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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4 minutes walk
 
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Hoxton Overground Station
 
25 minutes walk
 
 
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Caxton House NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
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The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £205  37% off
49-50 St John's Square, EC1V | 1 minute from Portal
Located nearby to trendy neighbourbood Farringdon, The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell has been affectionately named the Great Aunt of the original Zetter Hotel. Within the Georgian townhouse, ... More
 
 
 
The Zetter Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £125  41% off
St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
Found in the trendy neighbourhood of Clerkenwell, The Zetter Hotel provides stylish boutique accommodation within a converted Victorian warehouse. With 59 rooms, each individually designed and ... More
 
 
 
Thistle City Barbican Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £47  24% off
Central Street, EC1V | 8 minutes from Portal
Near to the City, and convenient for the The Barbican arts centre and Moorfields Eye Hospital, this hotel is modern, clean and functional. Equipped with its ... More
 
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Sade Restaurant and Bar
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
21 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 8 minutes from Portal
Mediterranean Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Mirror Room
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V | 15 minutes from Portal
Described as "the social hub of Rosewood London", the Mirror Room is one of two restaurants in the new hotel and is the fine dining option ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Eyre Brothers Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
70 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 16 minutes from Portal
An exciting and relatively new restaurant that has knocked the socks off the Shoreditch locals since it opened. They thought that their dodgy haircuts and heavy ... More
 
 
 
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Near Portal
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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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Luca
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
88 St John Street, EC1M | Same location as Portal
Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith, the team behind The Clove Club, are responsible for Luca, an Italian ... 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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Jukebox Live Mondays
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: 27th Nov, 4th Dec, 11th Dec and 18th Dec 2017 - 7pm-1am
Portal, 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 5 minutes from Portal
...More
 
 
 
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Jukebox Live
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: 31st July to 18th December 2017
Portal, 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 5 minutes from Portal
...More
 
 
 
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The City Is Ours
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 14th July 2017 to 2nd January 2018
Portal, 150 London Wall, EC2Y | 7 minutes from Portal
More than half the world's population live in urban areas and that percentage is even higher in more developed countries. Staging The City is Ours, its ...More
 
 
 
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The Piano Works
London > Entertainment > Live Music
113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 5 minutes from Portal
Housed in an intimately lit Victorian warehouse, The Piano Works is a non-stop live music venue where in-house musicians take centre ... 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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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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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 8 minutes from Portal
This gorgeous 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church is one of a number of London churches which has, in recent years, been converted into a ... More
 
 
 
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London Wine Academy
London > Education > Evening Classes
Garden Floor, 6 Coldbath Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 8 minutes from Portal
One day workshops, offering a friendly no-nonsense approach to teaching about wine, suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. Courses take place at the following venues: Atlas PH, ... More
 
 
 
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Portal gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Hat & Feathers
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
... More
 
 
 
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Portal clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
7 Tales
London > Nightlife > Bars
64 Turnmill Street, EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
"Restaurateurs the world over could learn a thing or two from Jason Atherton when it comes to what makes a great restaurant bar," says ... 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Fabriclive
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 24th November 2017 

Fabric 4 minutes walk from Portal

Drum'n'bass, UK garage, house, dancehall and grime from Mefjus, Ivy Lab, Emperor, Kasra, Enei, Sam Binga, Chimpo, Foreign Concept, Halogenix, ...More

John Akomfrah: Purple
Exhibitions | Until 7th January 2018 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah presents his ambitious new installation, Purple. Being displayed at the Barbican Centre, the six-channel ...More

The City Is Ours
The City Is Ours
Exhibitions | Until 2nd January 2018 

Museum of London 7 minutes walk from Portal

More than half the world's population live in urban areas and that percentage is even higher in more developed countries. ...More

 
Basquiat: Boom for Real
Basquiat: Boom for Real
Exhibitions | Until 28th January 2018 

Barbican Art Gallery 7 minutes walk from Portal

This September, the Barbican hosts the first large-scale exhibition in the UK on late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat: Boom ...More

 
Julius Caesar
Theatre | Until 20th January 2018 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare's political thriller in which spin and betrayal unleash violent forces of resentment. With Andrew Woodall as ...More

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Concerts | On 24th November 2017 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4 and Prokofiev's Symphony No 5, with the pianist Yefim Bronfman....More

So Percussion
Concerts | Until 25th November 2017 

St Giles Church, Cripplegate 8 minutes walk from Portal

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English Song Prize
Concerts | On 24th November 2017 

Guildhall School Of Music And Drama 9 minutes walk from Portal

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Post-Mortem
Theatre | Until 29th November 2017 

Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama 9 minutes walk from Portal

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Bill Viola: Mary
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2018 

St Paul's Cathedral 11 minutes walk from Portal

Mary, the second permanent large-scale video installation by Bill Viola for St Paul's Cathedral is inaugurated in the North Quire ...More

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