick to order.

    I seem to go less frequently only because I'm starting to get bored with the same type food. The prices are the greatest either so I tend to stick to the wraps. With only one veg option I tend to stick to chicken - commonly chili.

    The real highlight for me is the actual space. It's big and airy and I love the decor/style. I'm fascinated with their menu design and random artifacts stacked on shelves.

    I like the idea of young urban 'warriors' conducting their meetings here while they drink coffee and surf the net. (means they have wi-fi too)

    If you're looking for some tasty, healthy and quick-serve food then head over to the Leons in Southwark.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/12/2010
    1 check-in here

    Sucked in by the 40% discount voucher that's been doing the rounds, we popped into Leon for a quick bite before the cinema.  I don't know why I've not been in before - I've been missing out!

    For those that aren't acquainted with the Leon dining style, it's more of a canteen than a restaurant - you order your food at the till and it's brought to your table (similar to Nandos).  The menu is based around 'grazing dishes' which are essentially a mediterranean tapas.  There's a large range of choice from the delicious sweet potato falafel to moroccan meatballs, grilled halloumi and chicken aioli.  In addition, they offer a few wraps and salads to complement the grazing dishes.

    The food was delicious and varied.  The grazing style worked like a dream, making the meal more sociable as we all shared dishes.

    This branch in particular is right behind the Tate Modern, so is an ideal spot to grab some food if you've been soaking up some art.  It's a high-ceilinged room with plenty of bench seating, sofas and individual tables.

    The branch was quiet, but the service was impeccable - the staff we super friendly and chatty.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/12/2010
    1 check-in here

    I've been doing a tour of Leons recent'y thanks to their 40% off dinner offer(be quick!) and although the current crown of favourite rests on the Cannon St branch, I was a big fan of this one.

    Big, spacious and impeccably well decorated, this dimly lit hall is a great spot for a quick and healthy dinner. Given that it's hidden behind the Tate Modern, I was surprised it wasn't more busy. It'd make for an ideal evening out that, bit of modern art followed by a hearty tapas style dinner.

    The food here was just as good as that experienced in other Leon branches, and I thought the service was great. Friendly and efficient staff are to be found here.

    It's also a quick walk from my office, so I expect I'll be in here for a few lunches. Hellloooooooo meatballs.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/10/2011
    Listed in Chains in the UK

    I'm sure I've had Mediterranean food before and they didnt taste the way they did at Leon's. My chili chicken was grilled chicken with a red sauce and sour cream + pickled relish on a bed of brown rice for about 6gbp. Did I like it? Hard to explain. It definitely wasn't bad and was flavourful. The side of corn of the cob, about 2.5 gbp was really delicious though, which made me happy to be there. The fresh orange juice didn't taste so freshly squeezed.

    The food comes out right away. Essentially you just line up to order and they give you the pre-packaged hot steamy food you ordered without having to wait (even faster than mcdonalds). The portions are tiny. It was good for me for a lunch size, but if it were dinner and I was really hungry, I totally would have wanted something more.

    Not impressed.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/12/2008
    First to Review

    Leon is my regular stop for lunch and definitely a favourite among the people I work with. Located just behind the Tate you can either take out or sit on one of the comfy sofas which makes it handy for meetings or a catch up over lunch.

    The food is delicious - I often grab a wholesome porridge for breakfast which you can chose with a variety of toppings and they also do a wonderful granola yoghurt. Of course, if you prefer your brekkies a little more fulfilling (or to cure a hangover) they serve an amazing bacon bap which is healthier than most as the meat is grilled. Lunches include superfood salads and a great choice of wraps. They also have a yummy selection of cakes, brownies and muffins which are rather on the large side!

    This branch is large compared to some of the other branches and the staff are amazingly quick which makes the lunch time rush a lot less stressful!

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/12/2008

    When I first stumbled upon Leon in Spitalfields a couple of years ago I had no idea it was a chain - it has the air of something unique and independent, which in ways it is regardless of its chain status: healthy and ethical fast food in friendly, comfortable surroundings. A visit to leon makes you feel good.

    I was delighted when I found this one close to my old work, and it quickly became a regular lunch stop. The only thing that stopped me eating there every day was the price, which is a little steeper than your average Pret meal, although soups are priced the same and there is a veggie and meat option daily. The menu changes seasonally and always includes wraps alongside some bigger meals, normally served with salad and brown rice. Currently, the halloumi and chilli wrap is my favourite.

    The drinks and sweets are also great especially the pecan pie and blackcurrant quencher.

    This particular Leon is really big compared to some and where you choose to sit will dictate what type of time you have - I personally like the area at the back to the right, where there is a row a little tables, a long leather bench and armchairs - it's really cosy and feels more secluded than the rest which is open and airy with huge glass windows.

    The staff are also really friendly which helps in the middle of a stressful day at work!

    • Qype User Sian…
    • London
    • 415 friends
    • 752 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/2/2011

    Oooh, this is a gorgeous building, isn't it? Really, really beautiful. It's all stripped back and industrial, but they've made it look all cosy. Not an easy task. Even the tiles in the bathroom are nice.

    We arrived just as they we putting on their dinner menu, and honestly I wouldn't come here for dinner. Actually, I came here for tea and cake to cheer myself up after some not great news. But that didn't stop them explaining their dinner menu to us and being a tad patronising (basically exactly the same as their lunch menu, but smaller and without sides but not much cheaper). The staff were friendly though, so I shouldn't give them too much grief, it's not their fault I was being a grouch.

    Tea was excellent (I know, it's just tea, but a rubbish cuppa might just have pushed me over the edge), chocolate pie did what it was meant to do, but I've made better myself. Actually, I don't think they made this on sight, the pastry tasted bought-in.

    I'd come here for coffee, I'd come here for lunch. But dinner? Nah. Not entirely sure how a salad, cake, lemonade and tea came up to £15 either. But I really really really like the building and it seems tasty good value for lunch. I'll come back for tea if Table over the road is a bit too busy.

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/4/2013
    1 check-in here

    Not bad. For an italian guy is a little "fast as food" but it tastes good. Nice location they have a bunch of different options and good potatoes.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/5/2011

    Love the concept, really different, doesnt quite feel like a chain. Great food and design, lots of light and importantly free wifi! Good options for kids but i didnt get the coloring page :-(
    Generally great offering.

    • Qype User sirilu…
    • London
    • 53 friends
    • 45 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    11/6/2008

    Leon is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but I've only ever been here for lunch because it happens to be equidistant between the offices of my friend and me - but we keep going back because it's got a really nice atmosphere. The place is set up like a posh Mexican labourers' canteen with a good mix of intimate tables for two and big benches for the more communally-minded. It's bright and clean and very relaxed.

    The service is quick but the food isn't 'fast'. In fact the restaurant sells itself on fresh and simple dishes. I love the Moroccan Meatballs which is part of their hot meals lunch menu and these are all served with rice and their Spring Slaw. They also serve big wraps, salads and soup as well as cakes and tea and coffee. The meatballs will cost you £2.50 and you get a good sized portion for this. If you are out and about around the South Bank I would highly recommend that you try this place.

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/1/2011
    3 check-ins here

    A trendy eatery (chain) that have good quality ingredients and exciting things on the menu. I've eaten here before and you seldom get disappointed.

    Today I went for a coffee, it was a nice environment and good music. So well worth 4 stars... But... The coffee, mine a black americano, was like drinking a bad filter coffee - tasteless and watery...

    So, go here for a nice and quick lunch, but if you want coffee, go to the table that is almost next door!

    • Qype User nienie…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 32 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    5/1/2009

    If you're looking for a healthy and tasty food cafe, this is the perfect place to head to, although we went quite late in the day and they had run out of some things that were on the menu, the food we did have was delicious!

    I had salmon fishcakes on a bed of mixed leaves salad with a chilli sauce and my boyfriend had the Leon Gobi both of which were packaged like presents in a brown (recycled) box. There were a lot of very comfy seats around and the staff were friendly and polite.

    I totally recommend Leon, not only for the service, but the freshness and tastiness of the food as well!

    • Qype User Caley1…
    • Bath
    • 7 friends
    • 19 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/1/2011

    This is one of my favourite restaurants and this Leon is certainly one of the best, massive with loads of room for a big bar/order area and seats and tables. I love the menu too, i've only ever had the sharing tapas platters but i can't get enough. The food is so tasty, I can't get enough of the sweet potato mash, so delicious. Great filling food and not too pricey either, the only downside is that they haven't really expanded outside of London yet!
    I also can't wait to try out the cookbooks either, they're sitting in my amazon wishlist right now!

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/7/2012

    This place serves wholesome food with a Mediterranean feel. However whilst the dishes are tasty and you leave feeling full the price is a massive pain. I found the menu quite confusing, so ordered a samon wholefood salad with lattice fries, I was told for 10p I could upgrade and get a freshly made lemonade so I did and this cost me the good side of £12. For lunch, that's outrageous. I know I may have ordered the most expensive thing on the menu but that is besides the point. The food was really good and the area you eat in very laid back and furnished well but I would come to Leon more as a treat, than as a regular. With M&S just around the corner you can get a very similar quality meal and eat this outside the Tate watching the river for less than half the cost.

    • Qype User brevit…
    • London
    • 25 friends
    • 45 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/1/2009

    The future of fast food. They got it spot on: tasty and healthy fast food, with an interesting menu. Very good value for money. A (small) chain, but good.

    • Qype User majikf…
    • Hove
    • 1 friend
    • 14 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/10/2012

    It's basically fast food but good food. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. I wish they would change the menus more often.

    • Qype User ichabo…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 64 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    30/8/2012

    I LOVE Leon. The food is excellent, the cakes delicious and the drinks are wonderful. But they lose their fifth star just for being sneakily expensive. How a wrap, some baked fries, a lemonade and a tiny brownie to take away came to £10, I'll never know.
    It won't stop me going, I just can't afford to go as often.
    (Brownies are highly recommended, though.)

    • Qype User foodfa…
    • London
    • 37 friends
    • 68 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/3/2009

    I like this place so much I bought the recipe book. Just can't get enough of their yummy soups and sweet potato falafels that I have to have them at home too! Give Pret (round the corner) the heave-ho and try this place, you won't be disappointed.

    • Qype User Jimbo8…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 56 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    15/3/2012

    Difficult to compete with the spoof reviews for this restaurant all I can say is that it is OK

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/5/2012

    OK for a chain I suppose. Venue was clean, although staff seemed a confused with my straight forward order, which was puzzling. Both veggie and meat based dishes were nice and reasonably priced. Comfy seating and nice atmosphere. Recommend the Lemonade if you need waking up

    • Qype User sunsun…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 9 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/7/2008

    ?milkshake????
    ??banana?banana shake???
    tray?cup?cute??
    ???????

    • Qype User little…
    • London
    • 5 friends
    • 22 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    16/10/2011

    Great place for a quick lunch  just as long as you are prepared for the steep prices. The cocktails are pretty damn good too!!

  • 1.0 star rating
    4/4/2010

    The one near liberty is ace, but this one is just vile. Dull, dull, dull food. Like healthfood must taste to people who don't like vegetables. How can they make salads so tasteless?  Do they start with something edible and gradually remove everything with any flavour or interest? Or do they start with sawdust and work down from there?  Nicely decorated.

  • 1.0 star rating
    9/8/2010

    A strange little food spot.

    My sister was working in the next building and I visited her for lunch.  She said she had never eaten here so I thought, why not ...

    Here's why not ...  sandwiches/wraps were highly questionable, lemonade was extremely sweet, service was ... hmmmm ... never mind ...

    They get 1 star for the cute free postcards and decor (industrial).

    • Qype User Rioca…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 17 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    12/4/2011

    Someone else already said they bought the cookbook. So did I... Unfortunatly my mother then nicked it!!!

    The moroccan meatballs are delish (And luckily the recipe is easy to find on the internet) and very filling. But £7+ for lunch is a bit steep.

    • Qype User Charli…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 7 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/11/2011

    I attended not too long ago for my 60th birthday lunch or dinner and might only claim that this place is outstanding, Divine, superb, superb. There doubtless aren't enough adjectives to describe this places fineness.there was starters, mains and desserts and four individuals had practically nothing to complain about, for my children, that claims a lot and we were still conversing on the subject of how good it absolutely was this morning. Our waiter was talkative and shared his sentiment on the menu which can be something I completely truly appreciate and the chef arrived on the scene to communicate in to us that is something I wish more places would do due to the fact it shows an interest and appreciation in the customers.Service was friendly and proficient too. A wine was recommended for the dishes we had chosen and bread, butter and water was proferred rapidly.Mains included a number of dishes, I don't recall what everyone had as we all started sharing food which includes a delighted promiscuity.To be perfectly genuine, I suppose this can be my new favourite restaurant.

    • Qype User Camero…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/11/2011

    I attended recently for my baby shower lunch time and can only claim that this place is amazing, Divin, succulent, exciting. There doubtless aren't enough adjectives to describe this places grace.we were treated to starters, mains and desserts and all four people had practically nothing to complain about, for our grandkids, that claims a lot and we were still speaking about how good it had been today. Our waitress was talkative and discussed his thoughts and opinions on the menu that is something I a great deal value and the chef became available to communicate in to us that is something I wish more places would do due to the fact it shows an interest and appreciation of the customers.Service was friendly and educated too. A wine was recommended to match the dishes we had chosen and bread, butter and water was proferred rapidly.Mains included several different dishes, I don't recall what everyone had as we started sharing food having a delighted promiscuity.Being perfectly trustworthy, I suppose this is my new favourite restaurant.

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