Panton Street runs off the lower end of Leicester Square and leads away from the tawdry thuggishness of the place. If you want to meet for a drink without being groped or having your bag nicked, the basement of Cafe Fish is a reasonably safe bet. The main drawback of this wine bar is that people seem to know that it won't make them ill, and it's often a bit like trying to have a drink in a rugby scrum. If you're lucky, or early, you get one of the alcove tables. You can then go and watch some big-screen violence, or nip upstairs for piscine refreshment in their restaurant.
Cafe Fish, 39 Panton St (071-930 3999).
Tomorrow: Cafe Delancey, Delancey St NW1.