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Old 04-10-2007, 05:41 PM   #1
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ENGLAND - London ... any new ideas?

Have been in London several times but not recently.

Would like to find some interresting restaurants.

Am not talking about the Gordon Ramsey three star place (they only take reservations precisely one month before the date, and we are leaving in a few days). And frankly that is not what we are currently into.

But would like to dine at a very nice restaurant if possible.

Any and all suggestions are welcome.

Can be cheap or expensive. And ethnic (know it is a very general term but we like them all) are great.

Thanks a lot in advance.

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Old 04-10-2007, 08:55 PM   #2
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Aunt Dot - when are you going across the pond? My husband & I are going to spend Xmas and New Years in London - we just booked our trip and I'm researching good eats myself.

I just bought the 2007 edition of Rick Steves London guide. Also, if you go to Visit London - The Official Website for London there is a long list of cheap eats, also look at the forums and advice on Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door. I also use the time out London website.

I'm sure some British DCers will be along to give us advice!
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:09 AM   #3
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Where have you been before Aunt Dot, wat sort of food are you wanting? Where abouts in Town are you staying?

Although, regardless to all the above for an (london) affordable meal if you like Chinese I really recommend my favourite Dim Sum place its in Gerrard Place (the only restaurant in this little road leading into Soho) and is one of the biggest Chinese restaurants in Soho. Don't bother with the menu, just enjoy the dim sum trolleys. (Dim sum 11 - 6, but expect to queue at lunch peak) Leicester Square Tube....or its off Shaftsbury. Its walkable from Oxford Street/Covent Garden areas too.

Indian food in Brick Lane (in the City) is fun, and a lively experience, we love it and its a traditional London-ethnic experience (although we have probably had better Indian food in Southhall, its a bit of a trek if you are in London only for a short time). Brick Lane is amazing, because depite being a quite rundown area some of the really old Town houses still have the original wood panelling etc....DON"T dress up and be a target for pick pockets, wear something comfy, its a little walk from the tube to Brick Lane. Week night evenings its filled with young men from the city working late and taking a break....its all fine, but its not Kensington ;). Alternatively, if you go on a Sunday then you can go to Spittalfields MArket first. Spittal Fields is mainly clothes and furnishings, and very busy. Its still (just) real London, not too touristy, although our Mayor has very much gentrified the area and the market, which is a great, great shame....but its a great place to get the real flavour of London (even though,as I say, its now been boiled for five minutes to sterilise ;)). If you go to spittilfields be sure to look out for the tiny Grocer's shop called....I think.. Rose's, its very beautiful and like stepping into the past, I imagine that despite a change in wares it might have been running like that for a couple of centuries...its not worth a trip in its own right but certainly worth a look in.
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Old 04-11-2007, 12:09 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. Great ideas.

We are leaving on Tuesday next and will be there about nine days.

We are staying right next to the Gloucester Rd tube stop with access to the Circle, District, and Picadilly lines. We can manage the tube with no problem. We get about the place with no difficulty.

Don't know of Rick Steves London Guide and don't have time to get it.

Lulu, we have not been to the Jack the Ripper, Commercial Street, Spitalfield's area for quite a while. Thanks for the tip.

There are always a few things we have liked to do, but would love some more ideas.

Thanks so much.
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Borough Market? A great food market, they are talking about developing a huge ffod and cooking education centre there too. Fridays and Saturdays....confusingly and typical of London its not at Borough Tube stop, but at London Bridge.....the brownies are famous, and lots of London eateries there. I used to try and get court dates on Fridays at the Crown Court very near so I could do my groceries there, ;)

Would be interested to see what an "outsider" thinks of the changes to Spittalfield's!

Oh, the Fryer's Delight, High Holburn is famous amoung lawyers and police men for the fish and chips...you can eat there, unlike many Fish and chip joints...

(Yikes, I can tell I am not getting to enough smart places when I'm in Town..)

If you fancy going noroth to Hampsead there is a very good, not too pricey little french restaurant that has been there forever called Le Cellier du midi...its in Church row in a basement, seriously a Londoners place, my parents even went on dates there eons ago.....and just down the hill is Zen W3 (which IMO is over priced but lots of people like it)

In the Brompton Road is the well known Star of India, if you don't want to go Brick Laning for Indian, or the other London currey institution: Chutney Mary's in the King's Road.....these places are places of London and Londoners in West London, my father eats in Chutney Marys weekly, lol.


If I think of anything more I'll add it here...similarly if you want anything more specific ask...(I can always ask my father...he knows every long term restaurant in London, lol)
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Have a great trip, auntdot. I'm envious.
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Thanks for the replies. Great ideas.

We are leaving on Tuesday next and will be there about nine days.

We are staying right next to the Gloucester Rd tube stop with access to the Circle, District, and Picadilly lines. We can manage the tube with no problem. We get about the place with no difficulty.
Thanks so much.
Aunt Dot - have a great trip! Coincidentally, I am staying next to the Gloucester Rd tube stop on my Xmas trip - we are staying at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, its a great location.

Please post a trip report when you get back - safe travels!
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:07 PM   #8
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Sorry I have not been back here folks.

Things have been crazy about here. More than the usual crazy.

We have tomorrow when I get back from work to pack.

We can do it.

We are just going to the the other side of the pond to chill and try out some of your great ideas.

Thank you all so much.

And we will certainly send your warmest wishes to the Queen, the Princes, and Camilla.

Should we bump into them.

But I really don't think we have time for the royals.

So don't let them know we are coming.

Mums the word, OK?

Cheerio and God bless.
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go to italy instead .. ;)
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:53 AM   #10
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Aunt Dot

Please post where you went and ate.

I am going to London and Paris at the end of the month. I've been to London many times and have to eat lunch at Harrod's food court (cheese counter) and go to the Three Greyhounds pub but other that that I am looking for some new places.

Lulu and others, any more suggestions?
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