Portal

 
 
ADDRESS
88 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4EH
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon-Fri 12:00-15.00 & 18.00-22:15, Sat 18.00-22.15
 
PRICES
Main courses £15-£20
 

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PortalPortuguese cuisine is a rarity in London, aside from the guilty pleasures of popular chain Nandos. Certainly there is nothing in the city that can compare to Portal, where simple and distinctively Portuguese peasant and fishermen's fare is cooked with enviable flair. Service is cheerful and the food is as comforting and earthy as a Portuguese menu should be, soaked in olive oil and full of shimmering fresh fish. Though it is beautifully presented, the chefs at Portal have resisted the temptation to interfere with the basics, such as the salty intensity of Bacalhau, the sticky delights of custard tarts, the oily crunch of a hot sardine sandwich. A unique restaurant and one that has succeeded in modernising Mediterranean cuisine without sacrificing any of the qualities that make it worthwhile.

 

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3 minutes walk
 
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25 minutes walk
 
 
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Caxton House NCP
 
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The Zetter Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £83  31% off
St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
This boutique hotel in trendy Clerkenwell fits right in with the warehouse chic designer feel of the neighbourhood. Mixing vintage chairs with stark modern prints, there's ... More
 
 
 
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Alternative Mediterranean restaurants nearest Portal

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Apulia
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
50 Long Lane, Barbican, Clerkenwell, London EC1A | 3 minutes from Portal
Puglia (in latin Apulia) is the beautiful southern region in Italy and that is where Vincenzo (the owner) comes from bringing along tradition and culture . At ... More
 
 
 
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Dining near Portal

Near Portal
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Pho
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
86 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | Same location as Portal
Supermarket or upmarket? Opinions are divided over this Vietnamese eatery; it’s not too busy a weekends yet but as word gets round lunchtimes are getting packed, ... More
 
 
 
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Tinseltown
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
44 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
24 hour dining at this tatty, friendly restaurant renowned for erratic service. The food is perfectly good and there's usually a good atmosphere late at night. ... More
 
 
 
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Benugo
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
116 St Johns Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 1 minute from Portal
This the original branch of Benugo opened by Ben and Hugo Warner in 1998. Now its expanded into a high class chain of cafes with concessions ... More
 
 
 
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Speed Dates @ The Canvas
London > Events > Leisure  Dates: Friday 12th February 2016 - 7pm-10pm
Look Mum No Hands!, 49 Old Street, EC1V | 5 minutes from Portal
Quickly get to know at least 12 fellow single Londoners, and see if any take your fancy....More
 
 
 
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Mi Casa Es Su Casa - Lovelace's Birthday Celebrations
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: Friday 12th February 2016 - 10pm-5am
Nomad, 58 Old Street, EC1V | 6 minutes from Portal
A lively blend of dance, house, disco and funk from Diago D, Keith Harmer, Dean Jay & Tashizm, Ford, DJ Perry, Ross Miller, DJ Raw and ...More
 
 
 
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The Crime Museum Uncovered
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 9th October 2015 to 10th April 2016
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y | 7 minutes from Portal
For six months only, visitors to the Museum of London can gain unprecedented access to highlights from the Metropolitan Police's Crime Museum collection, established in the ...More
 
 
 
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Craft Central
London > Entertainment >
33-35 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
Promoting original craft and design is the purpose of this not-for-profit organisation established over the last 25 years. Craft Central have a number of workspaces, workshops ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Delicatessen
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from Portal
Taking over the old Guardian building in Farringdon and filling it with rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, Theatre Delicatessen not only takes an entrepreneurial approach to ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Delicatessen
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from Portal
Taking over the old Guardian building in Farringdon and filling it with rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, Theatre Delicatessen not only takes an entrepreneurial approach to ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Portal
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The Werkstatt
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
7-9 Woodbridge Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 4 minutes from Portal
The Werkstatt - meaning workshop in German - is a workshop for international designers and architects to meet, be inspired, play and create. A showcase for ... More
 
 
 
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St Bartholomew the Great
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
West Smithfield, Clerkenwell, London EC1A | 4 minutes from Portal
St Bartholomew the Great is a historic church founded in 1123 and the oldest parish church in the City of London. Features include the pre-Reformation octagonal ... More
 
 
 
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House of Detention
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Sans Walk, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 4 minutes from Portal
The House of Detention gets its name from its former purpose - as a prison - and there has been a prison on this site since ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near Portal
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Farm Collective
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
91 Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
Its location opposite Smithfield Market is a very appropriate spot for the Farm Collective to set up shop. Working with select farmers and small producers, this outlet ... More
 
 
 
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Lesley Craze Gallery
London > Shopping > Jewellery
34 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 4 minutes from Portal
Lesley Craze houses contemporary pieces of jewellery design in an interesting gallery shop. A range of materials is used, including both precious and semi-precious metals, and ... More
 
 
 
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Smithfield Market
London > Shopping > Markets
West Smithfield, Clerkenwell, London EC1A | 4 minutes from Portal
For tenants of Smithfield Market getting up in the dark is the nothing out of the ordinary; with the market opening at 4am these hard ... More
 
 
 
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Rainbow Language in Business
London > Education > Language Courses
Gate House, St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
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A-Star Tutors
London > Education >
2nd Floor, 145-147 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 2 minutes from Portal
A-StarTutors provides a free online list of private home tutors by area. They also organise GCSE, AS and A2-Level revision courses at Imperial College. They also ... More
 
 
 
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B&H Kitchen
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R | 7 minutes from Portal
Featuring six catering stations, a demonstration bench and a communal dining table, B&H Kitchen , the cookery school from Bourne & Hollingsworth Group, guides Londoners ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Golf
London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, City, London EC1A | 6 minutes from Portal
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it’s a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
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London Dance Academy
London > Leisure >
The Basement, 49-51 Central Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 6 minutes from Portal
London Dance Academy is a dance studio in the middle of the City, five minutes' walk from Old Street and Barbican, which offers dance classes and ... More
 
 
 
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Spa Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 7 minutes from Portal
A busy park in Islington beside the Three Corners Centre youth centre and Adventure Playground, the 2.02 acre Spa Fields include a children's playground, tarmac ... More
 
 
 
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The best pubs near London Portal.
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Jerusalem Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
It’s teeny-tiny and, no, there aren’t enough seats, but the Jerusalem Tavern still provides a cosy nook to devour a rare breed of delicious ales. London’s ... More
 
 
 
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Fox & Anchor
London > Nightlife > Pubs
115 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
This renovated traditional pub in the heart of Clerkenwell has been serving the traders of nearby Smithfields Market for years. Under the Malmaison umbrella - the ... More
 
 
 
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The Hat & Feathers
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
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The Longroom
London > Nightlife > Bars
18-20 St. John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
Situated in the heart of Clerkenwell, next door to St John and Smithfield Market, The Longroom specialises in craft beers, salt beef and gourmet sandwiches. Described ... More
 
 
 
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Vinoteca
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
7 St John Street, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
Wine bars in the UK were given a bad name in the 1980s but places like this show us how it should be done. Both the ... More
 
 
 
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Fabric
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
77a Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 4 minutes from Portal
Built on the site of a Victorian meat cellar, Fabric continues to boast the most sensational line-ups in the capital. Its global reputation is founded on ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Portal.
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Museum of the Order of St John
London > Business > Venue Hire
St. Johns Gate, 26 St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
The Museum of the Order of St John tells the story of the St John's Ambulance from within a 16th century gatehouse which was formerly the ... More
 
 
 
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The Rookery
London > Business > Venue Hire
Peter's Lane, Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
... More
 
 
 
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Crypt on the Green
London > Business > Venue Hire
Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 3 minutes from Portal
The Crypt on the Green, underneath St James Church in Clerkenwell, is on the site of the first nunnery to be built in London dating back ... More
 
 
 
 

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The Royal Ballet: After The Rain/Strapless/Within The Golden Hour
Dance | Until 11th March 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Portal

Three one-act ballets which celebrate the work of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. The main work is After The Rain which is ...More

After the Rain/Strapless/Within the Golden Hour
Dance | Until 11th March 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Portal

The Royal Ballet celebrates acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon with a mixed programme at the Royal Opera House ...More

L'Etoile
Concerts | Until 24th February 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Portal

French director Mariame Clement gets her Royal Opera House debut with L'Etoile this February. ...More

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Portal

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Friday at Roadhouse
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 12th February 2016 

The Roadhouse 1 minute walk from Portal

DJ Elle Tiyo spins a selection of indie and pop tracks....More

Illuminate: Friday Late At London Transport Museum
Leisure | On 12th February 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from Portal

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Night Shift
Night Shift
Exhibitions | Until 10th April 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from Portal

Opening on the first weekend of what was meant to be the first weekend of the night tube - before ...More

 
The Scent And Spirit Of London: A Century Of London Glamour
Exhibitions | On 12th February 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from Portal

Indulge your senses and discover glamorous bygone eras through vintage perfume and drinks at an adult only talk and tasting ...More

The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 30th July 2016 

Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from Portal

One of the less well-known West-End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses since ...More

 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 4th June 2016 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Portal

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
 
 
 
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